Decathlon

Benoit-Houzet
Decathlon-Per-Angusta

With Per Angusta, Decathlon now utilizes a user-friendly and scalable solution to manage, optimize and make procurement performance visible.

Benoit Houzet
Buyer, Decathlon

Key facts

11.4 billion euros revenues in 2020

More than 97,000 employees

Operating in 69 countries

2,190 stores worldwide

Challenges

Deploy an operational solution that integrates with existing tools

Strengthen collaboration and transparency with internal customers

Ensure rapid and sustainable adoption to engage the entire procurement team

Benefits

Improved reporting capabilities and visibility into procurement action plans

Real-time visibility into all procurement initiatives

Creation of a common tool for tracking savings and making procurement performance visible

Decathlon is a family-owned company founded in 1976. The organization has always been fueled by the belief that the best sports products should be accessible to everyone.

With more than 2,190 stores in 69 countries, Decathlon’s business is based on two pillars:

  • The creation of sports products
  • The distribution of those products in stores and online

Since its creation, Decathlon’s ambition has been constant. Their mission is to innovate in all areas to provide only the best to all athletes, regardless of ability. With more than 97,000 employees, this family-owned group is reinventing the way consumers approach sports. Their method is based on an integrated model, controlling all the stages of their product’s life—from research and development to sales, including design, production, and logistics.

With more than 11 billion euros in revenue by 2020, the group is committed to continuous innovation in their products, the services offered in stores, and the development of cross channel, and customer satisfaction.

The company relies on agile technology to reinforce transparency and the collaboration of indirect procurement teams.

Known for their dynamism and creativity, Decathlon knew it was essential that they be equipped with the most advanced procurement solutions. Decathlon decided to launch a pilot with Per Angusta during the second quarter of 2021. The objective was to contribute to the deployment of indirect procurement policy and to ensure continuous procurement performance on a global scale.

During the four-week project phase, the buyers’ teams were involved in defining the platform’s parameters and enabling the operating methods. Those were tested and successfully configured during this initial test phase.

The following elements provided added value for Decathlon:

  • Easy adoption for all buyers, regardless of their experience with previous tools or their position in the organization
  • The ability to pursue and enrich the action plans for upcoming periods
  • Improved interaction with key stakeholders that enhanced collaboration and transparency
  • Direct monitoring and reporting to help save time for teams

Five months after the first discussion, Decathlon’s indirect procurement platform is fully operational, approved, and acclaimed by users and management.

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