Week 1 Update- We wanted to share with all our lovely customers our experience of week 1 of temporarily closing the stores (but it feels like a lifetime ago... we really miss it). Early in the week we were brainstorming how we could continue to provide a great customer experience without our store fronts open.
Customers were commenting postage for online orders was slower than usual and we knew half the thrill of retail therapy is having the item straight after purchase.
With this in mind we introduced 24 hour delivery within 20km of the Adelaide CBD. My husband and I thought a great way to use the extra time we had from stores closing was to get on the road and personally deliver to customers.
We were overwhelmed by the response but were determined to meet the promise we had made. We hit the road yesterday for our first round of deliveries. I went south-west with kids along for the journey and sent my husband on the north-east route.
We were careful to practice social distancing, contacting customers in advance where possible to let them know we were on our way.
It was amazing to see so many familiar faces and the joy they got from an online order arriving so quickly. Our record delivery time was 1 hour 23 minutes after ordering! We are keen to break that this week .
There is nothing more frustrating with online ordering than needing to exchange a size. Often it involves having to post the item back and wait for a new one to come which can another week or two before you can wear your purchase. As a result we came up with the idea (for those of you within 20km of Adelaide CBD) of free size exchanges. On our next visit to your area we will drop off the size you need (likely within 1-2 days).
Enthused by the great response to date, we have spoken to all our staff and they are keen to join in and help facilitate this for all our customers. They will all deliver with the area of their respective shops.
If you order online this week, expect to see a familiar face from the stores drop off your order.
We are also brainstorming new ways we can provide you the great retail experience you have come to love at Serafina. Keep your eyes peeled on social media for other ideas we come up with.
COVID-19 has presented a lot of challenges for many industries including retail. We have been inspired by the level of innovation many small businesses have shown in order to survive now and hopefully prosper in the future. Our promise to all our customers is we are as determined as ever to bring you that great retail experience and bring that bit of retail joy into your day.
Emily and Michael
April 05, 2020 — Emily Siciliano

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