Let Your Data Do the Walking - Page 2

Nov 9, 2000

- Staff

on with the company's 14 mobile, outside sales reps.

At a Glance: Arbill Glove and Safety Products
The company: Philadelphia-based Arbill Glove and Safety Products is a distributor of over 4,000 glove and safety products. Staff includes 100 inside sales reps and customer service personnel and 14 mobile, outside sales reps.

The problem: How to provide mobile sales representatives with up-to-date client information quickly and increasing successful sales visits.

The solution: Internet-capable cellular telephones loaded with CRM applications for wireless communication with central sales offices.

The technology: Arbill uses SalesLogix software from Interact Commerce Corp., which permits communication among all sales department employees. Cellular telephone providers in each sales territory supply Internet-compliant handsets.

This is a big relief for mobile employees, who are plagued by lost meeting opportunities while on the road. Often, meetings with clients are cancelled for illness, unforeseen problems, or simple forgetfulness. Prior to implementing the SalesLogix software, when meetings would fall through, sales reps would attempt to contact other clients in the area by consulting paper records. (Remember the shoebox?) Now they can plug in the zip code of a client's location on Internet-capable cellular telephones and are instantly provided with information on other customers in the same area. Pulling up the contact information presented on their cellular telephone display, they can then quickly place a call by selecting the dial feature from a menu.

"Because all the information I need is stored in the SalesLogix database and I can access it with my phone, my customer details are available when and where I need them most--in the car, at customer offices or lobbies, and when traveling," says Herb Schell, a safety specialist (or outside sales rep) at Arbill.

Simply using the zip-code lookup tool has led to an increase in sales visits from four to five per day to six to eight visits per sales rep per day, according to Julie Copeland. "These are solid visits," she says, since customers are contacted by telephone and have made themselves available for the sales rep during the conversation. "In the past they would drop off only a catalog, sometimes," and have no face-to-face contact.

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