Rectifying overdue deliveries to improve customer satisfaction
Supply Chain - Success Story
In a Just-in-Time world, customer satisfaction is key. By implementing a pilot Click-to-Ship process review, this international e-commerce group has corrected 25% of their delivery difficulties within 2 months
Online business has tremendously evolved during last decade and online shopping is now of common use for the majority of customers. Our client, an international e-commerce company specialized in flash sales has grown quickly and successfully, until it appeared that the number of customer complaints was increasing. “We had mastered our upstream supply chain processes and were perfectly in control of our stock management. But we had a gap in the delivery part of our supply chain. With the growth of the demand during Pandemic, our difficulties have reached alarming proportions: customers were not receiving the goods they had paid for or were receiving them with lots of delay!” explains the Global Supply Chain Director.
When technology meets teams’ collaboration
“In a very competitive environment, meeting customers’ needs is essential”, comments François Arnaud, Livejourney’s Partner. “Our client knew their Click-to-Ship processes were not running smoothly, but they did not have time to search the root causes. To gain efficiency, they decided to rely on our solution.” As often in the eCommerce world, the challenge was clear: finding the process weaknesses on the shortest period of time.
Starting with three European pilot markets, the Client and Livejourney mobilized team members to connect the Livejourney solution with the IT systems and implement the corporate downstream processes. After only 6 weeks, the Click-to-Ship process analysis was ready to be launched, covering all Supply Chain process from warehouse to delivering, not forgetting carrying.
A real-time vision for agile improvement
The user interface was customized to display the pilot on the 3 markets, and, more specifically on a set of 15K orders. Within 3 days, the Supply Chain project manager could present very inspiring results:
Some orders were delivered earlier than the promise without following the corporate process
Most of the delayed orders faced the same root causes – of which some were due to double IT systems use
The path of all non-delivered orders was known
An iterative process management update was implemented, with regular checking through the solution. The corporate team worked with:
- local teams to update some core processes and understand the non-delivery issues
- IT teams to ensure a better communication between tools
The pilot allowed to correct and reimagine the Click-to-Ship process, with a positive impact on the business and the customer experience. In a short time period, it also improved profitability.