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A year overshadowed by the pandemic, 2020, brought exponential growth to the e-commerce market, and by all accounts, this trend will continue through 2021. Interior design wholesaler Vinga saw explosive growth in sales in the past year – which places high demands on the digital environment. Thanks to their e-commerce solution, they have a stable platform to lean on when sales take off.

Over the past few years, Vinga has made the transformation from a company that sells quality interior design products exclusively to companies to also targeting private individuals. Vinga saw a remarkable increase in both visits and sales last year, with a peak during the fall and winter months. During the Christmas rush, traffic to their consumer website  Vinga Home increased by 1071% compared to a normal month, and sales increased by 400% compared to the previous Christmas season. The sudden influx of website visitors certainly put Vinga’s infrastructure, flexibility and scalability to the test.

– This winter, and Christmas in particular, demonstrated how important it is to have a stable platform with built-in flexibility. We were able to quickly scale up the entire environment to meet demand, which allowed us to handle all the traffic without compromising the user experience, says Niklas Dahlros, business developer, e-commerce at Vinga.

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Malin  Bodolla
Chief Marketing Officer
In mid-March, Litium and our partner Ateles will be broadcasting a webinar on conversion optimization led by UX experts Carolina Carlgren and Matilda Nilsson. You can view the webinar at the bottom of this page. You will find a summary of the webinar content here.

Many companies today underestimate the importance of the customer journey and therefore fail to recognize potential pitfalls and points of friction. For example, it is easy to see an ad and develop a specific expectation, but if it doesn’t deliver on that expectation, the entire experience becomes a negative. This is something I myself experienced all too clearly the other day when an ad popped up on Instagram for a fleece jacket I had been eying for my son. When I saw it in that moment, I thought I would make the purchase. But when I clicked on the ad, I only got to the message “product is not found.” So my customer experience ultimately ended in failure, and the store in question lost a sale. It was certainly no win-win deal.

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Anna-Karin Evegård
Content Manager
Motillo
Motillo is a consulting company that focuses on e-commerce and digital businesses. They have a clear commercial focus and are equally adept at talking business benefits with a management group as taking responsibility for translating these benefits into technology and design. The name Motillo is derived from the word motility, which means “the ability to be able to move by oneself”. We had a chat with Jakob Twedmark, CEO of Motillo, to find out more about their expertise and why they recommend our platform to their clients and how they got started within e-commerce.

The company was founded by childhood friends Twedmark and Jonas Kihlström in 2012 when Twedmark move back to Karlstad after working as an e-commerce consultant in Stockholm for a number of years. At the time, the market looked completely different and they initially began with a broader offering. However, within a few years, Motillo decided to specialize in e-commerce and purely work with various kinds of e-commerce assignments. 

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Anna-Karin Evegård
Content Manager
More influencers, fewer retailers and niche marketplaces – that’s how the B2B market will make change, and experience change, in the coming year. That is the prediction of Håkan Nylander, Chief Strategy Officer, Litium.“These trends have already gained momentum in the US and parts of Europe. They are now making headway in the Nordics,” he says.

Digital commerce is growing, and as a result of the current pandemic, it has gained even more momentum. At Litium, Håkan Nylander is working hard to predict trends in the area and to see where it is all headed. He highlights three trends that will have an impact on the B2B sector in the coming years.

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Anna-Karin Evegård
Content Manager
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Litium has acquired the rights to dropshipping software from Droshi AB. The software will be integrated into Litium’s product offering for advanced digital commerce

Dropshipping is a means of selling physical products without having to maintain them in stock. A dropshipping retailer delivers sold goods directly from the distributor or manufacturer to the end customer, thereby reducing the costs of stock and distribution. This business model is common in e-commerce, both in its purest form and as a model for expanding the product range.

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Malin  Bodolla
Chief Marketing Officer

Why choose Litium’s PIM?

January 14, 2021

B2B

When you choose to go with a Product Information Management (PIM) solution, you get a powerful platform that allows you to effectively manage product information. Peter Nilsson of Spot On works in project management and business development. Each and every day, he uses online marketing strategies to help customers grow their business, an area where the PIM question is often a central part of the project. What are the benefits Peter sees with Litium’s PIM?

