TradeStone Software, delivering Merchandise Lifecycle Management (MLM) solutions that unify the design, sourcing, ordering and delivery of retail goods, today announced that TradeStone is the sole Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) / sourcing provider listed in RIS News Software Leaderboard 2011 for the second year running.

RIS News Software Leaderboard listing is a wildly influential ranking of the top-rated retailer technology vendors nationwide. Key metrics for making the list include functionality, revenue and key customer references and testimonials. This year TradeStone scored in the Top 10 in several key categories including Customer Satisfaction, Leaders in Targeted Solutions and Recommendation.

Now in its 11th year, the RIS News Software Leaderboard survey is conducted by an independent third-party research firm and includes responses from all major retail segments. For this year's survey, nearly 250 retailers voted, including 567 vendor valuations.

TradeStone's rankings are as follows:

  • Targeted Solutions Vendor Leaders in Customer Satisfaction: Rank 3
  • Leaders in Targeted Solutions: Rank 4
  • Customer Satisfaction Leaders by Apparel Retailers: Rank 7
  • Leaders in Recommendation: Rank 8

"Once again TradeStone is the only PLM / sourcing vendor to make the RIS LeaderBoard two years running, which is an impressive accomplishment," said Joe Skorupa, editor-in-chief, RIS News. "The high marks TradeStone achieved in customer satisfaction -- as voted by retailers -- is a testament to its mission and execution. As more retailers seek out PLM and sourcing solutions they will turn to the LeaderBoard for guidance in the selection process and look for those with high customer satisfaction scores as a sign that a vendor has the ability to meet high expectations."

"To be cited two years running as the sole PLM / sourcing provider for retail is an amazing testament to our dominance in this market," said Sue Welch, CEO, TradeStone Software. "We are most proud of our high rankings in customer satisfaction and our recognition as one of the Top 10 Leaders in Recommendation. This enviable achievement caps off another banner year at TradeStone and we look forward to making 2012 our best year to date!"