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Foldable Bicycle Pioneer Brompton Future-Proofs Business with New Composable Ecommerce Site on BigCommerce

MACH Alliance structure and BigCommerce partner ecosystem gave Brompton confidence in composable approach after struggling with previous platform

BigCommerce (Nasdaq: BIGC), a leading Open SaaS ecommerce platform for fast-growing and established B2C and B2B brands, today announced the launch of Brompton, the foldable bicycle company, on the BigCommerce platform.

After struggling for years with its previous ecommerce platform and tech stack, Brompton sought a new platform that offered flexibility and the ability to scale as the company grows and its priorities shift.

“Our old system arguably could have been called composable, but it wasn’t purpose-built that way,” said Oliver Boardman, IT and digital director at Brompton. “The components didn’t work together well, and we didn’t have nearly as much flexibility as we needed. BigCommerce showed us that they could provide a true composable platform capable of scaling with us and our customers.”

The bicycle purchasing journey includes both online and offline touches. Customers shop around to compare different models, specifications, availability and prices, but they also want to ride different models before making a decision.

“The bike purchase is very omnichannel,” said Boardman. “We’ve recently launched a 28-day satisfaction guarantee in the UK and offer a bike hire program where people can rent a bike and try it out for a while before deciding to buy one. With our new composable site, we know we’ll be able to add that to our current website and provide a seamless experience for our customers in the future.”

Brompton wanted the flexibility to support storefronts in different markets as ecommerce expands rapidly beyond the UK. Additional functionality such as click-and-collect and improved analytics are key to increasing direct-to-consumer sales, which the company expects to comprise 50% of its business in the next few years. Reaching that target for a carefully considered purchase like a Brompton requires in-depth understanding of the customer journey and an ability to personalise it appropriately.

Built on BigCommerce, the new commerce site leverages multiple BigCommerce partners for a composable commerce site. Global market-leading front-end solution Vue Storefront powers the front-end. E-commerce experience provider Bloomreach serves as Brompton’s CMS, driving AI-powered personalization across the site. Search capabilities from Algolia sit on top of Bromptom’s Cin7 inventory management system, which effectively functions as its ERP.

“Our previous system had a variety of pieces that didn’t work well together, so the idea of taking a composable commerce approach required careful assessment,” Boardman said. “We took our time confirming the various components would work well, and knowing that BigCommerce was a member of the MACH Alliance gave us a lot of confidence. Knowing we were following the MACH blueprint and that the components were compatible was a huge factor, and BigCommerce and its partners all came to the table early in the process to identify potential barriers and explain how they would work together to do what we needed.”

Brompton’s BigCommerce sites currently support sales in the UK and US, and the company plans to expand into additional European markets soon.

“Brompton has delivered a best-in-class customer experience based on the foundations of a modern, composable technology stack that creates new opportunities for innovation and speed to market,” said Mark Adams, senior vice president and general manager of EMEA at BigCommerce. “This demonstrates that companies of any size and scale can benefit greatly from moving on from their legacy technology platforms, but what matters most is that Brompton is now empowered with the technology and tools to fire up the digital experience creating more inspiration, more loyalty and more value for their customers.”

"Brompton is an incredible example of the value composable commerce can offer businesses," said Tjeerd Brenninkmeijer, executive vice president of EMEA at Bloomreach. "They join a growing list of companies taking a flexible, future-proof approach to their e-commerce experience, and alongside our MACH Alliance partners, we're pleased to help them bring AI-powered personalization to life across their new site."

"Brompton is paving the way with their forward-thinking adoption of composable commerce," remarked Patrick Friday, CEO of Vue Storefront. "Their approach exemplifies the kind of innovative, customer-centric strategy that Vue Storefront and our MACH Alliance partners excel in supporting. Brompton's dedication to a flexible, scalable and future-proof digital presence resonates with our mission. We're proud to join forces with Brompton in this Frontend-First transformation, leveraging our Frontend as a Service technology and expertise to enhance their customer journey."

Brompton joins a growing group of cycling brands on the BigCommerce platform, including Yeti Cycles, Cambiobike and Mango Bikes.

About BigCommerce

BigCommerce (Nasdaq: BIGC) is a leading open software-as-a-service (SaaS) ecommerce platform that empowers brands and retailers of all sizes to build, innovate and grow their businesses online. BigCommerce provides its customers sophisticated enterprise-grade functionality, customization and performance with simplicity and ease-of-use. Tens of thousands of B2C and B2B companies across 150 countries and numerous industries use BigCommerce to create beautiful, engaging online stores, including Ben & Jerry’s, Coldwater Creek, Molton Brown, S.C. Johnson, Skullcandy, Ted Baker and Vodafone. Headquartered in Austin, BigCommerce has offices in London, Kyiv, San Francisco, and Sydney. For more information, please visit or follow us on Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram and Facebook.

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