Men’s Wearhouse Turns to SugarCRM for Tuxedo Rental Call Center

Customized Sugar Instance with Appointment Scheduler and Call Center Integration

Men’s Wearhouse, the largest supplier of rental tuxedos in the U.S., turned to Sugar when it needed a CRM application to support the launch of its tuxedo rental call center. Working with SugarCRM Gold Partner UpCurve Cloud, Men’s Wearhouse created a disciplined process for tracking, managing, and nurturing tuxedo rental leads. The solution has increased the number of selection and fitting appointments that can be set while improving communication between marketing, the call center, and the retail stores

Business Challenges

In addition to its retail clothing business, Men’s Wearhouse is the largest supplier of rental tuxedos in the U.S. In the fiscal year 2010, tuxedo rental services accounted for just over 17 percent of net sales. Each store has personnel trained to properly select and fit tuxedos, which are shipped to stores from distribution centers.

The company acquired After Hours Formalwear, and its partnership with David’s Bridal, in 2006. With leads from the After Hours acquisition, the David’s Bridal partnership, and the 1000+ bridal shows attended by the tuxedo rental sales team, Men’s Wearhouse wanted to create a centralized process to manage leads and set appointments for in-store tuxedo fittings. “Back then, we were not proactively contact-ing leads in a consistent manner,” explains Scott Stagner, IT Program Manager for Men’s Wearhouse. “Some of the individual stores were doing things on their own, and, therefore, we might do something in one market and not another. There wasn’t any standard process in place for reaching out to all these leads.”

Although After Hours had a home-grown system for lead tracking, it could not scale when the companies merged. At that point, Men’s Wearhouse began looking for CRM solutions that could support an outbound call center, tracking interactions and appointments with customers.

The Path to Success

Men’s Wearhouse quickly realized that nothing off the shelf would fit the CRM requirements of the tuxedo rental business. It needed something easy to use and manage that could be configured to the company's business processes. “Some applications had features we wanted,  but many had no mechanism to create functionality that would support our business,” Stagner notes. “We found that a lot of the applications we  might  have  selected  would  require us to change our processes.” After narrowing the possible choices to a short list, Men’s Wearhouse selected  Sugar  for an on-premise deployment. 

Early on, Men’s Wearhouse primarily used Sugar to track its contacts with prospective brides who were interested in tuxedos for their bridal parties. Initial customizations include disabling some functions to make it easier for users to pick up quickly. Several years later when the company upgraded to Sugar 6, Men’s Wearhouse engaged Sugar-CRM Gold Partner UpCurve Cloud. UpCurve Cloud ensured that all the prior customizations were upgrade safe and added other functionality, including a custom prom view, campaign module, and appointment scheduler module.

"With the architecture, we’ve set up in Sugar and the work we’ve done with UpCurve Cloud, we can add new functionality in days rather than weeks."
 

Success Factors

With the launch of the Men’s Wear-house outbound call center, Sugar anchors an efficient, disciplined process for tracking, managing, and nurturing tuxedo rental leads. The solution has also increased the number of selection and fitting appointments that can be set while improving communication between marketing, the call center, and the stores.

The relationship with UpCurve Cloud has proved equally positive. “The great thing about UpCurve Cloud is that they really know the product,” says Keith Ransom, Sr. Developer for Men’s Wear-house. “If I have an idea, they can tell me exactly the best way to do it in Sugar. And that has made the process extremely fast and seamless.”

“With the architecture we’ve set up in Sugar and the work we’ve done with UpCurve Cloud, we can add new functionality in days rather than weeks,” concludes Stagner. “We’re confident that with Sugar and UpCurve Cloud we can get what we need to support the business implemented in a short time.” Contact UpCurve Cloud to learn how a call center can be combined with a smart CRM system to better track, manage and nurture leads.

"We're confident that with Sugar and UpCurve Cloud we can get what we need to support the business implemented in a short time." 

Scott Stagner,
IT Program Manager