Successful multichannel integration begins with operations. Customers receiving promotions encouraging them to cross channels expect universal service. In other words, if they can buy unconditionally from the catalog, Internet, and/or store, they should be able to return, exchange, and resolve any issue at any channel.
The American Customer Service Index recently released fourth quarter results. The good news is the index is at its highest overall level since 1995. Does this mean that the focus on customers is finally successful? Only if you think a score of 74 out of a possible 100 is acceptable. At best, it is a C grade; at worst, it is a C minus
Companies everywhere are struggling with the dynamics of how to profitably grow their business in a changing economy. Customers continue to demand exceptional service even when sales and profitability are declining. Employees are disgruntled, and shareholders are dismayed. Management is searching for the key to success and finding that all roads seem to lead to customer service.
Every business has slow periods. Some measure it in days, others in weeks. The dwindling sales reduce calls, packages, and productivity. The company becomes lethargic, and employees become nonchalant.
This year, try something different. Use the downtime to recharge and revitalize your organization. Here are some tips: