i2 Technologies Inc, the provider of marketplace solutions, and Fabria Inc, a B2B marketplace for the global softgoods industry, today announced a technology partnership.

Fabria will implement i2 TradeMatrix 5.0, the latest release of i2's marketplace platform and solution suite that will enable Fabria to model, plan, and transact across all participants in its value chain. The partnership will broaden customer capability within the softgoods marketplace to further position Fabria in the B2B softgoods marketplace arena.

"By combining Fabria's industry-specific personalisation, messaging and search engine technology with i2's content management, order processing, and supply chain collaboration platform, we are creating the ideal trading network platform for the global softgoods industries," said Ajay Khanna, CTO of Fabria.

"Fabria's proprietary technology and industry expertise combined with the i2 platform creates a powerful softgoods trading network with the potential to deliver tangible benefits to buyers and suppliers of textiles and apparel worldwide," said Bob Copeland, principal of Kurt Salmon Associates, a consulting firm for the global consumer products industry.

About Fabria
Fabria is a business-to-business marketplace, providing an end-to-end solution to apparel and home furnishings manufacturers for the sourcing of piece goods, trim, accessories, and finished packages. Fabria enables manufacturers to search for fabric based on numerous parameters, request samples, invite quotes, and track delivery in a secure, customised and private environment.

About i2
i2 is creating real value for its global e-business customers through its i2 TradeMatrix Solutions, content, and marketplace platform. TradeMatrix allows businesses to create both private and public marketplaces, while improving the efficiencies of all participants. i2 provides a wide variety of collaborative e-business services for both the early stages and the next generation of e-business adoption. Founded in 1988, i2 is headquartered in Dallas, has more than 5,000 employees and maintains offices worldwide. Visit i2 at www.i2.com.