Spaas Kaarsen
CANDLEMAKER SPAAS SHARES ITS EXPERIENCES WITH INRIVER PIM AND CTAC

Spaas is a well-known candle manufacturer. The company sells candles in every conceivable scent and colour to supermarkets, homeware shops, online shopping sites and garden centres. These customers want to know all about the candles they are buying and selling, including information such as the colour, the materials used and the burn time. To be able to provide customers with the required information, Ctac helped Spaas implement the inRiver production information management system.

Data Management

Spaas started out in 1853 as a small local candlemaker in Hamont (Belgium). The company now features a
workforce of over 250 employees and has become one of Europe’s leading candle manufacturers. Spaas leads the market in Belgium and is a widely-respected European supplier. This family business currently has its fifth generation at the helm and encompasses a production site in Hamont, a factory in Poland and a European sales organisation.

Close collaboration

Ctac and Spaas have collaborated on SAP and business consultancy for many years now. Hazevoets explains why they turned to Ctac for this project. “Based on our wishes, Ctac recommended inRiver PIM. Our marketing department is very pleased with the tool and the process. I think that this is largely due to the fact that inRiver was designed from a marketing perspective, rather than from an IT angle. We are contacted regularly by Ctac customers who are considering adopting this system. I’m happy to discuss how we use the system with them, as we are so satisfied with it. And with our collaboration with Ctac, of course.”

“A direct connection will enable us to feed this data pool directly from inRiver, reducing our time to market.
All from one central source.”

Gert Hazevoets, CFO at Spaas

A more important role for inRiver PIM in the future

Hazevoets thinks inRiver PIM will play an even more important role in the future: “Once we have finished overhauling our website, we want to start feeding our website and online store with information from inRiver. We also want to establish a direct connection with the GS1 data pool. We use this central data pool to share standardised product information with multiple customers. A direct connection will enable us to feed this data pool directly from inRiver, reducing our time to market. All from one central source.”

Spaas Candles is a manufacturing company located in Hamont-Achel. Spaas Kaasren has been producing candles since 1853. Spaas is the market leader in Belgium and distributes in 40 different countries. In addition to the Netherlands, Spaas Candles also has a production factory in Poland.

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