eGrocery retailers struggling to meet the increased demand created by lockdown can now improve their pick and pack strategies – or even add delivery for smaller retailers – through an app.
Kooomo’s Pick and Pack app has been developed to improve the online shopping experience for both retailers and customers and will be especially useful for eGrocery retailers struggling to cope with the recent surges in demand.
The app can be easily plugged into the back end of any retailer’s existing website and synchronised with a barcode scanner so that warehouse staff can easily select the orders to pack. It then creates an SKU list which is immediately updated as each item is scanned, minimising human error and streamlining the order management process.
Once each order has been picked and packed, it will be stored in the website back end as ‘waiting for delivery’ or ‘waiting for in-store collection’. The Pick and Pack app aims to create a faster and more accurate online ordering process that will help retailers to save staff time and reduce costs.
Ciaran Bollard, CEO at Kooomo explains: “The online grocery sector has historically lagged behind other industries and COVID-19 has highlighted many problems in the ordering and delivery processes. We realised that retailers needed an app that could effectively record and update the status of any unfulfilled orders, especially across the grocery sector where they may have a backlog of large orders due to increased demand during lockdown.”
Food delivery orders are the highest they have ever been and even Amazon has recently been forced to create a waiting list for new customers hoping to join its Amazon Fresh and Whole Foods Market delivery service. This has created a challenge for eGrocery managers who must now figure out how to improve their offering from an internal and a customer experience perspective.
Bollard says: “As soon as we saw the problems the eGrocery sector was facing we began developing an app that would not only improve the customer experience but would also be valuable for online retailers operating in any sector. We firmly believe that a seamless omnichannel presence is at the heart of successful eCommerce and by automatically synchronising with any eCommerce site, the Pick and Pack app will ensure the online ordering process is faster and more accurate, helping retailers to save staff time and reduce costs. It will also mean customers receive more informative and regular updates on their current order status which will in turn create a better customer experience.”
He concludes: “Maintaining a satisfying and efficient experience for staff and consumers is crucial for the success of any online retailer, especially for those in the eGrocery sector. As we transition to the new normal, we want to help retailers overcome any new challenges they may be facing and hopefully, our new app will help them adjust as quickly and easily as possible. We believe this will be the key to ensuring resilience and long-term profitability.”