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Sample records for superior customer service

  1. The Customer Service Experience.

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    Bell, Chip R.

    2001-01-01

    Discusses ways to embed customer service learning and customer loyalty including making customers think, examining every aspect of customers' service encounters with staff, providing follow-up, making learning fun, and involving customers in your business. (JOW)

  2. The Customer Service Experience.

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    Bell, Chip R.

    2001-01-01

    Discusses ways to embed customer service learning and customer loyalty including making customers think, examining every aspect of customers' service encounters with staff, providing follow-up, making learning fun, and involving customers in your business. (JOW)

  3. Talking about Customer Service.

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    Talley, Mary; Axelroth, Joan

    2001-01-01

    Discusses customer service in information centers and how to define it. Topics include the effects of competition, that give customers more choices; defining customers, and defining services; communications; physical environment; change, in customers and in technology; measuring customer service; and evaluating policies and procedures. (LRW)

  4. Mass Customization Services

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    Friedrich, Gerhard

    Topics of the IMCM’08 & PETO’08 and this book are: Mass customization in service, mass customizing financial services, mass customization in supply networks, implementation issues in logistics, product life cycle and mass customization. The research field of mass customization is more than 15 years...

  5. Customers' evaluation of service

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    J. Tsosa

    2002-12-01

    Full Text Available The analysis on the aspect chosen will provide an understanding and expand more on the strategic thinking that impact on corporate image on quality, customer satisfaction and loyalty for customers with varying degrees of service expertise.

  6. Focusing on customer service.

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    1996-01-01

    This booklet is devoted to a consideration of how good customer service in family planning programs can generate demand for products and services, bring customers back, and reduce costs. Customer service is defined as increasing client satisfaction through continuous concern for client preferences, staff accountability to clients, and respect for the rights of clients. Issues discussed include the introduction of a customer service approach and gaining staff commitment. The experience of PROSALUD in Bolivia in recruiting appropriate staff, supervising staff, soliciting client feedback, and marketing services is offered as an example of a successful customer service approach. The key customer service functions are described as 1) establishing a welcoming atmosphere, 2) streamlining client flow, 3) personalizing client services, and 4) organizing and providing clear information to clients. The role of the manager in developing procedures is explored, and the COPE (Client-Oriented Provider-Efficient) process is presented as a good way to begin to make improvements. Techniques in staff training in customer service include brainstorming, role playing, using case studies (examples of which are provided), and engaging in practice sessions. Training also leads to the development of effective customer service attitudes, and the differences between these and organizational/staff-focused attitudes are illustrated in a chart. The use of communication skills (asking open-ended questions, helping clients express their concerns, engaging in active listening, and handling difficult situations) is considered. Good recovery skills are important when things go wrong. Gathering and using client feedback is the next topic considered. This involves identifying, recording, and discussing customer service issues as well as taking action on these issues and evaluating the results. The booklet ends by providing a sample of customer service indicators, considering the maintenance of a

  7. New customer services

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    Münster, Marie; Møller Andersen, Frits; Meza, Maria Josefina Figueroa

    2011-01-01

    This chapter focuses on the challenge of motivating energy service customers to make best use of available smart technologies. This can be done through economic incentives, but also through information and education, regulation and reorganisation, and by improving services or customer comfort...

  8. Managing customer service.

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    Paget, Zoe

    2015-02-28

    Zoe Paget is the customer services manager at YourVets. Her role includes managing the company's call centre, social media marketing, working with the marketing department to develop customer care initiatives and reporting service levels to the company's directors. British Veterinary Association.

  9. Creating customer loyalty through service customization

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    Coelho, Pedro S.; Henseler, Jörg

    2012-01-01

    Purpose – Although practitioners and scholars alike embrace service customization as a possibly powerful management instrument, its impact on customer relationships as well as contingencies for its effective application are not well understood. Drawing from relationship marketing and exchange theory

  10. Take Five for Customer Service

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    Laura J. Ax-Fultz; Barbara E. Eshbach; Evonne N. Loomis; Miller, Richard C.

    2016-01-01

    Businesses leverage excellent customer service to improve profitability. Although not profit-driven, libraries should leverage excellent customer service to achieve their unique missions. Evaluating and improving customer service practices will help a library determine if it is successfully serving its customers. The library should review three areas to improve customer service: the physical space of the library, how library employees work with library policies, and the communication skills o...

  11. Customer Complaint Behaviour in Service

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    Tronvoll, Bård

    2008-01-01

    It is vital for every service provider to get feedback from its customers. This is especially important when a customer has perceived an unfavourable service experience. One way to receive feedback from these customers is to encourage and make it easy for them to complain. Scholarly knowledge about complaint behaviour gives the service provider valuable insight about service problems and how to improve e.g. service offerings, service processes and interactions, to increase customer satisfacti...

  12. The art of customer service.

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    Williams, Jeni

    2007-10-01

    Strategies for improving the consumer service skills of finance staff include: Hire employees who have a customer service background. Work with your human resources department to provide customer service training. Monitor new hires extensively. Offer front-end employees scripted language for situations they may face on the job. Measure the quality of customer service provided. Provide incentives for performance.

  13. Customer-to-customer roles and impacts in service encounters

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    Lee, Linda

    2016-01-01

    This thesis investigates customer-to-customer roles and impacts in the context of service encounters. This topic is studied from two angles: customer interactions during group service encounters and customer perceptions post service encounters. The first angle is a focus on group service encounters that addresses the lack of research on customer-to-customer interactions that occur in customer-to-customer interaction-intensive contexts. These are contexts where the interactions between custome...

  14. Customer-to-customer roles and impacts in service encounters

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    Lee, Linda

    2016-01-01

    This thesis investigates customer-to-customer roles and impacts in the context of service encounters. This topic is studied from two angles: customer interactions during group service encounters and customer perceptions post service encounters. The first angle is a focus on group service encounters that addresses the lack of research on customer-to-customer interactions that occur in customer-to-customer interaction-intensive contexts. These are contexts where the interactions between custome...

  15. Customer Satisfaction in Internal Customer Service : Case: Abloy Oy Internal Customer Service

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    Turunen, Susanna

    2011-01-01

    ABSTRACT Turunen, Susanna Marita 2011. Customer Satisfaction in Internal Customer Service. Case: Abloy Oy Internal Customer Service. Master’s thesis. Kemi-Tornio University of Applied Sciences. Business and Culture. Pages 73. Appendix 1. This thesis discusses and studies service quality and customer satisfaction in internal customer service. The main objective is to find out what the service quality level in the internal customer service at Abloy Oy is and whether there exists a diffe...

  16. Customer Satisfaction in Internal Customer Service : Case: Abloy Oy Internal Customer Service

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    Turunen, Susanna

    2011-01-01

    ABSTRACT Turunen, Susanna Marita 2011. Customer Satisfaction in Internal Customer Service. Case: Abloy Oy Internal Customer Service. Master’s thesis. Kemi-Tornio University of Applied Sciences. Business and Culture. Pages 73. Appendix 1. This thesis discusses and studies service quality and customer satisfaction in internal customer service. The main objective is to find out what the service quality level in the internal customer service at Abloy Oy is and whether there exists a diffe...

