Looking to improve its ecommerce operation and empower brand retailers, Mondelēz looked at VTEX's robust B2B and omnichannel capabilities.
increase in online sales
different customer clusters in one place
As most other CPG companies, Mondelēz sells to its vast distributor network, which then sells to small and big retailers alike, which in turn sell to end-consumers.
Mondelēz saw that blind spot as an opportunity. By transferring its B2B2B operation to the online world, it could obtain numerous benefits in order to grow the ecosystem, such as more insights, better business decisions, streamlined processes, revenue growth and omnichannel experiences. Most importantly, however, it could come to the aid of retailers by helping them grow.
“Digital transformation is about transforming people, understanding their day-to-day lives in order to deliver things to them. Mondelēz wants to be able to generate more value for our customers, and our customers’ customers, through new business models, which can generate more possibilities than ever before with ecommerce.”Maria Mujica, VP of Ecommerce LATAM at Mondelēz International
With that goal in mind, Mondelēz partnered with Brandlive in 2020 to build the dream CPG ecommerce platform. Technologically, it placed its trust in the VTEX Commerce Platform and its top-class security and flexible architecture, with servers hosted on Amazon Web Services (AWS), perfect for centralizing all orders in one place and for plugging in new distributors and shops as the project expands.
“The choice of the platform was a key process, carried out by a cross-functional team, focused on having the peace of mind being with a platform that we know really works, and that has the needed flexibility to build anything with the use of Open APIs.”Maria Mujica, VP of Ecommerce LATAM at Mondelēz International
Mondelēz knew that its B2B2B platform would only be successful if it took into account the pain points of all the people and businesses that would be using it. Thus, designing a user experience that matched those needs was key and the input of the soon-to-be-users was also necessary.
Without being undeterred by the challenges COVID-19 posed to this plan, Mondelēz started a robust research, ethnographically analyzing interviews and even videos of salespeople to truly understand the Mondelēz customer. That’s how the CPG giant found out, for instance, that a small shop owner wants to offer leading brands that their customers ask for and that the website’s interface should be tailored for a mobile experience to increase familiarity and ease of use.
“It is important to understand what the pain points of those shops are, to understand what they need to grow rapidly and gradually. Our focus is to see how Mondelēz can give them value.”Maria Mujica, VP of Ecommerce LATAM at Mondelēz International
After six months of successful collaboration between Mondelēz and Brandlive, with assistance from VTEX, the B2B2B platform went live without any delays in Colombia in September 2020. Shortly after, in December 2020, with many lessons learned from the previous implementation, the platform went live in Peru.
Worthy of note is that this project marked the first WhatsApp integration for login on VTEX! Indeed, there’s no need for email & password registration and login, something that shopkeepers were not comfortable with. To resolve that obstacle, shops are now pre-registered on the platform based on Mondelēz’s existing database and shopkeepers simply receive a link on WhatsApp to gain access to the platform. This way, the process is secure and convenient.
Generally, Mondelēz’s ecommerce store ended up being a mobile-exclusive platform, with robust B2B capabilities such as:
Once an order has been placed, the system automatically routes it to a specific distributor. Last but not least, system integrations, automation tools, email communications and chatbots keep everything together.
Thus, in a nutshell, retailers log in to the platform via WhatsApp, place their orders according to their needs, get assigned to a proximal distributor and then receive the goods as soon as possible. Smooth!
“We put a lot of focus on understanding in-depth the real behavior of our customers, their daily journeys in their stores. We are UX-obsessed and we are truly innovating through a user journey design that really flows.”Maria Mujica, VP of Ecommerce LATAM at Mondelēz International