Applying the six-step process to system implementation and adoption
Step one: Materially important issue
The pet supplies retailer had already identified that high-quality and safe products was a materially important issue, and therefore activating suppliers on their product lifecycle management system (PLM) was top priority.
This meant that they had already completed the first step of Supply Pilot's six-step process. Around half of our customers begin working with us at step two, having identified the important issues to their business and stakeholders internally.
Step two: Smart Goal
Before work began on getting the retailer's suppliers to be active on their PLM system, Supply Pilot needed to understand what the current system usage was to set a well-informed goal for the project. After establishing that less than 30 of their suppliers were currently active and using the system, a SMART goal was set to get an initial list of 214 suppliers activating their accounts.
Step three: Benchmark
Prior to the launch of the engagement campaign, Supply Pilot's Campaign Team ran a supplier contact accuracy campaign. This campaign ensured that any communication sent to suppliers - be it a request to attend a webinar or consume certain training content - was going to be sent to the right person within the supplier's organisation.
Typically retailer and brand supplier data is only 18% accurate. This low level of contact accuracy means that systems implementation and adoption projects can be delayed by months (also affecting other wider projects) whilst emails are sent to:
- inactive inboxes
- incorrect contacts
- commercial contacts who don't have the appropriate level of technical knowledge
Supply Pilot worked with suppliers to cleanse their contact information and capture up-to-date contacts, increasing delivery rates to over 90% within a month for the rest of the project.
Supply Pilot also managed to not only find suppliers that were no longer providing products to the retailer but were able to review the main supplier system data to find additional suppliers that were missing from the original list.
Step four: Activation
Supply Pilot worked with CBX and TradeBeyond (TBY) to host 4 webinars with over 300 attendees in total. These webinars provided training around the PLM system. The webinars were recorded, edited, subtitled and translated, and shared on Supply Pilot's platform for 24/7 access by both suppliers and internal users.
The Supply Pilot platform also hosts over 50 pages of further informative training content for CBX, TBY, and the processes around the systems to help suppliers understand why and when the systems are used, as well as how. Over 150 individual users have viewed this content.
Supply Pilot send over 500 emails per general information article to the supplier audience, with a delivery rate of over 90%, an open rate of over 50%, and approximately 30% of suppliers viewing the supporting content on the platform. Over the span of 12 months, 8724 individual emails were sent to supplier contacts with over 50% opened.
As a result of improved engagement over the course of the project so far, 50% of mandatory roles in the CBX system have been completed - the retailer started with 0%.
Step five: Data-driven KPI
Using the Supply Pilot platform the retailer can securely share key performance indicators (KPI) around CBX system usage alongside many other initiatives by means of supplier scorecards. The scorecards enable the retailer to visualise the system adoption and usage by individual suppliers alongside other project or audit performance to the project team and internal stakeholders.
Step six: Commercialization
The retailer achieved a commercial benefit from this project in two ways:
- Positive consumer brand sentiment through the assurance of high quality and safe products
- Reduced risk associated with quality and safety projects through supplier alignment, activation, and system adoption and implementation.