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Children's fashion group Kids 21 picks IBM cloud software
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Apr '14
IBM announced that Kids 21, a leading children's fashion retailer operated by luxury fashion group Club 21, will use its cloud, e-commerce and analytics software to deliver personalized experience while expanding its online presence across Asia-Pacific. When it launches in the third quarter, the new online site will increase Kids 21's reach from four to more than 15 countries in the region.
 
Delivered through the IBM SoftLayer cloud platform, the IBM WebSphere Commerce software will give Kids 21 a powerful customer interaction platform for omni-channel commerce.  In addition, Kids 21 will use IBM's cloud-based Digital Analytics across its branded storefronts to understand real-time shopping trends and deliver personalized promotions based on the unique preferences of its customers.  
 
The company's online operations will also benefit from improved scalability, speed and security with faster provisioning of cloud computing resources through IBM SoftLayer's dedicated servers. 
 
Established by Club 21 in 1997, Kids 21 currently operates 16 retail outlets located in Singapore, Malaysia, China (Hong Kong) and Thailand. They carry more than 80 fashion apparel brands including a children's range of adult lines such as Armani, Dolce & Gabbana, John Galliano, Marc Jacobs, Lanvin, Oscar de la Renta, Paul Smith and Stella McCartney.
 
Kids 21 needed speed and agility to expand its digital foothold and compete against other Web boutiques and e-commerce sites in the region's booming online market.  According to Forrester Research, the total online retail revenue from just five markets – China, India, Japan, South Korea and Australia – is expected to grow from US$398 billion in 2013 to US$858 billion in 2018.
 
"We are delighted to be working with IBM and their business partner Cnetric to launch our Kids21 online presence in Asia. Our ambition is to carry forward the exceptional customer experience and fashion curation we offer to our discerning and fashion conscious customers into the online world. We will also use this initiative to drive Kids21 into new markets across Asia Pacific," said E-Len Fu, director of Kids 21.
 
"We selected Cnetric and IBM WebSphere Commerce due to their combined extensive experience in online retail and the rich capabilities in the software to help personalize the customer experience. We also chose the cloud-based offering to reduce overall cost and improve speed to market which is very important to our growth plans," she added.

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