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Retailers improve control of global sourcing

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Eqos, a provider of on-demand PLM, global sourcing and supplier management
solutions for the retail supply chain, today announced the immediate
commercial availability of Eqos 4.2.

Currently in use by customers, Eqos 4.2 delivers actionable information via
dashboards, adds rigor to product testing procedures and further streamlines
sourcing and order management processes.
Eqos 4.2 delivers significant enhancements to retailers, agents, brokers and
manufacturers that are looking to decrease the lead times of private label
and other imported goods by improving visibility and collaboration with
agents, factories and distributors.
New functionality also offers improvements in the area of quality and
compliance, providing retailers with more rigorous product testing
procedures and better control over supply network performance.
Enhanced functionality includes the following:
* Eqos dashboards deliver actionable information via visual consolidation of
sourcing and supplier data on role-based dashboards accessible via the web.
User-configurable dashboards enable decision makers to summarize and analyze
current sourcing activities, integrate supplier performance into key
decision-making processes and take action on high priority items.
* Product testing enhancements enable retailers to adopt more comprehensive
procedures and proactively manage quality throughout standardized testing
processes. It also decreases the costs and risks associated with product
recalls and corrective actions by more readily detecting defects earlier in
the sampling and sourcing processes.
* Sets and Kits capabilities have been enhanced to better streamline and
consolidate processes for groups of products to be merchandised and sold as
a set. By minimizing duplication of efforts across the design and sourcing
processes, retailers are better able to negotiate with suppliers at both a
set and product level.
* Order Management improvements include streamlining the management of
continuity lines, allowing buyers to more efficiently create or modify new
designs based on existing styles and better negotiate with existing and new
suppliers.
"This latest product release further consolidates Eqos' position as a market
leader in providing best-of-breed sourcing and supplier management
solutions," says Jane Biddle, chief marketing officer and vice president US
operations. "Eqos continues to demonstrate our commitment to developing
quality solutions that enable retailers to effectively compete and expand
globally even in today's challenging economic times."