Customer Features

Innovating Service With Chip Bell's picture
Innovating Service With Chip Bell
I do not at all understand the mystery of grace—only that it meets us where we are but does not leave us where it found us. —Anne Lamott Howard Perdue was the owner, manager, and spiritual leader...
Taran March @ Quality Digest's picture
Taran March @ Quality Digest
I loved my Honda. Is it OK to cling to that emotion, even after a car takes its final drive and lands in a dissection yard to be pulled to pieces so other old Hondas can stay on the road? Are there...
Trevor Blumenau's picture
Trevor Blumenau
How does one define quality in the context of a warehouse? The perfect warehouse is clean, has everything in its place, and is easy to access. Your warehouse looks like the one below, right? You...
William A. Levinson's picture
William A. Levinson
The recent revelation that a major steel maker falsified test data,1 and similar scandals at other companies,2 underscores the menace of counterfeit parts, or what a 1987 Senate hearing called COME...
Annette Franz's picture
Annette Franz
When you think of the phrase “inside-out” relative to the customer experience, you probably cringe. This is not a phrase that customer experience professionals take lightly. “Inside-out” means...
Dirk Dusharme @ Quality Digest's picture
Dirk Dusharme @ Quality Digest
Our Nov. 17, 2017, episode of QDL looked at factories controlled by large-volume 3D metrology, the value (or not) of four-year degrees, and creepy Christmas. “Developing the Light-Controlled...
Innovating Service With Chip Bell's picture
Innovating Service With Chip Bell
Variation and defects. They are the bane of all manufacturing companies. They signal an absence of efficiency, a neglect of productivity, and a total disregard for cost effectiveness. Who is seen as...
Brandon McFadden's picture
Brandon McFadden
The food labeling craze coupled with banner headlines about the dangers of gluten, genetically modified organisms (GMOs), and hormones are leading to increasingly absurd results. For example,...
Christopher Martin's picture
Christopher Martin
Nearly two decades ago, rising from the ashes of the once-giant video game hardware manufacturer Sega, Microsoft debuted the Xbox and entered into the video game market with the intent of competing...
Kristine Bammert's picture
Kristine Bammert
On July 5, 2017, I was on a canal boat in Amsterdam cruising to a dinner meeting when I received a call saying, “We need immediate access to your condo; water is rushing into the street from...
Bill Kalmar's picture
Bill Kalmar
If you were born prior to the 1950s, you may remember a sitcom filmed in black and white about two New York cops and their exploits in the city. As they pursued criminals and responded to various...
Annette Franz's picture
Annette Franz
There’s a problem with journey maps? Well, not with the maps themselves but with how people talk about them. I love attending webinars and reading articles about journey mapping because I’m...
Mike Richman's picture
Mike Richman
Our most recent episode of QDL from Friday, Sept. 29, 2017. featured news, technology, and two great interviews. Let’s have a closer look: “Domestic Cars Fail to Keep Up With International...
Patricia Morrill's picture
Patricia Morrill
Do all employees in healthcare understand how their jobs link to patients in some way? If they do, then they are more likely to know the importance of service excellence. Does every leader,...
American Customer Satisfaction Index ACSI's picture
American Customer Satisfaction Index ACSI
Customer satisfaction with automobiles and light vehicles slips 1.2 percent to a score of 81 on the American Customer Satisfaction Index’s (ACSI) scale of 0 to 100. A year ago, the industry...
Dirk Dusharme @ Quality Digest's picture
Dirk Dusharme @ Quality Digest
Our Sept. 22, 2017, episode of QDL was decidely techie, covering artifical intelligence, the internet of things, Manufacturing Day, and a cool color-matching tool that uses your smart phone....
Joshua Fairfield's picture
Joshua Fairfield
Internet-enabled devices are so common, and so vulnerable, that hackers recently broke into a casino through its fish tank. The tank had internet-connected sensors measuring its temperature and...
Annette Franz's picture
Annette Franz
I recently saw an article with an image that included a quote from Antonio Banderas: “Expectation is the mother of all frustration.” Honestly, this is true in life, in all relationships....
Sangeet Paul Choudary's picture
Sangeet Paul Choudary
User-centric firms should identify and track the core actions that can make or break their businesses. Traditionally, executives have used standard metrics, such as cash flow, inventory turns,...
Innovating Service With Chip Bell's picture
Innovating Service With Chip Bell
What if you were required to fill out an online form if you wanted the phone number or address of an enterprise with which you wanted to do business? Let’s say you were driving to a meeting at...