We conducted a mystery shopping program in multiple retail channels and across 28 countries to assist our client with improving its channel strategy.
Our client was launching a new retail store concept and customer service strategy with the aim of delivering consistent service across all its markets. The new concept was designed to offer an enhanced consumer journey across all in-store touchpoints and we conducted mystery shopping to assess how consistently the strategy was executed across 17 countries.
We carried out mystery shops at 6,000 stores around the world to track the deployment of the new strategy during the initial rollout period. Our mystery shoppers either asked for information about how to switch to our client's network or made a basic after-sales enquiry. The program assessed all aspects of the in-store experience, from the physical point of sales presence to how store staff interacted with clients when trying to close a sale.
We generated an overall retail experience picture for each market, scenario and store type, which in turn helped us create an ongoing benchmark for execution of the new store concept. We also created action plans to improve performance in markets that were not executing well on the new strategy. The client tracked performance of its stores via an interactive web portal and our research showed how factors such as demo devices, staff enthusiasm and the appeal of the store environment affected customer satisfaction. It also provided evidence that shopper satisfaction was higher in stores where the new concept was deployed.