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Clarus Commerce Overview

Rocky Hill, CT
51 to 200 employees
2001
Company - Private
Enterprise Software & Network Solutions
Unknown / Non-Applicable
Clarus Commerce builds and maintains premium loyalty programs for retailers.

(Think Amazon Prime, but white labeled for other brands.)

We combine decades of human experience, repeatable best practices, a modern technology platform ... Read more

Mission: When creativity, strategy and data meet, great things happen.

Our goal is to provide our team with a collaborative, stimulating environment to foster that meeting. We deliver results for our clients – and we have some fun doing ... Read more

Company Updates

  • Amazon announced plans to acquire Whole Foods 11 months ago.

    Read more on how Prime benefits at Whole Foods Market can change the grocery industry.

    http://glassdoor.com/slink.htm?key=vQW5T

    How Prime Benefits at Whole Foods can Change the Grocery Industry - Clarus Commerce

    Amazon has been preparing for its momentous foray into the grocery industry. For Whole Foods, the potential to tap into the sheer volume of new customers via the Amazon Prime premium loyalty program is unprecedented and could change the grocer's trajectory.

  • We're excited to welcome Bill Brand, former President of HSN, to our Board of Directors!

    See why this is big news for us AND our retail customers.

    http://glassdoor.com/slink.htm?key=vQ6JS

    Clarus Commerce Appoints Bill Brand to Board of Directors - Clarus Commerce

    Clarus Commerce is proud to announce the appointment of former HSN President Bill Brand to its Board of Directors. Brand brings over 30 years of experience in commerce, media and technology to the growing loyalty company. Brand currently sits on the Board of Directors for the National Retail Federation Foundation.

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Clarus Commerce – Why Work For Us?


Our Mission at Clarus Commerce is to create great products that strengthen our client’s business, build brand loyalty, and foster long-term, profitable relationships by enhancing the lives of the people who use them.

Thanks to the rise of Internet commerce, today’s marketplace is essentially limitless: With the click of a mouse, you can literally shop the world over. Unfortunately, laying your hands on what you’ve bought isn’t always as quick, easy, or inexpensive as making the purchase is; too often, larger orders and longer transit distances mean higher shipping costs.

In 2001, Vin Villano, our founder, saw the e-commerce revolution unfolding and thought, “Shouldn’t someone ease the growing pain of shipping costs?” So he founded Clarus Marketing Group and bought a URL, FreeShipping.com, and thus was born an idea whose time had come.

Vin spent the next 10 years growing the product and the company. Norwest Venture Partners (NVP) took note of his success, saw the potential for even more, and, in January 2011, made an investment in the company to help fuel its continued growth. Shortly thereafter, Clarus Commerce moved to its current home office in Middletown, Connecticut. Vin Villano joined Clarus’s Board of Directors, and Tom Caporaso was named the new CEO, taking the day-to-day reins of the company.

Rather than simply build on what we already have, we’ve made a commitment to expand our subscription commerce, now and in the future. Among our recent innovations:

  • We’ve introduced a new travel product, Travel Plus, which offers consumers savings on their travel plans, relief from those pesky, all-too-common travel-related expenses, and more
  • We’ve created customized loyalty programs to help our clients build and retain a loyal audience base
  • We’re developing pre-paid shipping services tailored to individual e-commerce websites, which will allow our clients to provide free shipping to their customers while replicating the proven success of similar programs already in use at top e-commerce portals

We know that good ideas can come from anywhere and anyone, which is why we’ve recruited specialists from outside industries to help us anticipate new opportunities. We’ve hired top-notch talent in the fields of IT, customer service, client services, creative, and marketing optimization to expand our subscription commerce capabilities, develop state-of-the-art technologies, and provide our clients and consumers the savings, services, and mobility they expect and deserve.

Clarus marketing team member showing loyalty mock up diagram.Our product-building philosophy is simple: We create and deliver products according to the goals and timeframes of our clients:

  • Want to increase your revenues quickly? We can go live with one of our Clarus Direct brands within two weeks.
  • Hoping to establish long-term relationships with your customers through a loyalty-building customer solution? Clarus Loyalty can help you form an enduring, branded, customized bond with your audience.
  • Looking for a pre-paid shipping program to expand your customer base and build repeat business? Clarus Shipping will help keep your customers coming back again and again.

Whatever your needs and objectives may be, Clarus Commerce is here to help you every step of the way, and we’re committed to offering you the highest-quality products and services. We achieve that by building a high-performance team of people who know the industry and its possibilities better than anyone else does.

