The Children's Place Retail Stores Inc has selected new software to automate its international sourcing.

The SteppingStones suite from TradeStone is expected to help the company to more effectively collaborate with global suppliers and improve visibility of the pre- and post-shipment supply chain.

Ed DeMartino, chief information officer of The Children's Place, says the software should also "allow us to reduce the cost of merchandise and transportation, improve our back office productivity and reduce markdowns."

The Children's Place has 691 stores, including 649 stores in the US and 42 stores in Canada.