Woolworths Australia is replacing multiple legacy systems and spreadsheets with a single PLM platform across all divisions and product categories.

The retailer, which has more than 3,200 stores across Australia and New Zealand selling product ranging from food and liquor to fashion and general merchandise, is rolling-out TradeStone’s product lifecycle management (PLM) system to help manage and standardise its end-to-end new product development process.

Ultimately, the system will be used across all retail divisions and 6,000+ suppliers – with more than 20,000 users creating a world-class community on a single collaborative platform.

Woolworths’ PLM supports supplier management, factory compliance, product quality, local as well as international sourcing and costing.

“We are working collaboratively across all divisions within Woolworths to get to a single product development system,” said Carl Hargrave, group commercial director.

“Increasingly, retailers must manage complex global supplier communities whilst simultaneously expanding product offerings and brand banners to achieve customer growth,” adds Brian Marsden, president, TradeStone.