When the Co-op approached VoCoVo to introduce a new voice technology in store, we quickly completed a proof of concept across 20 stores. VoCoVo measured the impact of this trial using pedometers and colleague surveys. Co-op had tried headsets from another provider, but chose VoCoVo as we were able to offer a more future-proofed investment.
Our solution comprised headsets for each store. This meant that staff could communicate effortlessly, without leaving their position, across the entire team.
Within a few weeks VoCoVo had installed the 20-store trial, followed three months later by a 100-store phase two trial. The full rollout to a total of 2,600 stores commenced just 12 months after our first meeting with Co-op. Working closely with the Co-op, we were able to quickly deliver a solution that perfectly met their needs.
The solution was so successful that the initial rollout to 20 stores was increased to 100 stores, then eventually to a further 2,500.
The impact of the VoCoVo voice technology was felt immediately in store. Colleague feedback indicated they felt safer, more connected and found team communication easier.
Queue times decreased, and customer queries were dealt with much more quickly. The Co-op data from the proof of concept showed a saving of 3 man hours per store per week. VoCoVo measured the results using worn devices and qualitative feedback.
This showed a significant saving on travel time as well as increase in productivity. Colleagues also found it easier to summon managers, find answers and inform security when necessary.
“VoCoVo supported us in rolling out a new technology that enabled us to meet our current market challenges. Colleagues loved the headsets, which enabled them to better connect to their team, customers and operations. The voice system is now a mandatory part of the uniform across 2,600 stores. We’re very pleased with the positive impact it’s had on our colleagues, security and bottom line.”
Dave Tyas | Retail Change Lead at Co-op