“In an easy and reliable way, you automate
the purchasing process with Optiply.”

Tamara Knulst, Purchase & Category Management at Leijtens Import
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A portfolio with one or two brands is easy to manage. But what if you grow as a wholesaler and expand your purchasing with ten other brands? In this process, it’s important not to lose the overview and to ensure a constant flow of incoming goods. Leijtens Import tells how they have optimised their purchasing process and stock management with data.

An extensive portfolio
through automation

Better overview of stock management
and quality service

Real-time insight through
ABC categorization

More control over purchasing decisions by exchanging gut feeling for data

A transferable process

Easy information transfer and knowledge sharing with colleagues
without purchasing knowledge

Leijtens Import: from small perfumery distributor to wholesaler in cosmetics

What started as a small distributor in perfumery, Leijtens Import has now grown as a big name in the cosmetics industry. While Peter Leijtens is still director, his son Willem and daughter Elise have taken steps to keep the company on the right track. Over the years, Leijtens Import has built up a good portfolio of customers. They supply retailers in Europe such as Douglas, ICI Paris, DA, Etos, Kruidvat and other major online players. In addition, the beauty wholesaler also runs its own webshop: Beautytasting.com. In the coming years, growth will be the strategic base of Leijtens Import, where the distribution will be expanded to the rest of Europe.

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More manpower and time commitment

When Tamara Knulst started as a buyer at Leijtens Import, she first served as a brand manager for a number of cosmetic brands. While everyone was responsible for their own purchasing at first, as a result of professionalization, Tamara has become ultimately responsible for purchasing over the past two years.

In a showroom full of cosmetic products, Tamara talks about the purchasing situation. “The challenge lay in the fact that the former purchasing process was very time-consuming.” In order to be able to purchase, certain data was extracted from Exact Online, where Tamara made additional analyses in Excel. “With so many products and brands, it takes a lot of time. Plus you don’t have insight into everything, which means that purchasing based on gut feeling often occurs.”

This was an important sign for management to look for a solution that would automate the purchasing process. If the cosmetics wholesaler had continued with Exact Online in combination with Excel, Leijtens Import would have had to hire an extra buyer. In addition, the wholesaler wouldn’t have been able to add new brands to its portfolio.“I think a second buyer should have been added anyway. And I don’t think we could have added so many brands to our portfolio.”

Automation and data provide a larger product portfolio

By automating the purchasing process, it was possible for Leijtens Import to grow. It was important to order products on time. “Purchasing was done on time, so that people no longer slacked on facts. For example, if you ordered a week later, this was immediately noticeable in the number of products that were missing to deliver.” The automation has enabled Leijtens Import to change a few things. “You notice that customers really enjoy working with Leijtens Import.” Since then, data has become an integral part of the Leijtens Import purchasing process. Meanwhile, the portfolio of the beauty wholesaler has grown considerably, so working without data was excluded.

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More available data with Exact Online

An important condition for being able to work with Optiply was connecting to Exact Online. “Optiply was one of the few players with an integration available for our ERP system.” The link between Optiply and Exact provided Leijtens with data-driven purchasing advice. “We are now really getting a real-time, minimum and maximum stock position.”

Tamara indicates that she could quickly rely on the system because the source system passes correct information. The purchasing process becomes more transparent by working with an ABC categorization. This makes it easy to work at article level. “I find it very useful that we have ABC categories. Sometimes you have the feeling that a product is doing well. In the end this product doesn’t do as well, because it is in the C category.”

“We were soon able to rely on Optiply. In combination with the right information from Exact Online, we now have much more insight into what an article does exactly.”

Tamara Knulst

Purchase & Category Management, Leijtens Import

Easy to use and transferable

As a tool, Optiply is a user-friendly system, and Optiply 2.0 has made this experience even better. “Everything is now clearer for each item and supplier.” In addition, the system makes things easily transferable. The purchasing department was temporarily taken over by another employee: “The person who had just been hired here has learned to work in Optiply very quickly. She also indicated that it was a nice tool to work in.” The more user-friendly a system is, the less time it takes to learn. This is especially important for Tamara, especially when you work alone in a department. If there are any absences, tasks can be taken over quickly.

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Minimal no-sales due to correct data use

Leijtens Import also notices the necessary changes on the customer side. “The calls we receive about why a product has not been delivered have become minimal.” Complete delivery is an important point of attention for wholesalers. For example, the automation process has also had a major impact on warehouse management. By properly planning purchasing and stock, new products are delivered in a consistent manner. “The people in the warehouse are the ones who physically see the holes in the racks. Now I coordinate my purchasing planning in such a way that the products regularly arrive properly.” With this, the warehouse of Leijtens Import indicates that the racks are well filled in a balanced way. In this way, the wholesaler ensures that incoming goods are better distributed.

An automatic purchasing process in an easy and reliable way

More overview, a purchasing process that is less time-consuming, an extended product portfolio and data-driven purchasing decisions yields Leijtens Import 40% stock savings, 49% turnover growth, high service levels, and fewer no sales. These are great results for Tamara. “With Optiply, I hoped that I would spend a lot less time on purchasing and this has certainly been achieved.” Leijtens Import has managed to achieve a healthy stock position. This is the most important thing for the beauty wholesaler. “Optiply allows you to automate the purchasing process in an easy and reliable way, resulting in more turnover and a healthy stock level.”

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With Optiply, Leijtens Import achieved:

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Less stock

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Revenue growth

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