Retailers Look to CFM Technology to Elevate the In-Store Customer Experience
Qmatic “Customer Flow in Retail” survey reveals the growing adoption of kiosks and digital media to increase customer satisfaction, deliver added-value customer service and maximise shopper spend
Bedfordshire – 28 February 2012 – Four out of five senior retail decision makers see improved customer satisfaction as a potential benefit of being able to link customers to the most appropriately skilled sales or service person, with 36% stating this is now one of their key investment priorities, according to new research from Qmatic.
In the report called “Customer Flow in Retail” which was conducted on behalf of the world leader and innovator in customer flow management (CFM), two-in-five respondents confirm they currently have projects underway to improve the way they link customers with the correct person or department.
Just over three quarters of respondents (76%), both those with and without development projects underway, confirmed they would expect to see increased sales as a result while 41% stated a more efficient and streamlined store operation would be an important outcome.
David Anahory, UK CEO at Qmatic explained, “As the retail environment becomes increasingly competitive, retailers are looking to CFM technologies to improve on-premises sales, boost operational efficiencies, drive customer satisfaction, and enhance in-store interactions with customers.”
CFM encompasses the entire customer journey from pre-arrival through to post-serving, including the provision of management information at every stage. It can range from both independent and networked virtual and linear queue management, intelligent camera deployment, digital media, kiosk systems, customer feedback devices and mobile phone applications through to simple barrier and in-store merchandising configurations.
The survey reveals how digital media technology and self-service kiosks are being adopted by stores to help manage customer flow and enhance the overall shopping experience.
Almost half (46%) of respondents confirm they are looking to use digital media to direct customers to the correct person or department, while almost a third (31%) say they’re working on using digital kiosks to assist customer choice. When it comes to managing customer queuing and waiting, almost a third (31%) already have developments underway that involve media screens in waiting areas.
“Our work with retailers such as Marks and Spencer, John Lewis and Vodafone points to the fact that today’s consumers are time poor and convenience is all important. How brands proactively manage the waiting experience and deliver on the brand promise by interacting with customers in a meaningful way generates measurable gains – including greater time spent in store, fewer ‘walk aways’ and abandoned purchases, and higher levels of shopper return visits – all of which add to the bottom line,” continued Anahory.
The Qmatic research was conducted by specialist IT market research consultancy, Vanson Bourne among 100 retail respondents, broken down evenly between board level directors and mid level store based managers, and across varied sizes of organisation: 16% with 500-1,000 employees, 36% 1,000-3,000 employees and 48% more than 3,000 employees.
To learn more about customer flow management or for a copy of Customer Flow in Retail, call +44 (0) 1234 757110 or visit the Qmatic stand 780, at the Retail Business Technology Expo in Earls Court, 13-14th March 2012.
Qmatic is the world leader and innovator in Customer Flow Management (CFM) solutions that are designed to increase sales and productivity while reducing costs for organisations in the retail, retail finance, public, healthcare and travel sectors. Its software, hardware and consultancy helps organisations such as Barclays, Boots, Homebase and Marks & Spencer to value time within the physical customer experience and derive real-time management information (MI) that powers meaningful business decisions. This MI can drive important considerations such as in-store/branch/location skills routing, store layout and design, employee training and job satisfaction, customer loyalty and retention, brand equity, opportunity sales, real-time feedback and problem resolution as well as efficiency and cost control. Qmatic’s services range from barriers, through to both independent and networked virtual and linear queue management systems, to mobile phone applications, kiosk systems and new media.
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