Shoe retailer Brantano NV has agreed to implement International Business Machines' supply chain management system based on the i2 for Retail suite of solutions.

Brantano hopes that by boosting its supply chain procedures, it will be able to optimise assortment planning, stock management and flow of goods.

Over a three-year period, IBM will deliver project management and implementation services and will supply the i2 software, IBM hardware & software.

Kurt Moons, Brantano's chief executive officer, said: "In recent years, the retail industry has become both more complex and more sophisticated.

"With the help of more detailed planning, we will continually optimise our stock position even at size level and bring it into line with realised and planned sales."

Brantano NV markets competitively priced ladies', men's and children's shoes throughout approximately 271 shops.

IBM Business Consulting Services is the world's largest consulting services organisation.

The i2 for Retail solution from i2 is designed to enable companies like Brantano to plan and monitor purchasing in greater detail.