...Online sales for Scholl brand doubled in the UK following implementation of hybris and CamelCommerce ecommerce platform to support direct sales strategy...

London – 17 July 2009. hybris (www.hybris.com), a multi-channel commerce and communication software vendor, and Javelin Group (www.javelingroup.com), an ecommerce consultancy and systems integrator, have together announced the successful implementation of a new best practice B2C ecommerce website for Scholl in the UK, based on hybris and Javelin Group’s CamelCommerce ecommerce platform.

Scholl, the global footwear and footcare brand, is part of the SSL International portfolio of brands, which also includes Durex and a range of locally-owned over the counter (OTC) products such as Full Marks, Medised and Paramol in the UK. Scholl brands range from its Party Feet gel insole range to Flight Socks and the iconic Scholl Pescura sandal, which is 50 years old this year.

The launch of the revised UK ecommerce website for Scholl has led to a significant increase in online sales and web traffic for www.scholl.com. It also marks the first phase in SSL International’s long-term commitment to providing direct consumer interaction with the brand.

SSL International, which is represented in over 100 countries throughout the world, now plans to roll-out the website to overseas markets, starting in Europe from July, followed by the consideration of emerging market requirements.

Development of a B2C website for Durex, which will initially be launched in the UK later in 2009 and then rolled out around the world, is already under way.

Waseem Haq, Head of Web & eCommerce Solutions, SSL International plc, said: “SSL International has had an online presence for many years and is committed to providing the very best online communication and ecommerce to its very broad customer base.

“Our aim with this latest online development was to enable our customers to interact with the Scholl brand and its products, whilst also using our vast knowledge as global foot experts to recommend products to them,” he added.

Scholl had outgrown its previous ecommerce system which was not capable of supporting the ‘problem-solution journey’ that SSL International’s direct sales channel needs to provide to today’s online consumer.

It needed to find an ecommerce platform that would support the functionality and flexibility required to provide the online shopping experience that consumers now expect, with the robustness and scalability necessary to cope with increased volumes of web traffic and corresponding business growth as SSL International replaces existing brand sites in other territories.

Javelin Group’s modular ‘hybris plus’ solution called CamelCommerce addressed SSL International’s long term goals. CamelCommerce combines the multi-channel, multi-language and multi-currency capabilities for which hybris is best known with additional best practice ecommerce functionality and integration with market-leading applications for order management, search and navigation, personalisation, analytics and customer ratings. The opportunity to cross-sell and up-sell is supported by sophisticated promotional and merchandising capabilities and an efficient checkout process, maximising average order value (AOV).

Kees de Vos, Director of Technology, Javelin Group, said: “We worked extremely closely with SSL International and hybris to provide an enterprise-scale, production-ready yet highly configurable solution that can be rolled out quickly and cost effectively by SSL International for their extensive portfolio of brands in over 100 countries. CamelCommerce, which offers ‘hybris plus’ out-of-the-box, is now available to other retailers and distributors, allowing them to re-platform, increase their multichannel capabilities and/or venture into a new territories with significantly reduced investment and quicker time to market.”

Andy Piscina, UK Country Manager for hybris, commented: “The growth in sales from the new Scholl UK website in such a short space of time demonstrates the benefits of combining a solid architectural foundation with best practice ecommerce expertise and forward looking business and brand knowledge to deliver a functionally rich, scalable solution. Javelin Group has taken an innovative approach to the delivery of best practice ecommerce ‘as standard’ in CamelCommerce and we are confident that SSL International’s strategy to expand its ecommerce capabilities are in safe hands.”

About SSL International plc
SSL International, which has its global base in Manchester, has a portfolio of global consumer brands, including Durex and Scholl, as well as a diverse portfolio of locally owned brands, including Sauber and Mister Baby in Southern Europe.

SSL is represented in over 100 countries worldwide and has manufacturing operations in India, Thailand, China and the UK. SSL employs around 5,000 people globally.

About hybris
hybris is a leading vendor of multi-channel commerce & communication software. Its clear vision about the need for consistency, co-ordination and personalization of information across all channels and throughout all phases of the customer lifecycle has resulted in the development of an integrated solution which supports the industrialization and automation of communication, sales and support processes. It is spearheading innovation in this field, enabling businesses to communicate and sell across all channels in a consistent and effective way.

Established in 1997, hybris has a proven track record of profitability and growth, with ambitious expansion plans for the future. Headquartered in Munich, it has offices in the UK, Netherlands, Switzerland and Sweden. Its international presence is extended via a dedicated network of business and technology partners across Europe and the USA. It has over 150 customers worldwide running more than 1.500 websites “powered by hybris”. Customers are global brands from retail and manufacturing industries, including Toys ‘R’ Us, Adidas, Conrad, Norgren, Lufthansa, Reebok, Grundfos, Demag, Sika, Bunzl UK & Ireland, Phonak and Rexel.

About Javelin Group
Javelin Group is Europe’s leading multichannel retail and ecommerce consultancy and systems integrator, helping distributors, retailers and brands like Sony, B&Q, Tesco.com, Mothercare, John Lewis, Marks & Spencer and Woolworths Australia to plan, build and manage multi-channel retail operations. The firm has deep expertise and long experience in building world class transactional web sites. As one of just a handful of hybris global platinum partners and as its current “partner of the year”, Javelin Group demonstrates a particular expertise in the delivery of hybris solutions. This is further enhanced by Javelin Group’s development of CamelCommerce, a value-added toolbox of components and integrations with third party applications built onto the hybris core, enabling the rapid deployment of a functionally rich and scalable ecommerce platform at significantly reduced cost. For more information about CamelCommerce please follow this link: http://www.javelingroup.com/site/pdf/company/Javelin_Group_Camel_Commerce_2009.pdf

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For further information, please contact:

Tony Stockil
CEO, Javelin Group Limited
Tel: 020 7961 3200
Email: tony.stockil@javelingroup.com

Published on: 12:16PM on 20th July 2009