Scaling the Customer Experience
Excellence in customer service is nothing new to Harry Rosen, Inc. Launched in 1954 in Toronto, Canada, Harry Rosen is Canada's leading quality menswear retailer, with 16 stores across the country.
Known for delivering unprecedented levels of personalized service to its customers, the company's sales today account for nearly 40% of the high-end menswear market in Canada. Offering today's finest designer labels, including Versace, BOSS Hugo Boss, Armani Collezioni, Prada, Salvatore Ferragamo, and Dolce and Gabbana, Harry Rosen's goal is to deliver their discriminating customers only the best, in both products and service.
The company had long employed a very successful one-on-one service model, encouraging customers to schedule personal appointments with their sales associates. This customized approach to shopping and customer service had served Harry Rosen well for decades, but with customer volumes increasing steadily and new customers walking in their doors every day, how could the company extend their oneon- one service model so that every customer could receive the personalized attention they needed?
To scale their customer service model, Harry Rosen worked with HP partner Technology Solutions International (TSI) to implement a wireless handheld customer service solution that enables sales associates to access customer data and product preference information while on the sales floor, delighting their customers and increasing sales by 10%.
A Personal Approach
At Harry Rosen, customer service is taken personally. "One of the services that we offer is one-on-one appointments with our sales associates," says Stephen Jackson, CIO of Harry Rosen. "The associate looks up a client's file and can see everything that he's purchased, the sizes, and his preferences. This enables them to lay out the merchandise that the customer would be interested in prior to the appointment."
Using a database to deliver customized selections to customers is a common solution, but in a retail environment, dashing off to access a computer in the middle of a sale can be counterproductive. "We felt we were missing an opportunity in not being able to access customer data while on the floor, or look merchandise up across our chain in real time to find out if they can transfer it in from another store," says Jackson.
The company needed a way to make customer and product information available to every sales associate in every store, and to give managers insight into realtime sales data, so they could deliver consistent, excellent service to every customer entering the store– whether or not they had an appointment.
Handheld Wireless Empowerment
Taking advantage of the latest technologies for the retail industry, Harry Rosen worked with HP partner Technology Solutions International (TSI) to implement a wireless, Microsoft Windows-based solution on HP handheld devices to empower their employees to serve customers better. The HP iPAQ hw6955 Mobile Messenger is a powerful messaging device, offering the latest wireless technology for secure business communication. The solution also featured custom software based upon Sage SalesLogix technology, which provides CRM and ERP solutions for small to medium-sized businesses.
The solution was up and running quickly. "This CRM solution was extremely easy to deploy," says Cheryl Hicks, Account Executive Principal of Technology Solutions International." It integrated seamlessly into the iPAQ handheld platform without the need for extensive or ongoing support from IT resources."
Staying Engaged, Increasing Sales
Since the rollout of the new wireless technology, every Harry Rosen sales associate has a complete 360° view of their customer, resulting in a dramatic 10% increase in sales. In addition to providing on-the-fly recommendations for on-site customers, the iPAQ's camera functionality enables associates to photograph merchandise and share images with customers via email when a new or desired product comes in.
"Using the HP iPAQ hw6955 makes it easier for me to instantly know what type of merchandise my customers want–even if they don't know themselves," says Harry Rosen Sales Associate Raymond Moseley. "Being able to access customer information directly from the sales floor eliminates the need for me to disengage from the sales process and leave my customer's side in order to look up information."
Having real-time store and sales data also means that management can better address store-wide or individual sales performance issues and make strategic decisions that improve the company's competitive advantage and help take it to the next level.
And that next level is always where Harry Rosen Inc. wants to be. "We're actively taking the lead in deploying innovative customer service solutions for the retail industry," says Jackson. "Working with HP and TSI has been a very exciting experience; we simply couldn't have asked for better technology partners."