CBX Software

San Diego,  CA 
United States
  • Booth: 1026

CBX Software is Retail’s leading Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) and Total Sourcing Management solution provider from concept to delivery – combining people, processes, and solutions. CBX helps retailers and brands streamline product developmentsourcing, and supplier management, all the way through committed orders, QA, WIP Production Tracking, and delivery. Through innovative Sourcing Management, Product Lifecycle Management (PLM), and Production & Order Management technology solutions, CBX empowers the supply chain network by driving collaboration to over 15,000 retail & supplier partners, and 30,000 users in more than 50 countries. For more information, visit CBX Software at NRF booth #1026 - www.cbxsoftware.com 

 Press Releases

  • Ace Hardware, known as “The helpful place”, with over 5,000 stores locally owned and operated across the globe, has selected and gone live with the CBX Software Cloud Platform, to streamline global product development, sourcing operations, vendor collaboration, and quality assurance.

    As a leading DIY retailer, Ace Hardware was seeking a solution to streamline the process from the product planning phase through the placement of a vendor purchase order. As implementation continues, the CBX platform will benefit members across several departments including merchandising, sourcing, master data management, compliance, and transportation, as well as the extended vendor community.

    The CBX platform allows buyers and vendors to be more productive throughout the RFQ process, saving hours by only working on what is required at a given time. In addition, the platform allows customs compliance managers the ability to validate requirements such as tariff codes and related information much earlier in the sourcing process; uncovering erroneous information earlier means having the time to identify an alternative item/vendor for a given category plan, resulting in decreased supply chain cost and increasing margin.

    “Ace Hardware offers a wide variety of DIY products across several categories placing significant pressure on their domestic and international supply chain. Businesses of this typeface a number of complex issues around costing, supplier optimization, quality, and compliance,” said Eric Linxwiler, Senior Vice President of CBX Software. The CBX platform helps to bridge these gaps, while our support team provides around the clock, worldwide support; allowing different teams to collaborate effectively anywhere, anytime.  Ace Hardware’s decision validates our commitment to long-term investment in the US market and we are extremely excited to have them join our distinguished list of customer partners.

    About Ace Hardware

    Ace Hardware is the largest retailer-owned hardware cooperative in the world with more than 5,200 locally owned and operated hardware stores in approximately 70 countries. Headquartered in Oak Brook, Ill., Ace and its subsidiaries operate an expansive network of distribution centers in the U.S. and have distribution capabilities in Ningbo, China; Colon, Panama; and Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Since 1924, Ace has become a part of local communities around the world and known as the place with helpful hardware folks. For more information, visit acehardware.com or newsroom.acehardware.com

    About CBX

    CBX Software is the world’s leading Total Sourcing Management solution provider from concept to delivery – combining people, processes and solutions. CBX helps retailers and brands streamline product development and sourcing all the way through order, production and delivery. Through innovative Sourcing Management, Product Life-cycle Management (PLM), and Production & Order Management technology solutions, CBX empowers the supply chain network by driving collaboration to over 15,000 retail & supplier partners, and 30,000 users in more than 50 countries. For more information, visit www.cbxsoftware.com.

  • CBX Software, the world’s leading Total Sourcing Management solution provider, today announced its Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) solution has been selected by Petco, a leading national pet specialty retailer that operates more than 1,500 stores across the U.S. and Mexico, to streamline private label product development, sourcing operations, and vendor collaboration.

    CBX Software provides the most innovative enterprise solutions to private-label general merchandise, furniture, pet, fashion, and value-brand retailers. Retailers and brands with significant private-label initiatives use CBX to achieve their strategic product development, sourcing, supply chain automation, and digital transformation goals.

    “We are thrilled to announce that Petco has selected CBX Cloud,” says Eric Linxwiler, Senior Vice President, of CBX Software. “We are humbled and proud to be invited on this journey with one of the world’s most well-known and respected pet specialty retailers. We look forward to partnering closely with Petco, contributing to the expansion of their private label assortments and the growth of their direct import sourcing operations for many years to come.”

