Dry-cleaning: how to win customers’ loyalty?

CET general assembly of March 20, 2017

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Pascal Berardozzi, consultant pressing et blanchisserie

By Pascal Berardozzi, 

Consultant / Master dyer

As a dry-cleaning store manager, how do I win customers’ loyalty?

  • Loyalty concept in general

  • Key elements of winning dry-cleaning customer’s loyalty

  • Which IT tools for which improvements?

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Presentation of Pascal Berardozzi at the CET general assembly on March 20, 2017

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A big thank you to CET Auvergne Rhône-Alpes for this presentation: “How to win customers’ loyalty?”

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Assemblée générale du CET
An attentive audience with many actors of the dry-cleaning profession!

Current methods for winning customers’ loyalty in the dry-cleaning profession

  • Credit card - counting of checkouts and accumulation of a percentage of consumptions
    - Legacy of paper cards to stamp
    - Allows to offer a customer discount proportional to his loyalty and consumption
    - Currently much used in the profession, including in the traditional neighbourhood stores
    - Possibility to limit the scope to certain services or products

  • Credit card – credit recharge
    - The customer recharges an amount, with or without store contribution, and uses this credit as he wishes on all services sold
    - Facilitates greatly the cash management, but leads to a deferred income management that requires a specific accounting treatment.

  • Card – direct discount
    - Charged card that enables a discount during the card validity period 
    - H
    ard to implement because the customer has to pay for the card

  • Item plan
    - The customer pays in advance a certain quantity of a specific service at an attractive price
    - Identical to the credit recharge, but limited to only one item or a selection of items
    - Mainly used for shirts

 

Le concept de fidélisation dans les pressings
Objectifs des gérants de pressing

Goals and main trends

    GOALS

- Win customers’ loyalty
- Increase the number of customers thanks to a visible and attractive offer
- Increase the average order amount

  TRENDS – The credit recharge card

It offers many benefits:
- Treasury advance – Winning customers’ loyalty
- Cash management simplification
- Possibility to follow the balances and recharges through new communication tools
- Centralisation of customers’ credits on several stores (for chains)

New technologies in the service of customer loyalty: mobile applications

A social and cultural phenomenon is making the smartphones essential for us and all our customers. More and more features related to consumption are available on these pocket computers. The dry-cleaning profession must also adapt to this way of consuming.
Several applications are already available. However, they still encounter today the issue of the limited catchment area of a dry-cleaning store. A glass ceiling needs to be broken. Most of the existing and near future applications are mainly designed around the notions of pick up request and home delivery.
For example, there is a project in the Parisian region currently in the validation process, about “Uberisation of delivery”. The customer receives a SMS alert proposing the delivery. If he is interested, he clicks on a link (in the SMS) that leads to a page where he can validate a request for home delivery. Then, he just needs to accept the payment of the fixed amount for the delivery. His request is then transmitted to the closest network member (delivery with a bike in an adapted delivery bag). This member picks up the items at the dry-cleaner’s and delivers them to the customer. For more information, visit the web site of  Tousfacteurs.

 

Nouvelles technologies et applications mobiles pour fidéliser
Eléments de fidélisation d'un client de pressing

Elements of winning dry-cleaning customer’s loyalty

  • The price
    In reality, the price itself is not so important. But the customer feeling or his perception of the price do matter.
    There is a quick story about a dry-cleaner’s located in a shopping centre with many visitors: the duvet sales were weak. The store manager decided to do a promotion and displayed a banner on the front window to announce a big discount on the duvets, without writing the price. The reaction was pretty much immediate: the duvet sales strongly increased. After several weeks, he decided to remove the banner because he thought he had finally found the right price for duvets: the sales went down again. Once he realized that sales were decreasing, he put the banner back in place quickly. Sales went up again.

  • Time spent in the store by customers
    The dry-cleaning business is mainly reserved to the upper socio-professional category. The customers don’t want to spend useless time in a dry-cleaning store. They are looking for a quick and efficient service, with as few waste of time as possible. Consequently, you must do everything possible to reduce the treatment time and the time spent in the store by customers:
    - Respect of return dates
    - Pre-packaged items
    - Quick payments
    - Quick deposits and returns
    - Clear and easy-to-understand promotions

  • The geographical situation
    Dry-cleaning is an activity of local service. The customer will first go to a dry-cleaner’s answering his needs located in an area he usually goes to. He can exceptionally go further, but a loyal and profitable customer is regularly active. The easy parking is a key priority directly linked to the time spent in the store. The fastest the rotation is, the less the issue of available parking spaces will be.

  • The service quality 
    As the price, it is here more about a customer feeling rather than a technical fact. Every dyer is able today to offer a high quality service to his customers. The subjective elements of the customer’s quality experience are the following:
    - Store cleanliness
    - Decoration modernity
    - How clothes are packaged and returned
    - Human quality of the reception
    - The perceived price related to promotional offers displayed

  • Additional services
    A well-run store also selling products specialised in textile care may reinforce its quality and advice image. Obviously, this sale section must be well-stocked and correctly presented. It is better not to do anything rather than presenting 3 old and dusty products. It is also frequent to complete the dry-cleaning activity with another service activity such as shoe repair, warehouse, parcel drop off point, etc.

Which IT tools for which improvements?

Connected conveyors
- Reduction of research and return time
- I
mprove working conditions by limiting the movements

Automatic garment dispenser
- Limits the waiting time during returns
- Expands the return time-slot (24/7 models)

Garment dispenser - Locker
- Leads the business activity to new markets
- If coupled with an automatic garment dispenser, it allows to reduce the attendance time on a site

Physical loyalty cards
- Speed up the customer identification
- Reduce the cashing time if coupled with a pre-payment or credit recharge system 

Specialised cash management software
- Customer identification
- Order research
- Know immediately if an order is ready or not
- Know exactly where an order is stored
These few points alone allow huge time-savings for customers and production operators. Time spent to search for orders is time that can’t be used to produce. This leads to delays and time wasted for searching for unfinished orders.

SMS or e-mail alerts
- Linked to the implementation of a specialised software
- The customer comes only if his order is ready, which increases his satisfaction and reduces the waste of time in the store

Web site
A showcase site for a dry-cleaner’s is a plus, but doesn’t really brings additional and attractive services for a customer. So it may only have an interest for a chain or a brand present at the national level.

Mobile application
Dry-cleaning 2.0 is coming soon…

Applications mobiles pour les pressings
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About dry-cleaning 2.0...

For over 20 years, Inforum has been providing you with software solutions specialised in dry-cleaning. Considering the importance of the new technologies, we wish to bring you tomorrow with GestiClean Up’ all the necessary tools to win your customers’ loyalty. More information on  gesticleanup.com.