“One of the main benefits is the whole package,” says Peter. With Litium, you get PIM, CMS and e-commerce all in one platform. You have one login in a single tool with the same look across all features. It greatly reduces the administrative burden.

Get up and running quickly with simple implementation

Peter also highlights the ability to use Litium’s PIM immediately after installation.

 “Rather than having to write your own code to set up product templates and product features, you are able to take advantage of so-called field frameworks. This means that you can quickly change the structure in categories, change data, language, etcetera, to design the PIM according to your needs.

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Anna-Karin Evegård
Content Manager
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This fall, Amazon finally swung open the doors to its Swedish site after years of speculation and intense anticipation. Many companies have already made the leap and are now using the marketplace as a sales channel for their products, but for those of you who are still on the fence, here are our top seven tips!

 

1. Register so that you regularly receive up-to-date information

Even before the launch date, Amazon sent out information to well-known Swedish brands and Swedish sellers who were already selling on Amazon informing them how to add Sweden as a market for sales. If you have not already registered on Amazon –  do it now. This way you can keep up to date with the latest information Amazon puts out and use it to your advantage.

2. Evaluate your starting position

All businesses selling products in Sweden will be affected by Amazon’s presence. It is therefore important that all businesses familiarize themselves with the opportunities and threats that this will entail before Amazon launches. Consider exactly how you want to relate to the e-commerce giant, which means evaluating your existing business model and how it may be affected.

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Malin  Bodolla
Chief Marketing Officer
Do you spend too much time managing the products you offer on your site? Whether you have your own e-commerce business, sell exclusively in marketplaces or display products without offering sales on your site, it may be time for a Product Information Management system (PIM). It will simplify and streamline your product management system, freeing you up so you can focus on what is really important — building sales.

What is PIM all about?

PIM simplifies and streamlines your digital product management tasks by organizing and presenting your products in an intuitive, user-friendly way. A PIM system can be a good choice for your online store as well as your other channels on the web, for example, any external marketplaces or social media channels you may be using. Well-structured information is a benefit for both you as a seller and for your customers. If the customer is able to find the information they expect to find, the opportunities for conversions and sales increase.
And you can use a PIM system even if you do not have an e-commerce engine and simply want to use it to present goods or services on the web — the real benefit is the simplification of product management. Instead of scrambling around gathering information from different sources every time you update a product on the site, PIM offers a way to structure and standardize the information for the products you offer.

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Ludvig Block
CPO
Huski Wear, a new direct-to-consumer brand in ski and activewear, has selected Litium’s platform as a valuable tool for growth and the realization of the company's global ambitions. The opportunities presented by the new platform will allow the company to experience a rapid, seamless expansion.

The newly launched brand avoids intermediaries altogether, with its exclusive focus on digital sales directly to the end consumer. Huski Wear creates stylish, functional garments for customers who plan to travel to an alpine destination any time of the year. The initial product range features skiwear, but the product portfolio will be expanded in 2021. Huski Wear has corporate ties to Huski Chocolate.

Huski Wear was founded by Magnus Liljeblad, Lena Claesson and Jonas Olsson, all of whom have solid experience behind them in the fashion and sports industry and a background in brands such as Peak Performance, Henri Lloyd and Sportmanship.

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Anna-Karin Evegård
Content Manager
In a previous article, we discussed what drives Scandinavian B2B companies to digitize their sales. An all important issue for companies that have already started their journey towards an increased digital presence. But what do companies really need to do to ultimately reach the destination? In this article, we will take a closer look at a company that is striving to adopt a more modern approach, in a business and industry that has yet to reap the benefits of digitization and where the old ways of thinking still characterize the approach to doing business.

Major differences between companies

Addtech is an industrial trading group with more than 130 companies in about 20 countries. Companies within the group sell technical components, systems and solutions for various niches, primarily in the manufacturing industry. The majority of these companies are active in the Nordic region, but the group also reaches continental Europe, Asia and the U.S. Addtech’s business model is built on a philosophy of growth over time through acquisitions and organic growth through the development of the companies they acquire. Responsibility for business activities is largely decentralized, but Addtech lends assistance through its extensive network and works actively on the company’s board to develop the business. Addtech also runs its own internal business school and helps companies in other areas, including digital sales and marketing.