    Headquartered in San Diego, Petco required a solution to manage and streamline product development workflow, while strengthening information sharing between internal private brand team members, external vendors, and compliance service providers. The company intends to deploy CBX Cloud across multiple internal product development, sourcing, and compliance teams within the US and Asia, as well as to connect all product vendors worldwide through a single sign-on vendor portal.
    For more information on CBX Software, visit www.cbxsoftware.com or to schedule a demo please visit, www.cbxsoftware/request-demo/

    About CBX

    CBX Software is the world’s leading Total Sourcing Management solution provider from concept to delivery – combining people, processes and solutions. CBX helps retailers and brands streamline product development and sourcing all the way through the order, production and delivery. Through innovative Sourcing Management, Product Life-cycle Management (PLM), and Production & Order Management technology solutions, CBX empowers the supply chain network by driving collaboration to over 15,000 retail & supplier partners, and 30,000 users in more than 50 countries. For more information, visit www.cbxsoftware.com.

    About Petco and the Petco Foundation

    Petco is a leading pet specialty retailer with more than 50 years of service to pet parents. Everything we do is guided by our vision for Healthier Pets. Happier People. Better World. We operate more than 1,500 Petco and Unleashed by Petco locations across the U.S., Mexico, and Puerto Rico; complete pet care services and veterinary advice through PetCoach; and petco.com. The Petco Foundation, an independent nonprofit organization, has invested more than $250 million since it was created in 1999 to help promote and improve the welfare of companion animals. In conjunction with the Foundation, we work with and support thousands of local animal welfare groups across the country and, through in-store adoption events, help find homes for more than 400,000 animals every year.

  • In January, a new platform emerged with the sole purpose of serving private brand suppliers looking to connect with retailer partners and vice versa. Called TradeBeyond, the mobile app and website currently work with 30 retailers and 3,000 suppliers.

    TradeBeyond, a CBX Software company, is headquartered in Hong Kong, with offices in the United States, Europe, and throughout Asia, so the network has a large international contingent of suppliers.

    Among the platform’s differentiators is the fact that it only is looking to supply retailers with items to be sold under store brand labels or as an exclusive.

    Though similar platforms exist, they have different purposes. FMI’s Food Industry Exchange is an outlet for retailers to source private brands and connect, but it was primarily created to help suppliers and retailers efficiently move products during the COVID-19 pandemic. ECRM’s RangeMe mainly connects major national brands and their umbrella brands, challenger brands, natural and organic companies, and others with retailers looking to buy cases of a certain product, for example, but also acts as a way for retailers to source private brand products.

    Speaking with Tractor Supply, the hardware and rural lifestyle chain based in Brentwood, Tenn., one of the largest users of the new Trade Beyond network, the retailer is finding “quick-to-market, unique and new” products that they can run as an exclusive and make their own, said Brittany Snellen, product developer, pet and animal.

    Snellen said Tractor Supply uses Trade Beyond along with its agent group in Shanghai, China. The group exclusively works with Tractor Supply and has access to the app, managing much of the in-app communication with vendors, particularly those in China or overseas, Snellen said. The agent group manages the vendor pitches and reports back to the product developers like Snellen.

    Tractor Supply leverages the app to help fill gaps in exclusive products that the retailer needs quickly for a promotional event or a “promotable” that’s in stores carrying one-time buy items, stuff the retailer doesn’t replenish. It’s very new products, quick turnover, Snellen said. When developing a larger private brand rollout under one of its lines, Tractor Supply manages that the traditional route, using its in-house designers, sourcing it internally, working with marketing, and so on, she said. But Snellen said the app helps fill the gap on quick own-brand products.

    Tractor Supply has 20-plus store brands in its portfolio across several divisions (companion animal, large animal, hardware, apparel and home decor, etc). The chain’s 4health pet food is its largest own brand, popular for its better-for-pet ingredients.

    Snellen said she will communicate with domestic suppliers on the app. She finds the application especially useful when managing vendor relationships.

    Previously, if she had worked with a vendor or received a pitch, it might be a PowerPoint presentation, for example, and any information needed to be manually stored on a server and things could get lost, whereas the Trade Beyond app enables users to manage vendors in different buckets and store for future contact. A vendor who may not have worked for a past project but are great for a future one can easily be revisited through the managed buckets.

