- A thorough inspection of your customers'
cleaning tool deployment with a view to
identifying and solving hygiene problems
before the auditors find them.
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Selling Vikan cleaning tools and food handling materials is so much more than products. One of the most valuable services you can offer your customers is conducting a Site Survey at their production site. In this module you will learn all you need to know to be able to conduct site surveys.
Approximate time: 60 minutes
The guidance and advice given during a Site Survey is unique to you and your business. Your competitors cannot do it. And your distributors may not be able to do it either. Often Site Surveys are the very reason that Vikan tools are selected in the Food Industry.
The Quality/Hygiene manager needs and appreciates the guidance and advice that you provide during Site Survey on selection and use of cleaning tools for their specific cleaning and hygiene challenges.
But a Site Survey quickly becomes so much more. You also provide advice on storage and maintenance of the cleaning tools. You talk about regulatory compliance and auditor compliance. In other words, you give your customer peace of mind.
Experience shows that your customers really appreciate this unique and value-adding service. It’s what makes you stand out as a company and as a service provider. It is your most valuable competitive advantage. It’s why they choose you, and why they choose Vikan.
Here is a guide on how to conduct a Site Survey that your customers will continue to ask for, and which will bring you extra business.
Learn how our UK team has achieved this massive increase in business per Food Industry customer by conducting Site Surveys.
Set the date and location of the site survey - preferably during the cleaning processes.
Send the invitation to your customer. Include what to expect, agenda, office setting to start, what is needed from their side.
Update your CRM system with opportunity value, update contacts as needed, date for site survey etc.
Confirm key employees' presence (quality/safety/hygiene managers, production managers, in-house or external cleaning staff, maintenance)
Adjust and confirm timing according to agenda (cleaning challenges, number of attendants)
Be sure to prepare: PPE, iPad/pictures on site, safety standards, check equipment & battery (iPad/phone), samples
Bring relevant marketing documentation.
Talk to the right people, also those that do the cleaning; involving as many people on-site as possible.
Assess optimal cleaning tools selection against the facility's regulatory compliance.
If possible, observe the cleaning process. Be curious about how the cleaning is done, and why certain tools are used.
For each location, recommend the best suitable cleaning tool for the cleaning challenge at hand. Identify gaps and missing tools.
Identify the best cleaning tool storage solution and location (wall brackets / shadow boards).
Provide recommendations for maintenance of the recommended cleaning tools.
Test samples that you have brought or previously sent on-site, if applicable. Discuss other trials that may be needed.
Collect info on home-made tools, competitor tools, ideas for new products, potential delivery issues - be curious.
Send a Thank You email within 24 hours, including:
- summary of the meeting with action items.
- a debrief on situations that need immediate action.
Send agreed samples the next day.
Send drafted Zone Plan and recommendations for use and maintenance (including pictures taken on-site) within 3 days of the visit.
Validate with your contact person:
- Number of cleaning tools / shadow boards (confirm full basket of products).
- Trial results and Zone Plan via online/phone meeting.
- Any on-site or online training of staff required.
- Approval of access to the Vikan website for your contact person, so that they can access Zone Plan documentation behind login on the Vikan website.
Send final Zone Plan and list of recommended products along with your price offer for the agreed products.
Agree with your customer on an implementation time and follow up/verification of the implementation. Agree on times for training of staff, if applicable.
Confirm a follow up date after 6-18 months, depending on the sector, including the replenishment plan.