May 21, 2019

Case Study: How ShipSticks.com Improved Efficiency and Customer Service with ActivTrak

Since its inception in 2011, ShipSticks.com has experienced rapid growth. The company was created to solve a traveling golfer’s worst nightmare: not receiving his or her golf clubs on time. It’s since expanded into shipping skis, luggage, and more. As the most reliable and cost-effective shipping service available, Ship Sticks has partnered with the world’s finest golf resorts, country clubs, and hotels to allow for an effortless shipping experience.

The four-time consecutive winner of Golf Digest Editors’ Choice Award for “Best Golf Club Shipper”  wanted to be better than the best. Ship Sticks knew there were areas of the business that could be improved upon. Dedicated to providing top-notch customer service, the company zeroed in on the Customer Call Center team in an effort to help drive employee productivity and operational efficiency. With data collected through ActivTrak’s employee monitoring solution, Ship Sticks was able to identify bottlenecks and optimize performance across the call center team.

A Crystal-clear View of Employee Workflow

In order to improve efficiency, you must first have the ability to measure it. For the Ship Sticks management team, understanding how work gets done in the call center is critical to their success. Part of increasing efficiency is finding instances of misspent time.

“There are two ways to look at misspent time: one is from the parental perspective, which is not the objective that we had,” explains Nick Coleman, CEO of Ship Sticks. Instead, company management was looking to tighten up the customer service representative (CSR) workflow. The data ActivTrak collected showed them that CSRs were opening multiple applications just to service one customer.

With detailed reports like the Activity Log, they discovered that lag time in jumping back and forth between applications was at least seven seconds per click. Along with that, application usage data helped Ship Sticks management determine which software applications CSRs needed on their computers and which ones they didn’t. Coleman and his team used that information to eliminate unnecessary applications and create a more streamlined technology.

Better Efficiency Means Better Customer Service

There are worse things than calling customer service, but not many. Ship Sticks is aware that most people want to spend as little time on the phone as possible. They accomplish this by increasing the efficiency of their CSRs. Ship Sticks uses ActivTrak to identify misspent time by revealing trends when accessing internal tools.

Eliminating extra clicks and lag time means Ship Sticks’ CSRs have more time to serve other customers. “The seven seconds or ten seconds that they’re spending while you’re silenced on the phone is ten more seconds per call that we gain to service another customer,” Coleman says.

It also means the customer doesn’t have to sit on the phone in awkward silence while the CSR waits for an application to load. As nice as your hold music may be, customers want their issues dealt with quickly and with minimal friction.

Informed Staffing Decisions

Oftentimes, businesses struggle with determining how to staff an organization. Figuring out how many employees are needed, which departments, and at what times can be overwhelming. Since ActivTrak tracks all computer activities, Ship Sticks can analyze how each employee uses their CRM tools. “That insight is very important because that insight goes to staffing and staffing is a very big expense,” Coleman says.

Historical data is instrumental in forecasting volume of work. Ship Sticks reviews ActivTrak reports to discover trends and patterns in the number of active employees or the total time an application is used. This information helps them determine peak call times, when staff is needed, and when they’re not needed.

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Continuing to look for new ways to improve

A year into ActivTrak use, Ship Sticks executives say they’ll continue to use the team behavior analytics software to increase employee efficiency and provide a better customer service experience for their customers.

Customers aren’t the only ones who reap the benefits. Management says the CSRs appreciate the improvements made to their workflow. “They’re grateful and they’re thankful [for the changes we’ve implemented based on ActivTrak data]. They’re like, ‘Wow, I can do this much faster,’” Coleman says.

Whether it’s used to get a clear view of how employees work, to become more efficient, or to make smarter staffing decisions, Ship Sticks understands the importance of behavioral data. And with the insights gathered from ActivTrak, Ship Sticks is able to become better at what they set out to do almost a decade ago: eliminate the aggravations associated with traveling.

About ShipSticks.com

Ship Sticks provides a door-to-door shipping solution for the traveling golfer who desires a hassle-free traveling experience. As the most reliable and cost-effective shipping service available, Ship Sticks has partnered with the world’s finest golf resorts, country clubs, and hotels to allow for an effortless shipping experience. Shipping golf clubs and luggage with ShipSticks.com allows you to save time and money at the airport by avoiding the long check-in lines, crowded baggage terminals, and expensive baggage fees. Whether your clubs are being picked up from your home or office, Ship Sticks guarantees an on-time delivery to wherever you’re staying or playing. For more information, please visit www.shipsticks.com.

About ActivTrak

ActivTrak offers cloud-based employee monitoring software that allows organizations to understand how their employees get work done. ActivTrak provides aggregated data that quantifies employee productivity, so employers and managers have the insight they need to improve employee performance as well as keep track of sensitive internal information and improve operational efficiency. The software is easy to install and the data is available within minutes with preset reports ready for review. ActivTrak’s services are offered in freemium and software-as-a-service model. The application works in both Microsoft Windows and MAC OSX operating systems.

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