Meijer Adopting Product Lifecycle Management

Midwest merchandiser seeks to shrink cycle times and cut costs

San Francisco — October 17, 2003 — Midwest retailer Meijer Inc. is set to use product lifecycle management solutions from Freeborders to speed retail products to market, trim costs and communicate more effectively with suppliers.

With its 158 stores throughout Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan and Ohio, the Meijer Fashions Department plays a formidable part in the company's overall business. However, the company faces increasing complexity in terms of global sourcing and product management.

Meijer has chosen Freeborders, a provider of product lifecycle management (PLM) solutions, because of its solutions and consulting services for managing the unique challenges of fashion supply chains, according to the solution provider.

Freeborders said its Collaborative Product Management (CPM) solution provides global trading partners with the tools and resources to centralize and manage communications and control data at each step along the retail supply chain. The provider's offering includes applications for product design, sourcing, logistics, materials development and quality assurance.

Using Freeborders' solutions and services, Meijer is looking to accelerate the delivery of products to market and realize savings through improved planning, better design tools and capabilities, greater visibility of product development processes, more efficient global sourcing and increased data sharing and collaboration with suppliers.

Other customers for Freeborders' PLM solutions include Dillard's, DuPont, Gap, Saks and Target.

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