Freeborders Launches New PLM Suite 3.5 for Retail Customers

Updates manufacturing and cost visibility, offers improved data integration and new sourcing management application

Updates manufacturing and cost visibility, offers improved data integration and new sourcing management application

San Francisco — October 26, 2005 — Solution provider Freeborders today launched PLM Suite 3.5, the latest release of its product lifecycle management (PLM) software solution for retail designed to enable retailers to streamline the development processes.

Beta-tested by customers such as J.Jill, Sara Lee Courtaulds and others, Freeborders PLM Suite 3.5 offers updated manufacturing and costing visibility, improved data integration and the release of FB Source, a new sourcing management application.

"We believe that with Freeborders PLM Suite 3.5, we now offer the most robust product lifecycle management solution for retail on the market," said Debbie Baldini, managing director of the retail practice at Freeborders. "With one of the largest development teams in the world dedicated to PLM, our customers know that when they work with Freeborders, they have a technology partner that will work with them to achieve their product development goals."

One of Freeborders PLM Suite 3.5's major additions is FB Source, a sourcing visibility and management application designed to help retailers to further reduce lead times by managing vendors more effectively. Features include RFQ management, real-time Web-based vendor evaluations and sourcing plans.

"Retail is a key vertical market for us," said Ramsey Walker, Freeborders' co-CEO. "We're one of the first technology solution providers in China to develop industry-specific domain expertise, and it allows us to provide a wealth of retail-specific functionality and benefits at costs that are significantly lower than those of many of our competitors."

Other enhancements now available to Freeborders PLM Suite 3.5 include new business planning capabilities in FB Line Optimizer and multiple-page storyboard creation in FB Storyboard.

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