The early Centric PLM™ adopter leveraged the cloud-based software to shift gears and affirm its leading position in the powersport apparel market
CAMPBELL, California, August 10, 2021– Centric Software® is delighted to announce an updated success story about its customer, KLIM—a global leader in powersport apparel design and manufacturing, KLIM produces advanced technical gear for snowmobile and motorcycle riders.
KLIM’s global teams perform intensive R&D and testing cycles for each of their products, and the company needed more than spreadsheets and emails to manage these intensive processes. To design industry-leading gear and keep production on track, KLIM became an early Centric PLM customer in 2009. The return on their PLM investment has been substantial.
Since adopting Centric Product Lifecycle Management (PLM), the company reduced sample turn time by 25% and accelerated their lab dip process by two weeks.
KLIM is also able to manage highly complex tech packs for protective gear, including their flagship Badlands jacket. Ryan Harris, Vice President of Product for KLIM, explains that Centric PLM is the key to facilitating production of advanced motorsports gear.
“You’re managing 1,000 different things in [the Badlands] style to make sure production is done correctly. That would be impossible to manage without Centric PLM.”
With PLM in place before the pandemic, KLIM navigated the rapid lockdown with agility. When retailers closed, KLIM leveraged their existing e-comm website to meet the spike in demand for outdoor gear. Harris says KLIM saw a 30% increase in year-over-year DTC sales in 2020.
The transparency and up-to-date data in Centric PLM also allowed KLIM to adjust their development and collaboration processes for remote work and the challenges of managing quality control issues with partners overseas.
Harris says the majority of KLIM’s teams use Centric PLM to improve their functions to create better products and business outcomes. “Our design team are designing in their own systems and software, but all of that collaboration comes into Centric. Our development team probably spends the vast majority of their day in the system. Production, sourcing, logistics, purchasing, marketing and accounting. So almost everyone!”
Centric PLM also helps KLIM sustain its innovation edge over the competition. The company holds weekly project status meetings and innovation meetings in PLM to foster creativity and experimental thinking among all teams throughout the year.
“KLIM’s strength is innovation in their products and how they use Centric PLM,” says Chris Groves, President and CEO of Centric Software. “We’re proud to be partners in their evolving digital product development, manufacturing and merchandising processes – the core of their brand – and look forward to their continued success.”
KLIM is a relatively young company with a rich history built on the values of hard work, sacrifice, and determination. KLIM has risen against all odds to become one of powersport’s most recognized brands and a global leader in designing, developing and manufacturing the most technically advanced motor sports apparel. Utilizing the world’s highest technologies in waterproof, breathable, durable and comfortable materials, KLIM builds gear for the most demanding riders. Driven by the continual feedback and input from dedicated test pilots and passionate customers, KLIM strives to do one thing above all—improve your riding experience without compromise. Our story is one of an ambitious dreamer who refused to quit and the family of people who helped him change an industry. At KLIM, our dreams and passions fuel our brand, and our employees and clients are the driving force behind our success.
Centric Software (www.centricsoftware.com)
From its headquarters in Silicon Valley, Centric Software® provides a Product Concept to Consumer Digital Transformation Platform for fashion, retail, footwear, luxury, outdoor and consumer goods including cosmetics and personal care and food and beverage. Centric’s flagship Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) platform, Centric PLMTM, delivers enterprise-class merchandise planning, product development, sourcing, quality and product portfolio optimization innovations specifically for fast-moving consumer industries. Centric SMB focuses on core tools and industry best practices for emerging brands. Centric Visual Innovation Platform (CVIP) offers highly visual digital board experiences for collaboration and decision-making. Centric Software pioneered mobility, introducing the first mobile apps for PLM, and is widely known for connectivity to dozens of other enterprise systems including ERP, DAM, PIM, e-com, planning and more as well as creative tools such as Adobe® Illustrator and a host of 3D CAD connectors. Centric’s innovations are 100% market-driven with the highest user adoption rate and fastest time to value in the industry. All Centric innovations shorten time to market, boost product innovation and reduce costs.
Centric Software is majority-owned by Dassault Systèmes (Euronext Paris: #13065, DSY.PA), the world leader in 3D design software, 3D digital mock-up and PLM solutions.
Centric Software has received multiple industry awards and recognition, including being named by Red Herring to its Top 100 Global list in 2013, 2015 and 2016. Centric also received various excellence awards from Frost & Sullivan in 2012, 2016, 2018 and 2021.
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