The new platform that is available to all Austria companies as well as sports equipment/bicycle retailers links retailers, employers, employees, leasing banks and insurance companies. The idea was cooked up by INTERSPORT Austria. “Company bicycles have existed in Germany for some ten years. The legal framework for company bicycles in Austria was provided by the tax reform of 2020. As buying bicycles is not attractive for companies from a tax perspective, we wanted to create a leasing model with non-cash incentives that employers and employees can benefit from and that is easy to use,” reports Marc Gerhardinger, Corporate Development at INTERSPORT Austria.
A mobility offer with many benefits
The new solution is supposed to digitally (thus without using any paper) link all participants, which includes bicycle retailers, employers and employees, leasing banks, insurance companies and INTERSPORT as the portal's operator. “Our goal was to provide employers with a mobility offer that improves the health and motivation of their employees, lowers sick leave times and supports employer branding. Employees, on the other hand, benefit from our solution as it supplies them with a bicycle without having to save up and as they can make use of tax benefits, whereby they can not only use the company bicycle for work, but also privately. Additionally, we wanted to improve the retailers’ profit margins. The environment and lowering CO2 emissions were other considerations, of course,” says Gerhardinger. Additionally, INTERSPORT wanted to be the first domestic supplier to offer a fully automated, scalable and easy-to-use nationwide system.
Efficient digitalisation with low-code platform
For the realization of the project, INTERSPORT firstly analysed the market. “We reviewed several providers – including some from Germany – that had already implemented similar projects. DCCS from Austria finally got the upper hand. Its time-efficient concept allowed us to quickly go to market with a professional solution, thorough technical knowledge and great value for money have convinced us,” says Gerhardinger. In the course of the following workshops, the experts analysed and discussed the processes and roles, from registering for the system to approval of the parties involved and processing of bike purchases to leasing and insurance. As a technological basis, DCCS proposed a low-code platform that could map all the requirements, could be deployed quickly, and was flexible and expandable. To make the system as easy to use as possible, the IT consulting and implementation specialist submitted a proposal for an intuitive, clear, web-based user interface, which was convincing right away.
Go-live in no time thanks to agile methods
Using a rough concept as the basis, the specialists from DCCS – in close collaboration with INTERSPORT – first developed the underlying functions. First on the agenda was registering the individual user groups (bicycle retailers, employers, employees, leasing banks and insurance company) as well as digitalising all forms. The next step was the processing of company bicycle leasing between retailer, bank and insurance company. The challenge here was to build interfaces to all partners’ systems. Using agile methods proved beneficial throughout the project as short-term changes and wishes could be implemented effortlessly and the tight schedule could be largely complied with. “Only topics such as the compatibility/interfaces between the various linked systems as well as changes to defined processes proposed by the respective partners, held us up. Thanks to a solution-oriented mindset, however, we were able to overcome these hurdles together,” Gerhardinger remembers. Soon, DCCS was able to provide a prototype that was continuously developed and improved on the basis of INTERSPORT feedback. Firmenradl.at went live only a few months later.