Modern trends within retail make it a fast-moving place for retailers themselves. Whether you own a small boutique or larger chain of stores, there are many things to think about now. From making sure your online eCommerce platform functions properly to selling via online marketplaces and also in-store, it is a constant battle to keep on top of everything. When you factor in changing trends in consumer shopping habits, then it gets even trickier at times!
One common way for customers to shop for goods now is via 'Click and Collect'. This sees them ordering the product online but actually collecting it in person at a physical store. You provide the option to pay online or when they collect - however, the general idea of 'Click and Collect' remains the same.
And with more and more retailers offering the click and collect option, what benefits can offering this service give to retailers?
One major benefit you may find from offering this way of shopping is when the customer actually comes into one of your shops to collect. It has been found that many consumers will actually be more inclined to buy extra goods when there - according to market research company Global Data a figure of 70% of those collecting or returning parcels will make impulse in-store purchases.
This gives you the perfect chance to upsell to them and generate more revenue than simply making the initial online sale.
Many consumers love ordering via 'Click and Collect' as it means they get their purchase quicker and at a time that suits them. Very often, being able to select this method is the difference between them making a purchase with you or not. If you do not offer 'Click and Collect' then you will lose sales to competitors and not maximise your own.
Of course, all retailers are always looking to reduce costs and make more profit. Offering a 'Click and Collect' service is great for this as you will slash your delivery costs on sending everything via courier. While there may be an initial cost in getting things ready in store, it will soon be outweighed by the money you save on deliveries.
Running a retail business means always reacting to the latest consumer trends and working in the most efficient way possible.
Click and collect integrates the online and the physical; as well as how you allow people to shop and obtain their goods, it's also key to streamline and integrate other key business tasks, such as your epos system with your eCommerce platform and online marketplace selling.
Doing this will save you time and money as well as offering a much better service to your customers.
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