Centric Software Launches Quick-Start Collaboration Packages

Company aims to help companies manage remote work and team collaboration in the face of market disruption.

Company aims to help companies manage remote work and team collaboration in the face of market disruption.

Responding to the disruptions faced during the COVID-19 outbreak and requests from the market, product lifecycle management (PLM) company Centric Software has launched a new series of quick-start, online collaboration packages designed to get brands and manufacturers working remotely in only a few days. Centric Software provides enterprise solutions to companies to achieve strategic and operational digital transformation goals.

Leveraging a combination of market-driven, technology innovations and industry best practices, brands, retailers and manufacturers can collaborate closely, continuing business-critical operations such as sample reviews, design reviews, buying and go-to-market meetings and more—all remotely. Adopting technology and best-practices also future-proof organizations while cutting time to market and streamlining costs.

Three Centric 8 PLM Quick-Start Collaboration Packages are now available. Each is deployed in days and can be deployed remotely.

“Our customers are looking for ways to stay operational while respecting health guidelines on social distancing, remote working and travel,” says Ron Watson, VP of Product at Centric Software. “In response, we have created packages that enable remote work for sample & fit reviews, vendor collaboration and buying sessions. These can be implemented in days so that businesses can be agile and proactive, gain critical oversight and alter strategies quickly.”

Each of the three packages was conceived for a different stage in a company's digital journey:

For those new or unaccustomed to remote collaboration and digital work, a Sample and Quote Package digitalizes fit reviews, both physical and 3D materials, product sample reviews and vendor quote management. Leveraging innovations like cloud-based technologies, easy to use mobile apps and/or industry-leading 3D solutions as well as industry best-practices like guidance on holding online product/fit reviews, taking photos, etc., companies can take first steps into remote group collaboration built upon an intelligent structure for highly visual, data-driven decisions. 

For companies with Centric PLM but who are not yet fully collaborating with vendors remotely, a second Vendor Collaboration Package gets them up and running with industry-specific innovations for co-design, sample reviews, RFQ management, evaluation, finalization and assortment building. 

If challenged by holding online buying, Centric's digital board solution, Centric Visual Innovation Platform (CVIP), can be rapidly deployed using out-of-the-box configurations whether or not a company already has a PLM solution in place. With the Buying Session Package, develop global, regional and store assortments, get regional feedback, finalize product quantity commitments and more in a highly visual and fully digitalized manner regardless of where teams are based.

“External influences make the marketplace increasingly unpredictable,” says Chris Groves, President and CEO of Centric Software. “Our new packages have been developed in response to requests from our customers to be hyper-responsive to change. Our team will get customers up and running quickly on an easy-to-use, 'single actionable source of the truth' digital platform that has been developed specifically to facilitate remote meetings and digital work. We are prepared to help our customers be ready to meet new challenges in the weeks, months and years ahead.”

Sources: Press materials received from the company and additional information gleaned from the company’s website.

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