Justin Boots Breaks Sales Record With iPad App

When Justin Boots, a maker of traditional boots since 1879, set up a pop-up retail shop at the recent shareholder meeting of parent copany Berkshire Hathaway, it was eager to move lots of product and make a big impression. By using Conductiv's Cloud-Based Interact App at point of sale, the company sold a record-setting 1,000-plus pairs of boots in just more than 10 hours — an average of more than 1.5 pairs of boots per minute.

"This exceeded even our most optimistic projections," said Chuck Schmalbach, Justin Boots vice president of sales and administration. "There is simply no way we could have sold anywhere near this amount of product in such a limited retail space without Conductiv and their Channel Partner Retail Information Systems. It turned out to be an amazingly easy system to use. Instead of buying tons of expensive IT hardware, the Conductiv approach was cheap and easy to deploy. And it was fast."

How did Justin break its own sales records without the usual benefits of deep on-site inventory and product selection? Sales employees used Conductiv's Interact iPad app to sell well beyond the small amount of product in the tiny booth — they had visibility and access into all of Justin's stockpiles of inventory, and sold from Justin's full product line from a remarkably small footprint.

"It was really impressive to see," Schmalbach noted. "Very few people at the meeting wound up leaving that booth without buying a new pair of boots. And they were able to move people in and out so quickly."

This retail achievement was a direct outgrowth of an existing strategic partnership between Justin and Conductiv, which began earlier this year. Conductiv transitioned the western footwear maker's catalog into the cloud, giving retailers such as Baskins, a 60-store Texas chain, real-time access to the full breadth of brands' product lines, all delivered in vivid photos and rich media. In addition to connecting to Justin, Conductiv connected Baskins to VF Corporation's Wrangler Jeans. Baskins is now connected to more than 10 major brands.

Conductiv offers an innovative suite of handheld sales apps for retailers focusing on brick-and-mortar locations, e-commerce sites, or both. And by also offering accurate, self-updating digital catalog apps to suppliers, Conductiv delivers a turn-key approach that deals head-on with modern retailing's transformative changes – and vast opportunities.

"Acknowledging the threats of Amazon and other online e-tailers, retailers and their suppliers know that the best way to improve their sales, margins, and in-store experience is to lock arms and collaborate," says Conductive CEO Robert Loughan. "Conductiv's Collaborative Mobile Commerce was created to do just that, and it's already a proven solution with surprisingly good returns for both sides."

Conductiv believes the missing link for retail is to take the best from the online shopping world and bring it into the in-store real world. And with Conductiv's "Virtual Aisle" — which allows sales staff to sell products they don't have in stock (through Conductiv's drop-ship home feature) and to see available inventory and price adjustments in real time—stores and their e-commerce sites simply sell more products, and customers get what they were shopping for.
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