Trading through COVID-19
How to get started with CLICK & COLLECT
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In this challenging time for the small business community of our town we felt we should try and help out with a simple guide to how local retail/food businesses can continue to serve their customers through online means such as Click & Collect.
What is Click & Collect and why do it?
Essentially Click & Collect is where a customer orders online and then collect from the store. During the restrictions of COVID-19 offering your customers a Click & Collect option helps continue your service to them and stay connected. Other advantages of Click & Collect include:
- 39.2% of customers who used click & collect services bought something else from a store when they went to collect their item therefore retailers should be identifying relevant products and services that can be sold alongside collection points to complement original orders.
- According to a February 2019 report from iVend RetailConsidered the most valuable aspect of the retail shopping experience for more than four in 10 consumers.
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A huge, big, massive 'thanks' to everyone who ordered from our new Web shop! We are so appreciative for your continued support and encouragement at this difficult time. Orders are closed for tomorrow's collection /delivery. Wednesdays orders are now open, up to 4pm Monday. When ordering, please do so through the website only, so you know what products are available and we know how many items to bake. It's so important for us, especially now, to not have any food waste. We'll also have a limited amount in the shop if you miss the webshop deadline. Delivery areas: monkstown dun laoghaire glasthule, Sally noggin, dalkey. A reminder we are closed tomorrow and Tuesday, but anyone who is collecting on Tuesday (for this week only) just knock on window. Thank you all again. Enjoy the rest of your weekend! #orderonline #bakery #webshop #delivery #grateful #bakeryoftheyear #sourdough #pastries
The Do’s and Don’ts of Click & Collect
Here is a short summary of how to set yourself up for success, what is most critical about Click & Collect is that it meets customer expectations.
- Observe all the HSE guidelines on physical distancing
- Tell customers if the service is free of charge
- Provide the ability to pay online in advance
- Be able to make the order available for collection next day (or within 2 hours if possible)
- Clear communication about when the order is ready to collect and opening hours for collection points e.g. SMS to customer when ready to collect with this info
- Make clear how it’s “safe” during the outbreak e.g. all involved has committed to XYZ practices to reduce virus spread risk
- Ensure legal obligations are met in relation to online selling of any restricted products
- Have a clear FAQs for the process
- Promote it in store and across your platforms
- Don’t sell if you don’t have it – retailers need accurate, real time stock availability in the system (stick to using in store inventory)
- Don’t keep the customer waiting – Ensure there is no wait time once customers get to your store, ensure their order is packed ready go with clear signage on the outside of your premises on the process you are observing for physical distancing.
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In keeping with the government guidelines our Dun Laoghaire and Blanchardstown stores continue to stay closed at this time; however Tierney's Online Store & Corporate Gift sales will remain open for business, and orders will continue to be dispatched daily. During this temporary closure we will also be offering our customers a Click & Collect service from our Dún Laoghaire store. Process your order online and then call us on 012806361 to arrange next day collection. For health & safety reasons we can arrange to meet you at our store entrance or bring the order to your car. Visit us at: https://www.tierneysgifts.com/ We would like to thank you all for your support and understanding at this very difficult time. Look after yourselves and your family and keep safe. #tierneysgifts #clickandcollect #onlineshopping #giftshop #homedelivery #coronavirus #smallbusiness
How can you get started?
Firstly we recommend speaking to neighbouring businesses that have implemented Click & Collect to learn from their experience.
Choose a domain name and get your website up
If you are starting from scratch the IE Domain Registry have some excellent guides to help small businesses in this regard:
Also there are grants available from DLR LEO to small businesses to help pay for your new website – Trading Online Vouchers
Get started with Click & Collect
Local company ClickandCollection.com have created an easy to use and cost-efficient CLICK & COLLECTION solution for bricks and mortar small businesses who are not ‘tech’ obsessed. This allows them to concentrate on what they do best while taking online payments, automate their new workflow, automatic management customer Qs through time slot allocation. Their focus is on a quick and simple solution, that businesses can implement quickly to continue trading at this time.
Commercially available ecommerce and ecommerce enabled platforms that can help you provide this service to your customers include:
- Big Cartel.
How to let your Customers know
At Digital Dún Laoghaire we encourage all local businesses to use the free Google Business listing service which we feature on DunLaoghaireTown.ie in our directory of local business. Even if you already have a website the quickest way to let your customers know if you are offering the Click and Collect service is to enter this in your Google Business page entry.
It is also important to let you customers konw if you have set special opening hours or closed temporarily on your Google business listing.
You can also post your Click & Collect offering on social media and tas us @DunLaoghaireTn (Twitter) and we will reTweet it.
#InItTogether – How our town’s business community can work together
While we are in this period of restrictions physical distancing is essential however there are more ways to connect with your neighbouring businesses than ever digitally, why not seek to connect with nearby businesses and increase your impact by working together.
Ideas for collaboration when the current restrictions on movement are relaxed
- Can you reach out to neighbouring businesses that could learn from how you launched click and collect in your business?
- Collaboration across stores to provide more hours of collect coverage – Can you seek to align your collection hours with nearby businesses to save customers multiple trips to town?
- Can you work with local businesses to use your digital channels to cross promote each others offerings/Click & Collect hours etc?
Mikes Bikes, Patrick Street are operating a 'Text & Collect' service during the #coronavirus restrictions. #InItTogether #BuyLocal pic.twitter.com/Rf6Yrc7SG4
— Dún Laoghaire Town (@DunLaoghaireTn) March 25, 2020
Helping your business respond to COVID-19
Local Enterprise Offices can provide vouchers to businesses to assist in preparing in the event of any business continuity issues arising.
DLR LEO supports include:
- Assistance to help with business continuity and preparedness Discover more
- Find out what measures are in place to help employers and employees Discover more
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