Category Archives: Chap 08 Queuing and customers

Differentiating between “regular” and “premium” customers

There are many operations in which there are different classes of customer – such as hotels, hairdressers, and airlines.  This is based usually on how much the customer pays for different levels of service.  In many cases it is not … Continue reading

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Manage the customer experience through ‘episodes’

Interesting article from Bain & Co that explains how managing customer ‘episodes’ may be the best way for pharmaceutical companies to improve their performance.  Although it is aimed at pharma, it explains how this approach has already been successfully adopted … Continue reading

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Starbucks customers are much appier now….

Yesterday’s blog focused on the idea that you do not start with the technology, you start with what it can do for your order winners…. So it is almost unbelievable that Starbucks introduced an app that enabled off-site ordering without … Continue reading

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It’s not about running a shop, it’s about building a community

I grew up in a shop – at least in the flat over the shop my parents ran.  It was a bit like the shop in the TV sitcom ‘Open All Hours’ – except it was four times the size … Continue reading

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Amazon Go – the supermarket without queues… maybe

Today saw the launch of Amazon Go – a supermarket (or ‘convenience store’) which has no tills and no check outs.  It is fully automated.  Customers download the Amazon Go app, this is activated upon entering the store, technology monitors … Continue reading

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Research Insight: why long queues might be desirable

This article identifies that retailers should not be too worried if long queues form during seasonal sales.  This is because sales attract a different kind of shopper to those who regularly shop in the store.  Sales shoppers are more price … Continue reading

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Smart technology in shopping malls

I’ve blogged about smart technology in manufacturing, but not discussed its application in the retail setting.  This JLL Real Views article does just that.  It identifies how the following technologies are being used: Beacons – these Bluetooth devices activate customers’ … Continue reading

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Do you have a chatbot strategy?

A what?  Just in case you did not know a chatbot is “a digital service that can hold natural sounding conversations with human beings with the aim of accomplishing particular tasks, such as answering questions or enabling product purchases”.  This … Continue reading

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No brainer – customer service starts with the CEO

I love this Forbes story about Geoff Ballotti, CEO of Wyndham Hotels.  First, it emphasises something that is at the core of successful operations management – aligning the organisational culture with the strategic goals of the firm – and the … Continue reading

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Exemplars of co-creation

Co-creation is the concept that consumers are directly involved in the devising, and sometime delivery, of new products and services.  This is something that Vision Critical are interested in.  This is because this operation “provides a cloud-based customer intelligence platform that allows … Continue reading

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