  17. Customer Satisfaction in Hotel Services

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    Bizi Mubiri, Joleen

    2016-01-01

    The purpose of this thesis was to investigate how customer satisfaction enhances customer loyalty in hotels. Specifically, the thesis used Lake Kivu Serena Hotel as a case study. Customer retention is achieved by involving customers in improving the quality of services offered by a hotel. Moreover, customers feel appreciated when they realize that the hotel is committed to improving their experience. Qualitative and quantitative methods of research were used to collect the data for the re-...

  18. Mass Customizing IT Service Agreements

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    Brocke, Henrik Finn; Uebernickel, Falk; Brenner, Walter

    2010-01-01

    IT service providers shall achieve both cost reduction in their IT operations and customer individuality in service agreements. This article suggests adapting the well known principle of mass customization to balance individuality and standardization in service agreements. Dependent on the commitment modularity type, its employment may not only save time and resources at the point of customer involvement but also allow the pre-engineering of repeatable processes of provisioning and IT operati...

  19. Customer service and practice profitability.

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    Levin, Roger P

    2004-06-01

    Customer service, one of the major dental practice business systems, is critical to your short- and long-term success. The world will keep changing, but customer service is not a fad that can go out of style. If anything, it becomes even more important, year after year, as your customers expect more service and better treatment. Your goal is to provide extensive customer service, with 100% of patients enjoying a great experience every single time they interact with your practice. The "Wow" experience helps your practice grow. You want your patients to become your friends. Why? Because friends refer friends. When your patients become your friends, higher profitability is the inevitable result.

  20. Take Five for Customer Service

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    Laura J. Ax-Fultz

    2016-05-01

    Full Text Available Businesses leverage excellent customer service to improve profitability. Although not profit-driven, libraries should leverage excellent customer service to achieve their unique missions. Evaluating and improving customer service practices will help a library determine if it is successfully serving its customers. The library should review three areas to improve customer service: the physical space of the library, how library employees work with library policies, and the communication skills of the library staff. By using the Take Five model, the library can make immediate, no-cost changes or plan for future improvements by taking just five minutes, every day, to assess specific areas. Over a few weeks or months, these small changes will result in better customer service.

  1. Customer Service in Ontario's Colleges

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    Keith, John

    2005-01-01

    No doubt there are detractors who cringe at the prospect of connecting the term customer service with an institution of higher education. Some may consider the term demeaning. However, given the college funding crisis and current economic climate, a quality customer service strategy is a prudent adjunct to any marketing activity undertaken. It is…

  2. Managing Customer Participation and Customer Interactions in Service Delivery: the Case of Museums and Educational Services

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    Marlene Amorim; Maria João Rosa; Sandra Santos

    2014-01-01

      Background and Purpose - In this study we investigate determinants of customers' quality perceptions in service processes which involve customer participation and customer to customer interaction (CCI...

  3. Customer satisfaction toward TrueMove customer service

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    Raja Abbas, Haider; Koobgrabe, Chokaew; Chutima, Punyanuch

    2008-01-01

    Title: Customer Satisfaction toward TrueMove Customer Service Problem Statement: How are TrueMove customers satisfied with the customer service provided at TrueMove shops in Bangkok? Purpose: To evaluate “whether” and “how” TrueMove customers are satisfied or dissatisfied with the customer service provided at TrueMove shops in the Bangkok region with the help of evaluation of service quality by customers of the shop. Theory and Methods: The research bases mainly on quantitative method; that i...

  4. Process Improvement: Customer Service.

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    Cull, Donald

    2015-01-01

    Utilizing the comment section of patient satisfaction surveys, Clark Memorial Hospital in Jeffersonville, IN went through a thoughtful process to arrive at an experience that patients said they wanted. Two Lean Six Sigma tools were used--the Voice of the Customer (VoC) and the Affinity Diagram. Even when using these tools, a facility will not be able to accomplish everything the patient may want. Guidelines were set and rules were established for the Process Improvement Team in order to lessen frustration, increase focus, and ultimately be successful. The project's success is driven by the team members carrying its message back to their areas. It's about ensuring that everyone is striving to improve the patients' experience by listening to what they say is being done right and what they say can be done better. And then acting on it.

  5. 7 CFR 1230.7 - Customs Service.

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    2010-01-01

    ... 7 Agriculture 10 2010-01-01 2010-01-01 false Customs Service. 1230.7 Section 1230.7 Agriculture... CONSUMER INFORMATION Pork Promotion, Research, and Consumer Information Order Definitions § 1230.7 Customs Service. Customs Service means the United States Customs Service of the United States Department...

  6. 7 CFR 1207.313 - Customs Service.

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    2010-01-01

    ... 7 Agriculture 10 2010-01-01 2010-01-01 false Customs Service. 1207.313 Section 1207.313... PLAN Potato Research and Promotion Plan Definitions § 1207.313 Customs Service. Customs Service means the United States Customs Service of the United States Department of the Treasury. National...

  7. 7 CFR 1260.129 - Customs Service.

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    2010-01-01

    ... 7 Agriculture 10 2010-01-01 2010-01-01 false Customs Service. 1260.129 Section 1260.129... Promotion and Research Order Definitions § 1260.129 Customs Service. Customs Service means the United States Customs Service of the United States Department of the Treasury....

  8. 47 CFR 32.6623 - Customer services.

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    2010-10-01

    ... 47 Telecommunication 2 2010-10-01 2010-10-01 false Customer services. 32.6623 Section 32.6623... FOR TELECOMMUNICATIONS COMPANIES Instructions for Expense Accounts § 32.6623 Customer services. (a... includes: (1) Initiating customer service orders and records; (2) Maintaining and billing customer accounts...

  9. Customer service providers' attitudes relating to customer service and customer satisfaction in the customer-server exchange.

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    Susskind, Alex M; Kacmar, K Michele; Borchgrevink, Carl P

    2003-02-01

    The authors proposed and tested a model describing the relationship between customer service providers' perceptions and attitudes toward their service-related duties and their customers' perceptions of satisfaction with their service experiences. Results indicated that the perception of having standards for service delivery in an organization is strongly related to line-level employees' perceptions of support from coworkers and supervisors. Perceived support from coworkers was significantly related to service providers' customer orientation, whereas perceived support from supervisors showed a weaker relationship to a customer orientation. Ultimately, service providers' customer orientation was strongly related to customers' satisfaction with service. Finally, a set of post hoc analyses indicated that coworker and supervisory support explained a greater proportion of incremental variance in the model than did perceived organizational support alone.

  10. Customer service in equine veterinary medicine.

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    Blach, Edward L

    2009-12-01

    This article explores customer service in equine veterinary medicine. It begins with a discussion about the differences between customers and clients in veterinary medicine. An overview of the nature of the veterinary-client-patient relationship and its effects on the veterinarian's services sheds light on how to evaluate your customer service. The author reviews a study performed in 2007 that evaluated 24 attributes of customer service and their importance to clients of equine veterinarians in their decision to select a specific veterinarian or hospital. The article concludes with an overview of how to evaluate your customer service in an effort to optimize your service to achieve customer loyalty.

