With Adobe Commerce Cloud (powered by Magento), Leiner continues to merge online and retail stores for furniture and furnishings.

The more than 100-year success story of the traditional company Leiner began with its founding in 1910. Leiner has always relied on comprehensive customer service, well-trained staff, the highest level of advisory competence, personal support and exclusive brands in premium quality and thus inspires its customers every day.

The Leiner range includes over 30,000 products for all needs and price ranges and offers well-known national and international furniture and interior design brands. Today, the retail stores and the online store have more than 5 million customer visits every year. More than 500,000 regular customers regularly place their trust in Leiner and benefit from the numerous advantages of its own customer loyalty program "Leiner Wohntraum-Club".

Customer Request

Regarding the scaling and further development possibilities of the old shop platform, Leiner reached its limits in terms of its own growth course. The new shop platform should therefore be based on standard software, have a wide range of integration options, be flexibly scalable and have a modular structure. The joint use of an e-commerce platform together with the furniture retailer kika, which also belongs to the group, should leverage synergy effects: The development of new functions, integration of new systems and last but not least the operation of the previously independent platforms should be standardized and costs reduced as a result. For the implementation of the project, Leiner was also looking for an experienced solution provider with an agile mindset for a long-term and cooperative partnership.

In a carefully conducted selection process, Adobe Commerce Cloud as the e-commerce platform and PHOENIX MEDIA Austria as the Adobe Gold Solution Partner were able to assert themselves with their solution approach - and thus won the budget for the demanding project.

The big challenge was to migrate Leiner together with the furniture retailer kika from two independently operated shop platforms to an Adobe Commerce instance within a very short time. In addition, the new Adobe Commerce Cloud platform should be seamlessly integrated into the existing system landscape. Among other things, this consists of:

  • PIM: ContentServ
  • ERP: Microsoft Dynamics AX
  • Online-Marketing: SAP Emarsys Omnichannel Customer Engagement Platform
  • Payment: Computop, PayPal, Klarna
  • Tracking: Google Tag Manager and Google Analytics
  • As well as CRM and loyalty solutions used across groups

The further expansion of the product range required a shop platform whose software architecture is designed for large product catalogues, supports several warehouses and offers opportunities to bring online and stationary business closer together. Last but not least, the range of payment methods should be further expanded.

The complex furniture logistics were made simple and transparent for Leiner customers with a functionally greatly expanded shopping cart and checkout. Availability and delivery times are determined in real time for the customer's shopping cart - and clearly displayed for the various procurement methods: parcel delivery, forwarding agent delivery & store collection (Click & Collect). In addition, other services (e.g. a pick-up bus, furniture assembly, express delivery) can be booked in the shopping cart.

The Wohntraum-Club customer loyalty program was integrated for the particularly loyal regular customers. Customers can not only register for the Wohntraum-Club in the online store, but also collect valuable coins with every purchase - and save money on future purchases by redeeming coins! In addition, this customer group has exclusive access to particularly favorable special offers and a broader range of self-service options.

The MVP of the new Leiner online store was rolled out in October 2020 - and thus fell in the first winter of the global Corona pandemic with its lockdowns and temporary store closures. The flexibility of Adobe Commerce has enabled Leiner to react flexibly to the regularly changing requirements for retail - and to be a reliable furnishing partner for Leiner customers even in difficult times. Customers could benefit from free delivery or pick up their new furniture safely from a nearby furniture store using customized Click&Collect offers.

Reference Result

The project started with a MVP approach, and Leiner’s online store was successfully rolled out in October 2020 after a project period of just six months. The number of orders on the new platform doubled just a few days after going live. In addition, the switch to Adobe Commerce enabled the furniture giant to have an extremely successful Black Week.

One of the main goals of the project was to strengthen multichannel sales by largely standardizing the customer experience in the retail stores and the online store. In this way, Leiner customers benefit from the same prices, special offers, product availability information and Wohntraum-Club advantages - regardless of which sales channel they choose.

With the consolidation of the two online shops from Leiner and kika in one Adobe Commerce instance, new functionalities only have to be developed and rolled out once - and can then be used in all online stores. In addition to further development, the hoped-for synergy effects will also result from savings in the areas of support, operation and license costs for the new commerce platform.

Adobe Commerce offers a wide range of functions out-of-the-box. As a result, retailers can react to new market conditions with comparatively short reaction times. With the switch to the new platform, Leiner also succeeded in introducing new payment methods quickly and easily. The checkout, optimized for the furniture trade, not only offers buyers the greatest possible transparency through real-time queries about delivery times and options, but also enables the selection of other comfort services (e.g. booking a pick-up bus, furniture assembly, express delivery).

One of the key unique selling points of Adobe Commerce is the extremely large ecosystem with several 100,0000 developers around the world. The Magento Marketplace is also an app store that offers a variety of extensions and features that can be used to easily expand the functionality of Adobe Commerce in a very specialized way. Complex and time-consuming in-house development is largely unnecessary. Retailers like Leiner thus benefit from a fast time-to-market and reduced implementation costs.

With Multi-Source-Inventory (MSI), Leiner customers can see which items are in stock in which stores - and how quickly they can be picked up locally. The availability of the individual item in the online shop as well as in the nearby retail stores can be checked on the product detail pages. This check is carried out automatically for all selected items in the shopping cart. The multi-storage capability with MSI is a very important function for multi-channel sales, which results in many synergies.

With the help of content staging and scheduling, the same advertising campaigns can be run both in the online shop and via the brochures on site in the respective stores. This feature helps the Leiner content team tremendously with the time-controlled and automated delivery of content. At the same time, the staging dashboard within Adobe Commerce offers a complete overview of the entire content management on a timeline. This further facilitates collaboration in a large team.

As a basis for its own customer loyalty program (Leiner Wohntraum-Club), Leiner leverages the Adobe Commerce standard functions such as a reward point program, gift cards, customer group-specific prices, category authorizations and customer attributes.

All in all, Leiner can now offer its customers an even larger and broader range of products as well as a better customer journey and user experience. The use of digital channels in the sale of products and services is indispensable today and has gained in importance over the past few years. The Corona crisis in particular, during which the classic retail stores were temporarily closed, has once again significantly increased the relevance of online sales.

Project Summary
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Client Rudolf Leiner Gesellschaft m.b.H.
Happy since 2020
Happy until 11/2022
Supervised by PHOENIX MEDIA Austria GmbH
Status completed
Shop system Adobe Commerce
Our services E-Commerce, Mobile, Hosting, Magento modules, Performance, Varnish Cache, ERP, Integration, Analytics, Security
Focus areas Omnichannel, Multisite, Performance, Loyalty Program, Cloud