Business View Oceania | September 2020

3 BUSINESS VIEW OCEANIA SEPTEMBER 2020 O p e n i n g L i n e s S E P T E M B E R 2 0 2 0 O ne of Asia’s fastest growing Education Technology Retailers, Zookal , has successfully revamped its entire ecommerce operation in just 50 days, as it gears up for the back to school season. Oz-based Zookal provides textbooks and edutech services to over 1 million customers across Asia Pacific. The firm has opted for the dual power of Brightpearl and Shopify Plus to rocket strap its expansion plans and its mission to empower students by making education more affordable and accessible. With college about to be back in session from July, it was urgent that Zookal had the right technology partner in place to maximize its peak season. The brand had a two-month window before students would be back on campus so it was urgent that their chosen provider could get them online quickly. Zookal considered single solution providers like Cin7, DEAR Systems and TradeGecko, but it was Brightpearl’s all-in-one retail functionality, ability to scale and stellar track record of super-fast implementation that won out. With Brightpearl, the brand was able to get online in just 50 days, which dovetailed perfectly with the launch of its Shopify Plus powered ecommerce store – meaning that Zookal was primed for peak season as students returned seeking new educational materials. Zookal was born in 2011 from the creative minds of a small group of Sydney students. After personally experiencing the stress of buying expensive course textbooks, its founders decided to come up with a better option to make education more affordable and accessible in Australia and Asia. To support its next stage of growth, Zookal ONLINE ED TECH RETAILER REVAMPS ITS ENTIRE ECOMMERCE OPERATION IN JUST 50 DAYS