  11. CUSTOMER SERVICES AND PRODUCT QUALITY

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    NEAMŢU Liviu

    2013-04-01

    Full Text Available Objective level of product is a combination of material elements. They are supplemented by satisfying highly heterogeneous and complex motivations, representing highly diverse subjective functions associated to product until individualization for each type of consumption. Thus it observes highly surprising developments of subjective function associated with a product and which determines in the consumer's opinion the quality level of the product. The present study examines the role of associated services covering the subjective function of the product in view of the fact that the utility or subjective function is dependent on elements such as style, fashion and fads. Consumers will no longer accept products with average quality of related services. For a company that wants to stay in the market and achieve profitability, the only solution is moving towards a complete product package type goods-services. Associated services are thus an indicator of quality and the best customer loyalty insurance policy, there is a close relationship between the quality of services provided by a firm, customer satisfaction and company profitability.

  12. Integrated Multichannel Customer Service Plan For Stark

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    Oinasmaa, Roosa

    2016-01-01

    The main objective of this thesis was to introduce three compatible integrated customer service templates for Stark according to the needs and wants of the customer service department. These providers all offer integrated technological solutions for multichannel services. This was done in order to improve work efficiency and thus have a positive effect on the customer experience. The purpose of the thesis was to find out what tools and programs the customer service representatives and the hea...

  13. A Customer Ecosystem Perspective on Service

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    Voima, PÀivi; Heinonen, kristina; Strandvik, Tore; Mickelsson, Karl-Jacob; Arantola-Hattab, Leena Johanna

    2011-01-01

    This paper conceptualises customer ecosystems, which are defined as systems of actors related to the customer that are relevant concerning a specific service. Moving from provider-driven dyads and service systems to customer ecosystems, the paper uncovers multiple implications for service marketers regarding the definition of the customer, configurations of value units, scope of value formation, as well as relevant actor systems. The paper extends the perspective on service and suggests impli...

  14. Analysis of Customer Loyalty through Total Quality Service, Customer Relationship Management and Customer Satisfaction

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    Binsar Kristian P., Feliks Anggia; Panjaitan, Hotman

    2014-01-01

    This research talks about total quality service and customer relationship management effects toward customer satisfaction and its impact on customer loyalty. Fast food restaurant KFC, always strives to continue to make improvements in total quality service, so that customer satisfaction can be maintained, which in turn will have an impact on…

  15. Determinants of customer satisfaction with service encounter

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    Ariana Nefat; Nika Paus

    2008-01-01

    Service encounters are the focal point of a customer’s perception of a service in terms of its quality, value and customer satisfaction. The paper researches the influence of the components of a service encounter on customer satisfaction. Among several factors that determine customer satisfaction the quality of service, which is related to the characteristics of service, plays an important role. However, a direct insight into the reasons that make a service encounter satisfactory or unsatisfa...

  16. Improving managed care value through customer service.

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    Tomczyk, Dennis J

    2002-06-01

    The ability of managed care providers to deliver high-quality customer service to managed care customers depends on their adoption of basic customer-service principles. To apply these principles effectively, providers need to understand and work to exceed the particular needs and expectations of these customers, which include boards of directors, senior executives, physicians, healthcare providers, clinical and patient financial services managers and staff, employers, brokers, and patients. Although these needs and expectations can be predicted to some extent, providers would be wise to implement regular surveys of customers and an open procedure for soliciting customer feedback about service issues. Better customer service for the broad range of managed care customers translates into higher levels of employer and patient satisfaction, which ultimately benefits providers.

  17. Batching System for Superior Service

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    2001-01-01

    Veridian's Portable Batch System (PBS) was the recipient of the 1997 NASA Space Act Award for outstanding software. A batch system is a set of processes for managing queues and jobs. Without a batch system, it is difficult to manage the workload of a computer system. By bundling the enterprise's computing resources, the PBS technology offers users a single coherent interface, resulting in efficient management of the batch services. Users choose which information to package into "containers" for system-wide use. PBS also provides detailed system usage data, a procedure not easily executed without this software. PBS operates on networked, multi-platform UNIX environments. Veridian's new version, PBS Pro,TM has additional features and enhancements, including support for additional operating systems. Veridian distributes the original version of PBS as Open Source software via the PBS website. Customers can register and download the software at no cost. PBS Pro is also available via the web and offers additional features such as increased stability, reliability, and fault tolerance.A company using PBS can expect a significant increase in the effective management of its computing resources. Tangible benefits include increased utilization of costly resources and enhanced understanding of computational requirements and user needs.

  18. Improving Customer Service in Elderly Care

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    Nielsen, Chris

    2015-01-01

    The elderly care sector is increasingly facing more competition and demanding customers. This leads to a growing pressure on elderly care home providers to find new and improved solutions that will enhance their level of customer service. The will ensure that the elderly service provider is remaining competitive in the elderly care service marketplace. The purpose of this thesis is to identify areas for improvements and propose implementable solutions for enhancing the elderly care custom...

  19. Sharpen customer service skills with PCRAFT Pursuit.

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    Dologite, Kimberly A; Willner, Kathleen C; Klepeiss, Debra J; York, Susan A; Cericola, Lisa M

    2003-01-01

    Traditional approaches to teaching customer service skills do not involve participant interaction, nor do they provide a fun and relaxed atmosphere for learning. This article describes the development of PCRAFT Pursuit, an innovative game used to teach customer service skills. The development process began with concerns identified through patient satisfaction surveys. The implementation of this game became an integral component of education to improve customer service skills of staff throughout the hospital network.

  20. Customers' Satisfaction Survey on Medical Service

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    LIU Guiying

    2002-01-01

    Introducing the service concept of service industry to medical industry, combining characteristics of medical health service and quoting theory of optimization management of service industry, this survey forwards optimization strategy providing satisfied medical service to customers:with optimization strategy on administration of medical staff and strategy of Zero Fault, the commitments comply with service.

  1. A Determination Method of Optimal Customization Degree of Logistics Service Supply Chain with Mass Customization Service

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    Weihua Liu

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Customization degree is a very important field of mass customization. Its improvement could enhance customer satisfaction and further increase customer demand while correspondingly it will increase service price and decrease customer satisfaction and demand. Therefore this paper discusses how to deal with such issues in logistics service supply chain (LSSC with a logistics service integrator (LSI and a customer. With the establishment of customer demand function for logistics services and profit functions of the LSI and the customer, three different decision modes are proposed (i.e., customization degree dominated by LSI, customization degree dominated by customer, and customization degree decided by concentrated supply chain; many interesting findings are achieved. Firstly, to achieve customization cooperation between LSI and customer, measures should be taken to make the unit increase cost of the customized logistics services lower than a certain value. Secondly, there are differences between the optimal customization degree dominated by LSI and that dominated by customer. And in both cases, the dominator could realize more profit than the follower. Thirdly, with the profit secondary distribution strategy, the modified decentralized decision mode could accomplish the maximum profit achieved in centralized decision mode and meanwhile get the optimal customization degree.

  2. 76 FR 24339 - Streamlining Service Delivery and Improving Customer Service

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    2011-05-02

    ... standards and expectations, including, where appropriate, performance goals for customer service required by...; and (f) identifying ways to use innovative technologies to accomplish the customer service activities... Office of Science and Technology Policy shall assist and support agencies in developing customer service...

  3. How to improve logistics customer service (LCS)?%How to improve logistics customer service (LCS) ?

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    邓姝琍

    2007-01-01

    logistics customer service (LCS) plays a very important role in logistics activity. How to improve logistics customer service (LCS)is a very urgent problem to firms. There are four solutions to solve this problem.

