Published on 12-Dec-2012
"With WebSphere running on the robust and powerful IBM Power 720 server, we have successfully maximized the revenue-generating potential of our web presence." - Zoran Lemut, CIO, Kemofarmacija d.d.
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Kemofarmacija d.d. is a leading wholesaler of medical and healthcare products and devices in Slovenia. The company is part of the Celesio Group, a leading international service provider for the pharmaceutical and healthcare markets. With a range of over 16,000 products, including medicine, medical devices and supplies, nutritional and cosmetic products and chemicals, Kemofarmacija receives more than 500 sales orders daily and 120,000 sales orders annually.
With competitors successfully transacting more of their business through the web, Kemofarmacija wanted to increase customer spend per visit by creating more targeted advertisements and promotions.
Using IBM® WebSphere® Commerce, the company built a powerful e-commerce platform, called Nova Elona, that provides insight into customer behavior, enabling the creation of tailored marketing campaigns.
Increased online sales to 90 percent of total, and market share to 42 percent. Boosted average customer spend by running timely promotions customized to each customer segment and purchase history.
Kemofarmacija d.d. is a leading wholesaler of medical and healthcare products and devices in Slovenia. The company is part of the Celesio Group, a leading international service provider for the pharmaceutical and healthcare markets.
With a range of over 16,000 products, including medicine, medical devices and supplies, nutritional and cosmetic products and chemicals, Kemofarmacija receives more than 500 sales orders daily and 120,000 sales orders annually.
Maximizing online marketing opportunities
Kemofarmacija recognized that it was not fully exploiting the potential of its internet sales channel. While more and more customers were opting to make their purchases online, the company found that it was being overtaken by competitors when it came to web-driven sales.
Zoran Lemut, CIO of Kemofarmacija d.d., explains: “Market needs had evolved, but our website had not changed with them. It wasn’t easy enough for customers to navigate our website, and we were not maximizing opportunities for cross-selling or more targeted online marketing.”
Kemofarmacija realized that it could drive more profitable sales by creating tailored website advertisements and promotions, offering customers the products they wanted at the right time. The company first needed to gain greater insight into its online customer base, so that it could enhance its website to better meet customer needs.
Developing a powerful e-commerce system
Kemofarmacija partnered with IBM Premier Business Partner MZR d.o.o. to design and build a custom e-commerce solution, Nova Elona, which is based on the IBM WebSphere Commerce Enterprise platform.
The Nova Elona solution integrates IBM WebSphere Commerce Enterprise software with the company’s existing content management and ERP systems, offering advanced functionalities such as special offers, management of sales activities and customer segmentation.
The Kemofarmacija website currently offers products from around 500 suppliers to more than 1,000 customers, including pharmacies, hospitals, veterinary clinics and specialized medical retailers. The company is now in the process of extending Nova Elona to include an e-purchase system, which will automate the collection and processing of online sales orders.
Solid Power Systems platform
Nova Elona is hosted on an IBM Power® 720 Express server, with the IBM i operating system providing the exceptional levels of security and business resiliency that Kemofarmacija needs to guarantee consistently high service levels for its mission-critical e-commerce system.
“We are a long-term user of the Power Systems™ platform, and have always been impressed by the system’s stability and performance,” says Lemut. “The IBM Power 720 Express gives us all the performance we need in a compact, cost-effective and highly reliable server. There is also a clear upgrade path, so we can be sure that the solution will grow in line with our requirements. When you combine all of this with IBM’s continued investment in the platform, it gives us great confidence for the future.”
By choosing to run IBM WebSphere Commerce Enterprise on the IBM Power 720 Express, Kemofarmacija can take full advantage of its existing investment in and knowledge of the Power Systems platform. The company is also maximizing the potential for creating even greater business efficiency by leveraging a single Power Systems server to run the new solution alongside its other core business applications.
More effective marketing campaigns
IBM WebSphere Commerce enables Kemofarmacija’s marketing team to deliver highly personalized marketing campaigns and advertisements via the Nova Elona solution. With the WebSphere software, users can fine-tune online shopping flows and electronic marketing messages, without intervention from IT.
The solution provides information on customer behavior and the distribution of sales over different customer segments and sales channels—online, telephone orders and direct sales. It also provides powerful analytical tools for measuring the effectiveness of each marketing initiative.
Based on these insights, marketing teams can promote specific products for strategic time periods and fine-tune the forecast for marketing campaigns. Tailored marketing ads are automatically displayed for the appropriate customer segment.
Increasing online sales
Kemofarmacija can offer a personalized online shopping experience, automatically promoting different ad spots to different customer segments. This capability has significantly increased the amount of sales orders placed through the company’s web portal, and the average customer spend per visit.
“We are now able to offer online promotions and display ads that accurately reflect the products that customers are most likely to be interested in purchasing,” notes Lemut. “As a result, we have experienced a 30 percent increase in online sales order lines, so that more than 90 percent of our sales order lines now come through our web portal. We have also been able to improve cross-sales by presenting more targeted product recommendations, thereby encouraging customers to buy more during every visit.”
The increase in online sales orders has also enabled Kemofarmacija to transfer a number of staff from its call centres into higher-value areas, such as field sales and marketing.
Gaining an edge on the competition
With IBM WebSphere Commerce boosting online sales, Kemofarmacija estimates that it has captured 42 percent of the market, giving it the largest market share in Slovenia.
Zoran Lemut concludes, “With WebSphere running on the robust and powerful IBM Power 720 server, we have successfully maximized the revenue-generating potential of our web presence.”
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