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World of Sweets chooses Algonomy’s Omnichannel Personalization Platform to deliver top notch customer experiences


Publish Date: 6 June, 2023

What’s the Scoop?

Hancocks, the UK’s largest confectionery wholesaler, part of the World of Sweets Group, today announced it will deploy Algonomy’s Omnichannel Personalisation Platform to develop a deeper understanding of their customers and deliver experiences that are in tune with their varied customer base.

By using advanced AI, customer segmentation, and predictive models that Algonomy’s platform affords, Hancocks is set to deliver highly personalised online content, product recommendations, search results, and browsing experience based on individual customer profiles.

Hancocks’ Objective

Wholesaler Hancocks serves a range of customers, from convenience stores and independent retailers to smaller online confectionery businesses. Alongside its 14 depots located across the UK, Hancocks offers its customers a strong e-commerce alternative.

The site serves more than 55,000 customers per week offering a click-and-collect and delivery service. The company generates a quarter of its business online. With over 4,000 products, there is a whole load of choices that customers need to make to find what is right for them. This diversity of customer types, purchase behaviours, and needs means an evolving and dynamic site experience is needed for every customer.

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The Solution – Algonomy’s Omnichannel Personalisation Platform

Algonomy helped Hancocks with automating customer profiles based on customer type, custom pricing models, product attributes, affinities, preferences, and explicit knowledge of when and how each shopper purchases. These real-time profiles provide insights that help deliver contextual engagement every time a customer visits the site.

Algonomy was the perfect fit for our requirement as their personalisation platform encompasses not just product recommendations but also other path-to-purchase touchpoints of Search, Navigation, and Content.

Gareth Walbyoff eCommerce Director at Hancocks

Algonomy’s personalisation platform uses a library of 150+ pre-built strategies to ensure every customer engagement is contextually relevant. Besides offering pre-built strategies, the platform provides configurable strategies that allow non-technical users to create their own personalisation strategies for specific use cases. This self-serve personalisation capability eliminates the dependency on technical/IT teams, enabling business users to evaluate their hypotheses on the fly.

Making Omnichannel Personalization a Reality

By deploying Algonomy’s platform, Hancocks will extend its leadership position with the seamless delivery of end-to-end, multi-channel personalisation to customers based on individual preferences and behaviours. The platform also provides advanced merchandising and brand controls that will help the company align personalisation with specific business goals — engagement, conversion, active promotions, basket size, or margin management.

We are excited to be a part of Hancocks’ growth story. We look forward to helping them convert every digital interaction into a personal experience for their customers, and thereby drive greater engagement and revenue.

Lisa Flanagan Head – Revenue, Europe at Algonomy

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