Streamlined communications across the footwear industry's supply chain is one of the benefits promised by a new collaborative trading partner network.

Software solutions specialist FootWorks Information Systems and InterTrade's TradeLinks commerce platform are to team up to allow shoe companies worldwide to integrate business operations and improve external communications.

The two companies say the TradeLinks platform implementation will allow FootWorks to provide a higher caliber of customer service, improve the efficiency of business processes and receive significant expected savings, and to create a seamlessly integrated trading partner network.