    Eric Linxwiler, senior vice president at TradeBeyond, said the application focuses mostly on general merchandise retailers and specialty stores so far, including Petco and Ace Hardware. “It’s organizations that have a very stated philosophy, Dollar General, as an example, that they will carry 50% or more of their assortment as own brands.”

    The list of suppliers working with the app runs across several categories, from hardlines to soft lines to prepackaged foods. Suppliers fill out profiles on the network that retailers can locate when fishing for products (there’s a special plan for suppliers to upgrade to a premium subscription where they become verified and vetted by a third party, and become more visible to retailers).

    Suppliers otherwise respond to project calls put out by retailers. Linxwiler shared a hypothetical example: “Ace Hardware has a whole department, a whole team of product developers that are trying to find interesting, unique new products in the market that they could put their own Ace signature on. They’ll put out a message on the network that says, ‘Hey, we need someone to put together unique tool kits, which includes a hammer, four screwdrivers, a roll of tape, and four other items.’”

    That project also will request a packaging type, product capacity, a price (say the whole kit needs to be produced for less than $2 to be sold at retail for $15.99), and suppliers then respond with what they have and a back-and-forth communication begins to develop something from scratch or order what’s ready to go.

    The Trade Beyond app is downloaded on iOS or Android phones and managed over a website.

    TradeBeyond is built specifically to meet the unique requirements for developing private-label merchandise,” Linxwiler said. “TradeBeyond is not a marketplace or auction site but rather provides the workflow and tools and messaging platform to execute the private-label merchandise development process. TradeBeyond provides a vetting service to verify suppliers; thus allowing it to be an open network similar to LinkedIn, and finally, data flows from TradeBeyond directly into Product Lifecycle Management, Product Information Management, and Enterprise Resource Planning Systems.”

  • TradeBeyond is helping store brand retailers collaborate with suppliers to organize long-range planning in the midst of limited travel, trade shows, and buying trips.

    CBX Software adds multiple tier-one retailers to their TradeBeyond product discovery and sourcing interface. TradeBeyond is the world’s leading app for retailers to streamline store brand product discovery, sourcing, and collaboration together with their trusted suppliers by leveraging its centralized product development platform. TradeBeyond also enhances internal and external communications for suppliers and retailers, helping both parties effectively scale their businesses.

    With COVID-19 and the Delta variant still causing havoc on trade shows, industry events, and travel, it has become difficult for retailers to connect with suppliers and expand their store brand product lines. TradeBeyond helps retailers connect directly with factories during these periods of limited face-to-face interaction. By bringing store brand retailers closer with their trusted suppliers for product discovery, product showcases, and innovation sessions, both parties can collaborate to implement strategies to increase overall sales.

    Streamlined sourcing file management, instant messaging, makes TradeBeyond a one-stop shop for internal teams to collaborate and curate ranges while partnering with pre-selected suppliers are all features included on the category management platform. The platform effectively reduces the clutter and chaos that comes with typical retailer/supplier collaborations, such as the overwhelming number of emails, attachments, spreadsheets, large image files, texts, phone calls, WhatsApp messages, and shared drives. All communication is hosted on a single secure and centralized location, updated in real-time.

    TradeBeyond provides retailers with the ability to browse all of their supplier partners’ products, as well as securely add and share mood boards, images, color schemes, and swatches to collections. This allows retailers to easily collaborate with supplier partners on product discovery and collection planning. Through the platform, retailers can invite suppliers to share products that match the collection theme. Suppliers can update digital catalogs for browsing retail buyers, receive requests for quotes and respond to retailer product requests instantly.

    “TradeBeyond’s goal is to innovate and revolutionize the retail-supplier partnership through a secure, centralized location,” said Michael Hung, CEO of CBX Software. “COVID-19 and the Delta variant are still present, and we, as an industry, need a way to connect retailers to suppliers to browse and find new innovative products.”

    TradeBeyond is an exclusive community of retailers, suppliers, and brands coming together to streamline long-range planning, sourcing, quotations, and buying. TradeBeyond is not a marketplace — it is a network and software used by retailers to discover new exclusive products and by suppliers to get discovered and earn more business.

