Chapter 2: Prepare extra fulfillment channels for a continued surge
If you’re thinking about setting up a pickup program, the Quick Start for Curbside and Store Pickup provides convenient and safe online ordering, inventory visibility, and simple tools to maximize associate productivity during the fulfillment process.
In order to improve ROI, create a clear communication plan so shoppers know where and how to retrieve their orders. Provide details on your program before checkout. When orders are ready, send a notification through channels such as email, SMS, or push notifications. Include detailed instructions on identification needed, store details, and directions. Be sure to offer customer support should a shopper have a question.
Many retailers are moving from scrappy to scale in preparation for this holiday season. For example, fulfill orders with modern order management. It connects back-end systems with pre-built apps to integrate ERPs, CRM, and POS systems to access order data. You can visually manage workflows and get a real-time view of your inventory. Orders are processed quickly with automated fulfillment, payment capture, and invoice creation.
When it’s time for shoppers to retrieve their orders, communicate instructions clearly on their preferred channels — customers, on average, use eight different channels to communicate with companies. Send an alert through email, SMS, or push notifications with details on where and how to pick up their items. Give clear instructions with the type of identification needed (e.g., license plate number for curbside), store details, directions with a link to maps, and support channels should shoppers have questions.
You can also leverage localization capabilities to support multiple currencies and languages. Plus, prioritize fulfillment across selling channels (including the store, marketplaces, and social channels), customize business logic, and add apps for payment, store, and more.