Homebase was ranked worst among the UK’s online shops, according to a survey carried out by consumer group Which?.
Finding itself at the bottom of the Which? survey, DIY retailer Homebase.co.uk achieved a customer score of 57 per cent.
The most highly rated shops were all specialist retailers, with LizEarle.com (93%), RicherSounds.com (93%) and WexPhotoVideo.com (93%) all tying in first place. WexPhotoVideo was praised by its customers for the availability of knowledgeable staff via email and live chat.
Harry Rose, Editor of Which? Magazine, said:
“We continue to see the same brands performing poorly in our survey, with some of the bigger retailers offering disappointing levels of service and inferior websites which often seem to run out of stock.
“Our research shows that if you value a genuinely enjoyable shopping experience, then you might be better off with a smaller brand that can offer a more personalised service.”
So, what is Homebase doing wrong?
One of the complaints about the Homebase Website stated by Which? was that the retailer was “selling products that were actually out of stock”.
With around 250 stores across the UK and Ireland, keeping track of what is in stock, what is on the shelves, and what has been reserved, is no easy task.
Common Problems with Inventory Management
One big problem for ecommerce stores is having insufficient stock in the warehouse to comply with the online orders. This is more common than you think. It becomes even more of a struggle to keep under control around critical shopping periods like Black Friday and Christmas.
2. Disconnected online and offline channels
When your inventory isn’t kept up to date, your sales channels won’t have accurate stock information. It’s important to have consistent information across all sales channels (e.g. your ecommerce store, your Ebay shop) in order to keep a strong brand image and improve your customer’s trust.
3. Unreliable Customer Service
Common queries for all online stores include questions such as “When will this item be back in stock?” or “Is this available at my local store?”. In order to give honest and accurate answers, a company must keep up to date with stocks and availability in order to let clients know where and when they can expect the products.
An EPOS (Electronic Point of Sale) system sends and receives sales and stock data in real time. Each of your online (website, app, marketplaces…) and offline (POS or brick-and-mortar stores) channels know how much they can sell and how much is being sold every day.
Dentons Digital offer, and have implemented, an EPOS system in many solutions, often combined with a website built on the Magento 2 platform.
These EPOS solutions are perfect for business owners with successful physical shops who are ready to start increasing their online presence. They save on staff time by reducing the need for labour-intensive stock checks. They also mean business owners can keep all stock information in one place.
These systems make selling items online easier for business owners, and buying items online easier for consumers.
Want to discuss implementing an EPOS System and updating your ecommerce website? Get in touch with us today for some friendly advice.