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Enhanced in-store customer experience with digital transformation of Retail Systems

SINSA enhances in-store customer experience with digital transformation of Retail Systems

Brief

SkillNet partners with SINSA in the digital transformation of core retail systems (including POS, Merchandising & Store Inventory) to improve customer satisfaction and increase efficiencies in operations.

About the client

Founded in 1990, SINSA is the largest home improvement retailer in Nicaragua. It has four business units, with retail comprising 75% of the company’s sales, followed by project and engineering services, wholesale and car battery distribution.

SINSA operates 24 stores and wholesale outlets offering 65,000+ SKUs in 15 categories of home improvement products (hardware, tiles, electric components among others) and services for the remodeling, construction, decoration and electrical industries.

Challenges

SINSA is one of the fastest-growing home improvement retailers in Central America. Its mission is to offer an integrated solution to all customers in construction, renovation, and decoration projects. Within its stores, customers could negotiate prices, and associates can offer discounts within certain ranges. Additionally, customers could pick up their purchases from a store or distribution center, create quotations and process them at a later date.

Apart from constantly looking at improving operations, the SINSA team wanted to ensure their retail platforms could support the company growth. They also wanted to be more agile and better support customer needs with process digitization. Given the focus on enhancing customer experience, they also felt that it was important for store associates to have access to updated inventory information.

Since SINSA’s homegrown retail system could not keep pace with the company’s growth or requirements, the team felt the need for an integrated retail system (including POS, Merchandising & Store Inventory) that met international standards while supporting their requirements.

Solutions

After selecting Oracle products for the digital transformation, SkillNet was chosen for the implementation of Oracle Xstore POS, Oracle Retail Customer Engagement, Oracle Retail Merchandising Systems and Oracle Fusion Financials. SkillNet’s in-depth knowledge of the retail industry, expertise in Oracle Retail, along with its LATAM capability and presence made it an obvious choice to support SINSA’s ambitious digital initiative.

SkillNet ’s consulting expertise helped define and design new processes across the organization. One of the key areas of transformation was in the redesign of pre-sale and post-sale processes for customer engagements. Other processes such as Equipment Rentals, Quotations, Distribution Center Pick Up and Returns, selling of defectives items at discounts and loyalty programs (Gift Cards and Gift Registry) were also part of the digital transformation.

Oracle Retail Xstore POS was introduced successfully across SINSA’s retail stores including the largest locations with over 50 registers per store.

Results

SkillNet has been instrumental in helping SINSA achieve its digital transformation goals with increased efficiencies in operations and improved customer satisfaction.

With the new systems, store associates can access inventory systems on their computers or from their mobile phones. The retail focused CRM, Oracle Retail Customer Engagement, provides store associates with a detailed view of customer transactions in real time.

Due to greater level of details at item levels, the efficiency of replenishment in warehousing has increased. This ensures increased availability of popular items.

The new systems also allow customers to add items to their basket from different parts of the store and pay at the exit. The new POS system has enabled SINSA to improve processing time resulting in 33 percent reduction in customer wait time. All of this has contributed to richer in-store experiences resulting in increased customer satisfaction.

We are delivering on our vision to become more agile and satisfy our customer’s needs through a digital transformation process that starts by analyzing our processes, making adjustments and adopting a modern platform that can help us reduce risks and bring scalability to our business units as we continue to grow. Roger Vargas, Continuous Improvement Manager at SINSA

About SkillNet

SkillNet Solutions, Makers of Modern Commerce provide consulting and technology services to companies that are digitally transforming their retail business to modern commerce. Our services enable clients to rapidly anticipate and respond to changing consumer behaviour. Through engineering and enterprise-grade implementation of cloud and SaaS applications, SkillNet creates rich customer journeys for local and global brands to stay ahead of the curve. Our solution accelerators enable clients to quickly become more agile and efficient in harnessing technology.

Located in the heart of Silicon Valley, SkillNet partners with industry leaders like Oracle, SAP Commerce Cloud (Hybris), Salesforce, Magento and AWS to enhance online and in-store experiences. Since 1996, we have worked with retailers across 53 countries to deliver exceptional customer experience and growth. Our award-winning solutions have enabled global retail brands in Apparel, Automotive, F&B, CPG, Grocery, Health & Beauty, Liquor, Pharmacies, Restaurants and Telecom to deliver the promise of modern commerce.

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400+ lululemon stores across US, Canada & Europe get ready for safe COVID-19 operations with POS upgrade

SkillNet helps lululemon stores upgrade to drive safe in-store customer experience.

