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Customer Success Stories - Douglas: How the international beauty retailer supercharged its promotion planning with data science

How the international beauty retailer Douglas supercharged its promotion planning with data science


  • Douglas was keen on strategizing promotions based on data science
  • Sellforte’s Promotion Effectiveness solution enables the teasing out of the many promotions held each year, even those that are held concurrently
  • Sellforte’s solution reveals the waterfall breakdown for different promotion mechanics and combinations, allowing Douglas to track and find the most effective and profitable promotional strategies

Client Objectives

  • Douglas wanted to move to continuous, science-based promotion effectiveness analysis to better understand the factors behind successful and profitable promotions
  • One specific objective was the ability to compare different promotions, some of which have different mechanisms (e.g. minimum order value, duration of the campaign, % / absolute discount). This is done with the end goal of finding out the best and most profitable promotion combination
  • Sellforte’s continuous service allows Douglas to test and learn based on the results, and is pivotal in helping Douglas ensure maximum promotion profitability that’s aligned with the new Omnibus directiveDouglas was keen on strategizing promotions based on data science

Solution Output #1

Douglas had to adapt to the new Omnibus directive in 2022 and Sellforte was key in helping Douglas navigate their way through. Sellforte helped unravel the complex promotions web of Douglas by determining the effect of the directive, on the many different promotion types and mechanisms.

  • A highly detailed analysis was done on the many different promotion types the customer had, resulting in insights and recommendations on which promotions to decrease and which to be leveraged on a greater scale, as well as spacing and duration
  • The impact of the recommendations was also quantified, to allow more astute decision-making in line with the Omnibus directive

Solution Output #2

With rising inflation, margins are squeezed from all sides. Retailers are under pressure to find answers to a myriad of questions - One of which was particularly important to Douglas, was the performance of 15% vs 20% discount promotions.

  • Through our tool, Douglas learned that their 20% promotions were not only as profitable as 15% promotions, but they delivered much higher incremental sales, presenting themselves as a stronger revenue generator
  • This valuable insight allows Douglas to plan promotions according to their target priorities of generating revenue and profits, which is vital in today’s challenging growth environment

“We’ve been really satisfied with Sellforte’s expertise and capabilities in transforming our promotion analysis and planning process to a more data-driven direction. We feel that this provides us a competitive edge in a highly-competed environment, and it’s a great help to navigate the new Omnibus directive.”
- Stefanie Hübner, E-commerce director DACH

Beauty & Cosmetics
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