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Fredrik Hrdlicka
Sales Executive
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Amazon recently confirmed that they are about to launch a Swedish site, which will doubtlessly stir the pot for the entire e-commerce sector. But what do B2B companies really think of the development of Amazon and other marketplaces? In this year's edition of Litium's report “Scandinavian B2B Commerce 2020”, we asked nearly 1000 respondents that very question. In this article, we have gathered the answers.

Increased exposure the primary benefit

Amazon, Alibaba, Wish – e-commerce marketplaces are a hot topic; this is also true for B2B sales. Despite successes within the consumer segment, it seems that many B2B companies are still largely focused on the potential drawbacks of using external marketplaces for sales rather than the benefits these platforms offer. But do the drawbacks really outweigh the benefits? And what are the real benefits of external marketplaces?

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Anna-Karin Evegård
Content Manager
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During a Litium customer and partner event held earlier this year – three of Litium’s customers; Vinga of Sweden, Pacs On and Lindex tackled questions about customer expectations, internationalization and sustainability and offered their views on the future of e-commerce. We have gathered the highlights from the discussion here.

Vinga of Sweden is growing on the international level What are the lessons you have learned from that, and what are your recommendations for others who want to enter a new market?

Niklas Larsson – Business Developer, Vinga of Sweden:

“Three years ago, we started cultivating the German market, and that was really when we learned the biggest lessons. We are quite widely known in Sweden, with over 600 resellers and a strong focus on building relationships.  When we started out in Germany, we thought we could keep doing things the same way we do in Sweden, but it didn’t work at all because the sales process is completely different there with a much greater focus on cold calling. We simply needed to go back to the drawing board and decided to take a new approach by analyzing the market. Given the fact that our business is largely based on corporate gifts, we took a closer look at the tax limits for giving gifts and also analyzed traditions around gift giving in Germany. We mapped out where and when gifts are given and also added a dedicated resource staff member to cultivate our new markets in depth. We have seen significantly better results from this effort, and it has increased our sales in the German market by around 260 percent over the past year.” 

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Malin  Bodolla
Chief Marketing Officer
B2B digital commerce insights
In this year’s B2B study, Scandinavian B2B Commerce 2020, we take a closer look at the driving forces that push Scandinavian B2B companies to make the leap into digital sales. There are a variety of reasons for the move towards increased digital sales, but our study shows that some reasons are more common than others. We will unpack the results of the study here and consider what might be behind them. 

Simplified administration ranks as the top motivator

The results of the study clearly show that the end result of a company’s digital sales efforts go hand in hand with expectations, at almost all levels. But what are the market forces that are steering us towards an e-commerce segment based more and more on digital solutions? And why is this the case?

In our study, both B2B companies planning to digitize their sales (64%) and those already engaged in digital sales (61%) report that the primary motivator is a desire to ease their administrative burden and/or increase sales efficiency. The fact that a company may place a greater focus on reducing internal costs rather than, for example, increased sales, may seem a bit counterintuitive. But when we look more closely at the way B2B companies function and operate, this prioritization seems more logical.

In a B2B company, internal administrative processes are often more complex than they are in a B2C company. Therefore, any inefficiencies in internal processes put a strain on resources and drive costs. Improvements to these processes can save a company a lot of time and money, which can have a significant impact on a company's bottom line.

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Fredrik Hrdlicka
Sales Executive
Eleiko, a company originally known for selling small kitchen appliances, underwent a major transformation in the late 1950s. When the company decided to stop making toasters and waffle irons and start producing weightlifting bars made exclusively from high-quality Swedish steel, the move raised eyebrows across the entire weightlifting world. Since then, Eleiko bars have taken the world by storm–not to mention the role the bars have played in setting over 1,000 world records. Today, Eleiko supplies equipment for weightlifting, powerlifting and strength training to international competitions and training facilities across over 180 countries. Eleiko now finds itself ready for the next transformation. After selling equipment exclusively to professional buyers, the company is now launching its first e-commerce outlet.