After closing in March, lululemon US, Canada & Europe stores began re-opening in early June. This meant an increased focus on safe shopping for guests (customers).  As the first of US stores went live with Oracle Xstore POS upgrade in June, it allowed lululemon to initiate several measures to enable safe shopping.

As part of its “Make it together” program, SkillNet partnered with lululemon to identify one of the important initiatives to make shopping in the stores a safer experience. SkillNet used its POS expertise to reduce customer touch points during checkout process. For example, instead of having customers select their preferences for opting in or out of the retailer’s email campaigns, the educators (cashiers) can now directly do it on their behalf. This change makes checkouts both safe and quick, and enables smoother interaction between customer and cashier.

As a result of the POS upgrade, guests who shop online can now ship gifts to home, and also drop off their returns at the door instead of entering the stores. The upgrade also improved reporting capability for better decision making.

While the upgrade began before the pandemic, SkillNet team collaborated extensively and worked  remotely to overcome shutdown challenges, including moving some of the testing hardware to their homes and supporting longer acceptance test cycles.

Another key challenge of the upgrade was the large amount of data that needed to be migrated. In order to expedite the process of migration, SkillNet used its StoreHubTM platform to load data. With StoreHubTM, the team was able to use the available service connectors to the POS system without creating new integrations and this resulted in shortened timelines. SkillNet also introduced DevOps for the automation of build, tests and releases.

The upgrades not only enable lululemon to ensure safe shopping during Covid-19 but also be more prepared to ensure richer store experience in the new normal.

The “Make it together” program is a SkillNet initiative to support its retail partners during the COVID 19 pandemic. As part of the program, SkillNet provides free modifications to retailer’s POS, ecommerce and other applications, that enable safe and convenient shopping for their customers.

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Luxottica improves technology deployment by reducing testing cycles from 48 hours to less than 2 hours

SkillNet enables Luxottica to speed up technology deployment cycles through automation and the adoption of DevOps processes.

With a strong portfolio of retail brands and 9200 stores, Luxottica is well positioned to serve every segment of the North American market with a variety of differentiated products & services, including the latest designer and high-performance frames, innovative lens options, advanced eye care, everyday value and high-quality vision care health benefits.

Luxottica aims at expanding its market through stronger retail distribution while consolidating its wholesale network and further growing its presence in e-commerce, department stores and travel retail.

As a brand leader, Luxottica has been taking initiatives to build agility in its online and offline technology and operations to continuously deliver improved customer experiences. As part of this initiative, Luxottica partnered with SkillNet to increase the speed of change in technology that is currently deployed in North America stores.

Retail applications like Point of Sale are traditionally viewed as less agile than their online counterparts, for good reasons. These applications are often complicated with dozens of intricate touch points with in-store hardware and software systems. They must work flawlessly for thousands of store employees over millions of purchase transactions. Glitches in Point of Sale can disrupt customer experience and hurt brand image. Therefore, retailers extensively test these systems before deploying to stores, and are wary of introducing frequent changes.  This poses a big challenge when shopping experiences are constantly evolving under the effect of demographic shifts and technology advances. This year COVID-19 has pushed the envelope further.

Luxottica’s technology team together with SkillNet is overcoming this challenge by applying agile DevOps techniques. First step was automation of the testing process involved in Point of Sale deployment. For this, SkillNet leveraged its expertise in developing test automation for Oracle XStore POS using xUnit, an opensource toolkit. This automation has reduced the testing cycle time from 48 hours to less than 2 hours, accelerating the deployment of technology changes to drive richer in-store customer experiences.

Next, Luxottica is working with SkillNet in automating the Point of Sale deployment process, which will complete the continuous integration and continuous deployment (CI/CD) pipeline. The success of this program has encouraged Luxottica to look at other systems in their global operations that can now be automated.

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Gross margin increase for cosmetic brand

Global cosmetics retailer increases growth margins with seamless POS unification across 50+ countries

Brief

Multi-brand cosmetics retailer accelerates digital transformation by unifying multiple POS systems to a single upgraded solution.

About the client

The client is a global leader in prestige beauty – delighting consumers with transformative products and experiences, inspiring them to express their individual beauty. With a diverse portfolio of 25+ brands, they are the only company who focus solely on prestige makeup, skin care, fragrance and hair care. They operate over 1500 freestanding stores and 1,700+ E/M commerce sites in 50+ countries.

Challenge

Most of the client’s 25+ global brands had become a part of the client’s portfolio through various acquisitions. This meant that most of the brands provided independent in-store experiences with different underlying CRM and POS systems. The diverse in-store systems meant high maintenance costs, complex license management and vendor agreements. Small changes to the system required complex planning to cascade through the overall landscape.

