Spyder joins Liberated Brands and modernizes their IT by adopting Centric PLM
A high-end snowsports apparel company improves technology for increased efficiency
CAMPBELL, Calif., August 16, 2022 – Spyder, the innovative performance apparel company, has selected Centric Software®’s Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) solution. Centric Software provides the most innovative business solutions to plan, design, develop, source and sell products such as apparel, footwear, sporting goods, furniture, décor, cosmetics, food & beverage and luxury to achieve strategic and operational goals of digital transformation goals.
Founded in 1978 and headquartered in Boulder, Colorado, Spyder apparel and accessories can be found worldwide in over 40 countries. Spyder builds technologically advanced gear for elite athletes and modern consumers. A sponsor of the US Ski Team since 1989, Spyder describes themselves as fusing technology, form, function and fashion. Steve Chastain, VP of Global IT at Liberated Brands, Spyder’s parent company, says, “We were very excited about having Spyder join the Liberated Brands family and an important part of that integration was to modernize Spyder’s IT landscape and bring their systems up to speed.”
Spyder had previously been working with the same legacy PLM system that Volcom had used before they switched to Centric PLM. Knowing firsthand from their own experience how the Volcom teams had benefited from Centric, for example, being able to enter a style 7 times faster than previously in their old system, they were convinced about the fast ROI.
The aim of replacing Spyder’s former system was to modernize the brand’s IT technology and increase user adoption. The company wanted to expand the scope of PLM within product development and improve efficiencies. Says Chastain, “We’ve had great success with Centric PLM over at Volcom (also under Liberated Brands) and are looking to align our brands on one single platform. Centric has advanced technical design and constantly updated features that will streamline Spyder’s workflow, improve visibility and eventually merge seamlessly with the rest of the company systems.”
In spite of limited time to dedicate to the implementation due to business demands, the project was completed in just 6 weeks and was on time and on budget. The sourcing, style, materials, costing and sampling modules were launched, with the merchandising module in the works. User adoption and feedback has been positive with increased efficiency and communication.
Chris Groves, President and CEO of Centric Software says, “It is a pleasure to welcome such an innovative company like Spyder into the Centric family. Besides bringing modern functionality to Spyder, Liberated Brands will benefit from managing data on one single platform and gain synergies by doing so.”
Spyder Active Sports (www.spyder.com)
Spyder is an international performance apparel brand with iconic, innovative product design. Headquartered in Boulder, Colorado, Spyder apparel and accessories can be found worldwide in over 40 countries. Pioneering its first padded ski sweater in 1978, and sponsoring the US Ski Team since 1989, Spyder builds technologically advanced gear for elite athletes and modern consumers. With thoughtfully designed, purposeful collections, Spyder fuses technology, form, function and fashion. Spyder Active Sports is a division of Liberated Brands and operates under a long-term licensing agreement with Authentic Brands Group.
Centric Software (www.centricsoftware.com)
From its headquarters in Silicon Valley, Centric Software® provides a Retail Consumer Product Concept Digital Transformation platform for fashion, retail, footwear, luxury, outdoor products, consumer electronics and consumer goods, including cosmetics and personal care and food and beverage. Centric’s flagship Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) platform, Centric PLM™, offers enterprise-class merchandise planning, product development, sourcing, quality, and product portfolio optimization innovations specifically for fast-paced consumer industries. movement. Centric’s Visual Innovation Dashboards (CVIP) offer highly visual digital dashboard experiences for collaboration and decision making. Centric Retail Planning is an innovative cloud solution provided by Armonica Retail S.R.L. that delivers an end-to-end retail planning process designed to maximize performance in the retail industry. 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-commerce, planning and more, as well as creative tools like Adobe ® Illustrator and a series of 3D CAD connectors. Centric’s innovations are 100% market driven, with the highest user adoption rate and fastest time to return on investment in the industry. All Centric innovations shorten time to market, drive product innovation and reduce costs.
Centric Software is majority owned by Dassault Systèmes (Euronext Paris: # 13065, DSY.PA), a world leader in 3D design software, 3D Digital Mock Up and PLM solutions.
Centric Software has received numerous industry awards and recognitions, including being named by Red Herring to its Global Top 100 list in 2013, 2015, and 2016. Centric has also received multiple Excellence Awards from Frost & Sullivan in 2012, 2016, 2018, and 2021.
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