  4. Customer Service: insourcing or outsourcing? An Analysis of Customer Satisfaction

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    Barbosa, Thaiis Aparecido Cansado; MINCIOTTI, Silvio Augusto

    2007-01-01

    Nowadays customers have a growing knowledge of their strong decision purchase power and Consumer protection laws are very active. Therefore, Customer Service (CS) is assuming an important position inside the enterprises. This article is an attempt to verify if outsourcing interferes on Call Center customers’ perceived quality. An exploratory research was carried out considering 184 interviewers and 55 enterprises indicated by themselves. All results were treated by Statistical analysis techni...

  5. Reverse logistics for recycling: The customer service

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    Reis, E.

    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available Customer service is a central concern in the logistics practice and a study topic in the forward logistics research. This article investigates the elements of customer service and their importance in reverse logistics for recycling. Since consumer is the first intervenient in any reverse system that aims to recycle household residues, the provision of an adequate customer service gains an increased importance. Applying multivariate statistical methods (exploratory factor analysis, confirmatory factor analysis and discriminant analysis to the data from a sample of 267 Portuguese citizens, this study identifies the levels of customer service in this reverse logistics chain and evaluates their relative importance in achieving consumers’ participation. The study finds that, as in forward logistics, the customer service in reverse channels for recycling also has a hard and a soft level, being the former more important than the later. The results of this research suggest important guidelines to improve such a complex logistics service.

  6. The Customer's Role in New Service Development

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    Sandén, Bodil

    2007-01-01

    Given today’s industry dynamics, new service development is becoming increasingly important to the competitiveness, growth, and survival of organizations. Unfortunately, new service development has proven to be a complex and difficult task. Numerous reasons are stated in the literature such as the difficulty of understanding and anticipating latent customer needs and insufficient market research techniques. To facilitate proactive learning about the customer, recent findings stress customer i...

  7. Provider Customer Service Program - Performance Data

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    U.S. Department of Health & Human Services — CMS is continuously analyzing performance and quality of the Provider Customer Service Programs (PCSPs) of the contractors and will be identifying trends and making...

  8. Customers as Partners in Radical Service Innovation

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    Scupola, Ada; Nicolajsen, Hanne Westh

    2009-01-01

      Purpose- The main purpose of this paper is to investigate customer involvement and related challenges in radical service innovations in engineering consulting services Design/methodology/approach - The paper uses a case study approach and so called rich descriptions to investigate customer invo...

  9. CUSTOMER IMPORTANCE RATING OF SERVICE QUALITY DIMENSIONS FOR AUTOMOBILE SERVICE

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    SATYENDRA SHARMA

    2014-12-01

    Full Text Available Customers are the center of an organization’s universe: they define quality. They expect performance, reliability, responsiveness, competitive prices, on-time delivery, service, clear and correct transaction processing and more. Customer satisfaction/Service quality management has become a strategic imperative for most firms. In the present circumstances, it is vital to measure customer perceptions and how well the company delivers on the critical factors/dimensions of the business. The main objective of this paper is to be acquainted with customer importance rating of service quality dimensions or Voice of Customers for an Automobile service centre. A questionnaire has been used for the purpose.

  10. The use of Prezi for customer journeys and customer service excellence

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    Morgan, JL

    2012-01-01

    As part of Leeds Metropolitan University Libraries and Learning Innovation’s (LLI) commitment to customer service and the revalidation of its Customer Service Excellence (CSE) award, we were looking for a new way to present the ‘customer journeys’ that customers take when using our services. Customer journeys are defined as ‘a method of identifying the key processes that the customer encounters when they interact with the organisation’ (Customer Service Excellence, 2012a.) We wanted to use th...

  11. Service quality and switching behavior of customers

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    Arup Kumar Baksi

    2011-10-01

    Full Text Available The dimensions of service quality and their relationship with the behavioral pattern of customers have received immense importance in the banking sector. The relational impact of service quality on customers’ propensity to switch from their banking service provider, is therefore, very much relevant. Empirical studies have revealed that there is a significant relationship between retention of customers and profitability. Therefore, to have an understanding of the behavioral pattern of the customers with respect to their intention to defect from their bank is financially justified. This paper investigates the relationship between service quality and switching behavior of customers in the context of the largest nationalized bank of India –State Bank of India (SBI for two of their branches in sub-urban West Bengal namely Bolpur and Santiniketan.

  12. Employee retention: a customer service approach.

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    Gerson, Richard F

    2002-01-01

    Employee retention is a huge problem. There are staff shortages in radiology because not enough people are entering the profession; too many people are leaving the profession for retirement, higher-paying jobs or jobs with less stress; and there are not enough opportunities for career advancement. Staff shortages are exacerbated by difficulty in retaining people who enter the profession. While much work has been focused on recruitment and getting more people "in the front door," I suggest that the bulk of future efforts be focused on employee retention and "closing the back door." Employee retention must be an ongoing process, not a program. Approaches to employee retention that focus on external things, i.e., things that the company can do to or for the employee, generally are not successful. The truth is that employee retention processes must focus on what the employee gets out of the job. The process must be a benefits-based approach that helps employees answer the question, "What's in it for me?" The retention processes must be ongoing and integrated into the daily culture of the company. The best way to keep your employees is to treat them like customers. Customer service works for external customers. We treat them nicely. We work to satisfy them. We help them achieve their goals. Why not do the same for our employees? If positive customer service policies and practices can satisfy and keep external customers, why not adapt these policies and practices for employees? And, there is a service/satisfaction link between employee retention and higher levels of customer satisfaction. Customers prefer dealing with the same employees over and over again. Employee turnover destroys a customer's confidence in the company. Just like a customer does not want to have to "train and educate" a new provider, they do not want to do the same for your "revolving door" employees. So, the key is to keep employees so they in turn will help you keep your customers. Because the

  13. 78 FR 32461 - Verizon Services Corporation, Customer Service Clerk, General Clerk, Clarksburg, West Virginia...

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    2013-05-30

    ... Employment and Training Administration Verizon Services Corporation, Customer Service Clerk, General Clerk... workers and former workers of Verizon Services Corporation, Customer Service Clerk, General Clerk.... Workers of Verizon Services Corporation's Customer Service Clerk, General Clerk business unit at...

  14. Educational Technology Services, Customer Services Team. Final Report.

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    Gruhn, Bill; Keys, Terry; Bates, Pat; Cheasty, Diane; Christian, Marilyn; Cunningham, Bob; Ferguson, Bianca; Lewis, Millie; Mancuso, Ellen; Ryther, Dick; Weidel, Pam

    The report describes the evaluations of the current practices of Educational Technology Services (ETS) at Monroe Community College (New York) by the Customer Service Team. ETS provides all aspects of technology support to the College. The "customers" of ETS include students, faculty and staff. With the goal of developing a Customer…

  15. Determinants of customer satisfaction with service encounter

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    Ariana Nefat

    2008-12-01

    Full Text Available Service encounters are the focal point of a customer’s perception of a service in terms of its quality, value and customer satisfaction. The paper researches the influence of the components of a service encounter on customer satisfaction. Among several factors that determine customer satisfaction the quality of service, which is related to the characteristics of service, plays an important role. However, a direct insight into the reasons that make a service encounter satisfactory or unsatisfactory is provided by the critical incident technique, where causes of dis/satisfaction differ primarily depending on whether they derive from interpersonal contact or from contact with technology. The evidence of service, which includes people, process and the physical evidence, plays a critical role in a customer’s dis/satisfaction. The influence of these elements cannot be observed separately; it must be observed in their interaction during the delivery of service and their strongest effect is achieved during face-to-face service encounters that have the characteristics of a theatre metaphor. Even though a high level of satisfaction may be achieved after the recovery of a service, enterprises should aim to conduct excellent service encounters right from the start.

