Jena, Germany, 17 May 2017 – Finnish state owned monopoly for the retailing of alcoholic drinks, Alko has won the 2017 ‘IT Project of the Year’ award from Management Events 600 Minutes Executive for its omni-channel commerce project with Intershop.
Leaving PWC and Finnline behind, the state owned business went live with its new e-commerce site in November 2016 in order to further improve the buying experience for its consumer and business customers. The new online Alko service offers deliveries to business addresses, pick-up points and purchases may also be collected from Alko stores. Featuring 5,000-6,000 items, www.alko.fi replaces a more static web presence with B2B shopping capability with a feature-rich, user-friendly online shopping site for both B2C and B2B markets.
The project, managed by omni-channel commerce consultancy, Accenture Interactive started shortly after a change in Finnish law regarding the publication of alcohol pricing online. Intershop was selected as the platform of choice following extensive competitor analysis. The decision was based on best solution fit, trust in Intershop’s partner network, and relevant references.
Intershop Communications AG (founded in Germany 1992; Prime Standard: ISHA) is an independent, internationally leading provider of omnichannel commerce solutions. The latter are available as cloud-based commerce-as-a-service solutions or as licensed models and combine the expertise from over 25 years of software development for online commerce. Upon request, Intershop orchestrates the entire omnichannel commerce process chain – from the design of online channels to the implementation of software to fulfillment. Around the globe more than 300 enterprise customers run Intershop solutions. Customers include large corporations such as HP, BMW, Würth and Deutsche Telekom as well as medium-sized enterprises. Intershop operates in Europe, the USA and the Asia-Pacific region.
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