The client also found it difficult to rollout promotions or omnichannel capabilities globally. The systems also hampered the client’s ability to introduce critical initiatives such as BOPIS (Buy Online-Pickup-In-Store) and BORIS (Buy-Online-Return-In-Store). All of this could impact the client’s charter to delight consumers with transformative experiences.

Solution | Ensuring continued seamless omnichannel experience

The solution was to migrate different brands, retail stores in various countries and disparate content to a consolidated in-store experience underpinned by a single POS solution (Oracle Xstore POS and Oracle Retail Customer Engagement) with minimal disruption.

SkillNet started the engagement by harmonizing the global code base. The harmonization was intended to create a baseline system for all the brands and geographies while maintaining those components that had reuse value. SkillNet’s multidisciplinary agile teams and DevOps engineering helped automate and accelerate different stages of the project. The SkillNet solution also addressed the regulatory and fiscal requirements required by various countries. As a result, customizations across geographies were reduced and the delivery cycles shortened across brand silos.

During country wise implementations, a flexible design was created for extensions and services. This enabled reuse across different geographies. The global code base provided multiple layers of functionality which were applicable across regions, specific geographies, store formats and brands. The core functionality for omnichannel capability is being delivered globally. The solution also enabled BOPIS (Buy Online Pickup In-Store), BORIS (Buy Online Return In Store) and OOFIS (Order Online From In Store) features. These have been introduced at country and brand level with minimal disruptions.

The roll out has been completed successfully for a majority of countries across Asia, Europe and North America.

Results | Digital Transformation supports growth margins

Since its introduction, the client has reported robust growth in sales and growth margins due to the seamless omnichannel experience.

The unified POS solution allows the store associates to spend more time with customers on sales floor and this provides them with opportunities to cross sell and upsell products. Since the solution is being driven by services and base configurations, it has also increased customer engagement time and enabled cost savings.

The single global code base solution has also helped streamline vendor licensing, software upgrades, maintenance costs and provide system support from one single location. Faster release cycles have also helped accelerate the client’s digital initiatives.

SkillNet received the “Best Drive in Innovation and Process Transformation” award for its contribution in the client’s digital transformation.

About SkillNet

SkillNet Solutions, Makers of Modern Commerce provide consulting and technology services to companies that are digitally transforming their retail business to modern commerce. Our services enable clients to rapidly anticipate and respond to changing consumer behaviour. Through engineering and enterprise-grade implementation of cloud and SaaS applications, SkillNet creates rich customer journeys for local and global brands to stay ahead of the curve. Our solution accelerators enable clients to quickly become more agile and efficient in harnessing technology.

Located in the heart of Silicon Valley, SkillNet partners with industry leaders like Oracle, SAP Commerce Cloud (Hybris), Salesforce, Magento and AWS to enhance online and in-store experiences. Since 1996, we have worked with retailers across 53 countries to deliver exceptional customer experience and growth. Our award-winning solutions have enabled global retail brands in Apparel, Automotive, F&B, CPG, Grocery, Health & Beauty, Liquor, Pharmacies, Restaurants and Telecom to deliver the promise of modern commerce.

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Premium eyewear maker doubles the speed of change deployment

Brief

SkillNet enables the client to double the speed of technology deployment cycle through automation and the adoption of DevOps processes.

About the client

The client is a leader in the design, manufacture, and distribution of fashion, luxury, and sports eyewear. The Group’s global wholesale distribution network covers more than 150 countries across five continents and is complemented by an extensive retail network of approximately 9,200 stores mostly located in North America, Latin America, and the Asia Pacific. They also have a strong online presence.

Challenge

As a brand leader, the client values customer experience highly. Their drivers for change are “need for higher customer responsiveness” as well as higher “business agility”. Both these require quick deployment of changes to technology.

The client’s team handles multiple new releases every year. With a complex landscape of products and solutions, the deployment process was laborious for even small updates and enhancements. Technology release cycles were weighed down by a prolonged release process that was manual, prone to rework, and involving physical upgrade of store POS systems. This operational inefficiency resulted in increased costs and lower business agility.

Solution | Improving efficiencies in POS solution management with DevOps and Agile

The SkillNet team assessed the end-to-end deployment process. Drawing on the team’s deep retail systems expertise, SkillNet recommended a revised efficient approach by adapting DevOps and agile for POS solution management in a phased manner.

