Omnia Retail supplies retailers with algorithm-driven software for dynamic pricing and dynamic online marketing. With this Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) platform, Omnia Retail is the market leader in the Netherlands. Omnia will use Connected Capital's capital injection to ﬁnance its international growth ambition.
Omnia Retails' software enables retailers to automate their pricing and online marketing campaigns in a simple and effective way. The software gives category and marketing managers superior insight into their product range, prices and marketing efforts. This enables them to effectively make strategic choices and automatically process these at a high frequency.
Omnia Retail scans and analyses more than 500 million price points every day. Based on this, the system makes more than 7 million daily, automated price adjustments to its customers' product ranges. For each client the individual, optimal price point is calculated, taking into account factors like price elasticity, logistics costs and purchase price. In addition, factors such as weather forecasts and product-related promotional activities are analysed. In order to optimise online marketing, Omnia analyses and prioritises more than 2 billion options a day on Google Shopping and many other marketing channels. The result is that clients benefit from a strong growth in turnover and revenue. From our ofﬁce in Amsterdam, Omnia Retail services more than 80 retailers among which are leading online and ofﬂine players such as Bol.com, Wehkamp, Nextail and Decathlon.
“We have the luxury of being the only company in the world with a system that provides integrated pricing and online marketing information based on advanced algorithms,” says Sander Roose, who founded Omnia Retail together with Herman de Jager. “Large international retailers are starting to contact us, which makes international upscaling both easier and necessary. With Connected Capital's investment and strategic support, we can enlarge our team and further develop our product.”
Technology increasingly important in retailTechnology is quickly replacing location as a success factor in retail. Instead of a few times a year, prices are currently adjusted several times a day. The tried and tested promotional folder has been overtaken by real-time auctions for spots on online price comparison websites.
With these numbers and adjustment frequencies, regular manual category and price management are no longer sufﬁcient. Software that combines raw calculating power with a price and marketing strategy is an absolute must for today's retailer, both online and ofﬂine. The advent of big data and artiﬁcial intelligence, which are already being used by players like Amazon and Alibaba, has led to a strong growth in the demand for this type of software both in Europe and elsewhere.
Rock-solid product with great potential for growth
Omnia Retail is in a perfect position to meet the future demand of retailers with regard to dynamic pricing and dynamic online marketing. Connected Capital's investment will mainly be used to substantially enlarge the team, the services, and the product portfolio in order to reach Omnia's growth targets. In addition, Omnia will start partnering with international consulting partners and online marketing agencies. Apart from capital, Connected Capital will offer hands-on strategic and operational support to Omnia Retail's management to help further growth. Connected Capital's team has a varied background in venture capital, private equity and in top-tier strategy consulting and thus brings extensive and complementary knowledge and expertise to the table.
Geert van Engelen, partner at Connected Capital:
“Herman and Sander are very strong and experienced and lead a team of talented developers and sales consultants. Together they have built a rock-solid company with an extremely attractive growth potential in a highly innovative market. The company ﬁts the investment philosophy of our fund and we look forward to using our knowledge, network and energy to help Omnia Retail reach its growth ambition.”
About Connected Capital
Connected Capital is an independent growth capital investor focusing on innovative technology companies that contribute and respond to increasing digitalisation in the Benelux and Germany. Apart from capital, Connected Capital also offers intensive support with regard to evaluation and implementation of growth strategy, globalisation and general management support. Connected Capital has a professional and complementary team of six experienced professionals with a background in private equity and strategy consulting.
Sander Roose isn't just a business Founder and CEO - he's a proud father of two, a sports enthusiast, and a serial entrepreneur. He holds an MSc degree in Industrial Engineering & Management Science from the Eindhoven University of Technology, where he graduated cum laude. With two decades of retail and eCommerce experience, working on the retail side of Procter & Gamble, to specialising in retail strategy consulting at Harvest and Commerce Squared. Sander loves puzzling through retail’s most significant pricing and market challenges by combining strategy, AI and technology. As CEO, he sets the course for Omnia and guides the company through strategic changes and growth.