Chinese ‘sweater tycoon’ focuses on R&D and worldwide collaboration in Centric Software® partnership
CAMPBELL, Calif., February 16, 2021 – Yunfu Clothing (Yunfu), the Chinese clothing company, has selected Centric Software’s Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) solution. Centric Software provides the most innovative enterprise solutions to fashion, retail, footwear, outdoor, luxury, consumer goods and home décor companies to achieve strategic and operational digital transformation goals.
Yunfu’s main business involves sweaters, cotton, knitwear and woven garments which are solely exported to the United States. It has a unique business model that integrates R&D and design, product manufacturing, warehousing and transportation, order processing, wholesale operations and e-commerce retail.
Yunfu has always been customer-centered, and is facing greater challenges due to this year’s pandemic. Therefore, Yunfu has accelerated its digital transformation and aims to improve R&D efficiency, strengthen product management and optimize team collaboration with PLM technology. Before selecting Centric Manufacturing PLM, Yunfu had an in-house PLM system.
Yunfu COO Mr. Hua Haoxin says, “The previous system could no longer meet our needs. We attach great importance to our investment in R&D management, so we needed a more professional and modern PLM solution.”
Mr. Hua adds, “Centric Software has a comprehensive understanding of the clothing industry. Yunfu has many R&D and sales teams who are mostly overseas, so we needed a system that enables global team collaboration. A company as highly regarded as Centric Software is a perfect match for us.”
Yunfu’s PLM project was launched in October, with key objectives including accumulating foundation data and establishing a knowledge base to support rapid R&D; increasing collaboration and achieving transparent and controllable product development; and finally, establishing a customer-oriented product library to more accurately understand market demands on the planning side.
Mr. Hua mentioned the professionalism of the entire implementation team, and looks forward to the valuable experience that Centric can share with Yunfu.
“We are very pleased that another giant in the Chinese textile industry – Yunfu Clothing – has chosen Centric PLM to enhance its capabilities in independent brand R&D and innovation,” says Chris Groves, President and CEO of Centric Software. “Yunfu and Centric Software share many core values, and we are excited to assist Yunfu’s global business development.”
Yunfu Clothing’s main business involves sweaters, cotton knitwear, and woven garments which are solely exported to the United States. It has a NYC design, development and sales center in New York, and an overseas warehouse and logistics center in Los Angeles. With assets of RMB 2 billion yuan and a 200,000-square-meter production base, the company is the leading exporter to the United States in East China and has been among the leaders in foreign exchange earnings for many years.
The company also has more than 30 independent brands in the United States, and has formed a unique business model that integrates R&D and design, product manufacturing, warehousing and transportation, order processing, wholesale operations, and e-commerce retail. Yunfu Clothing Company has successively been awarded many honorary titles such as China’s Top 100 Textile and Garment Exporters and China’s Top 500 Competitive Textile and Garment Enterprises.
Centric Software (www.centricsoftware.com)
From its headquarters in Silicon Valley, Centric Software provides a Digital Transformation Platform for the most prestigious names in fashion, retail, footwear, luxury, outdoor and consumer goods including cosmetics, beauty, food and beverage. Centric’s flagship Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) platform, Centric 8, delivers enterprise-class merchandise planning, product development, sourcing, quality and collection management functionality tailored for fast-moving consumer industries. Centric SMB provides innovative PLM technology and key industry learnings for emerging brands. Centric Visual Innovation Platform (VIP) offers a new fully visual and digital experience for collaboration and decision-making and includes the Centric Buying Board to transform internal buying sessions and maximize retail value and the Centric Concept Board for driving creativity and evolving product concepts. 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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