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Customer Snapshot: Overview

80X Faster data access for planning and reporting

With 1,400 stores, Migros-Gruppe is Switzerland’s biggest retailer. This is because it puts quality above all else. The same is true for one of its most important subsidiaries, Magazine zum Globus, which offers savvy shoppers high-end fashions, beauty products, and accessories that add a touch of pizzazz to everyday life.

Magazine zum Globus

CHF803 million (€668 million)

Number of Employees

Line of Business
Platform and Technology

SAP Solutions
SAP Business Warehouse, SAP HANA

Zurich, Switzerland

Customer Website

Implementation Partners
Retail Solutions AG


Customer Snapshot: History

World-Class Emporium from 19th Century to Today

Customer Snapshot: Success Strategy

Five Guiding Principles

Globus is the innovative, high-end department store where shopping is an exceptional experience. The retailer endeavors to constantly surprise and delight their customers with goods and services.

Globus has established five principles that guide their business: New, Inspiring, Quality, Competent, and Personal.

The Challenge

Data Retrieval, Analysis, and Storage

The company needed to reduce storage space for data on 37 warehouses, 800,000 items, and 3,500 deliveries. The retailer also wanted to speed-up data retrieval and improve insight and planning. For example, to help identify the budget amount needed for the fashion department’s winter collection, and details such as how the collection would be divided across different locations, etc. Decisions like these are supported by KPIs from previous years that can compare inventory purchased to actual sales.

Enter SAP

Just What They Were Looking For

Globus had been using SAP since 2010, and they were looking for opportunities to speed up their existing solutions. The company heard about SAP HANA, and participated in the ramp-up, as it enabled them to move their complete data base to in-memory, instead of just parts of it.

Better Business: Benefits

Less Storage Demands, More Intelligent Strategies

Since migrating the SAP NetWeaver Business Warehouse application to the SAP HANA platform, reporting is faster and data storage has been reduced by almost 75%. This means that reports are ready in seconds, ensuring that analysis and planning are in line with real-time market demand, so that nothing is purchased that consumers eventually don’t buy.

Better Business: Lessons Learned

Following Suit for Optimization

Efficient and integrated planning is very important for the retailing business. Magazine zum Globus has seen what in-memory computing has done for others, and can now say that “SAP HANA really delivers."

Journey Ahead

Seizing More Opportunities with Data Efficiency

Additional companies of the Migros-Group will be integrated into the same SAP HANA System. The data compression will easily enable data combinability of different company groups, thus tremendously reducing maintenance. With the availability of SAP Business Suite on HANA, the retail group sees many different opportunities to improve and fasten processes.

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