    For more information on TradeBeyond and CBX Software’s mission to enhance sourcing and store brand product development, please visit TradeBeyond.

    About TradeBeyond

    TradeBeyond allows retailers, brands, suppliers, and factories to introduce, source, and match products with retail mood boards, ranges, and themes, in a digital showroom. TradeBeyond is home to thousands of validated suppliers and is designed to extend innovation, source, and bring products to market faster. TradeBeyond is the ultimate sourcing app that not only makes connections but provides an entire industry the tools to win. For more information visit tradebeyond.com.

  • CBX Software, the leader in Total Sourcing Management, is pleased to announce today that PetSmart Inc., the leading specialty pet retailer in North America, has successfully gone live with CBX Cloud for high-performance, real-time collaboration among its domestic and international product development team, as well as its suppliers located across the globe.

    To expedite the implementation process, wherever possible, the team adopted CBX Cloud “out-of-the-box” functionality avoiding customization. By relying on the built-in configurability and tailoring tools delivered within the application and focusing on industry best practices, the project moved quickly from kickoff to go-live implementation in seven months. Multiple teams at PetSmart including Product Development, Product Integrity, Global Sourcing, and Quality, as well as vendors and factories have access to and are using the CBX platform.

    PetSmart is at the forefront of leveraging technology to drive supply chain efficiency. As a key strategic initiative for the company, it is rapidly expanding its direct sourcing operations with global sourcing teams and offices now in Hong Kong and Shanghai. The deployment of CBX Cloud is a key milestone within this PetSmart initiative.

    “Technology is driving fundamental changes in our industry, and we believe that the deployment of CBX Cloud will enable us to innovate, move more quickly and deliver enhanced hardgoods products to our pet parent customers,” said Jim Persinger, Vice President of Global Sourcing for PetSmart. “We are impressed by the ease of implementation, and the benefits presented by the CBX Cloud solution, giving us added confidence to move full steam ahead with our strategic initiatives in the direct sourcing operations.”

    “Our Customers deserve rapid-time-to-value and a reasonable deployment schedule,” said Michael Hung, CEO, CBX Software. “CBX Cloud’s rich features and the flexibility of the solution will have an immediate positive impact at PetSmart and be important to the retailer as it continues to scale the technology across its direct sourcing operation. We welcome PetSmart to our family of Customer Partners, and we look forward to their continued success.”

    About PetSmart®

    PetSmart, Inc. is the largest specialty pet retailer of services and solutions for the lifetime needs of pets. At PetSmart, we love pets, and we believe pets make us better people. Every day with every connection, PetSmart’s passionate associates help bring pet parents closer to their pets so they can live more fulfilled lives. This vision impacts everything we do for our customers, the way we support our associates and how we give back to our communities. We employ approximately 53,000 associates, operate 1,477 pet stores in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico and 203 in-store PetSmart® PetsHotel® dog and cat boarding facilities. PetSmart provides a broad range of competitively priced pet food and pet products and offers dog training, pet grooming, pet boarding, PetSmart Doggie Day Camp day care services and pet adoption services in-store. Our portfolio of digital resources for pet parents – including PetSmart.com, PetFoodDirect.com, Pet360.com and petMD.com – offers the most comprehensive online pet supplies and pet care information in the U.S. Through our in-store pet adoption partnership with independent nonprofit organizations, PetSmart Charities® and PetSmart Charities™ of Canada, PetSmart helps to save the lives of more than 500,000 homeless pets each year.


  • CBX Cloud PLM
    CBX Cloud is designed for retailers and suppliers to power collaboration and growth from concept to delivery. CBX Software is Retail’s leading Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) solution provider from concept to delivery....

  • CBX Software has more than two decades of experience in simplifying global sourcing and continuously improving PLM Software, sourcing network software, and supply chain management software.

    In today’s competitive marketplace, the retail industry needs the best strategic sourcing software available, utilizing advanced sourcing approaches to manage the product development and supply chain process. Global sourcing can be tricky, so having the right global sourcing software helps ensure you’re making the best business decisions possible.