Clarus Commerce is leading a loyalty revolution.

Consumer shopping habits have changed and they are less loyal than ever before. Why hasn’t loyalty changed with them?

That's why at Clarus Commerce, we build, run, and optimize premium loyalty programs for retailers.

What is a Premium Loyalty Program?

When you think of the word “premium”, what comes to mind?

A premium might be some type of prize or incentive offered by a business. It could be a gift or bonus. In the insurance world, it’s the installment amount paid by the policyholder for coverage.

As an adjective, it’s something of exceptional quality or greater value than others of its kind.

In the loyalty space, a premium loyalty program is simply a program where members pay a recurring fee for benefits they can use right away. (Think Amazon Prime!)

A premium loyalty program gives the consumer the benefits upfront, rather than transactions first and rewards later.

That means they'll shop with a retailer more often, and spend more when they do.

undefinedGiving Back. At Clarus Commerce, we believe that companies, like individuals, can and should be measured by the commitments and contributions they make to the communities around them.

That’s why we created Clarus Cares: To provide opportunities for our employees to lend a collective hand to people, causes, and organizations in the cities and towns around us.

Whether it’s providing our time and skills to help organize a walk in support of the Connecticut chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society … gathering pledges and straining leg muscles in a stair climb to raise funds for the American Lung Association … or collecting and donating toiletries to The House of Bread, a housing charity in the Greater Hartford area … Clarus Cares is our way to give something back to the people and charities near and dear to us.

At Clarus, we pride ourselves on offering an employee-friendly, fun culture where hard work and collaboration are rewarded. From our free bagel Friday, quarterly outings (like Whirllyball)  to our casual dress code, we're proud of the fact that Clarus continues to be a place that people actually enjoy working!

Clarus Culture 2015 from Clarus Commerce on Vimeo.


We are very proud of the fact that Clarus has won Top Workplaces in CT 3 years in a row (2013, 2014 & 2015), which demonstrates how our employees feel about our very special culture.


Clarus Classrooms

Clarus Classroom is a monthly segment that allows leaders in each department to educate other Clarus employees on their day-to-day tasks. This year, our Clarus Classrooms have covered topics like Quality Assurance, IT Support, Interview Skills, Paid Placement and Product 101. Clarus employees always look forward to gathering and listening to what their colleagues have to say about the work they do. 


Clarus Commerce is proud to have been placed on the Hartford Courant's list of Top Workplaces since 2013. This past year, nearly 1,000 nominations were submitted, and only 61 companies made the list! We've also been placed on Entrepreneur's list of Top Company Cultures in 2017, and won the bronze 2017 Stevie Award for Sales and Customer Service! 


2017 Bronze Stevie Award - Sales & Customer Service



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    I have been working at Clarus Commerce full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    - The team is friendly and supportive.

    - New hires are vetted just as much on personality as they are on experience and skills.

    - Fast-paced yet casual culture.

    - The job you were hired for is the job you'll do (unless you get promoted or want to try something else; I've been "baited and switched" at other companies).

    - Encouragement and support to learn new things and build skills (training budget for each employee, opportunities to attend conferences, etc.)

    - Great extra benefits (generous work from home policy, summer Fridays, company outings, bagel Fridays, etc.)

    - Voted a Top CT Workplace 5 years in a row and for good reason!

    Cons

    - Some of the typical growing pains of a growing company (but they are always hiring new talent to fill gaps).

    Advice to Management

    Continue to listen to team feedback and make good hiring decisions. We're at a pivotal point of growth, so bringing the right talent on board is crucial. Keep the lines of communication open. Don't lose the small company feel as the company grows. So far so good. Just keep up what we have going on now.

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Clarus Commerce Interviews

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    QA Automation Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Rocky Hill, CT
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    Application

    I applied online. I interviewed at Clarus Commerce (Rocky Hill, CT) in May 2017.

    Interview

    Did two rounds with Clarus at rocky hill,ct.HR round was general.Next Technical with QA Lead and Director was bizarre.No specific questions based on job description and technical competency were asked.

    Interview Questions

    • Do you like contracting, it appears you contract a lot? (All my work was full time with big companies..still this question was bizarre)   Answer Question
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Clarus Commerce Awards & Accolades

  • Entrepreneur Top Company Culture Award, Entrepreneur, 2017
  • Top Workplaces, Hartford Courant/Fox CT, 2016
  • Top Workplaces, Hartford Courant/Fox CT, 2015
  • Top Workplaces, Hartford Courant/Fox CT, 2014
  • Top Workplaces, Hartford Courant/Fox CT, 2013
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