Future Stores 2018

May 16-May 17, 2018

Hilton London Tower Bridge

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Ian Plummer

Head of Sales Operations

Ian is responsible for sales of Volkswagen passenger cars in the UK totalling approximately 225 000 new cars sold to private and fleet customers, as well as the network sales of approximately 130 000 used cars. He is also responsible both for the customer experience delivered by the nearly 200 Volkswagen Retailers, and also for ensuring the profitability of the franchised network. 

They have implemented a significant change to the Volkswagen UK customer journey over the last two years by applying what they call Blended Retailing. This merging of the digital and physical touchpoints means they have created a much more joined up process which has strengthened the relationship between the customer, the retailer and the brand. For example, their ustomers can now walk into the showroom and simply pick up from where they left off online. And then resume on or off line as they progress through their car buying and ownership experience. By transforming the delivery of this strategy by a fully engaged network, Blended Retailing has increased both value and volume of sales, as well as customer satisfaction and loyalty. 

The transformation of a franchised network of some 12,000 people working for independent businesses and the digitalisation of our customer journey has required a significant programme of change management. Volkswagen's “clicks” and their “bricks” are class leading but the most critical part of the success of the Blended Retailing strategy has without doubt been the engagement of our people.