    The changing retail landscape demands retail sourcing software as the retail industry expands its range of private label assortments. Product sourcing software automatically compiles data for the global supply chain, letting you focus more time on product innovation and less time on critical path management.

    Given the importance of global sourcing software solutions, identifying the best sourcing software suppliers is more important than ever.

    Partner with retailers, manufacturers, and wholesalers to help scale direct sourcing and bring products to market faster with our supply chain management software. Finding the right solution for your business can be challenging, but our sourcing management software makes it easier. 

  • TradeBeyond
    The easiest way for retailers and suppliers to collaborate, develop collections, and source store-brand products. With TradeBeyond retailers can streamline merchandise planning and product development in one simple app!...

  • Resilient Retail: Digital Sourcing with TradeBeyond Empowers Retailers to Obtain New Products.

    The way retailers traditionally found the products they carry was by attending trade shows. These face-to-face events were once so important, they were an industry in and of themselves. In 2019, trade shows were estimated to bring in a total of $15 billion, reported Wharton Magazine. When the COVID-19 pandemic hit, trade shows, like many industries, came to a screeching halt.

    Although sales dropped during the COVID-19 lockdown, retail sales surged and the industry is now stronger than ever. If the pandemic has taught us anything, it is that digital sourcing is just as efficient as traditional buying trips. And with so many new avenues to source and procure products, a new tool is needed to help organize the process.

    TradeBeyond is that tool.

    TradeBeyond is an exclusive community of retailers, suppliers, and brands coming together to streamline range planning, sourcing, quotations, and buying. TradeBeyond is not a marketplace; it’s a network and an app used by retailers to discover new exclusive products and by suppliers to get discovered and win more business!

  • CBX Cloud Supplier Relationship Manager
    CBX Supplier Relationship Manager includes comprehensive vendor relationship management capabilities, helping retailers realize strategic and responsible objectives including the ethical and sustainable sourcing of store brand merchandise....

  • CBX Cloud’s vendor relationship management software offers a comprehensive strategic supplier/vendor management solution that helps retailers based on their individual needs, including a communication portal to facilitate communication between retailers and suppliers, on-boarding process automation, contract management, order management, corporate and social responsibility, as well as corrective action tracking and improvement planning.
  • CBX Cloud Supply Chain Management 4.0
    CBX Cloud Supply Chain Management Software 4.0 is used for the broad range of activities necessary to plan, control, and execute the product flow for on-time supply. It includes planning every step from product conception, production, and delivery.


  • Retail Industry 4.0 and Supply Chain Management Software

    CBX Clouds SCM software harnesses the power to help retail professionals manage supply, understand and overcome issues in designing and managing end-to-end global supply chains.

    CBX Clouds Supply Chain Management 4.0, is much different from how retailers applied it to their strategy in the past. For example, within store-brand production management, enterprises would typically communicate back and forth via email and spreadsheets on production updates and sample requests. CBX Clouds' smart technology has changed that. We can now get instant access to real-time updates and then take steps to prevent slowness in the process so that the supply chain can continue uninterrupted. CBX Supply Chain Management 4.0 software is about using technology to make the supply chain―and the enterprise―smarter.

  • CBX Cloud Quality & Compliance Portal
    CBX Quality & Compliance Portal will streamline communication for vendor, factory, product quality, safety and compliance....

  • Cloud-based Quality & Compliance

    The supply chain is a key to differentiation. Speed, Scale, Simplicity, and Quality are critical to keeping it running as efficiently as possible. However, from a retailer's perspective, sourcing-to-shelf is fraught with safety, quality, and compliance hazards – one mistake could not only incur hefty fines but could irrevocably damage the reputation of any retailer or brand.

    CBX Cloud Quality & Compliance Portal help retailers stay on top of the latest corporate and regulatory requirement demands, effectively collaborating between retailers, vendors, and 3rd party auditing, compliance, and testing organizations. Complexities of global retail sourcing stretch far and wide, with failure resulting in bankruptcies and store closures. Balancing these factors requires a trade management platform to enhance stronger communication and collaboration. Further, the quality and compliance portal efficiently manages your core processes around product quality safety and compliance.