Finding a smart way to turn currency risks into an advantage

Case study: Hans Boodt Mannequins



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Four out of five display mannequins in Dutch shops are from Hans Boodt Mannequins. The company designs, develops and manufactures display mannequins for shops, department stores and chains. Over 40 years of proven industry experience in retail, wholesale, visual merchandising and concept development, has enabled Hans Boodt Mannequins to create display mannequins that each have their own distinctive charisma. After all, every brand needs its own character. 


Headquartered in the Netherlands, Hans Boodt Mannequins has grown to become a global player, partnering with a wide range of fashion companies, from local ones like WE, Shoeby, Rituals and Hema to major international brands like Nike, The North Face, PvH and Lacoste.

Display mannequins
Founded in 1997

35+ employees


Managing currency risk inherent to goods produced in countries where payment in dollars is standard.



The challenge

Finding a smart way of dealing with currency risks inherent in international payments


Much of Hans Boodt’s production takes place in China. “We need $15-20 million a year to cover purchases. A sharp rise in the value of the US dollar against the euro, as was the case in 2022, can have a major impact on our
operating costs. To prevent dollar fluctuations from having so much influence on our earnings, we were seeking a way to mitigate currency risk in a smart way,” says Hans van Meerten, CFO of Hans Boodt Mannequins.


The solution

Dynamic forwards for favourable exchange rate with upside potential


Currency risks can often be easily mitigated with spot transactions or forward contracts. But that’s not always the most appropriate choice for every business.
“I’ve been with Hans Boodt for over 11 years. In similar roles at other companies, I was used to working only with spot transactions and futures contracts. With more complex currency instruments, I got the feeling that we were paying a lot for something that was difficult to understand. The currency specialists at iBanFirst took the time to walk us through the different options. We then mapped out a strategy to exchange a given amount in dollars every week for a year through dynamic forwards. That’s how we’re guaranteed a fixed euro/dollar exchange rate. This was a big advantage during the period when the dollar appreciated relative to the euro. A dynamic forward yields even better exchange rates in weeks when the euro/dollar falls within a certain range.”
The currency specialists at iBanFirst took the time to walk us through the different options. We then mapped out a strategy to exchange a given amount in dollars every week for a year through dynamic forwards. That’s how we’re guaranteed a fixed exchange rate, which can sometimes be even more favourable when the exchange rate falls within a certain range. The currency strategy we established for 2022 with iBanFirst has proven to be very beneficial for us.


Hans van Meerten

The result 

A currency strategy that ensures peace of mind


“Since we’ve been working with iBanFirst we have a dedicated Account Manager to assist us with currency issues at the drop of a hat. It’s a refreshing change from our main bank.


iBanFirst’s expertise enabled us to enjoy favourable exchange rates and a nice financial benefit. A good currency strategy also brings a lot of peace of mind for a company. It gives us more time to work on other projects and notably how we want to position ourselves in the future. Currently, a large portion of our mannequins are made in China so we’re doing trials with 3D printers to enable us to manufacture display mannequins closer to our customers. Turning to local 3D printing will also enable us to produce less residual waste, so that we can make a big impact in terms of sustainability which is a major focal
point in our business strategy,” says Hans van Meerten


Apart from financial benefits, a good currency policy also gives a lot of peace of mind within the company.

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Hans van Meerten

We can contact our dedicated Account Manager at the drop of a hat. It’s a refreshing change from our main bank.


Hans van Meerten

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