I have been reading several research reports from both sides of the Atlantic recently that talk about how customers are starting to favour the online shopping experience over the real, in-store experience. How could this be? Haven't retailers always found that some customers prefer to see and touch products before purchasing?
Companies placing responsibility in the hands of the public is both bold and precarious. Nowhere is this more evident than in the review sections that gild the product pages of Amazon. Of course, the majority serve as a valuable steer for would-be customers. Many, however, fail to reach even the most basic criteria required.
Technology is only as good as the thinking and planning behind it; and new customer initiatives are only as good as their design and implementation. The companies that fail to understand this are risking not just money, but their reputations and livelihoods too. Good customer experience programmes can hold the key to every business's future.
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This week the government questioned Mary Portas on the progress of the review and how it's helped to revive the high street, so far. Consequently, the review hasn't been successful and MPs have claimed it was a "waste of time" and a "failure". In response, Mary Portas has stated the government is to blame due to their lack of input. What's clear is a lot of blame has been bandied about, but what's not so clear is how the high street can be saved, and if there's still hope for it.
Ultimately the in-store experience should be there to enhance customer service. These experiences should be extensions of the excellent customer care already being provided. If I visit a store to buy a pair of jeans using the Me-Ality Size-Matching Station but there is no-one to help me find the jeans or make well informed recommendations on products, what's the point?