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NS is the largest railway company in the Netherlands, transporting over 1.2m travelers every day. This requires a considerable amount of work such as providing up-to-date travel information, managing digital payment systems and the public transport card (OV-chipkaart) as well as meeting travelers’ needs.
NS aims to provide an easy, safe, fast and payable way of traveling and to make customer destinations accessible in a sustainable environment.
Based on the goals and ambitions of NS, Eperium (now Salmon) launched a definition and development phase in 2014 for a central ecommerce solution, with strong focus on:
NS has a complex system landscape and product architecture. One of the biggest challenges was to ensure the flexibility of the various configuration options, such as the huge number of travel and delivery features. In mid-2014 Eperium started the implementation of a new Intershop 7.4 platform on which the NS operates with existing SAP-back office systems such as Finance, CRM, Data Warehouse and the CMS-system. The tickets and outstanding prepaid coupons that entitle customers to specific products, were also migrated to the new ecommerce platform.
In April 2017 the ecommerce platform was migrated to Intershop 7.7 to be ready for the higher volume visitors and interactions of the future.
A team of Salmon ecommerce specialists works at the NS office in Utrecht in order to ensure a smooth collaboration between supplier and customer, working in twice weekly sprints. Through efficient collaboration, Salmon was able to replace the existing e-ticket application. As a result, the e-tickets can now be purchased on the new Intershop ecommerce platform which features:
After the first delivery the assembled Scrum team of NS and Salmon worked together on the extension of the ecommerce platform. Since then the product has expanded with promotions, assembled propositions and links to the new ‘Reisplanner app’ of Intershop. This makes it possible to order the e-tickets and to collect them via a mobile device.