NetSuite gives Crafter’s Companion the Insights it Needs for Global Growth

Crafter’s Companion started life as a “lightbulb moment” when founder Sara Davies was at university. Sara spotted a gap in the paper craft market for a tool that could make bespoke envelopes for hand-made cards. The success of the “Enveloper” provided the funds that helped Crafter’s Companion transform into a multichannel retailer shipping to 300,000 customers in over 30 countries.


Crafter’s Companion logo

Company

Crafter’s Companion

Location

UK

Industry

Retail

EMPLOYEES

100-249

REVENUE

£38 million

NUMBER OF COUNTRIES

2

Other Solutions Considered

Sage 100
Sage 200
Sage 300
Sage 50
Sage 500
Sage X3
SAP BusinessOne (SAP B1)

Application Replaced

Brightpearl

NetSuite Modules Deployed

NetSuite OneWorld

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“One of the biggest changes in my life as a founder is that now, any time, night or day, I can bring up NetSuite with a click of a button on my phone, see the data that I need to see in real time and digest it really quickly and easily.” Sara Davies, Founder, Crafter’s Companion

Replacing a Patchwork of Systems to Build a Data-Driven Business

Crafting a niche
Crafter’s Companion has built an impressive niche in the “crafting” space, growing to sell a range of 10,000 products across 100 brands to a passionate, international customer base. A true omnichannel retailer, Crafter’s Companion sells via its website, shopping TV, social platforms and bricks-and-mortar stores. Today, it employs around 200 people in the UK and US.
Separate systems
In the early days of the business, Crafter’s Companion was using what founder Sara Davies described as “workarounds and sticking plaster solutions” to manage its financials, stock and inventory. What’s more, these functions were being managed across three separate systems, which meant the company couldn’t get the information it needed to make its next decisions.
Data-driven decisions
Following strong recommendations from its head of IT, Crafter’s Companion implemented NetSuite OneWorld as a single solution to manage its core functions across its UK and US operations. The effect was “life changing” for the business. Now, Crafter’s Companion could make decisions based on real-time data, and manage inventory effectively.
Single view
NetSuite gives Crafter’s Companion a single, unified view across inventory, finance, planning, logistics and operations. It is also integrated with the company’s ecommerce and shipping providers to improve operations and processes. Real-time feeds from NetSuite even allow TV presenters to adjust their presentations based on live sales data.

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