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The NO PROBLEM – Problem!

I recently encountered a problem that I didn’t know existed. Are you aware that “NO PROBLEM” is a problem?  Specifically the term can have a negative impact on the customer experience. I was in a restaurant last week, having dinner with my family. We were eating at an earlier time, so the restaurant was relatively quiet. The couple beside us …

Why is this store SO HAPPY?

A retail store where EVERYONE is happy (including me as a customer)? How is this possible? On a busy Saturday in November (just when the Holiday shoppers are out-and-about), I encountered an assortment of Home Hardware Associates. ALL were happy, friendly, helpful, and knowledgeable. They all took initiative, and seemed to genuinely take pride in their …

IKEA I am WOWed! New President! New Customer Experience!

IKEA you have WOWed me! I didn’t know that was possible. Two places that I hate to be: Walmart – during the holiday season IKEA - on any given Saturday. I know I am not alone in this! I know, I know – so many of you are dedicated to the uber modern IKEA. Although I hate shopping at the store, I do like their furniture, and their price …

Cash Mob! 6 Business Lessons in Humanity

In Levittown, New York – there is a real “It’s a Wonderful Life” happening. For those who have seen the classic movie, you will remember that a kind and hard-working George Bailey is given something special on Christmas Eve. The townspeople arrive to show how much George means to the community, and help financially to save …

Little Things Make A BIG Difference To Customer Service!

Look out for the little BIG things that your employees do every day. Awesome customer service choices (even if small) add up. And, more importantly – they are helping you keep your business alive. Look for your hidden gems! They work hard, take pride in their work, and usually have a smile on their face. According to the Workplace Reinvention …

Awesome Customer Experience from Problem Solver at Home Depot

If you’re in the business of customer service or customer experience, you and your team can likely take a few lessons from Mostafa (aka Moose) at Home Depot in Oakville. I had the pleasure of dealing with him while purchasing a barbecue with a tight timeline. Here’s what happened, how Moose dealt with it, and what we can all learn from him. …

A store told me they don’t want my business! HuH?!

To be fair, the store didn’t directly tell me that my money wasn’t wanted, but their actions certainly made me feel that way. Here is the situation: It’s the week before Father’s Day. I’m looking for gifts, buying cards, and then….I notice the lonely music store in the mall. Is the store really lonely? Perhaps not. But when I looked …

Jeff’s GuyShop IS Customer Service!

I have to be honest. I’m not always fond of retail customer service reps. I say this even though I have worked MANY retail jobs over the years. One job WAY BACK (when I was in high school) was as a clothing sales person – and I thought the job was great. I got a decent discount on clothes, my paycheck paid for gallons of 80′s hairspray, and …