Category Archives: Chap 02 Winning Customers

How selfies have boosted industry sales by £55 million – but which industry?

You’d think it was smart phone or social media companies that have gotten a boost from selfies wouldn’t you?  They probably have.  But this recent tweet from The Grocer caught my eye – ‘Cosmetic industry sales boosted by selfies’.  Of course, … Continue reading

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Lululemon just a lemon?

I learned a new word today – “athleisure”.   This is the sector of the retail clothing market that designs and sells athletic clothing for non-athletic consumers.  It is a sector that Lululemon was in the vanguard of in the USA, so … Continue reading

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Barlows – five years on

I’ve been taking a look back at how the blog has developed over the last five years.  One of the first operators that I blogged about was Barlows – the Sheffield based shopfittters.  I then blogged about them again in … Continue reading

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Kids in Museums

I came across this Kids in Museums Manifesto and it got me thinking about order winners.   And in particular do children have different OWs to their parents or grandparents?  (Just to remind you OWs are how operations contribute to winning … Continue reading

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“Best ever complaint letters”?!*$%?

I’ve known about the ‘Virgin Atlantic: Mumbai to Heathrow Inflight Food‘ complaint letter ever since it went viral.  Indeed I used it in one of my classes.  But I have only just come across this website http://www.dearcustomerrelations.com, which was set up … Continue reading

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The new principles of brand leadership

Deloitte have studied 150 global brands across 28 countries to see how they are competing in today’s world.  At this site, you can download an executive summary of this report, or the full report. They identify operators having adopted one … Continue reading

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“Perception beats reality in pricing”

I love the headline from this Bain & Company article.  Largely because for years I have banged on about managing perception, as well as managing reality, in any service operation you might run.  For instance, one area that this is most … Continue reading

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Operations Insight: Warby Parker

Warby Parker design, manufacture and retail spectacles (eyeglasses), mainly on the internet.  They only started just over four years ago and have already sold more than 1 million pairs of glass, with an annual turnover estimated to be more than … Continue reading

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Big firms exerting their market power over payment terms

We discuss market power and the power of buyers on pages 44-46 of our book.  And one aspect of this is having an ever higher profile in this election year – how big firms make their smaller suppliers wait a … Continue reading

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Making your order winners explicit

I came across this today, stencilled on the wall of the Lakeside restaurant. It it makes explicit for all to see what the operators think are this restaurant’s order winners.  Lakeside happens to be the commercially run restaurant, where hospitality … Continue reading

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