New lifestyle patterns accelerated launch plans

Erik Blomberg, CEO and owner of Eleiko Group AB, explains how the company had been developing a strategy to launch an online store for about a year. Initially, the company planned on launching a new platform towards the end of 2020, but the outbreak of the coronavirus and the lifestyle changes it brought around the world resulted in a change in plans:

– When avid exercise enthusiasts could no longer hit the gym as usual, the demand for home fitness products increased quickly. The biggest demand was in the UK, where just about every day we received inquiries directly from consumers who wanted to be able to exercise safely in their home. We decided we needed to act fast! 

Although the initiative to invest in e-commerce was accelerated by the outbreak of the pandemic, Eleiko was already well prepared in many ways.

– We had done a thorough study and evaluated a number of alternatives and platforms for how we would implement our solution at the beginning of the year. Now we decided to put the plan into effect immediately rather than waiting for the fall as planned, Erik says.

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Malin  Bodolla
Chief Marketing Officer
For the fourth time, we are presenting our report on digital commerce between companies and this year we are looking at the market from a much broader perspective than before. We are now taking the pace of digital B2B commerce in Sweden, Norway and Denmark and launching Scandinavian B2B Commerce 2020.

Largest B2B study on digital commerce in the Nordic region

The study is based on responses from nearly 1000 respondents and this time it is extended outside of Sweden. It now covers all of Scandinavia. This makes it the largest study in the Nordic region on how companies work with commerce in the digital channels.

Widening the perspectives and looking at the market outside of your own country is also a pattern of the company answers in our study. In the report you can read about how Scandinavian B2B companies broaden their operations internationally - in the other Nordic countries, Europe and globally. And digital platforms are becoming important tools in the internationalization.

Small differences between the Scandinavian countries

More and more B2B companies in all three markets have now crossed the starting point and are selling digitally. Many people are also beginning to see the positive effects of it. However, there is a clear difference in digital maturity between larger and smaller companies as well as between different industries.

Although we see some smaller differences between the Scandinavian countries, the pattern is clear: Scandinavia is a digitally mature market and most B2B companies today recognize that digitalization is a crucial success factor for business development and growth. By 2020, the question is no longer whether digital commerce is an opportunity for B2B companies but how to address this opportunity to succeed.

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Malin  Bodolla
Chief Marketing Officer
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Welcome to Scandinavian B2B Commerce 2020, Litium's annual report on digital commerce between companies (B2B). In this fourth edition, the report includes Sweden, Norway and Denmark.

Here is a brief summary of the results:

Scandinavian B2B companies believe in digital commerce

  • Almost half (42%) of the surveyed B2B companies offer online commerce via webshops, EDI, purchasing portals or external marketplaces. However, there are great differences between industries: While as many as 75% of wholesalers and 59% of distributors/resellers sell digitally, only 29% of consulting and service companies do. 46% of manufacturing companies use digital commerce.
  • The study also reveals clear differences in digital maturity based on company size. Larger companies are ahead in their digital efforts as 59% of the companies with sales over 200 million (in local currency) work with digital sales channels, only 26% of the smallest companies do.
  • Most companies offer a combination of different options for their digital sales with an average of 1.8 channels. The most common is a webshop where customers and retailers log in to shop, which is offered by over half (53%) of the companies, while 39% have a webshop open to anyone.
  • Digital B2B commerce is clearly seen as a commercial responsibility. In most companies head of marketing, head of sales or the company CEO is responsible for the company’s digital commerce. A quarter of respondents have a dedicated e-commerce manager, which we see as an indication of the organization's maturity.
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Malin  Bodolla
Chief Marketing Officer
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Litium is represented in Sweden, Norway and Denmark. We have now strengthened the team in Norway with a new star seller, Hans Audun Sørensen. It's great to finally have Hans on board and although he got an unusual start depdending on the corona situation, he has already found his place in the team. Warm welcome Hans, we all look forward to meeting you irl when these crazy times are over. But until you get the chance to meet Hans, as you can get to know him a little bit here.
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Linda Ericsson
Marketing Coordinator
For e-commerce companies, products are a vital part of operations. Of the many different systems e-retailers use, the system that manages product information is core. Still, for the separate systems to be useful to each other, the information must be used correctly. In other words, having a well-integrated PIM (Product Information Management) system has become a condition for companies to quickly be able to adapt to new terms and not lose momentum.

