Macy's Moves Mission-Critical App Portfolio to Heroku
Global retail and e-commerce brand trusts Heroku to run its mobile apps for faster innovation and time to market
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As America's largest department store by sales, Macy's continues to grow revenue and profit even as the highly competitive retail space moves online. Growing competition from other large players and smaller start-ups demanded that Macy's innovate their digital experiences, with the Macys.com and mobile e-commerce channels as key components of their omni-channel strategy.
The Challenge: Retail Innovation in a Digital World
Keeping up with business agility and scalability is crucial to Macy's e-commerce success. Macy's needed a platform that could keep up with the shifts of the current fashion season, changes in customer preferences, and launches of marketing promotions, as internal Macy's stakeholders pushed Technology for new ways to innovate the customer experience. Scalability and performance were also essential to reliably handle the seasonal traffic spikes where the bulk of sales revenue were generated.
The Solution: Macys.com E-Commerce and Apps on the Trusted Heroku Platform
Macy's has moved their primary mobile e-commerce websites — m.macys.com and m.bloomingdales.com — onto the Heroku platform. Heroku's rapid one-click scalability is essential to the seasonality of Macy's online business, as is the rapid time to market and business agility that Heroku enables. More mission-critical apps continue to be launched by the Macy's online business to deepen customer engagement and drive more revenue, all powered by Heroku.
Heroku gives us a powerful, flexible platform that enables us to test, learn, and proceed aggressively with new mobile ideas that excite our customers, making shopping more convenient and fun.
Shawn Morrissey, Vice President, Mobile Engineering, Macys.com
The Macys.com app, available on iTunes and Google Play is a brand-perfect mobile complement to the Macy's online and on-premise retail channel experience. Customers can shop by category, find deals and promotions, and have a genuine Macy's buying experience from their phones or digital devices. They can also add to wedding and other registries, or find someone else's registry from which to make a purchase. And of course, they can find store location, hours and other details.
The sister app for Bloomingdales is the Big Brown Bag app, available on iTunes or Google Play, which shares similar functionality, but also incorporates loyalty program features.