CAMPBELL, Calif., Dec. 15, 2020 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ -- Swedish outdoor clothing, footwear and hardware specialist Haglöfs has selected Centric Software's Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) solution. Centric Software provides the most innovative enterprise solutions to fashion, retail, footwear, outdoor, luxury, home décor and consumer goods companies to achieve strategic and operational digital transformation goals.
Founded by carpenter Wiktor Haglöf in 1914, Haglöfs started out as a producer of backpacks and has expanded its production to outdoor clothing, footwear and hardware such as sleeping bags. Now owned by the ASICS Corporation, distributing in Europe and Asia, it is a traditional wholesale company, which also operates its own e-commerce throughout Europe and seven owned retail stores in Sweden, two in Finland, two in Norway and one in Chamonix, France.
The brand produces two collections per year for Autumn/Winter and Spring/Summer seasons, with 400-450 styles per collection. Haglöfs' previous PLM system had limited capabilities and only housed product-related processes related to the clothing lines. The platform was inefficient and time-consuming, as it required a lot of manual work, offered limited visibility and couldn't be easily integrated with other systems such as PIM or ERP, causing unnecessary stress on teams. "For some time we had been discussing whether to upgrade the company's existing PLM software or adopt another solution," explains Per-Ola Axelsson, IT Manager at Haglöfs.
It was decided that a more robust and modern platform would be necessary in order to improve and streamline integrations and replace outdated spreadsheets and manual processes, particularly at a time when many people had been working from home since mid-March and still continue to do so.
"Centric PLM was ahead of its competitors in terms of functionality and how the system can help the business scale in the future. The Centric team's industry knowledge and expertise, especially in the Nordics region, are second to none, and we expect the system to innovate product development dramatically by streamlining and centralizing data for all three product lines."
"So far, the relationship with Centric has been very professional, with everyone involved being highly dedicated to the project."
"Following the implementation of Centric PLM, we expect to have a much more efficient process in place that will enable design, development and buying teams to focus on delivering value. Sustainability is also a key focus for us, and with Centric PLM we are pleased to be empowered to work towards achieving our sustainability goals by tracking relevant data and improving quality control."
"We are delighted to be partnering with Haglöfs to support the innovation of its business," comments Chris Groves, President and CEO of Centric Software. "We are looking forward to continuing to strengthen our relationship and see our synergies working together."
Haglöfs comes from Sweden, a country of extreme weather and extensive landscape. Where rolling lowlands and running rivers give way to thick forests and snow-capped mountains. A place where the outdoors isn't just a far-off place, it's in the fabric of the brands culture and community. Haglöfs explore with curiosity and a commitment to creating gear that will support anyone, anywhere on their outdoor adventure - from walking through the forest to reaching the peak of a mountain.
An attitude of innovation is at the core of Haglöfs' history. The brand was founded in 1914 by Wiktor Haglöf, a visionary with a dream and a toolbox. A carpenter by trade, Wiktor was determined to create a backpack that would withstand the necessary journeys through the country, no matter the conditions. From humble beginnings, Haglöfs' story evolved, and so did the offerings. Seeking constant progress, Haglöfs have ventured into new territory, creating technical designs that set a new standard in craftsmanship and committing to do what can be done to ensure that the outdoors will still be there for future generations to explore. The brand pioneered a new standard for perfection, but, like Wiktor, never stops innovating.
Celia Newhouse, Centric Software, 14385015498, firstname.lastname@example.org
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