Swatchbook and Centric Software partner for materials PLM integration

Swatchbook Inc. and Centric Software have announced a partnership that will provide seamless integration between Swatchbook’s material sourcing, management and design platform and Centric Software’s Centric PLM. Image: sample book

swatchbook inc. and software centered announced a partnership that will provide seamless integration between the materials sourcing, management, and design platform and the Centric PLM software solution for product planning, design, development, sourcing, and selling.

The Irvine, Calif.-based Sample Book was founded in 2017 and develops apps that help bring the creative community within an organization into the product development process. Centric Software provides a digital transformation platform from product concept to consumer for a variety of consumer goods across a number of different industries including fashion retail, luxury and outdoor. Centric PLM delivers enterprise-level innovations for consumer industries.

“By focusing on the fashion industry, we’ve seen Centric Software become the leader in PLM,” said Thomas Teger, co-founder and chief product officer of Swatchbook. “Partnering with Centric Software and integrating material samples from the color chart directly into the PLM will accelerate time to market while reducing waste. Designers will be closely linked to production and vice versa via a live dynamic link to ensure data is always up to date.

swatchbook will provide two-way integration between its cloud platform and Centric PLM which will be instantly available to users. The integration is available for materials and colors uploaded by brands as well as all material and color combinations uploaded by suppliers. Users can also create their own colors. Other assets including sketches, graphics and colors can also be synchronized with Centric PLM.

“This partnership is an exciting development for apparel and footwear brands moving to a 3D environment. With this integration, information associated with each material flows directly from the supplier to Centric PLM through the color chart, improving the efficiency of product development workflows by eliminating manual data entry. This opens up a plethora of possibilities for nurturing designer creativity,” said Ron Watson, vice president of product at Centric Software.

Italian sportswear brand Kappa recently integrated swatchbook into its workflow as part of its supply chain digital transformation. Kappa will also use a sample book for materials procurement and management. Other notable clients using the swatches platform include New balance, Target, Aldo and merrel.

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