Fashion retailer The Limited is to start using product lifecycle management software at its New York design and product development offices to help streamline product development cycles and increase visibility into pre-production business processes.

The Visual tool from Visual 2000 International will replace a legacy PDM system to manage all product components and details; and track and manage related pre-production tasks and processes.

“We expect to achieve a rapid implementation and speed-to-benefit,” said Limited Stores CIO Roger E. Coville.

Global suppliers and vendor partners will use the web-based system to electronically collaborate with the retailer on product issues and share visibility into process timelines and milestone performance.

Expected to go-live later this year, the new system will also be used at the Limited Stores headquarters in New Albany, Ohio. The retailer has over 220 mall locations throughout the US.