The first phase was the automation of the quality control process for build testing. SkillNet created automated test scripts to perform the regression of point of sale application. The automation changes which were introduced were independent of the changes being made on the POS application. This not only gave the client team more control but they were able to consider newer technology adaptations for expanded functionality.

Benefits | Improving customer responsiveness and business agility

With automation and adoption of DevOps processes, the client has been able to

  • Add functionality to the POS systems to ensure quick response to customer demands without dependency on external partners. This was not only more efficient but also reduced costs
  • Two-fold increase in the speed of deployment (from 10 days per release to 5 days) by automating test scripts
  • Decrease in costs due to the reduced rework

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Reimagining payments for Modern Commerce

The increase in the number of channels and payment types made the right design of integrated payment solutions a critical feature in the successful delivery of omnichannel.

The COVID crisis and the need for social distancing are making this feature not only critical but also essential, as customers avoid touch and proximity in their shopping experiences.

Watch our webinar “Reimagining payments for Modern Commerce” where we take a look at the projects and initiatives that retailers are prioritizing for the New Normal and cover one of the areas of more focus for retailers which is payment processing for Modern Commerce.

WE DISCUSSED:

  • Common challenges for the successful delivery of omnichannel payment integration pre-COVID
  • New business drivers for reimagining payments in the era of COVID
  • Current payment initiatives from our customers to address the lockdown and new normal
  • SkillNet’s StoreHub UTP approach for unified transaction processing

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CEO Doloop Digital

Accelerating Retail decisions with real-time data

Brief

Europe’s largest health and well-being retailer accelerates the pace of retail business decision making by implementing a data lake to enable stores to respond in real-time to customer needs.

About the client

The client is Europe’s largest health and well-being retailer of branded and own-label products across a wide range of vitamins, supplements, specialist food, sports nutrition, and ethical beauty. Founded in 1870, they focus on making people healthier and happier, operating more than 1300 stores worldwide as well as an expanding e-commerce business.

Challenge | Continuous product innovation requires real-time data

The client constantly innovates to meet customers’ needs, whether it is ethical sourcing or digital transformation to provide a world-class shopping experience. Continuous product innovation requires the client to better harness their data in real-time to make decisions such as refilling store inventory to avoid stock-outs, product manufacturing batch-sizes, offering new discounts, promotions, and customer rewards.

The business decision making was based on spreadsheets using data collected in silos from diverse systems and sources such as stores, audited sales, online sales, and SKU/stock data. This meant the process was slow (up to 48 hours to collect data), prone to mistakes (no single version of the truth), and not able to support business information requirements. This lack of real-time visibility was impeding the pace of innovation and customer responsiveness.

Solution | Improving business efficiency and customer experience through a data lake

After identifying the key business areas and decision insights required by client’s business finance teams, SkillNet created a data lake as the single source of truth by integrating data from multiple source technologies such as stores, audited sales, online sales and inventory. Using Oracle’s Business Intelligence platform, SkillNet automated data collation and report generation.

Hundreds of manual spreadsheets were replaced by automated reports that were run hourly, daily and weekly. Business users now have the ability to create near real-time visually impactful reports with self-service tools.

The solution enabled retailer’s team to gain visibility and proactive actionable insights across store systems and various lines of business.

Benefits | Making Better Decisions with real-time data

  • Availability of near-real-time (as compared to 2 or more days earlier) integrated data with automated reports
    • This has considerably reduced business decision cycles
    • Proactive decision making due to the business teams’ ability to generate user-friendly reports with near real-time data
    • Near real-time hierarchical store dashboards (Region, area, Store) and KPI reports on sales, ACT, conversion, engagement and loyalty participation
  • Dashboards with deeper data insights have helped the client’s business & store teams uncover newer insights
    • More informed decisions regarding inventory, discounts, shrinkage, product scan data and channel resulting in better responses to customer requirements.
    • Teams are being able to view sales data in near real-time and be more effective in their stock allocation and replenishment
    • Reduction in thefts and shrinkage
  • Regional Managers were spending ~15hrs per week on analysing and customizing reports. They now spend time with Area Managers and Store Managers to drive store performance

About SkillNet

SkillNet Solutions, Makers of Modern Commerce provide consulting and technology services to companies that are digitally transforming their retail business to modern commerce. Our services enable clients to rapidly anticipate and respond to changing consumer behaviour. Through engineering and enterprise-grade implementation of cloud and SaaS applications, SkillNet creates rich customer journeys for local and global brands to stay ahead of the curve. Our solution accelerators enable clients to quickly become more agile and efficient in harnessing technology.