  16. Apparel Merchandising Students Learn Customer Service Strategies while Conducting Research.

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    Paulins, V, Ann

    2000-01-01

    Apparel merchandising students participated in a cooperative research project in which they observed customer service techniques by posing as customers in retail stores. The project taught research processes, collaboration, and principles of customer service. (SK)

  17. Apparel Merchandising Students Learn Customer Service Strategies while Conducting Research.

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    Paulins, V, Ann

    2000-01-01

    Apparel merchandising students participated in a cooperative research project in which they observed customer service techniques by posing as customers in retail stores. The project taught research processes, collaboration, and principles of customer service. (SK)

  18. customer-teller scheduling system for optimizing banks service

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    Customer satisfaction is a concern to service industries as customers expect to be served promptly ... els Bank Teller scheduling system for optimizing a Banks customer service. The ...... of Terminology, Trends and Application to. Pharmacy ...

  19. 7 CFR 1767.29 - Customer service and informational expenses.

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    2010-01-01

    ... 7 Agriculture 12 2010-01-01 2010-01-01 false Customer service and informational expenses. 1767.29... System of Accounts § 1767.29 Customer service and informational expenses. The customer service and informational expense accounts identified in this section shall be used by all RUS borrowers. Customer Service...

  20. Make customer service a priority.

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    2017-09-02

    BVA has partnered with Moneypenny, one of the UK's leading outsourced communications providers, to provide members with an effective way to respond to client calls. Moneypenny talked to Pauline Sloan, receptionist at Village Vets in East Lothian, about her practice's experience of using their service. British Veterinary Association.

  1. Achieve inventory reduction and improve customer service?

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    Moody, M C

    2000-05-01

    Is it really possible to achieve significant reductions in your manufacturing inventories while improving customer service? If you really want to achieve significant inventory reductions, focus on the root causes, and develop countermeasures and a work plan, to execute your countermeasures. Include measurements for recording your progress, and deploy your countermeasures until they are no longer required, or until new ones are needed.

  2. Comprehensive Family Services and Customer Satisfaction Outcomes

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    Huebner, Ruth A.; Jones, Blake L.; Miller, Viola P.; Custer, Melba; Critchfield, Becky

    2006-01-01

    Comprehensive Family Services (CFS) is a strengths-based and partnership-oriented approach to casework implemented through multiple initiatives. This study examines the relationship between the practice of CFS and satisfaction of clients, foster parents, and community partners. CFS indicators are paired with statewide customer satisfaction survey…

  3. Comprehensive Family Services and Customer Satisfaction Outcomes

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    Huebner, Ruth A.; Jones, Blake L.; Miller, Viola P.; Custer, Melba; Critchfield, Becky

    2006-01-01

    Comprehensive Family Services (CFS) is a strengths-based and partnership-oriented approach to casework implemented through multiple initiatives. This study examines the relationship between the practice of CFS and satisfaction of clients, foster parents, and community partners. CFS indicators are paired with statewide customer satisfaction survey…

  4. 14 CFR 259.5 - Customer service plan.

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    ... customer service from code-share partners; (11) Ensuring responsiveness to customer complaints; and (12... 14 Aeronautics and Space 4 2010-01-01 2010-01-01 false Customer service plan. 259.5 Section 259.5... REGULATIONS ENHANCED PROTECTIONS FOR AIRLINE PASSENGERS § 259.5 Customer service plan. (a) Adoption of...

  5. Customer service in libraries best practices

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    Harmon, Charles

    2013-01-01

    In this book, nine librarians from across the country describe their libraries' best practices in this key area. Their contributions range from all-encompassing customer service policies and models any library can both adapt and be proud of to micro-approaches that emphasize offering excellent user-focused technology planning, picture book arrangement with patrons in mind, Web 2.0 tools to connect users with the library, establishing good service delivery chains, and making your library fantastic for homeschoolers.

  6. EVALUATING CUSTOMER-PERCEIVED SERVICE QUALITY AND CUSTOMER SATISFACTION IN THE NIGERIAN BANKING INDUSTRY

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    Dr. Moguluwa Shed Chinwuba; Ode Egene

    2013-01-01

    Keeping in view the significance of customer perceived quality in todays competitive banking environment, the study was designed to evaluate customer-perceived service quality and customer satisfaction in the Nigerian banking industry. This research focused on the measurement of customer satisfaction through delivery of service quality in the banking sector in Nigeria. A quantitative research was used to study the relationship between service quality dimensions and customer satisfaction. Find...

  7. Customer satisfaction's metrics in service organizations

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    Pantouvakis, A.; Krystallis, Athanasios

    Purpose: The present study attempts to bring together and combine the "Nordic" dimensions of service quality with the overall satisfaction received from the service. A relationship satisfaction measurement instrument is introduced to investigate and deploy the significant factors that contribute...... to customers' overall satisfaction. Methodology/ Approach: The results are based on a questionnaire survey in 9 major Greek Public hospitals answered by 1298 respondents. Dimensions of satisfaction are derived and confirmed with CFA whereas a multinomial logistic regression model provides evidence on its...... predictive ability to overall satisfaction. Finally, the relationship between the derived factors and socio-demographic characteristics is also examined. Findings: On the basis of the results presented qualitative and empirical evidence is provided that customer satisfaction and service quality are multi...

  8. Customer satisfaction measurement in emergency medical services.

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    Kuisma, Markku; Määttä, Teuvo; Hakala, Taisto; Sivula, Tommi; Nousila-Wiik, Maria

    2003-07-01

    The annual patient volume in emergency medical services (EMS) systems is high worldwide. However, there are no comprehensive studies on customer satisfaction for EMS. The authors report how a customer satisfaction survey on EMS patients was conducted, the results, and the possible causes for dissatisfaction. Two prospective customer satisfactions surveys were conducted in an urban EMS system. Consecutive patients treated by EMS received a postal questionnaire approximately two weeks after service. Satisfaction was measured in a scale from 1 (very poor) to 5 (excellent). Neither EMS personnel nor patients were made aware prospectively that patient satisfaction would be measured. Response rates to the surveys were 36.8% (432/1,175) in 2000 and 40.0% (464/1,150) in 2002. The mean general grades for the service were 4.6 and 4.5, respectively. Patients reported the highest degree of dissatisfaction when they were not taken to their hospital of choice, when they perceived that the paramedics were not able to meet their needs, and when paramedics did not introduce themselves or communicate directly with the patient's relatives. In high-volume calls (i.e., frequent chief complaints), the general satisfaction was highest in patients with arrhythmias, breathing difficulties, and hypoglycemia. Patients with drug overdose included the highest proportion of unsatisfied patients. None of the background variables (e.g., gender, transport decision, working shift) was statistically related to general patient satisfaction. This study shows that customer satisfaction surveys can be successfully conducted for EMS. EMS systems should consider routinely using customer satisfaction surveys as a tool for quality measurement and improvement.

  9. 47 CFR 76.309 - Customer service obligations.

