Kinco chooses Centric PLM™ for a perfect fit
Venerable glove company boosts agility with PLM
CAMPBELL, Calif., May 9, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Kinco, The Glove Company, Selects Centric Software®product lifecycle management (PLM) solution. software centered provides the most innovative business solutions to plan, design, develop, source and sell products such as apparel, footwear, sporting goods, furniture, home decor, cosmetics, food and beverages and luxury in order to achieve strategic and operational digital transformation objectives.
We opted for Centric, because of its stability, its size, but also the really very organized approach to integration.
Situated at Portland, OR and founded in 1975, Kinco is a second-generation, family-owned company that produces premium gloves designed for everything from gardening to snowmobiling to thermal work gloves. They offer high quality and innovation at a fair price.
Nicolas Pai is in Purchasing and Supply at Kinco. It describes the business for those not directly there. “Glove making is surprisingly technical. Shoes have a standard size for the inside of the shoe. Pants have a standardized size. Gloves can be trickier because each piece has to be sewn by hand, which many people don’t know.” He goes on to explain that there are also challenges in the materials used to make gloves. “There are simple cotton knit gloves, nitrile and latex dipped gloves, leather gloves and synthetic leather gloves. Finding sizing consistency across the line is a challenge.”
The company has 30 to 40 suppliers. They manufacture around 180 styles of gloves and have at least two suppliers for each style of glove in different countries to prepare for disruptions. Pai says, “We source from six different countries. We have to have shipping times, production times, different Harmonized Tariff Codes (HTS) for different materials and types of gloves. It can get overwhelming. For example, the United States decides to impose a 25% tariff on China. Ok, how do we quickly find price alternatives with our other factories that could make these gloves? We need to answer these questions to be faster, more agile, and also have a place where all of our material information lives.”
Pai felt that getting a PLM solution was inevitable. “I think every company our size trying to grow reaches a point where just using PLM is enough.” Kinco researched suppliers and in doing so interviewed and demonstrated with six suppliers. “We’ve had enough experience with software vendors to realize that the service to get you where you need to be to operate is sometimes even more important than the software itself.” He continues: “In the end, we went with Centric, because of its stability, its size, but also the really, really organized approach to integration. Currently, everyone in sourcing feels to drown, especially with the issues that we’re going through this year with things out of our control. We really needed to have a partnership with a company where they would take on some of the onboarding work to keep us on our toes. right track, which is really important.
Kinco expected many benefits from Centric PLM, such as having all materials and product information in a digital hub, but there were features that were non-negotiable. Says Pai, “We decided on the three main necessities we needed to have: a costing tool, a technical pack tool, and a vendor rating system. Centric had them and we said this price was worth those three things he can do.” He says, “When companies integrate PLM, I would think that they usually do it when they should have done it a year or two ago, and they feel overwhelmed. The Centric product is a great product, but I think the support from Centric is better than any other company I’ve interviewed. And that was the selling feature for us in particular.
Chris GrovesPresident and CEO of Centric Software said, “I am delighted that Kinco has chosen Centric. Nicolas Pai expressed; we pride ourselves on providing the highest level of service. We work closely with each of our customers – with input from partners like Kinco, all of our release updates are market-driven and based on real-world situations. »
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Kinco has been manufacturing quality work, safety, garden and thermal gloves since 1975. We are a dedicated second generation family business that produces quality work gloves and stands behind every product we make.
Solid leather, knitted shells with latex or nitrile coating, warm thermal lining, resistant Kevlar.® thread, waterproof PVC coating, 3M™ Scotchlite reflective material and touchscreen fingertips, quality is our top priority. We take great pride in setting high standards for our products, such as double stitched seams for heavy use areas on some styles, reinforced leather or Kevlar.® materials, using
AquaPAS!® waterproof liner instead of just a waterproof liner, rugged MIRAX2 synthetic leather on the KincoPro™ series, and use of multiple cut-resistant fibers for the Cutflector™ styles. Not only do we ensure that each style has the correct quality and thickness of leather, fabric weight and thumb styles to provide an ergonomic fit and longer wear, but we also ensure that the sizes of our gloves are carefully checked for accurate and generous sizing.
Kinco staff is dedicated to you! We are enthusiastic, innovative and passionate; and we work as a team to impress you with our brilliant and understanding interactions. We stand behind our exceptional product and hope to build a healthy business relationship centered around our excellent glove program and commitment to you.
Software centered (www.centricsoftware.com)
From its Silicon Valley headquarters, Centric Software® provides a consumer product concept digital transformation platform for fashion, retail, footwear, luxury, outdoor, consumer electronics and consumer goods including cosmetics and personal care, food and drink. Centric’s flagship product lifecycle management (PLM) platform, Centric PLM™, delivers enterprise-class innovations in merchandise planning, product development, sourcing, quality and optimization of the product portfolio, specifically for fast-moving consumer industries. Centric Visual Innovation Platform (CVIP) delivers highly visual digital whiteboard experiences for collaboration and decision making. Centric Retail Planning is an innovative cloud-native solution powered by Armonica Retail SRL, which provides an end-to-end retail planning process designed to maximize retail business performance. Centric Software pioneered mobility, introducing the first mobile apps for PLM, and is widely known for its connectivity to dozens of other enterprise systems including ERP, DAM, PIM, e-com, scheduling and more, as well as creative tools such as Adobe.® Illustrator and a multitude of 3D CAD connectors. Centric innovations are 100% market-driven with the highest user adoption rate and fastest time to value in the industry. All of Centric’s innovations shorten time to market, drive 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 mockup and PLM solutions.
Centric Software has received numerous industry awards and accolades, including being named by red herring to its Global Top 100 list in 2013, 2015, and 2016. Centric has also received various Frost & Sullivan Achievement Awards in 2012, 2016, 2018, and 2021.
Centric Software is a registered trademark of Centric Software Inc. All other brand and product names may be trademarks of their respective owners.
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