Enabling Waitrose to:
Improve efficiency, thanks to Qudini reducing the resources needed to handle turkey collection footfall.
Improve customer loyalty, with 100% of customers said they would use the system again.
Create a ‘halo effect’ on store sales, now that customers are able to browse and spend whilst they wait to collect their turkey.
Waitrose is a chain of British supermarkets, forming the food retail division of Britain’s largest employee-owned retailer, the John Lewis Partnership.
During the festive period, customer Christmas turkey collection is a nightmare for supermarkets as customers only pick up their turkeys three days before Christmas.
Those wanting to collect their turkey face a long queue as they wait to be served, limiting their chance to pick up any last minute items still left on their shopping list. In 2015, for example, customers at various retailers endured two-hour long queues to collect their turkey instead of spending their precious holiday time with family. It’s a persistent problem for many grocery chains, creating a poor experience for their customers and, in some cases, reducing the likelihood of customers returning to the store again.
Waitrose implemented Qudini to improve their in-store Christmas turkey collection customer experience and store operation.
• Customers enter the store to collect their turkey.
• They enter their order details into a self-service kiosk at the front of the store.
• The customer receives an SMS confirming their estimated wait time and stating they will receive a text when their order is ready to collect.
• This included a link to a Waitrose branded web-page where the customer could watch their queue position whilst waiting.
• The customer can browse the store, pick up last minute items or even carry out a large food shop.
• Customers receive a text informing them that their order is ready.
Using the Qudini Shop Floor Management features, the store staff are able to manage their customers, alongside their staff time, breaks and shop floor activities.
88% of customers rated the system as “excellent”. 100% of customers in the Waitrose store stated that they would use the service next Christmas. This was 10% more than those surveyed in non-Qudini Waitrose stores. The Qudini system improves relationships between Waitrose and their customers and increases their chances of returning.
The system created a ‘halo effect’ on store sales by increasing customer movement and enabling customers to make purchases within the store as they waited to collect their orders.
Staff are able to prepare more customers’ orders at once, serving each customer 30 seconds faster. This means fewer colleagues are needed to handle the significant footfall at the counter and they can undertake other tasks instead. As such, Waitrose was able to make an 800% ROI on the cost of using Qudini.
The average queue time in stores using Qudini was 7.5 minutes. A significant reduction, compared to other stores where wait times could reach more than three hours.
Qudini provides Waitrose with valuable data on their Christmas turkey operations and experience, helping them to better improve stocking and resource planning.
In non-Waitrose stores, consumers reported lengthy waits to collect pre-ordered goods with queues in some cases stretching outside stores.
One customer tweeted: “2 hours to pick up a turkey at #cheshunt won’t be back next year #M&S.”
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“Qudini has enabled us to have a much more pleasant customer experience in the store and we can definitely see that we’ve had a percentage growth in terms of revenue.”
“The footfall analytics and the task management analytics that we get from Qudini has really helped us to understand how the stores are actually planning time and utilizing the people in-store. It also gives us some really clear insights into when customers are coming in and what they want.”
“For us it’s all about retention. And Qudini allows us to give that value add to ensure that we are giving the best possible experience for customers at the start and end of their journey.”
“Without Qudini, I would feel a lot less in control than I do right now. But I know exactly what is going on in my store and it helps me lead my team a lot better and it gives me the time to be able to do that.”
“If Qudini was taken away from the store, I am not exactly sure how we would cope. I wouldn't even want to imagine life without Qudini."
“Learning to use Qudini is really, really simple. The steps are really easy. The user interface is really simple. It took me about half a day to learn how to utilize all the services.”
“If you are looking to improve your customer experience and increase sales then this is the best company to get in touch with. Qudini provides clients with the best possible solutions to uplift their current business set-up to new heights. Highly recommended!”
“We’ve been working with Qudini for a number of years now. We went through a robust selection process looking at the global industry leaders and we found that the flexibility and the speed at which Qudini worked really allowed us to roll forward with what we have now.”
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