Lifting Solutions by Axel Johnson International

 

Transforming Pimcore CMS into a global B2B eCommerce platform

 

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Divante needed less than five months to analyze, design and expand Lifting Solutions Group’s Pimcore platform by adding unique B2B eCommerce functionalities. The newly launched solution is an important step in the digital journey of Lifting Solutions, part of the global industrial group Axel Johnson International.

 

Axel Johnson International is a Sweden-based organization with over 140 years of history, 110 companies in the portfolio and EUR 960 million annual sales. Part of this group is Lifting Solutions business group. 

 

The Lifting Solutions business group consists of 24 market-leading companies in 17 countries throughout Europe with annual sales of around EUR 300 million Lifting Solutions specializes in lifting equipment, steel wire rope, and services. It operates as a group of companies that supply wire rope, hoists, overhead cranes and other lifting products together with connected services. The companies serve local clients and global customers in ports and the energy, manufacturing, and construction sectors.

WHAT DID THEY NEED? 

Enabling B2B online purchasing

Lifting Solutions offers technical products with a high level of complexity, which so far, were available only through salesperson. To increase the availability of their products, the company has decided to launch an advanced shopping platform and simplify the purchase path for their B2B partners. 

The project goals:

  • enabling online purchase for B2B partners
  • implementing eCommerce for two webshops
  • integration with existing ERP system

The starting point was the existing Pimcore platform that supports a portfolio of 14 domains representing companies within the Lifting Solutions Group. The digitalization process was divided into phases and the Certex UK and Certex Lithuania brands were chosen as the first to cater to their customers via the eCommerce solution.

Divante became a technical partner of this project. As a trusted Pimcore partner, its team had to ensure a trouble-free implementation of eCommerce features and seamless integration with the existing system.

TECHNOLOGIES AND SOLUTIONS USED IN THIS PROJECT

Business analysis
Integration with ERP system
Expanding Pimcore platform with eCommerce
WHAT DID WE DO? 

Expanding existing Pimcore platform with eCommerce functionalities

The project began with a scoping session and full analysis of business requirements. Based on detailed information gathered, the Divante team selected the CoreShop extension to implement eCommerce in the existing and operating Pimcore platform. 

Along with the CoreShop implementation, Divante built an entirely new purchase path, from user’s accounts and advanced product models to check out, and shipments, which includes:

  • enabling visibility of stock availability, customer-specific pricing and lead time in a self-service way for the customers,
  • building an enhanced experience for buyers of complex steel wire rope products,
  • building delivery and payment methods that are customizable, which gives companies in the group the flexibility to launch eCommerce depending on local market demands,
  • and advanced configuration of non-standard products.

All this has been integrated with multiple ERP systems used by Lifting Solutions in various countries, along with pricing, discount, trade credits, inventory levels, and contractors' data.

"Merging all these new features on the operating Pimcore platform was a big challenge, but thanks to well-led communication and understanding on both sides, we were able to overcome all issues which came up and maintain a fast pace of work." - Jacek Skliński, Project Manager at Divante

WHAT ARE THE RESULTS? 

Launch of a top-notch eCommerce site

Thanks to Divante’s broad knowledge of Pimcore and eCommerce, Divante demonstrated speed, and in only 5 months launched the desired eCommerce functionalities.

The technical product configurator is among the most powerful features available within the newly developed eCommerce solution. Thanks to this solution, the customer can easily place the order - even for complex lifting equipment - and a Lifting Solutions experts will confirm its safety before delivery.

“I am very pleased to see we managed to launch our first eCommerce solution in such a short time while keeping a high-quality level at all times. Divante has shown very good system expertise together with good business understanding throughout the project. With a good platform and partner, we are now ready to continue our digital journey in Lifting Solutions.” - Erik Lissola, Marketing Director - Lifting Solutions

Divante took the greatest care to provide top-notch eCommerce features for the Lifting Solutions Group Pimcore platform. Available since the end of March 2019, the eCommerce functionality increases product discovery, shortens the purchase path and supports the safety of selected lifting solutions.

Now, Divante is working on further integration with the ERP system which allows importing all orders and files related to the order from the ERP. We are also working on further data integration using the Azure platform. 

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