TESCO - The Customer Relationship Management Champion

 
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Case Code : MKTG070
Case Length : 16 Pages
Period : 1998-2003
Pub Date : 2003
Teaching Note :Not Available
Organization : Tesco
Retail ing
Countries : UK

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Tesco ensured that all its customers received magazines that contained material suited to their lifestyles. The company had worked out a mechanism for determining the advertisements and promotional coupons that would go in each of the over 150,000 variants of the magazine. This had been made possible by its world-renowned customer relationship management (CRM) strategy framework (Refer Exhibit I for a brief note on CRM).

The loyalty card3 scheme (launched in 1995) laid the foundations of a CRM framework that made Tesco post growth figures in an industry that had been stagnating for a long time.

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The data collected through these cards formed the basis for formulating strategies that offered customers personalized services in a cost-effective manner.

Each and every one of the over 8 million transactions made every week at the company's stores was individually linked to customer-profile information.

And each of these transactions had the potential to be used for modifying the company's strategies. According to Tesco sources, the company's CRM initiative was not limited to the loyalty card scheme; it was more of a company wide philosophy.

Industry observers felt that Tesco's CRM initiatives enabled it to develop highly focused marketing strategies...

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3] Loyalty cards are a part of 'loyalty programs,' which fall under the domain of customer retention strategies. These cards reward customers when they make purchases from the company in the form of points that accumulate over time. These points can later on be redeemed for cash/gifts/discounts. Thus, they provide incentives to customers for remaining a particular company's customers.

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