Foodstuffs South Island taps Zebra’s solutions to help enhance productivity

Zebra Technologies Corporation, a world-renown innovator at the front line of business with solutions and partners that deliver a performance edge, has announced that Foodstuffs South Island is using Zebra’s mobile computers, tablets and wearable scanners to achieve greater productivity, inventory visibility and accuracy, and improved shopping experience. 

Why did Foodstuffs South Island tap Zebra’s solution?

Operating since 1928, Foodstuffs South Island offers many kinds of shopping experiences, from grocery and convenience stores to large-scale supermarkets, wholesale, and specialty liquor stores. In addition, the organization also owns recognisable retail chains Four Square, New World and PAK’nSAVE, as well as in-store private brands Pam and Pam’s Finest.

The Zebra Technologies solutions implemented by Foodstuffs South Island include Zebra’s TC51 and TC52 mobile computers, ET51 Android tablet, and RS5100 Bluetooth wearable scanner. The TC51 and TC52 mobile computers provide its retail associates with ready access to their inventory levels to reduce lost sales resulting from out-of-stock situations.

By having such crucial information at their fingertips, it enables retail associates to spend more time engaging with shoppers to offer a better shopping experience. The ET51 Android tablet and RS5100 Bluetooth wearable scanner help streamline workflows and increase the scanning speed of its online picking team, thus enhanced productivity from its retail backend.

According to Zebra’s 15th Annual Global Shopper Study, retail associates expressed out-of-stock complaints as their number one frustration (43% globally and 38% in Asia Pacific). Globally, a whopping 76% (64% in Asia Pacific) of shoppers leave without the items they intended to purchase with 49% (44% in Asia Pacific) blaming it on out-of-stocks. 

What does this mean for Foodstuffs and Zebra?

Tom Christodoulou, Sales Vice President for ANZ at Zebra Technologies
Tom Christodoulou, Sales Vice President for ANZ at Zebra Technologies

“There has been a sharp rise in consumer expectations across Australia and New Zealand in recent years with shoppers expecting a seamless experience as they toggle between online and physical store shopping,” said Tom Christodoulou, Sales VP, ANZ, Zebra Technologies.

“To ensure that retails can meet the high expectations of shoppers today, they will first need to empower their retail associates with the right technology to perform their duties.” 

Commenting on the partnership, Ian Colhoun, User Technology Manager from Foodstuffs South Island, said, “By digitalising our process, we give retail associates ready access to key information of inventory levels from the shop floor to avoid facing out-of-stock situations.”

“Additionally, having these solutions also eliminates the hassle of leaving the shop floor to check our office computer for data to answer shoppers’ simple questions. Promptly responding to our shoppers’ questions with real-time information about available stock will vastly improve the overall shopping experience which is our utmost priority,” Colhoun said.