Back to Basics : some ideas for Dave Lewis from a regular Tesco shopper
Dear Mr Lewis
STOP moving staff around and engage with your community
At my local store Gerry was the manager for a short time, then Vince came along, a younger manager with loads of drive and enthusiasm, someone who understood social media, someone to get the store into shape, someone to get involved in the community, a great start. Then what happened? He got moved … he only stayed 4-5 months! How frustrating, even more so that he never mentioned his departure to the local community. How did we hear? We heard on social media that he was attending his leaving party. At about the same time the Deputy Manager Sarah went off on maternity leave. A void appeared! Who is the manager at the moment? No idea. I understand there is a temporary manager, perhaps there will be a succession of temporary managers until we get someone new, however even when someone new comes along it will be a while before it filters down to the community. Engage with your town and the local businesses. Get to know them.
PUT a noticeboard outside the store – give Tesco employees an identity
Take some photos of your staff and put their photos and names on a board OUTSIDE your store. If a staff member leaves or changes then change the relevant name/photo, keep the board up to date. Don’t just fill up your outside wall with noticeboards advertising OTHER companies, advertise yourself instead.
Don’t advertise other people, advertise yourself
STOP selling your forecourt space
Stop selling your forecourt space to anyone who will pay you. The companies that you let on your forecourt are often in direct competition with our local businesses. The motor companies compete with our local garage, the mobility companies compete with our mobility and care local shop. Our own local mobility company is now shutting up shop, you’ve seen them off ! No brownie points for Tescos
FIX your community email account
You advertise an account that no-one checks and emails bounce back
DEAL with low stock issues
What is the point of having shelves in your store with nothing on them. Go into my local store in the evening and look for toilet rolls, no chance, like gold dust.
HIRE someone to look after local publicity
No-one at your store appears to deal with local publicity. Presumably the existing staff do what central control dictates and that might not be the best thing at a local level. Put someone in each store in charge of local publicity, get them to monitor what is going on in the local area and around the store, look at things through different eyes.
CLEAN up your store
Our local store sometimes looks as though it needs a jolly good clean
BRIGHTEN up the outside of the store
Leaving rubbish, leaves and other mess lying around outside makes a store look tired and unloved. Most stores look too sterile. This is the outside of my local store, we live in a beautiful town with a historic High Street, can’t you do better than this
DON’T cover up your community noticeboard
Don’t cover up your community noticeboard with crates and crates of garden and BBQ materials. Take down the out of date notices
REWARD returning customers
People are shopping much more on a daily basis now, use that to your advantage. Reward customers who shop at a nominated Tesco store several times a week. Issue extra Clubcard rewards if you shop 3 or more times a week at your nominated store to promote loyalty. If you know you have to shop 3 times a week in your nominated store to get some extra benefit and you’ve only been there twice you might just say to yourself, I’ll pop into Tesco for something.
GIVE small stores a village identity
Make your small stores more like the village shop instead of faceless corporate areas.
Yours, living in hope … and welcome