Shopping for holiday wines? Here’s a Visual Management takeaway!

Shopping for holiday wines? Here’s a Visual Management takeaway!

The holidays are knocking on our doors. That means it’s time for get-togethers with lots of food and drinks. One thing you’ll probably pick up within the next week or so? Wine. But as much as you enjoy drinking it, you’re not looking forward to the mandatory shopping experience that precedes it. For if you’ve ever tried to quickly pick the right bottle for the right occasion, you know it’s an impossible task — unless you’re a wine connoisseur. Before you dive into the world of wine, though, let us tell you about an alternative that makes the process fast, efficient, and — dare we say — fun.

The importance of contextual information

WineStyles Tasting Station is a U.S. wine boutique retailer that simplifies the wine shopping experience. Each location is organized by eight different style categories or taste profiles. Gone are the days when you got lost in wine regions or varietals. In each of the 11 locations, shoppers can grab a bottle and read more about the wine’s characteristics, flavors, and suggested food pairings.

Perfect, if you ask us. Labels provide contextual information that supports and speeds up your decision-making process. You’re not buying a stand-alone bottle of wine. You’re buying an element of the full dining experience. If, for example, you want to get the right wine for your cheese platter, you simply look for the right label. The same goes for wine that goes with turkey.

See where we’re going with this? If you take the context into account, you can help people make informed decisions fast — decisions that fit into the overarching picture.

Wine (and data) is about the human beings consuming it

What WineStyles Tasting Station seems to get is that wine isn’t about wine. It’s about the human beings consuming it. The wine adds value to their get-together, their conversations, and their food. Some wines are suitable for salmon; others go well with strawberry ice cream.

The same goes for sharing data on the work floor. The information you provide people with should be useful within their specific context. And since most employees find themselves in different situations during the day, you should carefully consider your information sharing strategy. For example, email data could supplement the ‘entrée’ (mornings when employees start their day), while information about the queue might be relevant during the ‘main course’ (busy afternoons when everything is in full swing).

Help appease employees’ appetite for information

With Visual Management, you can focus on all the different ‘courses’ your employees have to deal with. A solid information sharing strategy helps coordinate your efforts: consider what’s on the ‘organizational menu’ and select relevant, actionable data that helps appease employees’ appetite for information. You’ll foster transparency and help them make well-thought-out, independent decisions!

Want to explore your Visual Management opportunities? Please don’t hesitate to contact us. We are happy to perform a Quick Scan and discuss your information sharing strategy.

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