Rethinking Missing Items for Good Eggs


Rethinking Missing Items for Good Eggs

Transforming the operational process and tools used to respond to missing items


Good Eggs is an online grocery delivery service specializing in local foods. Hundreds of small local growers and producers deliver their products to Good Eggs warehouses every day, and there are always missing items due to volatile weather, oven breakdowns, etc.


Design a tool for the Good Eggs customer service team to decrease response time and improve the customer experience when items are missing from an order.


In total, our 4 customer service teams were spending at least 18 hours each day notifying customers of missing items. The original work flow was tedious, stressful, and error-prone


Lead Interaction Designer


1 Product Manager, 5 Software Engineers


Time spent resolving missing items dropped from 18+ hours per day to < 1 hour, saving at least $2k per week in labor. Morale improved on the customer service team, and customers loved the new email design.



1 – The project starting point

While shadowing the customer service team, I found that the process had 3 phases: Assign, Respond, and Confirm. Although the team had access to a missing items dashboard, it was among 4 digital tools used in a tedious process that required constant coordination.


Original missing items dashboard

Workflow and phases I uncovered


2 – Reducing steps and complexity

Using several paper prototypes, I explored different ways of automating the process and asked the customer service team for feedback. The most effective prototypes were those that condensed each phase into one step. From there, I refined the information hierarchy. I observed that team problem solving in Phase 1 was organized by missing item and in Phase 3 by customer. Concepts I tested reflected these mental models in the hierarchy of my sketches.


Testing information architecture in Phase 1

Testing layout and content for Phase 2 email

Testing Phase 3 customer-centric view


3 – Laying the foundations of a new tool

After refining the features and hierarchy with customer service, I created several iterations of wireframes with feedback from engineers. My adjustments accommodated for technical limitations related to complex sorting and data models.


Phase 1 wireframe organized by product

Form capturing information to appear in customer email

Phase 3 wireframe organized by customer


4 – Refining the tool for customer service

I then made design adjustments to reinforce the information hierarchy and polish the visual aspects of the tool. With feedback from customer service, I designed collapsing sections, highlight colors, and smart defaults.


Final interface design for Phase 1 product page

Final interface design for Phase 3 customer page


5 – Polishing the customer experience

After polishing the tool, I tackled the customer experience. The original emails sent to customers were plaintext paragraphs manually written by the customer service team. The modular email was designed to be easily scannable and to reduce engineering complexity.


Original plaintext email written manually by customer service

Final designs for modular email components capturing each use case 

Final email featuring the most common modular component


Impact – Happy Customers, Improved Morale

time & costs

Time spent resolving missing items dropped from 18+ hours per day to < 1 hour, saving at least $2k per week in labor. Costs will not increase with growth.

doubled delight

Customers were very excited about the new automated emails. Team members can now focus on problem solving and building community, which improved morale.


"Kristen understood our complex process as if she were on the Community Care team. The tool allows us to focus on the rewarding part of our jobs: building community with customers!"
—Elissa Chandler, Director of Community Care