Located in the heart of Silicon Valley, SkillNet partners with industry leaders like Oracle, SAP Commerce Cloud (Hybris), Salesforce, Magento and AWS to enhance online and in-store experiences. Since 1996, we have worked with retailers across 53 countries to deliver exceptional customer experience and growth. Our award-winning solutions have enabled global retail brands in Apparel, Automotive, F&B, CPG, Grocery, Health & Beauty, Liquor, Pharmacies, Restaurants and Telecom to deliver the promise of modern commerce.

All product names and trademarks are property of their respective owners.

Reimagining payments for Modern Commerce

The Covid-19 crisis and the need for social distancing have made retailers rethink the right design of integrated payment solutions along with an increase in the number of channels and payment types. This feature not only critical but has also become essential, as customers avoid touch and proximity in their shopping experiences.

Watch SkillNet’s webinar “Reimagining payments for Modern Commerce” where we take a look at the projects and initiatives that retailers prioritized for the New Normal of Modern Commerce

WE DISCUSSED:

  • Common challenges for the successful delivery of omnichannel payment integration pre-COVID
  • New business drivers for reimagining payments in the era of COVID
  • Current payment initiatives from our customers to address the lockdown and new normal
  • SkillNet’s StoreHub UTP approach for unified transaction processing

Speakers

Antonio Alvaro

SVP Solutions & GM EMEA/LATAM, SkillNet Solutions Inc

Gaurav Rastogi

CEO – Doloop Digital

Watch the full webinar: Here

In-store & mobile digital experiences

Enabling 20% growth & safe in-store shopping for a leading athletic apparel retailer

Brief

SkillNet supports an athletic apparel retailer‘s ambitious plans for growth by enabling localization of store systems in 20+ countries across Asia, Europe and North Americas and safe store experiences during COVID-19.

About the client

The client makes athletic apparel for men and women for yoga, running, training and most other sweaty pursuits. The company has expanded internationally via their online platform and about 500 brick and mortar locations spanning North America, Australia, New Zealand, Europe, and Asia.

Challenge | Ensure rich in-store experiences across geographies

The client was bullish about achieving consistent double-digit growth through international expansion across Europe, North America and Asia Pacific. The expansion in these regions was planned via a decentralized model, allowing for local community insight and consumer preferences to drive in-store experiences.

This meant that the client had to upgrade their payment systems and integrate their Xstore POS systems to support richer in-store experiences store including staff mobility. Other disparate retail systems also had to be integrated simultaneously to a tight deadline. For each country implementation, data migration, quality analysis and deployment delays had to be addressed in a timely manner.

Solution | Enabling seamless in-store experience with localization of retail systems

The Retailer partnered with SkillNet to deliver rich in-store experiences in 20+ countries. The program encompassed upgrade of POS systems and included country and region-specific localization. One of the key challenges of the upgrade was the large amount of data that needed to be migrated. In order to expedite the process of migration, SkillNet used its StoreHub platform to load data to the new solution. StoreHub, allowed the team to use the service connectors available in Oracle Xstore thus avoiding customization. Given the tight deadlines, SkillNet introduced DevOps for the automation of build, tests and releases and ensured productivity early on in the program.

Results | Contributing to 20% growth & COVID-19 readiness through safer and richer in-stores experiences

The partnership has seen more than 20+ successful store solutions roll outs across geographies. It is live in close to 400 stores and there are plans for adding more stores in the coming months. The upgrades have not only ensured richer in-store experiences through staff mobility which allows for better customer support but also ensured safe shopping during COVID-19. Guests who shop online can now ship gifts to home, and also drop off their returns at the door instead of entering the stores. The upgrade also improved reporting capability for better decision making.

About SkillNet

SkillNet Solutions, Makers of Modern Commerce provide consulting and technology services to companies that are digitally transforming their retail business to modern commerce. Our services enable clients to rapidly anticipate and respond to changing consumer behaviour. Through engineering and enterprise-grade implementation of cloud and SaaS applications, SkillNet creates rich customer journeys for local and global brands to stay ahead of the curve. Our solution accelerators enable clients to quickly become more agile and efficient in harnessing technology.

Located in the heart of Silicon Valley, SkillNet partners with industry leaders like Oracle, SAP Commerce Cloud (Hybris), Salesforce, Magento and AWS to enhance online and in-store experiences. Since 1996, we have worked with retailers across 53 countries to deliver exceptional customer experience and growth. Our award-winning solutions have enabled global retail brands in Apparel, Automotive, F&B, CPG, Grocery, Health & Beauty, Liquor, Pharmacies, Restaurants and Telecom to deliver the promise of modern commerce.

All product names and trademarks are property of their respective owners.