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    ... 47 Telecommunication 4 2010-10-01 2010-10-01 false Customer service obligations. 76.309 Section 76... MULTICHANNEL VIDEO AND CABLE TELEVISION SERVICE General Operating Requirements § 76.309 Customer service obligations. (a) A cable franchise authority may enforce the customer service standards set forth in paragraph...

  10. Mass Customization's implication on after-sales services

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    Oddsson, Gudmundur Valur; Christensen, Tim Teglgaard; Hvam, Lars

    2007-01-01

    In many years’ service operations management literature has been focusing on advocating for customized service products for customers. The problem is that every customized product should be supported by a unique service operation. To increase the problem these services are often characterised...

  11. 7 CFR 1212.32 - United States Customs Service.

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    2010-01-01

    ... 7 Agriculture 10 2010-01-01 2010-01-01 false United States Customs Service. 1212.32 Section 1212... § 1212.32 United States Customs Service. “United States Customs Service” or “Customs” means the United States Customs and Border Protection, an agency of the Department of Homeland Security. Honey Packers...

  12. Relationship marketing and customer loyalty:a customer service approach in nigerian companies. in nigerian companies

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    Olumoko,Tajudeen .A.

    2010-12-01

    Full Text Available This paper examines relationship marketing and customer loyalty from the approach of customer service-using some selected companies in Nigeria as a case study. The study clarifies the role of relationship marketing in customer services toward the achievement of customer loyalty via customer services among a sample of some selected companies in Nigeria. The study is a survey which uses a literature based research instrument [questionnaire] to measure the application of relationship marketing in customer services to achieve customer loyalty. Structured, close ended questions were used to collect primary data from the respondents. A six point likert scale ranging from “very high extent” to “no extent at all” was used to measure the level of the application of relationship marketing through customer services that aid customer loyalty. 2,400 respondents were selected based on convenience sampling method and stratified into the categories of Manufacturing, Service and Others, operating in Nigeria. Data were analyzed using descriptive statistics and chi-square analysis. The research instrument shared high reliability and validity. The major findings of the study were as follows: In Nigeria, there is significant relationship between relationship marketing practice in customer service operation and customer loyalty, relationship marketing can be used to increase sales through customer loyalty via effective customer services and that relationship marketing has positive effect on customer satisfaction and organizational profitability.

  13. SERVICE QUALITY AS A PREDICTOR OF CUSTOMER SATISFACTION AND CUSTOMER LOYALTY

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    Azman Ismail

    2016-12-01

    Full Text Available Background: Service quality, customer satisfaction and customer loyalty have received a special attention in the recent health sector literature. The aim of this study was to examine the correlation between service quality and customer satisfaction as well as the correlation between service quality and customer loyalty. Methods: The self-report questionnaires gathered from patients at army medical centres in West Malaysia were used for this purpose. Results: The outcomes of SmartPLS path model analysis showed that service quality dimensions, namely tangible, reliability, responsiveness, assurance and empathy were significantly correlated with customer satisfaction and customer loyalty. Conclusions: This finding confirms that the capability of service providers to appropriately implement the quality dimensions in providing medical services has enhanced customer satisfaction and customer loyalty in the organizational sample.

  14. Critical Factors of Customer Satisfaction in Ethiopian Service Sector

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    Rajasekhara Mouly Potluri; V.S. Mangnale

    2011-01-01

    ... (300 male and 300 female) in the Addis Ababa region collected the opinions on service interaction, service delivery process, customer complaint handling procedure, overall satisfaction levels and also customers opinion...

  15. Expectations and experiences of customers in formal full service ...

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    Expectations and experiences of customers in formal full service restaurants in Port ... the significance of difference between experienced and expected service quality, and ... to identify areas of improvement and increase customer satisfaction.

  16. Marketing of financial services and customer loyalty in the Nigerian ...

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    Marketing of financial services and customer loyalty in the Nigerian banking sector. ... that banks must invest more in financial service marketing strategies that would help to keep their customers. ... EMAIL FULL TEXT EMAIL FULL TEXT

  17. SERVICE QUALITY AS A PREDICTOR OF CUSTOMER SATISFACTION AND CUSTOMER LOYALTY

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    Azman Ismail; Yusrizal Sufardi Mohd Yunan

    2016-01-01

    Background: Service quality, customer satisfaction and customer loyalty have received a special attention in the recent health sector literature. The aim of this study was to examine the correlation between service quality and customer satisfaction as well as the correlation between service quality and customer loyalty. Methods: The self-report questionnaires gathered from patients at army medical centres in West Malaysia were used for this purpose. Results: The outcomes of Smar...

  18. How to get the customer service your practice deserves.

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    Cavallo, Nancy

    2009-01-01

    What is good customer service, and how can office managers and others who deal with medical supply distributors get the customer service they deserve? This article covers the basics of good customer service, including examples of companies known for putting the customer first-Nordstrom, Disney, Johnson &Johnson, and VaxServe. Helpful tips on what to look for in a distributor include personalized service, cost considerations, dedication, knowledge, experience, helpfulness, openness, reliability, and compatibility.

  19. Customer participation in service production and delivery system

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    Sridhar, M. S.

    1998-01-01

    Highlights significance of designing service delivery system, explains the integral role of customer in service production process, stresses the importance of customer-organisation interface, lists important ingredients of service package to be considered while designing customer interface, enumerates various dimensions of customer interface which can be positively made use of in design of service production and delivery system, discusses various ways and means of inducing and enhancing custo...

  20. Customer service of convenience stores / by K. Kleynhans

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    Kleynhans, Karin Belinda Margerete

    2008-01-01

    This study researches the topic customer service of convenience sores. Two objectives are set, namely to measure the customer service levels of convenience stores, and then to determine if any differences exist between customer perceptions and customer expectations. The literature review covers two models of service quality, namely the Kano model and the SERVQUAL model. Both the Kano model and the SERVQUAL model are client service models that currently exist in practice. The Kano model pro...

  1. IT-Driven Customer Service or Customer-Driven IT Service: Does IT Matter?

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    Damsgaard, J.; Hørlück, J.; Jensen, Christian Søndergaard

    2005-01-01

    IT service and customer service into one powerful business development department. The creation of a central department had been extremely successful during the radical changes that Nykredit had been forced into during the 1990s. But could the success of the past be extended into the future? The public...

  2. 47 CFR 76.1602 - Customer service-general information.

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    ... 47 Telecommunication 4 2010-10-01 2010-10-01 false Customer service-general information. 76.1602... MULTICHANNEL VIDEO AND CABLE TELEVISION SERVICE Notices § 76.1602 Customer service—general information. (a) A cable franchise authority may enforce the customer service standards set forth in paragraph (b) of this...

  3. 78 FR 14359 - Verizon Business Networks Services, Inc., Specialist-Tech Customer Service, Philadelphia, PA...

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    2013-03-05

    ... Employment and Training Administration Verizon Business Networks Services, Inc., Specialist-Tech Customer Service, Philadelphia, PA; Verizon Business Networks Services, Inc., Specialist-Tech Customer Service..., 2012, applicable to workers of Verizon Business Networks Services, Inc., Order Management...