On the highly competitive market of e-commerce, speed is one of many key factors. Companies of the future must be able to adapt to customer demand and get their products out onto many different channels quickly – on websites with e-commerce, in print and on social media. Here, the system support tools used are business critical, in particular, a company's PIM, making it possible to manage all types of production information centrally. PIM has become important for the customer experience since the system facilitates for e-retailers to distribute the updated information required for selling and marketing products digitally.

“As an e-retailer, you have to be able to manage your products in a structured manner so that you can reach your customers with information on what makes your products superior and why they should buy them. We have PIM integrated into our e-commerce platform, giving us the benefit of a quicker time-to-market. Separate PIM systems require integrations, which are not only unnecessarily time-consuming, but also increase the risk of technical problems and performance issues. This would mean not getting your products out for sale on time,” says Ludvig Block, CPO of the Litium e-commerce platform.

The Ultimate Guide to PIM for B2C

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Ludvig Block
CPO
To sell real estate online may seem like a great challenge. This, despite the fact that the majority of customers are accustomed to making large and small purchases online. Presumably, the greatest challenge is making customers feel they have enough information and inspiration to go through with a large online purchase. This has been a challenge in basically every industry, even those that now are e-commerce savvy.

To sell real estate online may seem like a great challenge. This, despite the fact that the majority of customers are accustomed to making large and small purchases online. Presumably, the greatest challenge is making customers feel they have enough information and inspiration to go through with a large online purchase. This has been a challenge in basically every industry, even those that now are e-commerce savvy.

The automotive industry is an example of an industry that has been very successful in e-commerce, despite the great expense and complexity of their products. They identified that, given relevant information, customers tend to immediately make a purchase or decide to make a purchase in the future. The automotive industry utilizes smart strategies such as configuration, which allows customers to build their own car digitally. The configuration contains relevant, simple facts on each of the car’s components, making it easier for customers to “build” the car of their dreams.

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Samuel Akay
Sales Executive
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The report “Swedish B2B Commerce in 2017” has given us many insights into what companies in Sweden consider to be a successful involvement in e-commerce. For an investment in digital commerce to live up to the expectations a B2B company has, it has become increasingly important to successfully integrate the e-commerce solution with other business and support systems in the enterprise.

There are high expectations when it comes to what an e-commerce solution can bring the enterprise and what it can do for sales. Ninety-four percent of Swedish B2B companies think their own digital sales will increase in the next three years, and a third think that sales will increase by over 25 percent.

According to Swedish B2B Commerce in 2017 the strongest driving force behind a digital initiative is a wish to simplify administration and streamline sales, closely followed by a desire to increase the level of service to customers. For an investment in digital commerce to achieve the desired results, you often need more than a new e-commerce solution, however.

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Fredrik Hrdlicka
Sales Executive
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It's arrived. This year’s edition of the Swedish B2B Commerce survey. Last year, we could see that there was a lack of proper statistics on digital commerce between companies in Sweden, which is why we produced the report, Swedish B2B Commerce, and we now want to repeat last year's success. We wanted to take the temperature of digital B2B commerce again, and produce data to enable comparisons with last year’s findings and see what has changed. We present some of the most important and clearest observations below.

There are no signs that digital commerce is slowing down.

As we expected, digital commerce between companies continues to rise in Sweden. When it comes to the number of B2B companies that benefit from digital commerce, last year's figure of 57% has increased to 67%. In other words, around two-thirds of B2B companies in Sweden have digital sales today. Of those that pursue digital commerce, the vast majority agree that their own digital commerce will increase over the next three years. And of those that have not gone down the digital sales route, 53% are planning to do so within three years. Everything therefore points to digital B2B commerce continuing to rise in Sweden moving forward.

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Åsa Lundborg Ling
CMO
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