AI Co-Pilots: Why Johnsonville Loves Lucy

Customer service chatbots are one thing, but wouldn’t every employee love their own research assistant? 

As artificial intelligence adoption grows across the consumer goods industry, natural language and generative AI platforms like ChatGPT have captured widespread attention for both their ease of use and very, very problematic capabilities. Seeking to harness AI’s benefits while avoiding potential privacy and error disasters, some CPGs are partnering to bring an “AI co-pilot” in-house.    

Johnsonville is one such company that’s providing team members with a (more trustworthy) digital assistant to hunt down those missing files and answer those pressing questions without having to hassle their colleagues. It’s partnered with solution provider Lucy for a knowledge assistant platform to more effectively wrangle and access insights across the enterprise. 

“We have a large amount of valuable knowledge across our internal shared drives and our third-party subscriptions, but these systems are vast, organized differently by department and spread out across the organization,” Karen Kraft, associate director of consumer insights and analytics at Johnsonville, tells CGT. 

As a result, employees were spending too much time tracking down the insights they needed, including pulling in other employees for help. In leveraging the Lucy assistant, they can now ask questions and receive responses in real time, as the tech scans the Johnsonville corporate knowledge ecosystem and directs them to the page, slide, or video time stamp they seek. 

Lucy has been integrated with Microsoft SharePoint, Teams, industry information websites, and vendor RSS feeds, and employees can ask questions in a private or group Teams chat, as well as on a dedicated website.  

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