The Aphix Platform offers seamless integration with SAP Business One which makes finding products, information and catalogue management extremely easy for United Hardware group members.
Group members can log in and
order online from work or home.
Members can log in online and see
all of the United Hardware offers.
United Hardware is an Irish owned hardware and homeware group founded in 2009. They supply and operate the well known Homevalue Hardware and ARRO retail brands on behalf of their members across Ireland.
The group comprises of 154 stores nationwide which caters to a diverse customer base of both trade and DIY. With an average turnover of over €400 million per year, they directly employ 43 staff with a further 1,300 staff employed indirectly through their network of branded retail sites.
Operating from a purpose built warehouse located on the outskirts of Dublin, their overall mission is to deliver enhanced purchasing power, marketing, logistics and business advisory support to the independent hardware, homeware and agricultural retailers.
Prior to engaging with Aphix Software, United Hardware had an existing eCommerce solution in place, but they couldn’t manage to fully integrate the solution with their ‘SAP Business One’ ERP system.
It became clear that their current eCommerce solution would not be scalable enough to support United’s vision of providing group members with a single login to a branded portal, the now existing ‘United Toolbox’. They planned to use the portal as a one-stop shop for group members to access the forthcoming online suite United Hardware were offering.
It drove United Hardware to approach their SAP reseller, TeamSoft, to figure out how they could maximise their investment in SAP Business One and future-proof any further eCommerce investment.
Teamsoft referred United Hardware to Aphix Software who they knew could deliver an eCommerce solution that would truly integrate with SAP Business One and who could continue to deliver on United’s long-term digital strategy and goals
With the help of the Aphix Software development team, United Hardware Group has been able to develop and implement a flexible, secure and scalable digital ordering platform for their members branded the ‘United Toolbox’.
Group members are now benefitting from this vast range of online services that are adding further value to their business. Through the United Toolbox, members have access to online resources and tools such as category management, document management, account management, query management and rebates, all of which are helping them to increase efficiencies and run their business better.
The sites are very easy to maintain because the product and price information is synced in real-time with live data from the United Hardware master catalogue which is stored on United’s ERP system SAP Business One.
It’s this seamless integration that makes catalogue management extremely easy for members and is only made possible by the Aphix Platform.
The success of United Toolbox has allowed United Hardware the time to focus on more value-added activities such as relationship management and building support services.
They offer members expert guidance on other important areas of their business such as store design, store layout, marketing activities and running promotional offers.
20% Increase In Online Ordering
Increased Diversity in Product Selection
Smart Product Search Functionality Using Meta Keywords
Improved Visibility over Order, Invoice and Account Management