Launching a Ship-to-Store Capability in 5 Months

Creating a modern multi-channel consumer experience with streamlined eCommerce and a new ship-to-store capability




  • Experience Strategy
  • Product Strategy
  • Service Design
  • Business Model Innovation
  • Experience Design


Polaris, a top powersports manufacturer — well known for its industry-leading ATVs (all-terrain-vehicles), snowmobiles and motorcycles — has a rapidly growing eCommerce business focused on selling parts, garments and accessories (PG&A). To meet customers where they are (digitally and at dealers), the eCommerce team partnered with Nerdery to reinvent its omni-channel customer experience and generate additional value for its dealer network by launching a ship-to-store capability.

“The Nerdery team felt like an extension of our own as we developed solutions following a true, collaborative process. By getting to the heart of our customer experience, they helped us stand up Ship-to-Store in less than five months, and we’re seeing success already with PG&A sales steadily increasing.”

— Director, E-commerce, Polaris


Paving the Way for Efficiency and Growth

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Ship-to-store system off the ground in less than five months
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Established incremental dealer foot traffic
Cut delivery times for customers by more than half

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Business Challenge

Striking the right balance between channel partners and channel competitors has become increasingly difficult as manufacturers expand their eCommerce capabilities.

Build customer loyalty & deepen dealer-network relationships

Polaris saw this expansion as an opportunity to build customer loyalty and deepen its dealer-network relationships if it could create an industry-best eCommerce experience and add a ship-to-store capability.

Consistent, more efficient online shopping experience

Additionally, they recognized the need for a consistent, more efficient online shopping experience, as customers have come to expect with Amazon-like service.

Improve the eCommerce fulfillment experience

Polaris engaged Nerdery to improve the eCommerce fulfillment experience, not just for customers, but also for warehouse and call center employees and front-line workers at dealerships — removing friction at critical moments throughout the eCommerce ecosystem.

Strategy & Solution

Bringing the improved customer experience to life:

Created a service design blueprint and execution strategy to launch the ship-to-store capability

Streamlined customer communications by redesigning email templates and cadences to reduce confusion and increase response rates to actionable requests

Designed a user interface (UI) for the eCommerce checkout experience to allow for rapid testing of ship-to-store pilots

Worked with leaders across the department to prepare a strategic roadmap for the future

Nerdery leveraged service design principles and customer-centric thinking to make end-to-end improvements and worked collaboratively across enterprise
teams to scale improvements
throughout the eCommerce

Step 01

Nerdery conducted an objective experiential audit of the existing eCommerce customer experience for ship-to-home purchases, eBay purchases and returns.

Step 02

We then mapped the customer journey and made strategic recommendations for each stage of the three experiences.

Step 03

Finally, we designed the new ship-to-store functionality to seamlessly fit within the existing ecosystem.


Comprehensive Experience Analysis

Pressure tested every element of the eCommerce experience, mimicking all types of use cases

Strategic Roadmapping

Strategically prioritized a plan that would help build out the foundation of eCommerce work for the next year

Scalable Product Design

Designed a pilotable interface for seamless testing in selective markets while the site was live

End-to-End Service Design 

Designed the end-to-end ship-to-store capabilities from scratch, orchestrating warehouses across the country, local dealers and cross-functional teams