  4. CUSTOMERS' EXPECTATIONS AND EXPERIENCES WITHIN CHOSEN ASPECTS OF LOGISTIC CUSTOMER SERVICE QUALITY

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    Marta Kadłubek

    2015-06-01

    Full Text Available The article presents chosen aspects of logistic customer service quality. In the first part of the paper, the authors describe theoretical issues of logistics service quality and Servqual method. The reference of chosen theoretical aspects of logistic service quality in relation to Servqual method and their presentation and analysis afterwards on practical example is the main aim of the article. Customers' expectations and experiences towards the logistics customer service were examined as two fundamental areas which allow for recognizing the quality aspects of the customer service in commercial cargo motor transport enterprises. Evaluation of the level of customers' expectations and perception toward particular elements of logistic customer service offered to 294 customers by 147 Polish commercial cargo motor transport enterprises was realized.

  5. Role Of Perceived Value, Customer Expectation, Corporate Image And Perceived Service Quality On The Customer Satisfaction

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    Rizwan Ali; Gao Leifu; Muhammad YasirRafiq; Mudassar Hassan

    2015-01-01

      This study sets out to investigate the influence of perceived value, customer expectation, corporate image and perceived service quality on the customer satisfaction particularly in Pakistan telecommunication industry...

  6. Design of Customer Satisfaction Measurement Index System of EMS Service

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    2006-01-01

    This paper discusses the design of a customer satisfaction measurement index system of erpress mail service. It presents objectives and principles of the design based on hierarchical structures. We have devised a diagram for modeling customer satisfaction, and a detailed analysis of customer satisfaction is conducted. This paper presents our customer satisfaction model and analysis results.

  7. Customer Service: Another Side of TQM.

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    Sirkin, Arlene Farber

    1993-01-01

    Focuses on the customer satisfaction element of Total Quality Management (TQM) in libraries, including definition of the terms customer and customer satisfaction, determining customer expectations, complaint systems, keeping customers, and empowerment of staff. Appendices list approaches libraries and other organizations have used to improve…

  8. Customer Service: Another Side of TQM.

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    Sirkin, Arlene Farber

    1993-01-01

    Focuses on the customer satisfaction element of Total Quality Management (TQM) in libraries, including definition of the terms customer and customer satisfaction, determining customer expectations, complaint systems, keeping customers, and empowerment of staff. Appendices list approaches libraries and other organizations have used to improve…

  9. Customer control and evaluation of service validity and reliability

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    van Raaij, W. Fred; Pruyn, Adriaan T.H.

    1998-01-01

    A control and attribution model of service production and evaluation is proposed. Service production consists of the stages specification (input), realization (throughput), and outcome (output). Customers may exercise control over all three stages of the service. Critical factors of service

  10. Customer Service in the Self-Service Era

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    Quinet, Bart

    2011-01-01

    It can be difficult for any customer service environment to keep up with the whirlwind pace of change in today's technology-centric world. The challenge can be particularly daunting in an institutional setting accustomed to deliberative, consensus-driven change. The Office of the Registrar at Indiana University Bloomington (IUB) has a…

  11. The Impact of Service Quality, Customer Satisfaction and Loyalty Programs on Customer`s Loyalty: An Evidence from Telecommunication Sector

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    Raja Irfan Sabir; Muhammad Irfan; Muhammad Arslan Sarwar; Binesh Sarwar; Naeem Akhtar

    2013-01-01

    All well reputed organizations know that the key to success lies in their customers. Hence in today’s world, the companies who do not provide value to their customers bring an opportunity for the competitors to jump in and steal these customers. Same rule applies in Telecommunication sector hence this research focuses on finding the impact of service quality, customer satisfaction and loyalty programs on customer’s loyalty in Telecommunication sector of Pakistan. All Telecom service provi...

  12. E-CUSTOMS PROGRAMME - NEW QUALITY OF SERVICES PROVIDED BY CUSTOMS ADMINISTRATIONS TO EUROPEAN BUSINESS

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    Małgorzata Czermińska

    2016-09-01

    Full Text Available E-Customs initiative includes a number of IT projects, organizational and legal measures. They are designed to creation of a simple and paperless environment for trade and customs, to short the duration of customs clearance and to ensure an appropriate level of security of commercial transactions. Modern customs administration must operate on the basis of advanced infrastructure in the field of information and communication technologies. Only then will it be able to provide cheaper and more efficient customs services. Therefore, the greatest challenge and the main goal of the e-Customs programme is to harmonize customs procedures and systems in the 28 Member States. The article describes the assumptions and objectives of the e-Customs, presents its genesis and evolution. Particular attention was paid to the activities that are aimed at improving the quality of customs services provided to European companies.

  13. HR customer service--FedEx.com or BUST!

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    Gerver, H M

    2001-09-01

    As the "customers" of the benefits department, employees, beneficiaries and retirees deserve best practice service delivery. This article describes a benefits administration operating model that can deliver high levels of customer service by furnishing accurate, consistent and timely information. Performance measurement is a key element in this type of customer satisfaction, particularly when outsourcing vendors are involved in the provision of benefits.

  14. Optimal Service Policies to Remote Customers with Delay-Limits

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    Berg, M.; van der Duyn Schouten, F.A.; Jansen, J.B.

    1996-01-01

    This work deals with service provision to remote customers.Two examples are: (i) a manufacturer that has to deliver items to customers in a remote destination, and (ii) a company that provides repair and replacement service to distant clients.In both cases the remoteness of customers suggests order

  15. Optimal Service Policies to Remote Customers with Delay-Limits

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    Berg, M.; van der Duyn Schouten, F.A.; Jansen, J.B.

    1996-01-01

    This work deals with service provision to remote customers.Two examples are: (i) a manufacturer that has to deliver items to customers in a remote destination, and (ii) a company that provides repair and replacement service to distant clients.In both cases the remoteness of customers suggests order

  16. SERVICE QUALITY IN ONLINE MARKETING: CUSTOMERS CENTRIC ANALYSIS

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    M. RAMESH

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available In this ICT age, we have witnessed a substantial growth of internet based services. One of the key challenges of the online as a service delivery channel is how they manage service quality, which holds a significant importance to customer satisfaction. The purpose of this study was to gain a better understanding of the service quality dimensions that affect customer satisfaction in online marketing from a customer perspective. The data were collected through a questionnaire with 127 online shoppers. Exploratory factor analysis was conducted to narrate the important service quality factors in online marketing. This study identifies seven service quality dimensions having a strong impact on customer satisfaction

  17. 47 CFR 76.1604 - Charges for customer service changes.

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    2010-10-01

    ... 47 Telecommunication 4 2010-10-01 2010-10-01 false Charges for customer service changes. 76.1604 Section 76.1604 Telecommunication FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION (CONTINUED) BROADCAST RADIO SERVICES MULTICHANNEL VIDEO AND CABLE TELEVISION SERVICE Notices § 76.1604 Charges for customer service changes. If a...

  18. 47 CFR 76.972 - Customer service standards.

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    ... 47 Telecommunication 4 2010-10-01 2010-10-01 false Customer service standards. 76.972 Section 76.972 Telecommunication FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION (CONTINUED) BROADCAST RADIO SERVICES MULTICHANNEL VIDEO AND CABLE TELEVISION SERVICE Cable Rate Regulation § 76.972 Customer service standards. (a...

  19. Social services as the system of interaction with customer

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    Voynov, I.

    2010-01-01

    The article discusses implementation of the principle of interaction with the client as a basis for servicing system. The quality of customer service is provided through the development and ongoing adjustment model of care, including standards and regulations. The mechanism of interaction is a procedure of servicing, which connects the study of customer needs and accordingly service procedures.

