These stores allow the retailer to test features including online prepayment, a dynamic voice-driven picking system that helps to speed up the retrieval of customer orders and tablet browsers instead of laminated catalogues. It plans to roll out the voice picking system and fast track collection to all stores during 2014/15.
More digital enhancement
Over the coming year, Argos plans to build on the digital improvements it has made so far. This ranges from redesigning its online checkout to accommodate flexible payment and credit options, to improving search functions and showing real-time stock availability by location.
"In addition, a dynamic route scheduling system will be implemented which will allow customers to select accurate narrow timeslots for home delivery," the retailer said.
"Argos will also introduce a new secure payment infrastructure which will enable customers to store their card details safely with Argos for future use."
Dynamic pricing technology
The retailer also plans to expand the use of a dynamic price optimisation tool to automate pricing recommendations that it had started implementing last year.
"Further developments to this tool during FY15 will include its implementation across further product categories, as well as the introduction of an enhanced commercial dashboard which will bring real-time digital and customer information to Argos' trading teams, enabling better decision-making," Home Retail Group said.
Home Retail Group announced a 27 percent increase in pre-tax profit to £115.4 million in the year to 1 March 2014.
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