Tactical Solutions is a field sales and marketing agency that helps retail brands improve sales across the various retail channels, who turned to Polymorph to help improve the efficiency of its business.
Tactical Solutions is a field sales and marketing company that works for world-class clients across the UK & Ireland.
With over 300 sales professionals operating nationally, its staff are tasked with helping retail brands market and sell their products in the fast moving retail environment.
Its key role is to ensure that its clients (who include major Fast Moving Consumer Goods (FMCG) brands) are properly represented in-store, via Point of Sale (POS) material or promotions agreed with specific supermarket chains.
In effect Tactical Solutions ensures that supermarkets are promoting its clients in the agreed manner ensuring maximum sales across the many retail channels.
With hundreds of employees working remotely across the country, Tactical Solutions required a means of managing its workforce efficiently in order to streamline its offering to existing and new clients.
Tactical Solutions approached Polymorph to help radically transform its primarily paper-based field sales processes, mainly handled in-store, with the use of cutting edge technology; in order to revamp the way staff in the field reported information and solved problems for the brands Tactical Solutions represents.
Lorna Davidson, managing director of Tactical Solutions, explains: "Field marketers get very excited about technology, yet I didn't want the technology to distract from my team's key focus - selling. So when we turned to the market to find a solution, this was a key factor in deciding who to work with."
Tactical Solutions turned to Polymorph, which developed DRIVE, a bespoke tablet and web technology based solution. Designed by Polymorph's creative team, the brief was to deliver an intuitive and eye catching design so that the sales teams could operate it easily and effectively when on the road.
It was designed to replace the paper-based activities of field staff, who travel to various stores to make a difference for their client's brands in each store, making sure the agreed POS material is in place and that the supermarket is running agreed promotions during a particular time, for example.
The tablets were developed using Microsoft SQL reporting services and .Net. The former provides a server-based report generation software system that ensures work done in the field is relayed back to Tactical Solutions headquarters. The latter provides a framework for Polymorph staff to design an application that looks good and provides seamless and secure communication.
The DRIVE tablet software also enables real-time updates as soon as they enter a store. In addition, it also shows how a brand should be displayed within the context of what had been agreed with that store, so that the sales manager can address any issues directly with the supermarket manager. All of this information is then sent directly to Tactical Solutions headquarters for analysis.
The DRIVE tablet software has been initially rolled out to over 120 field sales users, who carry out over 2,700 in-store visits every week. The easy-to-use software has significantly helped to increase reporting and reduce manual inputting, allowing Tactical Solutions to focus on its core business.
The project was very much an integrated one-team approach, with Polymorph embedding themselves with the Tactical Solutions team to understand exactly what was required. Once the software was designed, members of Tactical Solutions divisional trainers held training sessions for the field sales users across the country. With software designed to run on the Android 3 operating system, it can be used on any Android tablet with this system.
This technology has already improved Tactical Solutions' efficiency in the field, providing tools such as live data and photo capture so 'before' and 'after' images of agreed branding material can be taken, for use when reporting back to clients in case of a breach of contract.
Davidson continued: "Polymorph has been a supplier of Tactical Solutions for a number of years, and really understands our business. They were able to take the understanding of what we do, and what we needed, to develop a bespoke product in the shape of the DRIVE tablet software, which allowed us to work efficiently and effectively in-store."
"Tactical Solutions has worked with Polymorph for over eight years, and we rely on them to help us manage our software. When it came to updating our field sales methods, naturally we turned to Polymorph to provide the answer.
"They have a deep understanding of our business goals and were therefore perfectly placed to provide the best solution for us."
Lorna Davidson, managing director, Tactical Solutions
"For Polymorph, this project represented an opportunity to demonstrate not only the technical knowledge of our staff, but the creative flair we also offer as a company.
"Due to our deep understanding of Tactical Solutions' business, we were also able to deliver a solution that allowed its staff to focus on the task in hand in a more efficient manner - an attitude we replicate in all our work here at Polymorph."
Steve Harris, managing director, Polymorph
Founded in 2000, Polymorph Ltd is an IT software and services company with a track record of providing consultancy, solutions, support and creative design services to meet a wide range of business needs. The company is based in the North West and offers bespoke software, flexible support and maintenance and off-the-shelf packages through three distinct service offerings: Polymorph Software, Polymorph Infrastructure and Polymorph Creative.
Polymorph puts an emphasis on forming close and lasting relationships with its customers, delivering solutions that meet the business objectives and with the users in mind. This allows customers to focus solely on the core of their business.
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