How used for sending information to stores

Business Communication

How used for sending information to stores

CASE STUDY (20 Marks)

Virgin Mobile UK is a mobile phone service provider operating in the United Kingdom (UK) and part of Virgin Media, the first provider of all four broadband, TV, mobile phone and home phone services in the UK. It operates 80 stores, employing 550 staff in

retail outlets and a further 200 in “Lite” popup locations. Sarah Arthur is the Retail Communications Manager at Virgin Mobile UK. The Retail Communications team is responsible for employee communications across all Virgin Mobile retail outlets. The team needs to ensure that key internal messages are delivered to retail staff in a timely manner and that they can access operational information — new packages and special offers, company news, IT notifications, internal campaigns and requests for feedback — regardless of location or desktop environment. Virgin Mobile was relying on email and its intranet for communicating with retail staff. They needed to continue to work with their existing employee communication channels and systems but they also wanted to explore ways of delivering push communications which their core systems couldn’t do. Virgin Mobile implemented the SnapComms internal communications software in 2008 and is using Desktop Alerts, Desktop Tickers, Staff Surveys and Internal Newsletters. Arthur confirms that “SnapComms is a key tool for sending information to stores.” It is now their main retail communication channel and vital to operations, as the information it conveys to staff enables Virgin Mobile to trade very day. Arthur explains that “store staff on the shop floor needed something that popped up in whatever tool they were using and SnapComms gave us that ability. It is the tool we use to push information to store staff.” The desktop alerts have been used in a wide variety of situations such as to notify staff when support centers are closed, advise the time and nature of IT systems changes, provide updates about tariffsand exclusions and communicate sales incentive campaigns. While each of the SnapComms’ employee communication channels that Virgin Mobile is using can be used in isolation, they do integrate seamlessly. For example the staff survey is used to get feedback and views from stores and can be distributed in combination with a desktop alert, directing employees to further information and the link to the survey. Store managers are very supportive of the staff surveys and understand their importance in getting information back from the stores to head office, and it’s not unusual to achieve 100% response rates from these. Stores have reacted well to the tools and it’s simple and easy for them to receive information. This has been achieved through the Retail Communications team

controlling the level of communication so that staffs are not bombarded. They have ensured that the tools are not overused and that they do not step outside users’ expectations.

Answer the following question.


Q1. How used for sending information to stores? Explain.


Q2. How the store house staff has reacted to SnapComms? Discuss.

How used for sending information to stores


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