Salmon help Halfords.com Go Mobile As Smart Phone Access Soars

New mobile phone platform to serve the rapidly growing number of shoppers who are buying online from their mobiles.

Watford, London, 16th August 2010 - Salmon, specialists in delivering eCommerce solutions today announce the successful development and launch of Halfords’ mobile platform, enhancing the retailer’s multi-channel proposition and delivering a unique and compelling mobile shopping experience for its customers.

5% of traffic to www.halfords.com is from internet enabled mobile phones. Visitors to Halfords.com using any popular mobile device will automatically be directed to the new mobile platform where they can search for products, read customer reviews, make product comparisons, locate their nearest store that stocks the product, then “Reserve and Collect.” Customers will benefit from the same common design elements and features that make Halfords.com so successful.

Chris Corbin, Head of Halfords.com said: “The internet enabled mobile is becoming the essential tool for shoppers. We are seeing a huge increase in customers who are researching products and making shopping decisions while on the move.
“We see a huge opportunity for growth of our online business by improving the shopping experience for mobile visitors. So we are aiming to make our site more relevant to the way people want to shop.”

Halfords.com is already growing fast, online revenues were up 70% year on year in the first quarter, with visitor numbers now running at over one million people a week. Early results from the Halfords mobile platform show that visitors really appreciate the new lay out and easier access to essential information and conversion rates are significantly up.

Sue Pratt, Account Director at Salmon said, “Halfords continue to innovate in order to stay ahead and we are delighted to be working with them to deliver their mobile strategy. Essentially Halfords will now be in their customers’ pockets wherever they are, allowing customers to interact with Halfords far more easily.”

Salmon have optimised Halfords’ mobile platform and developed it using the same underlying architecture and sales catalogue structures as Halfords.com, displaying only the products that are available for “Reserve and Collect”.

Salmon has been helping Halfords implement their eCommerce and multi-channel strategy since 2005, delivering “Reserve and Collect”, “Home/Work Delivery”, “Text and Reserve” and more recently “Free Delivery To Store”; all of which leverage Halfords’ existing IBM WebSphere Commerce based architecture.

About Halfords
Halfords is the UK’s leading specialist retailer for automotive parts and accessories, cycling and leisure. We provide a unique mix of 10,000 products to help keep our customers on the move and enjoy their active leisure time.

We have 10,000 staff and our 469 UK stores puts 90% of consumers in the UK within an average of 18 minutes drive from their nearest Halfords.

Meanwhile we are building a significant presence in Ireland and the Czech Republic. Halfords customers also shop at our award winning website to access an extended product range.

About Salmon
Salmon is a highly innovative regional systems integrator whose commitment to on-time, on-budget projects is increasingly embraced by the leading names in retail, insurance and financial services markets. Since 1989, leading brands have been turning to Salmon for its ability to build, integrate and support business-led systems that add measurable competitive value to their day-to-day operations – and to their bottom line. Salmon quickly understand business needs, creates realistic development schedules, and efficiently delivers solutions to plan; based around an ethos that marries a depth and breadth of development skills, with a management process that removes virtually all risk from successful project roll-outs. Customers include Argos, Ann Summers, Boots, Bristol & West, Halfords, ICI Paints and Swiss Re.

Salmon is headquartered in Watford, Hertfordshire and has offices in US, China and Australia. For more details about Salmon visit http://www.salmon.com

Contact Details
Joanna Temple
Marketing and PR Manager
Salmon Limited
64 Clarendon Road
Watford
Herts
WD17 1DA

Tel: 01923 320000
Mob: 07799 764227
Email: jtemple@salmon.com
URL: http://www.salmon.com

Published on: 1:00PM on 16th August 2010