Eco-Friendly Footwear Brand Allbirds Races to SAP S/4HANA

Photography courtesy of Allbirds

You may know Allbirds for their sleekly designed, environmentally friendly footwear or because you have encountered its iconic Wool Runners while shopping online. Chances are that you didn’t know Allbirds is an SAP customer that recently launched SAP S/4HANA on the cloud for its first ERP system.

The story of how this digitally native, global, and omnichannel retailer brought SAP S/4HANA online in just 16 weeks is one of the keynotes at the 2018 Customer Experience Innovation Forum Nov. 7–8 in Dallas. Allbirds will share its experience around going live with this new state-of-the-art ERP system just in time for holiday sales to ramp up on Black Friday 2017.

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Countdown to the Customer Experience Innovation Forum

Today’s customers expect a seamless experience from you and are prepared to go elsewhere if you don’t deliver. That means your company needs to know how to offer a true omnichannel experience. And that’s not possible without linking your front-end, customer-facing systems with everything needed to power your back-end systems. To get those working, you’ll need to integrate your supply chain and inventory management processes, optimize your procurement activities, and harness the big data coming out of those systems within meaningful analytics. Sounds like a big challenge, right?

At the Customer Experience Innovation Forum, you’ll hear from people who are tackling exactly these types of challenges. SAP leaders from retail, consumer products, and wholesale distribution companies will share stories from their personal experience and offer practical solutions you can take back to your own company. You won’t want to miss this opportunity to learn and share with your peers.

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On-Demand Customer Experience Webcast Series

Providing a customer experience that inspires loyalty is a dynamic journey that requires the integration of people with end-to-end processes and systems. For these large-scale consumer-centric organizations, customer experience begins with employing the right technology for increased visibility and transparency into their customer needs and enabling a platform for growth. The Customer Experience Webcast Series gives you an inside look at how these leading companies are leveraging SAP to create an expectational customer experience.

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From the Runway to the Rack: SAP Inspires Personalized Customer Experiences

Every company wants to create and deliver the right experience for its customers. Whether that means providing a hassle-free experience through an omnichannel strategy or by facilitating a convenient way for customers to gain insights and act on them, customer experience is what drives businesses.

Kyle Tate of Eventful Conferences spoke with Lori Mitchell-Keller, co-president of SAP industries, about what SAP is doing to help the retail, wholesale, and consumer products businesses it works with deliver personalized experiences. Her keynote address at the Customer Experience Innovation Forum, taking place Nov. 7–8 in Dallas, will cover how intelligent technologies and services are creating unprecedented opportunities in every industry.

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Q&A with the Thought Leader Behind Globally Iconic Brand Victoria’s Secret

Former president and CEO of Victoria’s Secret, Sharen Jester Turney, shares insights through her journey with the company’s digital transformation and what that meant in terms of customer experience.

Eventful Conferences recently had the opportunity to sit down with the former president and CEO of Victoria’s Secret, Sharen Jester Turney. Sharen talked to us about her experience leading the charge through the company’s digital transformation, read the full in-depth interview by filling out the form below.

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Overcoming the Execution Gap in Retail’s New Normal

Retailers are currently facing an unprecedented renaissance, with winners and losers being redefined on a near-daily basis. In the last year, we have seen:

– HelloFresh, Blue Apron, and Gousto strike gold in underserved categories
– Amazon and Whole Foods marry the digital and physical world of commerce
– Nike establish itself as the paragon of disrupting traditional segment roles
– J.C. Penney and Sephora re-innovate the value of expanded store partnerships

While these stories are markedly different from one another, there are a few common elements in each:

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Transform Wholesale Distribution With Augmented Reality

Augmented reality can enrich a technology experience while reducing costs, improving ROI, and creating more productive, efficient employees. These are all critical components of the wholesale distribution industry. Augmented reality has the unique ability to allow users to view digital data in real time, providing near-instant access to the answers that a person or company needs. Let’s review how augmented reality has created a significant impact on wholesale distributors that have already implemented this growing and improving technology.

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How To Build Better Customer Loyalty with Authenticity

Successful customer loyalty programs can seem like an impossible dream for a retailer, but their potential for repeat business makes them well worth pursuing — if done properly. Store credit cards, for example, might appear to be a good place to start, as 40 percent of shoppers who have one indicate that they’re more likely to return.

Branded store credit cards can be a good way for retailers to encourage repeat business, but they’re not be ideal for earning customer loyalty.

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The 3 Big Forces Shaping the Customer Experience

Companies in retail, consumer products, and wholesale distribution industries are going through truly significant change, in part driven by consumers using smartphones to browse, purchase, and share their opinions, and in part driven by companies such as Amazon, that harnessed technology to drive new industry dynamics. Companies are responding as they adapt to this mobile-first, omnichannel world, and traditional industry lines are blurring. Retailers are increasingly selling their own branded products, and consumer products companies are increasingly going direct to consumer.

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How Retailers Market To Consumers Using “In-Moments”

The attention span of today’s consumer is famously fleeting and difficult to capture. Consumers have little time or patience for digital banner ads or 30-second commercials. Rather than using advertising to interrupt consumers, companies are turning to “in-moments” to target consumers when they are ready to take action.

In-moment marketing is proving to be a gold mine for retailers. Marketing is all about delivering the right message to the right person at the right moment. In-moment marketing does just this: delivering critical information at the exact moment a consumer is poised to make a spending decision.

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