The Academy Brand

Reduced in-bound customer queries and complaints by 90%

9%
Cost savings
90%
Reduction in complaints
99.1%
Customer satisfaction
1.8 days
Avg delivery time
“Shippit has completely saved us from the courier mishaps that used to upset our customers. Game on.”

- Paul Dennis, Brand Manager

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The Academy Brand is a lifestyle & apparel company with a philosophy focused on clean, classic and accessible fashion. Passionate about fostering trust and loyalty with their customers, The Academy Brand is focused on creating a long-lasting relationship with their customers. With distribution in leading fashion chains, five bricks and mortar stores and a booming online store, the retailer was looking for a solution that would help them scale their direct to customer shipping process

Business Goal

Reduce customer complaints and improve customer retention

Having previously implemented the market leading order fulfillment solution, The Academy Brand became reliant upon courier companies to represent their brand during the ‘last mile’ of the sales funnel. As sales grew however, dealing with the increase in customer queries and complaints became a full-time job for their eCommerce manager, limiting strategic initiatives for the brand.

Pain Points

  • Inconsistent Delivery Tracking:The Academy Brand was left to decipher tracking statuses across different couriers by logging in to multiple systems to come up with a single source of truth.
  • Excessive Courier Contact:Customer enquiries led to The Academy Brand needing to call courier companies direct to investigate the whereabouts of missing parcels, meaning loads of time spent on hold waiting for an answer.
  • Customer Leakage:Customer complaints around delivery often came too late for the business to act on, impacting meaningful relationships with customers.

Shippit Delivered

Simplified tracking notifications and swift delivery support for customers

The Academy Brand ships all online orders to customers using Shippit’s approved carrier network. The retailer is now in control of the end-to-end delivery experience for their customers, leaving nothing to chance.

Key Improvements

  • Simplified Tracking:Shippit provides consistent updates across all carriers and shares live, up to the minute tracking information with both the customer and the retailer. SMS and email notifications ensure customers are informed at every key stage, reducing their anxiety and the need for them to search for important information.
  • Proactive Delivery Management:Thanks to Shippit’s automated Delivery Support System, The Academy Brand is now informed of problematic deliveries before their customers even notice. Rather than waiting on hold – Shippit proactively solves issues on behalf of the retailer and keeps them updated.
  • Experience Ratings and Feedback:At the end of each delivery Shippit asks recipients to rate their experience – its either ‘Good’ or ‘So, So’ there’s no in between. This data is used to improve the service provided by carriers and also helps The Academy Brand in understanding what customers really thought about their end-to-end shopping experience.

Results

After making the switch to Shippit, The Academy Brand experienced:

  • A 90% reduction in time spent handling inbound queries and almost eliminating complaints due to shipping
  • A satisfaction rating of 99.1%, resulting in increased customer retention as a result of enhanced tracking and support
  • A 9% reduction in domestic shipping costs after switching from a previous multi-carrier shipping arrangement.


“I really love this service. It means we can grow our online sales without having to deal with increases in customer complaints or queries – that makes my job a whole lot easier”Bec Clark, eCommerce Manager for The Academy Brand.



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