Creating a click & collect app, or building click & collect capabilities into your existing app, can make the retail process easier, more efficient, and better for customers.
Click & collect is an important trend in retail, and it’s not going anywhere.
Click & collect and curb-side retail skyrocketed during the pandemic for obvious reasons. But many retailers were already shifting in this direction: In 2019, 48% of retailers offered customers the choice between delivery and click-and-collect pickup, and almost one-quarter of retailers in Australia offered click and collect as early as 2015.
It’s clear that click & collect will outlast the pandemic. For many retailers, implementing a click & collect strategy is a no-brainer. But implementing it can be a challenge, and there are risks if you do it wrong.
Creating or purchasing a click & collect app, or building click & collect capabilities into your existing app, can make the process easier, more efficient, and better for customers and employees.
Here’s everything you need to know.
Click & collect is a simple concept, but executing it can be a complex operation. Implementing click & collect via a manual process or an app with limited capabilities can cause big problems.
If you don’t set up and implement your click & collect app correctly, it can cause long queues, poor customer experience, additional work for staff, and even lead to customers abandoning their inventory at the store.
Nearly two thirds of customers say they would switch retailers because of a poor click & collect experience. Meanwhile, when the click & collect handover process is implemented well, it can boost revenue and improve customer experience.
A good click & collect app will have portals for both customers and employees. Although apps are not totally necessary for customers (they can shop via a web browser and receive their notifications via SMS), mobile apps allow for a more seamless experience.
A good click & collect app will offer customers features like:
For employees, a good click & collect app provides:
Retailers that decide to invest in click & collect apps have three general options:
Build it from scratch.
Pros: You can build your app to the exact specifications you require. No one else will have an app quite like yours.
Cons: Software development is expensive, takes a long time, and requires specialised knowledge. You will also have to own all the updates, support, and security — a big ongoing cost.
Buy a standalone solution.
Pros: A standalone store pickup app will be less expensive, and require less of your time and effort than building an app from scratch.
Cons: This option will not provide a seamless experience for customers, who won’t want to switch back and forth between apps for shopping and collecting.
Buy a click & collect solution that integrates into your existing app.
Pros: You don’t have to worry about any of the development, and you’ll provide a seamless experience for both customers and employees.
Cons: Obviously, this option is only available if you already have a retail app.
As consumers increasingly demand click & collect options, retailers are going to need to provide them.
Localz offers a click & collect solution that integrates into your existing retail app to give customers a seamless experience. If you don’t already have a retail app, our solution offers separate standalone portals for customers and employees that can be white-labeled with your branding.
Best of all, Localz will do all the development heavy lifting for you.