From Office Supply Store to Experience Retailer​

Staples Canada Mobile App

Summary

With over 300 locations, Staples Canada is the largest office products supplier to Canada’s small business and home office markets. As with many traditional retailers, Staples Canada realized they needed to re-engage their customers by providing them with a new, exceptional experience both in-store and online. 

Bounteous partnered with Staples Canada to deliver on their goals of moving from an office supplier to a dynamic, inspiring partner for their customers. We helped digitally transform the Staples Canada online experience by improving their back-end business systems, revamping their online presence, and creating in-store technology that empowered Staples Canada to reimagine retail. 

In this digital experience build, Bounteous partnered with many technology providers to re-platform the Staples Canada B2C eCommerce site, including integrating the Akeneo PIM, developing a custom CMS solution with Contentful, and delivering one of the largest and most complex global implementations of Shopify Plus. The new eCommerce experience brings Staples Canada’s new brand promise, "The Working and Learning Company," to life digitally and acts as a platform for continued growth to help Canadians work, learn, and grow.

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Challenge

Staples Canada was interested in transforming their digital and physical experience to ignite growth. Their internal tools and programs were built on legacy systems that were hindering how they could reinvent the brand. French and English data, third-party integrations, and catalogue imports of over half-of-a-million products daily proved to be mounting challenges for an office retailer to maintain and compete in the marketplace.

Staples Canada selected Shopify Plus for their new site, which touts great benefits of flexibility, security, and speed-to-market. With an unlimited number of apps and configurations, Staples Canada sought a strong digital agency to help vet, select, and implement apps and platforms. This would optimize everything from product information management (PIM) to content authoring (CMS). Based on the team’s wide-ranging expertise in eCommerce, Bounteous was ultimately selected to navigate the ecosystem of partners, build complex integrations and custom applications, bring the concept designs to life, and assist with ensuring the proper analytics and SEO features were incorporated into the new site. 

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Solution

Bounteous was able to harness the power of Shopify Plus to host Staples Canada’s core eCommerce platform and deliver a more meaningful customer experience that has the scalability to meet the demands of a changing online marketplace. Leveraging years of commerce expertise, Bounteous led the overhaul, working with Staples Canada and managing many partners to navigate all aspects of the digital experience, including payments, checkout customizations, CMS, search, recommendations, reviews, marketing, and translation services.

Automation was also necessary for Staples Canada’s substantial catalog of SKUs. By building an Akeneo and Shopify integration that’s efficient for front-end queries, Bounteous developed a solution to account for daily French and English data importing and configured the product model to work with various third-party apps. Among the custom development required, we partnered with Contentful to build a Shopify connector that allowed for easier internal management of the website. Through collaboration with Staples Canada content team, we also tailored a Contentful data model to fit their specific needs and developed a custom scheduler to allow rich and timely edits of content blocks and full-page content. Finally, the Bounteous team leveraged key technology such as Vue.js and GraphQL to integrate with Shopify’s Storefront API in order to build out complex front-end features to help drive an enhanced user experience.

Working on the new site in tandem with a new Google Analytics 360 implementation helped streamline workflows, ensuring the accuracy of data and site launch campaigns and enabled the new site to launch with no disruption in tracking, traffic, or transactions.

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Results

The new staples.ca site has a refreshed feel that aligns with Staples Canada’s modern identity. Bounteous delivered a fully-responsive web and mobile experience, with an easy-to-use platform that links products and informative content and streamlines the shopping and check-out process.

Beyond improving the UX, our team connected partners and third-party solutions to activate a fully-functioning CMS and PIM. The sophisticated, intuitive solution empowers content authors to better manage eCommerce flows in a user-friendly editing environment.

Post migration, the site surpassed traffic and pageview expectations. As Staples Canada evolves as a brand, their launch on Shopify Plus is a launchpad towards their mission of helping Canadians work, learn, and grow. Growth since launch includes:

• Increased website traffic
• Increased online conversions
• Over 150,000 Live SKUs

Our new eCommerce experience builds on our industry-leading omni-channel experience. Staples.ca offers next-day delivery to 85 percent of Canadians and offers the convenience of purchasing online and picking up in-store within two hours in nearly every community across Canada. That's really powerful for our customers and few eCommerce retailers have the ability to do that.​

Jeff Serota​
Senior Director of Product Management, Staples Canada