The journey doesn’t end with the buy button
Take a look at this and tell me what information it conveys to you. Look at the order status…
So five days later when I ring up Laskys to find out what has happened to my product I’m told “we’re sorry, the product is out of stock. Would you like another similar product?” I’m not exactly a happy chappy to find this out five days after the order has been placed. I’ve been to ‘my account’ to track my order and it tells me that the order has (click on the help icon) “been processed and either has a delivery date or has been delivered”. Well no actually, it is out of stock and your eCommerce system hasn’t accommodated that scenario in the customer experience. Sorry Laskys, you lied to me.
“We did actually send you an email on the 8th of March to let you know this”. So I went back through my mailbox and indeed they had sent me a mail. I use gmail. The mail was unread, but I get so many mails I don’t always open them, especially as gmail gives you the title and the first line of the mail. The mail in question from Customer Service was titled “Your Order” and the following first line; “Thank you for placing an order with Laskys. TheSEBO X4 EXTRA on order 025”. nothing there to suggest that it was out of stock. Just a generic subject and first line of copy. They had taken my phone number as part of the process; no-one thought to ring me. Overall a poor experience. I won’t be buying from Laskys again and I suggest you don’t either.
There’s a lesson here. It is easy to focus upon the shiny stuff, to get customers converting, clicking on that buy button. But if the post-buy button experience is lacking; if you haven’t factored in operational excellence into your process, in the long run it is likely to cost you.
Credit to Laskys, I sent them this blog post and within ten minutes I received the following reply:
Please accept my apologies for this situation. I can confirm that this is down to a system error allowing the order to go through without checking the stock. I can confirm that we have requested a refund for you. Please allow 24 hours for this to be completed and a further 3-5 working days for the monies to show as a clear fund in your account.