Interview of Guillaume Truchet with Le Figaro
Published on: September 4, 2021
Updated: August 29, 2023
Guillaume Truchet, Head of Sales – Southern Europe at parcelLab, was invited a few weeks ago on the set of the program Itinéraire Entreprise, in partnership with Le Figaro.
In this interview, Guillaume discusses the interest and benefits of offering a memorable post-purchase experience. He also discusses the growth of e-commerce as well as post-purchase communication standards in France.
The growth of e-commerce
According to FEVAD, the e-commerce sector reached nearly 30 million euros in the first quarter of 2021, registering nearly 15% growth compared to the first quarter of 2020.
In this increasingly competitive environment, it is crucial for brands to offer post-purchase experiences that live up to their customers’ expectations in order to build loyalty and stand out from the competition.
Status of post-purchase communication in France
From a study of the top 100 French e-tailers, we know that 24% of them have no control over post-purchase communication. They delegate this to the carrier, losing control of the customer experience.
Our study also reveals that 55% of brands communicate with the carrier in the post-purchase phase. This leads to a risk of contradiction and confusion for the consumer.
In a way, by doing so, e-tailers are delegating the customer relationship to third parties and neglecting their customers after checkout.
The benefits of a better post-purchase experience
Investing in a better post-purchase experience means strengthening the bond between brand and customer and increasing customer value over time. Concretely, this can be translated in different ways for the brand:
- Reduce customer service requests: the more fluid the experience and the more proactive the communication, the less the customer will need to contact customer service to obtain information on the follow-up of his order.
- Increase the number of positive reviews: the review request will be made at the right time, in a positive dynamic, which increases the chances of increasing the number of positive reviews.
- Increase sales: post-purchase communications and especially the follow-up page will generate additional traffic on the site and increase the re-purchase rate. The brand can also use post-purchase emails to generate additional and cross-selling.
Brands go to great lengths to attract new consumers to their site and convert them into customers. A positive and memorable post-purchase experience helps build long-term customer loyalty, conversely a negative experience can be prohibitive; for example, 55% of customers who have encountered a delivery issue will no longer order from that site (source: E-commerce Nation.)
With the rise of online consumption, it is now essential for brands to offer a post-purchase experience as qualitative and memorable as possible.