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Hotter step up their payment systems with K3 Retail

Hotter, the UK’s biggest shoe maker and innovative multichannel retailer with 46 stores, has implemented a new payments solution as part of its ongoing improvement program to increase retail customer satisfaction.

Following the successful go-live of a new EFT (electronic funds transfer) managed solution from K3 Retail and payment provider VeriFone (previously Commidea) the integrated solution now manages customer’s payment transactions seamlessly.

Hotter has plans to open another 10 – 20 stores in the 2013 financial year in the UK. It has worked closely with K3 Retail and its partner VeriFone to ensure that the new managed EFT terminals are fully PCI compliant with in all its stores. Hotter manages customer interactions through the K3 Call Centre solution in its 120 seat call centre.

The implementation of the VeriFone solution to all stores has meant that Hotter is now able to run a single payment solution across all channels. The VeriFone solution and K3 implementation has been an enabler for PCI compliancy which is a key business and customer security requirement.

The managed payment solution has resulted in unlimited retail credit card transactions, meaning that the retailer isn’t charged per transaction, which in turn, has reduced the overall cost of transactions. The integration to the POS has improved the customer experience and reduced the number of receipts, in turn doing its part for the environment.

David Ainsworth, Head of IT at Hotter Shoes, says, “The business strategy at Hotter is to support our customers’ expectations whilst interacting with a multichannel organisation, and to improve the information that we rely upon when working with our customers. One of the changes required to support this objective was to implement a single payment provider across all sales channels, so we made the decision to find a vendor who could provide us with a streamlined and integrated payment solution.”

He continued, “An additional benefit of this change was a reduction in the PCI DSS scope due to the solution “tokenising” the payment information, which reduced the costs and timeframe for achieving PCI DSS compliancy.”

David Ainsworth added, “K3 were able to identify a supplier who could offer us a solution that covered all our channels (MOTO, web and retail). The implementation across our retail stores went well and was delivered on time. The feedback from the retail store managers has been very positive, as the interaction at the point-of-sale solution has been simplified and is in line with customer expectations.”

Iain Embrey, Customer Services Director at K3 Retail, said, “We look forward to continuing our work with Hotter to further support their store expansion plan and consolidated platform to sustain their operations going forward.”

About K3 Retail
K3 Retail deliver multi-channel solutions that enable retailers to create joined up shopping experiences for their customers whether they choose to buy on-line, direct, in-store and mobile.

Over 18 years’ experience delivering award winning solutions, to more than 160 internationally recognised retail brands, has helped our experienced team of retail consultants develop the most complete range of multi-channel retail solutions available to Microsoft Dynamics AX or NAV users. As a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner, member of Microsoft’s Partner Advisory Council for Retail, invited member of Microsoft’s Inner Circle and Presidents Club, we offer a clearly defined roadmap and proven products backed up by Microsoft’s $2billion investment in the Dynamics platform.

Our ability to translate thought leadership and Multi-Channel experience into innovative and effective retail solutions has benefited customers including: Agent Provocateur, American Golf, Beales Department Stores, Booths Supermarkets, Clinton Cards, Dobbies , Dreams, GameStop, Jigsaw, Kiddicare, Ryman’s, Smyths Toys, SpaceNK, Topps Tiles, The White Company and White Stuff.

For more information, please visit www.K3Retail.com

About Hotter

The Hotter Comfort Concept brand was founded in the early 1990s by Stewart Houlgrave whose parents set up Beaconsfield Footwear as a slipper manufacturer in 1959. With a mission to make shoes as comfortable as slippers Stewart created a collection of stylish shoes with hidden comfort features including super soft and breathable leathers, lightweight and flexible soles, cushioning underfoot and wiggle room for toes.

Hotter shoes are sold direct to customers via an onsite customer service centre and www.hotter.com. Since 2009, its 50th year, the company has revamped its website, aired 6 TV campaigns and launched in the US, the Middle East and Russia. With its exceptional product quality and outstanding customer service, Hotter embarked on an ambitious store opening programme in 2010 – with a total of 46 stores open across the UK by the end of 2012. Staying true to its British heritage, Hotter now manufactures 1.5 million pairs of shoes in its Lancashire factory – making it the UK’s biggest shoe maker.

For more information, please visit www.hottershoes.com

Tanya Pring
PR Contact
Fieldworks
Tel: 0845 034 5602
tanya@fieldworksmarketing.co.uk
www.fieldworksmarketing.co.uk

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