Heritage Parts Centre selects Akeneo to drive expansion and reach greater numbers of classic car enthusiasts

Details of more than 25,000 VW and Porsche products in multiple languages to be streamlined usingProductExperienceManagement (PXM) system

London, July 9,2020 – Global VW and Porsche classic parts and accessories specialist, Heritage Parts Centre has selected Akeneo, a global provider of ProductExperience Management (PXM) solutions, to help effectively manage its inventory and provide a better experience for visitors to its site.

Akeneo’s PXM platform will allow the company to standardise and effectively catalogue product descriptions and attributes in a way that will allow customers to search for what they need far more easily, using filters.It will also make the process of translating and localising product descriptions for overseas markets much more straightforward

“We previously pulled all of our product information from Sage into Magento, but the data was fairly basic which meant a lot of manual inputting and updating, leading to inconsistencies and margin for error,” said Rob Tickner, head of digital at Heritage. “By usingAkeneo’s PXM solutionwe can ensure that all information is uploaded and updated regularly, and by using the platform’s features to make sure that nothing is published without mandatory fields being completed, quality control is baked-in.”

Heritage Parts Centre began life almost 35 years ago as ‘Karmann Classics”, originally sourcingmuch sought after Karmann Ghiasand genuineVW parts for them. Thisquickly escalated to include Beetle and Type 2 bus partsand the company grew steadily from there. Heritage now distributes to over 150 countries worldwide, including Australia and the United States, supplying parts and accessories for classic Porsche as well as Volkswagen.

Although based in the UK, the companyships to anywhere in the world in addition to operating in multiple languages, making efficient product management a vital element of its increasingly complex business.

“Heritage PartsCentrehas grown into a resource people consult when they are lookingto figure out an idea or challenge related to their classic car. Being able to browse and search the site more easily and intuitively, combined with talking to our knowledgeable staff will really enhance this experience and hopefully help us reach more and more enthusiasts as we expand further,” added Tickner.

James Barlow, country manager at Akeneo, said: “A businesses such as Heritage PartsCentre, which has a fast-expanding range of products combined with a knowledgeable and discerning global customer base, is tailor-made for the organisational benefits Akeneo can bring. We are excited to be part of the Heritage journey and looking forward to working with them as they continue to grow and evolve.”

Akeneo is the most used Product Information Management (PIM) solution in the world. The company hasmore than 60,000 live implementations and serves more than 300 enterprise clients in internationalmarkets across the U.S., Europe, and the Middle East.

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About Heritage Parts Centre:

Heritage Parts Centre have been delivering classic VW and Porsche parts to enthusiasts worldwide for more than 30 years. Based in Shoreham-by-Sea, West Sussex, our knowledge and passion of all things classic VW and Porsche is evident in everything that we do –from our dedication to sourcing a wide range of the best quality components from around the world; to the ease of finding parts, pictures and fitments on our website; to the expertise and advice we offer online or over the phone; and to the care and speed we take in getting your parts to your door. Heritage Parts Centre is run by enthusiasts, for enthusiasts. www.heritagepartscentre.com

About Akeneo:

Akeneo is a global leader in Product Experience Management (PXM) solutions thathelp merchants and brands deliver a compelling customer experience across all sales channels,including eCommerce, mobile, print, and retail points of sale. Akeneo’s open-source enterprise PIM,and product data intelligence solutions, dramatically improve product data quality and accuracywhile simplifying and accelerating product catalog management.

Leading global brands, including Midland Scientific, Air Liquide, Fossil, Shop.com, and Auchan, trustAkeneo’s solutions to scale and customize their omnichannel and cross-border commerce initiatives.Using Akeneo, brands and retailers can improve customer experience, increase sales, reduce time tomarket, go global, and boost team productivity. For more information, contact hello@akeneo.com.