Customer Service Reps

Brick-and-Mortar Key to T-Mobile's Future
August 7, 2017 at 12:54 pm

In episode 104 of Total Retail Talks, recorded at the Total Retail Talks Live! event in Seattle, Peter Francis, vice president of digital growth and acquisition for T-Mobile, discusses the role brick-and-mortar stores will play in the company's future. Francis addresses how T-Mobile views omnichannel retail, and what the company is doing to execute on…

A New Look at Customer Care: Hybrid Customer Service
July 10, 2017 at 8:53 am

"How may we assist you?” Customer service is the leading connection between a business and its customers. Providing positive experiences for customers increases the chances of receiving that customer’s ongoing business, thus providing a positive reputation for a brand. There are instances, however, when a service isn't what a customer hoped it would be. Poor…

From Drill Sergeant to Retail CEO: The Story of Grunt Style's Daniel Alarik
June 9, 2017 at 10:11 am

In episode 96 of Total Retail Talks, recorded at our live podcast event in Chicago earlier this spring, Daniel Alarik, founder and CEO of Grunt Style, an online retailer of patriotic apparel, discusses his unique career path, from a drill sergeant in the U.S. Army to the head of an online retail company. In addition,…

Hiring Oxymorons
April 19, 2017 at 7:43 pm

I’ve been in the management and customer service business for longer than I care to admit, but as the decades have rolled by, I’ve learned a thing or two about what to look for when hiring and training a stellar customer success team. And at the risk of offending sensitive ears, I think it’s worth…

1-800-Flowers.com Enhances Customer Experience With IBM Watson
January 19, 2017 at 4:50 pm

The 1-800-Flowers.com family of brands prides itself on providing superior customer experiences. To continue to meet its high customer experience standards, 1-800-Flowers.com has started using IBM's Watson technology to help shoppers throughout their purchase journeys. In this interview from the National Retail Federation's Big Show in New York City last week, Jon Mandell, vice president of…

More Retailers Agree to Halt ‘On Call’ Scheduling
December 20, 2016 at 12:06 pm

On Tuesday, six retailers agreed to stop the practice of on-call scheduling after they received inquiries about it from a group of state attorneys general. They join a growing number of retailers that have vowed to ditch on-call scheduling and give their employees more predictable hours. Aeropostale, Carter’s, David’s Tea, Disney, PacSun and Zumiez all said…

Wal-Mart Adding ‘Holiday Helpers’ to Shorten Checkout Lines
October 28, 2016 at 12:48 pm

Wal-Mart is deploying “Holiday Helpers” to all of its 4,500 or so U.S. stores during the upcoming months. These workers, clad in yellow vests to make them easily identifiable to customers, will be tasked with speeding up checkout time by, among other things, fetching items that shoppers may have forgotten, so they don’t lose their…

5 Ways to Improve Your Customers’ Experiences
October 26, 2016 at 9:57 am

This is an actual story. I’m pretty sure you’ll be able to relate: I call an online service provider and I get auto prompts requesting more information “to serve me better.” I punch in my phone number, my social security number and my account number. I follow more prompts and punch in more numbers to…

How CARiD is Winning With Gamified Customer Service
August 11, 2016 at 8:35 am

In an increasingly digital world, online retailers can stand out from the crowd by focusing on the customer experience. One way to do that is by offering superior customer service. CARiD, one of the largest online retailers of aftermarket auto parts, is doing exactly this. Gerald Major, director of client experience for CARiD, says he…