“Cost of not selling” becomes apparent for dealers in light of coronavirus crisis

The “cost of not selling” has become more apparent for dealers in the light of the coronavirus crisis, says iVendi.

James Tew, CEO, explained there has been recognition about the amount of time that sales people spend completing inefficient and non-core processes when they could be actively working to create sales – and the money wasted as a result.

He said: “One of the effects of the pandemic, with so many staff furloughed, is that dealer management have been working closer to the showroom floor and gaining greater visibility over staff productivity.

“This has been immediately translating into a desire to allow sales staff to spend more time engaged in the actual business of selling, with many telling us that their people simply waste too much time because of poor processes.

“There is a real desire to tackle the cost of not selling through the adoption of systems that enable processes to become not just more appropriate to the needs of the retailer and consumer, but simply faster and easier for everyone to use.”

James said that the trend was part of a wider development following the emergence of the pandemic to use technology to actively drive deals.

“Some dealers have tended to view the technology they use as reactive or even passive. You might set up on an online retail process and wait for a potential buyer to see an ad for a vehicle on a portal who then chooses to enter it.

“Thinking is now shifting to a more proactive stance, using the system to push the retail process forward. We’ve very much seen this with the Digital Deals feature in iVendi Transact, introduced a few months ago, which allows a proposition to be created including finance and value added products, and then sent to the potential buyer as the basis for online negotiation designed to replicate the subtleties of an in-person dialogue.

“Vehicles totalling more than £62m on finance have been sold using Digital Deals during the last six months. We now have dealers who send them to every potential customer with whom they have contact and are subsequently seeing sales increase.”