Integrating PIM systems: When is it worth for online retailers? – Interview with PIM providers SAP Hybris, Akeneo and CONTENTSERV [Part 1]

arahan - Fotolia / dotSource
arahan – Fotolia / dotSource
As we stated in several articles over the past few months, Product Information Management (PIM) systems are the ultimate strategic tool to make the most out of a digital business. They are a must in cross-channel scenarios, make the difference in B2B complex product catalogues and are responsible for the increasing personalisation of all ranges of products and services, among other things.
 
It is important that online shops, both B2C and B2B, are aware of the existence of easy-to-use and cutting-edge PIM systems, their advantages as well as which elements can be used to detect if a PIM is needed.
 
As we know this is a complex topic that attracts a lot of attention, Handelskraft has brought together three experts of well-known and unique PIM system vendors in the market: Christian Rohr, Senior Product Marketing Manager at SAP Hybris, Frédéric de Gombert, CEO of Akeneo and Alexander Garkisch, Business Development & Strategic Marketing Manager at CONTENTSERV, have asked them about the real potential of PIM, how companies can benefit from it and how retailers can make the best choice.
 

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“Investing in traffic generation is pointless when too few visitors can find the right product” – Interview with Handelskraft Speaker Daniel Planert from FACT-Finder

Nowadays, when people need answers they often do not read books or ask their relatives, they just go straight away to google it. No matter the question you drop, the search engine always gives you some feedback and consequently people are more happy and convinced.

Daniel Planert, Partner Manager of FACT-Finder
Daniel Planert, Partner Manager of FACT-Finder

Because of the strong competition, the same scenario has also transferred to online shops. An on-site search solution is gaining importance not only to stand out the crowd but also to address the need to give instantaneously answers to the customers; especially when they do not know exactly which product they are looking for and just have a vague idea.

That is how a quality on-site search can be the passport to obtain a purchase and to gain a satisfied customer. This solution can guide the customer to the right product and help finally to choose the most suitable product and value for money in the blink of an eye: name, photo, amount of available items, price and color options. Quick inspiration, selection and order placed.

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“I don’t know any company that is more customer-friendly than Amazon. That’s the crucial competitive advantage” – Interview with Handelskraft Speaker and E-Commerce Consultant Adrian Hotz

Adrian Hotz, founder of Adrian Hotz E-Commerce-Beratung
Adrian Hotz, founder of Adrian Hotz E-Commerce-Beratung

Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it’s Superman! What the world saviour from planet Krypton is to the league of superheroes, Amazon is to online retail. Is it a retailer? Is it a marketplace? Or is it a world-dominating system? Whatever the answer might be, there’s no name closer related to the concept of online retailing and more positively rated than Amazon. This is the challenge for all other retailers. An apparently hopeless battle – David versus Goliath – for market shares and customers.

What does that mean for all non-Superman online retailers? The good news is that they can still lead a successful existence as Batman, The Flash, or Wonder Woman. So there are indeed ideas how to coexist with Amazon.

In an interview with Handelskraft, Adrian Hotz, founder of Adrian Hotz E-Commerce-Beratung and editor of www.insideecommerce.de, explains how the Amazon ecosystem attracts customers and what retailers can learn from this. He will host a session on this topic at our Handelskraft Conference 2016, so you can get the whole insights on Thursday, February 18.

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“Every product has its own story which is often worth more than the product itself” – Interview with Handelskraft speaker Johannes Altmann von Shoplupe

One gown, one objective: to look gorgeous and sophisticated. The choices are clear to achieve that: one expensive perfume, a glamorous trendy dress and a stunning hairstyle. Five years later, the focus has changed drastically.

Johannes Altmann, CEO and founder of Shoplupe GmbH
Johannes Altmann, CEO and founder of Shoplupe GmbH

One gown, one mission: to be loyal to her own way of life. She orders a bio perfume online, goes to a brick and mortar store to try dresses and have a nice shopping experience together with her phone and she makes her own hairstyle following the steps described in Pinterest. Customer behaviour is changing and “where” you buy products or services as well as the way you take towards them are making the difference.

In a recent interview, Johannes Altmann, founder and CEO in Shoplupe GmbH, has shared some first approaches, on how the new generation of shoppers has new expectations and puts the focus on ways of living instead of the product itself. He will host a session on this topic at our Handelskraft Conference 2016, so you can get the whole insights on Thursday, February 18.

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“The online shop convinces with an improved usability and a better conversion rate” – Interview with Handelskraft speaker Bernd Behrens from 4Care

Geschäftsführer der 4Care GmbH - Bernd Behrens
Geschäftsführer der 4Care GmbH – Bernd Behrens

In 2014 our costumer 4Care GmbH, one of the Europe’s leading omni-channel providers of contact lenses, care products and glasses, went all in on the implementation of a responsive web design and the migration of Lensbest.de to Intershop 7.3. Their trust in dotSource led to convincing the jury and receiving the Shop Usability Award 2015 in the category of wellness, beauty and health.

Several months later, the battle continues within the eyeglasses complex online business. It is time to know the results, benefits and opportunities for 2016 that 4Care can share after their experience. In a recent interview, Bernd Behrens from 4Care GmbH has shared small touches of strokes about their experiences with the migration process as well as the main aspects to keep technically up-to-date, among other things. He will host a session on these topics at our Handelskraft Conference 2016, so you can get the whole insights on Thursday the 18th of February.

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“98 % of all customer interactions can be personalized” – Interview with Handelskraft speaker Jan Lippert from prudsys

Jan Lippert, Head of Professional Services at prudsys
Jan Lippert, Head of Professional Services at prudsys

Shops would like to be inside costumer’s minds and know their tastes and preferences. It sounds I am talking about the glass magic ball in that fairytale but I am not. The technology is step by step reaching new horizons. In this context, it is possible to predict the next step the customer will take, making him or her recommendations based on different data with the aim of providing an excellent and tailored customer service. Retail and manufacturing companies can progress to higher revenues and higher conversion rates with the implementation of personalization solutions.

In a recent interview, Jan Lippert, from prudsys has shared some first approaches, on how shops can implement personalization software to offer customers the perfect recommendation for the right product. He will host a session on this topic at our Handelskraft Conference 2016, so you can get the whole insights on Thursday the 18th of February.

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