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Century Martial Arts
of B2B wholesale business driven online
YOY growth in B2C retail business
web store implementation
As an organization that leverages technology to grow and evolve their business, Century Martial Arts sought out a new e-commerce experience and platform with Sana Commerce — not as a newcomer in the e-commerce space, but as a business with an existing e-commerce experience that was looking to go a step further.
Due to a slew of challenges and security issues with their initial e-commerce experience, Century Martial Arts chose Sana Commerce (along with Dynamics ERP implementation partner, RSM) to help them move beyond their legacy systems, to get a new web store live quickly, and to enable more B2B functionality that would accelerate business success.
Mike Maloney, VP of Technology at Century Martial Arts, explains why Sana made sense as their e-commerce partner:
In addition to the benefits the [Dynamics-integrated e-commerce] package offers, we made the decision to choose Sana because of the timeframe within which they were able to develop and produce an e-commerce solution for us. We could get a web store live and an e-commerce platform functioning in a tight, 90-day window.
Mike Maloney | VP of Technology at Century Martial Arts
With a short project runtime being of the highest priority, Century Martial Arts was primarily focused on being able to get their web store running as soon as possible. But that doesn’t mean they didn’t keep key e-commerce priorities and functionalities on their wish list.
Project requirements included:
Sana Commerce delivered all that and more: A flexible solution from which the client could manage both B2B and B2C business processes – all while remaining aligned and integrated with Dynamics AX.
In addition, Sana, RSM, and Century Martial Arts worked together to develop a custom solution to a unique pain that Century Martial Arts was challenged with online: Initial performance delays caused by the complexity of their pricing structures and product assortments.
“For our single, best-selling product alone, we have 153 SKUs. Together with our complex pricing, our large number of SKUs presents a challenge because we want a strong e-commerce experience that’s also fast and populates accurate data. [So, to ensure good web store performance], we needed to be able to cache pricing information instead of making an ERP call each time,” says Rooney.
“We worked with Sana and RSM to develop a price-caching solution that allows our all of our pricing data to be pulled into the web store with our product import task, which means that our product detail pages (PDP) and product list pages (PLP) only need to make ERP calls to retrieve inventory data and not also to retrieve pricing information,” he adds.
An important aspect of the Sana platform that we take advantage of is the ability to customize what is displayed per customer segment. We need to sell products to subsets of our wholesale customers, in addition to providing content experiences that are targeted to both our retail and wholesale audiences.
Chris Rooney | Business Analyst for E-Commerce at Century Martial Arts
As a result, page load speed on the Century Martial Arts web store was 10x faster, dropping to as low as 2-second load times.
Together with Century Martial Arts and RSM, Sana Commerce was able to launch an e-commerce experience that checked all the right boxes and was delivered on deadline. The resulting Dynamics ERP- integrated e-commerce solution turned out to be mutually beneficial for Century Martial Arts and their customers right off the bat. But the successes continued beyond implementation.
Century Martial Arts’ feedback on their web store has been overwhelmingly positive, but it’s the adoption from customers that speaks to the power of the experience most clearly. The benefits of investing in a Sana solution, just a few months post-launch, already include:
Even in the face of challenges throughout the project, the strength of the relationship between Century Martial Arts and Sana made resolving matters simple and pain-free.
Of the Century Martial Arts-Sana Commerce relationship, Emily Flowers (Director of E-Commerce at Century Martial Arts) says: “Sana is always quick to take action and very transparent in how they communicate with us.” With regard to Sana’s professionalism and Century Martial Arts’ partnership with RSM, Maloney adds:
With Sana, the team steps up to resolve any issues that come up in a proactive and direct way. It speaks volumes, and it’s clear that Sana is a partner in our business, not just a vendor, in the same way that [our ERP implementation partner], RSM, is. I’m excited to see that RSM and Sana have joined together; it’s a huge win for us in particular, but also for anyone else that’s utilizing a Dynamics ERP on their back end.
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