Sleepwear and loungewear specialist Russell-Newman Inc is to track and manage its products and processes from design to distribution using the Internet browser-based Justwin WebConnect software.

The Denton, TX based company holds exclusive license agreements with Laura Ashley - Sleepwear and Tommy Hilfiger Sleepwear - Men's and Women's Divisions, and also produces branded robes, intimate apparel and sleepwear under its trademark label Cypress and for a number of private label programmes.

"Justwin WebConnect will be used throughout our company from the inception of the product design, through production and tracking of the product overseas, to the receipt of the finished product in our distribution centre", said Richard Martino, executive vice president at Russell-Newman Inc.

"In the past, separate computer spreadsheets were used for implementing and tracking the apparel process. Each department had its own way of tracking, but sharing information was very difficult. Justwin will eliminate our old method of management and tracking by replacing the manual spreadsheets with this shared, browser-based technology."

Russell-Newman's customer base consists of several categories including department and specialty stores, chain and discount stores, direct mail catalogues, and a separate hotel division supplying embroidered robes to major hotels throughout the United States. The manufacturer directly employs 155 people domestically.