New Virtual Services On Offer at John Lewis

John Lewis has confirmed it’s taking its in-store services online for the first time to meet the needs of Britain in isolation. 

They will be offering free and bookable advice-driven appointments which will enable the retailer to provide core services to support the nation during lockdown.

By providing advice and support, its Partners will guide customers through a range of its usual in-store services. Customers will be able to book free, one-to-one video appointments with knowledgeable experts. The first launch will include virtual nursery, home design and personal styling advice, with further services, talks and learning sessions planned to launch at the end of April.

Free virtual Nursery appointments - Reassuring parents-to-be, Advisors can answer questions, discuss the best products and help them navigate all the information and advice on essentials during a one hour video call. Following the call, further information and a personalised shopping list will be emailed to help the preparations new parents will be making from home. Customers booked-in for store appointments due to take place since stores have temporarily closed are being offered the virtual option.

Virtual Home Design - Expert interior advice with a Home Design Stylist to help customers during lockdown by providing home inspiration, support and advice - ranging from repurposing ideas and tips to make their space more comfortable, creating an area that is flexible for work and feels like a sanctuary right now or to tackle a new interiors project.  During a one hour video call customers can walk and talk through their spaces with the Stylist and discuss inspiration. The Stylist will spend some time pulling together a mood board, ideas and shopping list, sending directly to a customer following the call.

Virtual Styling - Wardrobe Advice -  Expert Personal Stylists from the John Lewis Style Studios will offer appointments to support customers who have found themselves with extra time to declutter and organise their cupboards and drawers.  Providing guidance on key staples and tips to help streamline wardrobes, the stylist will also be on hand to help customers re-discover treasured items and build outfits. The video appointment is bookable via the stylist’s John Lewis Instagram account. Stylists will follow up the appointment with a personalised email detailing all that was discussed. Stylists will also be hosting style Q&As on their Instagram accounts as well as sharing useful and inspirational styling content.

Peter Cross, director of Customer Experience at John Lewis and Waitrose, comments: “We are a diverse, resilient and strong business, and are wholeheartedly committed to supporting the wellbeing of our customers at this time.

“Through the power of technology, we have carefully curated these free one-to-one virtual appointments to reflect the needs of the nation during this national crisis.

"We have gathered our experts from across the country to offer these services initially across nursery, home and styling, with future plans to extend our services across nutritional advice, wine tastings, and tech support to name a few.”

Please visit the John Lewis ‘Partners Through it All’ Hub for further information

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