Owned by Longo’s, Grocery Gateway was originally founded in 1997 and paved the way as the first online grocery retailer in Canada. Today, Grocery Gateway serves customers across Southern Ontario and the Greater Toronto Area. On Grocery Gateway’s site, customers can select from thousands of items including organic, local and artisanal products. A steadfast devotion to delivering the freshest and highest-quality products, and treating every customer like family is what sets Grocery Gateway apart.

SAP Hybris Ecommerce

About the Project

Recognizing an opportunity in the Canadian grocery industry, the Grocery Gateway team made the decision to upgrade from a custom, in-house platform to a market-­leading enterprise eCommerce platform.

The goal was to deliver a best-in-class shopping experience that would surprise and delight customers through every interaction. To achieve this, Grocery Gateway implemented an SAP Hybris solution that allowed them to more efficiently manage content and showcase products, while reducing user errors and improving the team’s overall productivity.

Grocery Gateway worked with the Pivotree team to develop a revolutionary new online shopping experience designed to:

  • Improve overall user experience
  • Double online revenue over a five year period
  • Increase average order value
  • Increase customer loyalty
  • Increase new customer acquisition
SAP Hybris Implementation

Implementing an SAP Hybris Commerce Solution

The project was delivered in June 2016. Pivotree used the SAP Hybris accelerator for B2C with the Product Content Management Module (PCM), Web Content Management System (WCMS), the Customer Service Module and Advanced Personalization.

Back end integration to the Hybris Commerce platform included:

  • Tomax (ERP)
  • TD Payment (Payment Gateway)
  • Experian OAS (Validation)
  • Microsoft Dynamics (CRM)
  • Roadnet Transportation Suite

 

The adaptive responsive design was developed based on custom templates that were built on the Hybris WCMS platform. The result is an industry-leading online grocery shopping experience that continues to exceed customer expectations.

 

Key Metrics

  • Migrated all customers to new platform, including order history and shopping lists, product favourites and delivery addresses.
  • 9,500 active products. Catalogue updates occur every 1-3 days, with 100-200 updates made every week.
  • One dedicated “Pick Store” warehouse exclusively for Grocery Gateway website.
  • Three shifts operating 24 hours a day, picking orders and packing trucks. Deliveries start at 6 am.
SAP Hybris Features

Features and Functions

Cart Starters

Curated lists consisting of common products based on typical events, recipes or everyday shopping needs. Business users can customize Cart Starters based on what they want to promote. Customers can pick products from the list and specify the quantity to add to their cart, or simply add the entire list.

Reserve Delivery Window

Customers are able to reserve their delivery date and time at anytime during their shopping experience, prior to checkout. The window is held for 90 minutes to ensure the customer has ample time to complete their order.

Multiple Shopping Lists

Some customers store as many as 250 shopping lists in the system for various occasions (e.g. Christmas dinner, weekend away, birthday party, backyard BBQ, office essentials, etc).

Customer Groups

The site supports three customer groups – including residential, business and non-profit organizations, each with their own personalized content, pricing and ordering rules

Scratch Pads

Customers now have the ability to create a generic shopping list (e.g. Eggs, Milk, Bread, etc.) and have the search tool find the most relevant products from that list.

Additional features and functionality included integration with Grocery Gateway’s existing loyalty program, adding a guest checkout process, and enhancing the order modification workflow.

Handling of Large Carts

Unlike a traditional ecommerce cart, a typical grocery cart contains upwards of hundreds of different products. This can result in long load times as the cart attempts to recalculate shipping, tax, promotional prices, etc. every time a product is added or changed. The Pivotree team developed a solution to speed up refresh time to ensure an enjoyable user experience for shoppers.