Specialist shipping, insurance and energy publisher Witherby knew that time was almost up for its outdated Microsoft Commerce Centre sites.

As one ecommerce chapter closed, Witherby were ready to start a new one with Magento but they needed a partner that could read between the lines and deliver a seamless migration.

  • Industry: Shipping
  • Platform: Magento
  • Head Office: Livingston

The challenge

Not being open source, Witherby’s existing platform was inflexible with a restricted infrastructure, meaning any alterations were expensive and required lengthy testing to ensure compatibility.

Convinced that the e-Commerce opportunities provided by Magento were far superior, Witherby were concerned about the complexity of migrating data to a new platform.

The challenge was on to find an expert Magento partner to rebuild the current e-Commerce websites on a new platform with effective data migration and back office integration.


A complex data migration was performed from Witherby’s bespoke ERP/CRM system into the new sites, recreating the familiar corporate identity they wished to retain, but with all the flexibility offered by the Magento platform.

Magento’s multi-site feature simplified the creation of multiple sites and Cohesion Digital incorporated several powerful functions into the build including:

– Full integration with Witherby’s bespoke back office systems

– PCI compliant payment gateways

– Pageflip online catalogues

– Integrated helpdesk

– Tracking code integration for orders

– EU VAT lookup for corporate accounts

– Multi-currency purchasing options

In addition, Witherby felt the standard Magento search was inadequate, so we created a bespoke search extension, SearchPlus, designed for precise results and easy configuration.

Johan Machtelinckx
Technical Director

“Cohesion Digital has provided the technical expertise on Magento and demonstrated an in-depth knowledge of this ecommerce platform. They have delivered a system that has exceeded our expectations and I would recommend Cohesion Digital to develop an ecommerce platform based on Magento without hesitation.”


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