Frequent iterative usability testing enabled Waitrose to develop a truly user focused and high performing groceries site
We first met the Waitrose digital team at a trade show in 2011. Waitrose was on the verge of embarking on a major revamp of their Groceries website and were keen to take a user-centric approach, giving us the perfect opportunity to demonstrate the value of our take on UX Consultancy. We subsequently had a long and fruitful partnership with Waitrose, stretching over 2 years, 21 projects and across all device platforms.
What We Did
We worked closely with Waitrose to test many aspects of their new Groceries site, allowing us to look in detail at individual components in iterative rounds of testing. This main project, which spanned 10 different rounds of testing and an equivalent number of prototypes, across desktop and tablet devices, allowed thorough testing of general usability and functionality issues alongside the testing of the many specific areas, including:
- Mega menu Information Architecture
- Search filter preferences
- Home page navigation
- Favourites functionality
- Key shopping journeys
- Waitrose specific navigational tools
We were also involved in three rounds of testing on the prototype of their mobile site, three rounds of testing on wireframes for the Wine Cellar section of the Waitrose site and a round of testing involving their gardening site.
Our involvement in the Groceries website, allowed us to work closely with Waitrose and their design agency to ensure that users’ needs were always at the heart of the prototype and site development.
The new website and mobile site were launched at the beginning of October 2013. Commercially, the site performed exceptionally well, with sales and conversion significantly improved on the old offering. The site was also very positively received, with many customers welcoming the new features and functionality that we helped refine in our user testing.
The work we did with Web Usability was invaluable in terms of informing improvements and changes to the new features and functionality we were developing. It gave us the confidence and reassurance we needed to know that what we were doing would be right first time and would give users a great experience of Waitrose, whether they were new or existing customers
Fiona Hall – Manager, Innovations and Web Development