QlikView Business Discovery used across the company to improve in-store performance and profitability
Qlik (NASDAQ: QLIK), a leader in user—driven Business Intelligence (BI), today announced that LUSH Fresh Handmade Cosmetics is using the QlikView Business Discovery platform to drive in-store profitability and deliver savings of over £1 million in stock loss.
A UK-based cosmetics company with over 900 stores in 51 countries, LUSH is a manufacturer as well as a retailer and prides itself on delivering an excellent service to buyers, manufacturing teams, shops and customers. Working with many datasets – retail data within EPOS systems, supply chain and stock management, payroll and timesheet systems for staff management – LUSH needed a technology platform that could be used by employees at every level throughout the business to provide access to relevant sales, stock, store and staff information to improve performance. Working with specialist CRM consultancy and BI provider QGate, LUSH decided to deploy QlikView.
“We selected QlikView Business Discovery as it’s a very easy system for all of our staff to use, even with varying levels of technical experience,” said Scott Silverthorn, Head of Data Services at LUSH Fresh Handmade Cosmetics. “As it is used by many different parts of the business, QlikView allows us to continually make insights into our company. Some of the shop managers have told us they have had their most profitable year ever because QlikView has brought together the data they need to manage their sales, their stock and their staffing. By pulling it together in one place for analysis, QlikView allows them to make the right decision.”
The QlikView Business Discovery platform is deployed across the entire LUSH organization. The retail accounts team uses QlikView to dig into the numbers behind the sales in each shop, to keep an eye on ledgers, petty cash and every other aspect of running the business financially. The technology is also used in all the stores, so all the shop managers and employees on the shopfloor have access to QlikView reports for updates every hour through the day with live access to their sales information, as well as their stock position so they can make the right decisions as they are ordering in-store. With 70 percent of staff accessing QlikView every day to review sales and stock and managers monitoring performance via the live sales tool, LUSH can also promote a healthy sense of competition across retail sites.
QlikView is also used in LUSH’s manufacturing department for stock management, allowing the team to facilitate orders between the factory and the shops and can keep an eye on stock position around the country. Equally, QlikView has helped LUSH to get a view of its sales and stock which has led to improvements in forecasting and sourcing of key ingredients from ethical suppliers. This means that LUSH Cosmetics can maintain freshness through its supply chain.
The technology is also used by LUSH’s payroll department to combine all of the data from timesheets and pay systems to get it into one report where they view absences, staffing costs and where profits are made. In combining QlikView with LUSH’s stock value management systems, the company was able to make savings of over £1 million in the first two years of deployment.
“At LUSH, our colleagues are naturally very inquisitive people and giving them access to data means they can find ways to improve performance to do a better job,” continued Silverthorn. “I personally live in QlikView. The reporting function is so natural and intuitive that it’s easy to share with your colleagues so everyone gets the same experience. Our next goal will be to give our senior managers access to the technology, via tablets and mobile devices, where they can see at a glance how LUSH is performing.”
“Seeing QlikView being used by LUSH employees across the board to deliver such strong savings shows just how powerful intuitive and easy to use our technology can be,” said Qlik UK & Ireland MD and RVP Northern Europe, Sean Farrington. “LUSH is a British success story in a highly competitive environment and it’s great to be involved in giving its staff access to relevant data that helps them to perform even better.”
Since establishing 19 years ago, LUSH has been driven by innovation and its ethics. Creators of pioneering beauty products such as the fizzing bath bomb, shower jellies and solid shampoo bars, LUSH places emphasis on fresh ingredients like organic fruits and vegetables. LUSH operates a strict policy against animal testing and supports Fair Trade and Community Trade initiatives. LUSH leads the cosmetics industry in combating over-packaging by running public awareness campaigns and developing products that can be sold ‘naked’ to the consumer without any packaging.
In 2012 LUSH launched the annual LUSH Prize with a prize fund of £250k to end animal testing. LUSH has been awarded the RSPCA Good Business Award for 2006, 2007 and 2009, along with the 2006 PETA Trailblazer Award for Animal Welfare. Co-founders Mark and Mo Constantine were awarded OBEs for services to the beauty industry in the new year’s honors list 2010.
Qlik (NASDAQ: QLIK) simplifies how people explore their data to help them make better decisions. With its QlikView Business Discovery platform people quickly bring data sources together to create dynamic visual applications that can be navigated and searched intuitively. QlikView uses Natural Analytics™ to reflect the way human curiosity searches and processes information, while delivering the enterprise manageability, governance and service offerings organizations require. Qlik and its global partner network support approximately 31,000 customers in over 100 countries.
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