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Stanley Gibbons chooses hybris and Sceneric to support the globalisation of its brand and services through increased online sales

...the World’s leading name in stamps and autographs uses eCommerce platform from hybris to expand its sales channels and products internationally...

London – 24 August, 2010. hybris, a leading multichannel commerce software vendor, has today announced that it has won the contract to provide Stanley Gibbons, an AIM listed company and the World’s leading name in stamps and autographs, with an eCommerce platform based on hybris Commerce.  The deal, in partnership with UK-based web consultancy Sceneric, is an exciting move for hybris into a new sector in the UK market (with Stanley Gibbons’ focus on the portfolio and investment side of the global collectibles market).

According to Donal Duff, COO of Stanley Gibbons: “We decided in early 2010 that there was huge potential for us to increase our business and revenue through the online channel.  Not only would an increased and effective presence online allow us to capture sales with existing clients, it would also allow us to expand our sales overseas into key markets such as the US and Far East.”

Realising that its existing web presence could not support the kind of expansion needed, Stanley Gibbons sent out requests for quotations to the market and set about evaluating the best solution to meet its requirements.  After a rigorous assessment process, it decided to offer the contract to develop a new website and eCommerce platform to Sceneric and hybris.

“Having looked at the other solutions available, we decided that the combination of Sceneric for our new website, and hybris to provide an eCommerce platform, met our needs entirely,” continued Duff.  “In both parties we found a sound business understanding and technical expertise that we could relate to. We also saw that both companies were commercially successful and so would be able to provide ongoing support and scale with us as our business and services grow over the next few years.”

Stanley Gibbons plans to use the hybris platform to offer online auction facilities for its customers and also virtual dealing rooms.  “The possibilities are very exciting,” concluded Duff.  “We look forward to working with hybris and the expansion and development of our global business through the online channel we are developing.”

Ariel Luedi, CEO of hybris, said: “Many companies are realising the benefits of using the online channel as part of an integrated multichannel strategy.  Stanley Gibbons is an exciting example of a traditional company embracing the web as a means to expand its business and brand globally and to develop new products and services on the back of this.”

About Stanley Gibbons

Stanley Gibbons is a globally recognised brand and the world’s leading name in philately and collectibles. Established in 1856 the Group is a Jersey registered company and operates from both the Channel Islands and the UK. Its business is truly international with over 30% of sales in 2010 being made overseas.

Stanley Gibbons’ activities can be broken down into five main segments:

  • Stamps – with its renowned expertise and comprehensive stocks Stanley Gibbons serves both specialised and general collectors through its retail and auctions activities.
  • Publishing – the Group publishes a range of catalogues using the SG reference system, acknowledged as an industry standard. It also publishes philatelic magazines and a variety of stamp albums and accessories.
  • Investment – the Group is the world’s only recognised provider of alternative investment products, based on rare stamps and historical signatures, and publishes the SG price indices which are available to investors using the Bloomberg Professional® service.
  • Internet www.stanleygibbons.com , the world’s most comprehensive philatelic website serving over 40 million collectors globally.
  • Fraser’s Autographs – Europe’s largest dealers in autographs, memorabilia and rare historical signatures.

About hybris

(www.hybris.com),

hybris is a leading vendor of next generation agile multichannel commerce software. Its clear vision about the need for consistency, co-ordination and personalisation of information across all channels and throughout all phases of the customer lifecycle has resulted in the development of an integrated, agile solution which supports the industrialisation and automation of operational marketing and sales processes. It is spearheading innovation in this field, enabling businesses to communicate and sell across all channels in a consistent and effective way.

Established in 1997, hybris has a proven track record of profitability and growth, with ambitious expansion plans for the future. Headquartered in Munich, it has offices in the U.S., UK, Netherlands, Switzerland, Austria and Sweden. Its international presence is extended via a dedicated network of business and technology partners across Europe and the USA. It has over 200 customers worldwide running more than 1,500 websites "powered by hybris". Customers are global brands from retail and manufacturing industries, including: Toys 'R' Us, Adidas, Pirelli, Conrad, Norgren, Lufthansa, Reebok, Grundfos, Demag, Sika, Bunzl UK & Ireland, Phonak, Waterstone’s and Rexel.

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