  20. IT-Driven Customer Service or Customer-Driven IT Service

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    Damsgaard, J.; Hørlück, J.; Jensen, Christian Søndergaard

    2005-01-01

    This case deals with a large European financial institution that has built an extensive IT infrastructure to serve its multi channel approach to its customers at the same time as changing into a modern financial supermarket with a large portfolio of almost all financial services. Experience has s...

  1. A customer satisfaction model for a utility service industry

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    Jamil, Jastini Mohd; Nawawi, Mohd Kamal Mohd; Ramli, Razamin

    2016-08-01

    This paper explores the effect of Image, Customer Expectation, Perceived Quality and Perceived Value on Customer Satisfaction, and to investigate the effect of Image and Customer Satisfaction on Customer Loyalty of mobile phone provider in Malaysia. The result of this research is based on data gathered online from international students in one of the public university in Malaysia. Partial Least Squares Structural Equation Modeling (PLS-SEM) has been used to analyze the data that have been collected from the international students' perceptions. The results found that Image and Perceived Quality have significant impact on Customer Satisfaction. Image and Customer Satisfaction ware also found to have significantly related to Customer Loyalty. However, no significant impact has been found between Customer Expectation with Customer Satisfaction, Perceived Value with Customer Satisfaction, and Customer Expectation with Perceived Value. We hope that the findings may assist the mobile phone provider in production and promotion of their services.

  2. A Network Software Architecture Suitable for Service Customization

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    2002-01-01

    This paper explores the service customization in the view of network software architectures. The authors first abstract a network system into a framework that consists of several layered basic systems and then propose a component-based network software architecture for one basic system of network software, which is suitable for service customization. The network software architecture is formalized with the theory of Communicating Sequential Process and show its possible applications in areas of personal service environment and service customization.

  3. SERVICE QUALITY IN ONLINE MARKETING: CUSTOMERS CENTRIC ANALYSIS

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    Ramesh, M.; P. DURKASREE

    2011-01-01

    In this ICT age, we have witnessed a substantial growth of internet based services. One of the key challenges of the online as a service delivery channel is how they manage service quality, which holds a significant importance to customer satisfaction. The purpose of this study was to gain a better understanding of the service quality dimensions that affect customer satisfaction in online marketing from a customer perspective. The data were collected through a questionnaire with 127 online sh...

  4. Service Delivery and Customer Satisfaction in Nigerian Banks

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    FARAYIBI, Adesoji

    2016-01-01

    The study examined the impact of the quality of service delivery on customer satisfaction in the Nigerian banks using Ordinary Least Square (OLS) methodology. The study established a relationship between better banks performance in service delivery and customer satisfaction through effective customer relationship management (CRM). Findings revealed that increase in the number of working days and number of bank branches led to better levels of customer satisfaction. Empirical evidence also rev...

  5. 47 CFR 76.1603 - Customer service-rate and service changes.

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    2010-10-01

    ... 47 Telecommunication 4 2010-10-01 2010-10-01 false Customer service-rate and service changes. 76... SERVICES MULTICHANNEL VIDEO AND CABLE TELEVISION SERVICE Notices § 76.1603 Customer service—rate and service changes. (a) A cable franchise authority may enforce the customer service standards set forth in...

  6. Achieving Customer Satisfaction through Integrated Products and Services

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    Raja, Jawwad; Bourne, Dorota; Goffin, Keith

    2013-01-01

    Complex products such as manufacturing equipment have always needed maintenance and repair services. Increasingly, leading manufacturers are integrating products and services to generate increased revenues and achieve customer satisfaction. Designing integrated products and services requires...... a different approach to new product development and a clear understanding of how customers perceive the value they obtain from actual usage of products and services—so-called value-in-use. However, there is a lack of research on integrated products and services and how they impact customer satisfaction...... of value-in-use on customer satisfaction. Two key attributes—relational dynamic and access—were found to have the most influence on customer satisfaction. This paper contributes to the innovation field by identifying customer needs for integrated products and services and how these impact customer...

  7. Customized products and cloud service information system development research

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    Hung Chien-Wen

    2017-01-01

    Full Text Available This study presents a cloud service customized product information system to enable businesses to provide customized product marketing on the Internet to meet consumer demand for customized products. The cloud service of the information system development strategic framework proposed in this study contains three elements: (1 e-commerce services, (2 promotion type modules, and (3 cloud services customized promotional products. In this study, a mining cloud information system to detect customer behavior is proposed. The association rules from relational database design are utilized to mine consumer behavior to generate cross-selling proposals for customer products and marketing for a retailing mall in Taiwan. The study is composed of several parts, as follows. A market segment and application of association rules in data exploration techniques (Association Rule Mining and sequence-like exploration (Sequential Pattern Mining, efficient analysis of customers, consumer behavior, identification of candidates for promotional products, and using cloud service delivery and evaluation of targets to evaluate candidates for promotional products for production. However, in addition to cloud service customized promotional products, the quantity of promotional products sales varies for different customers. We strive to achieve increased customer loyalty and profits through the use of active cloud service customized promotional products.

  8. Customer Service/Account Representative. Teacher Edition. Financial Services Series.

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    This curriculum guide is designed for 11th- and 12th-grade students or for adults who are interested in pursuing a career in the financial institution field. It can be used as a stand-alone curriculum for an entry-level career as a customer service/account representative. The guide consists of four units of instruction. Each unit contains some or…

  9. Performance in Service Marketing from Philosophy to Customer Relationship Management

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    Victor Danciu

    2007-08-01

    Full Text Available The contribution of services to the development of every national economy is in the progress,they becoming the major contributor to the gross national product of most countries. In their turn, thecustomers become more demanding and powerful in their relationship with service providers. They askfor more and new relationship. The appropriate new marketing, known as Relationship Marketing, looksto engage the customer interactively in the many steps of creating value which is later shared betweenservice provider and customer. This requires to focus on long-term customer relationship. In order toestablish and maintain long-term relationship, the relationship marketing should understand customerexpectations, know the customers, evaluate services process, obtain a proper service quality and adequatelymanage customers’ relationships. The service customer’s is placed on an expectation range to afive dimension scale and have two levels which may be analyzed into a model of service. A stimulus forrelationship marketing performance may be the quality of service. The objective and subjective quality ofservice is essential for the service customer relationship management. In order to reach the goal ofretaining actual customers, service companies should be prepared to spot customers who leave and thenanalyze and act on information they provide. Managers should make sure the entire organization understandthe importance of keeping customers and encourage employees to pursue zero defections by tryingincentives, planning, and budgeting to defections targets. Most important, managers use defections as avehicle for continuously improving the quality and value of the service they provide to customer.

  10. Mass Customization's implication on after-sales services

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    Oddsson, Gudmundur Valur; Christensen, Tim Teglgaard; Hvam, Lars

    2007-01-01

    In many years’ service operations management literature has been focusing on advocating for customized service products for customers. The problem is that every customized product should be supported by a unique service operation. To increase the problem these services are often characterised...... concept has been introduced when it comes to after sales services. As mass customisation also generates customized products, the implications on after sale services like installation, training, routine maintenance, emergency repair, parts supply and software services are comparable to customised service...... products. This research points out that service operations management should consider a new approach to services. It is suggested to include embedded configuration systems in product design and to modularise the service product assortment. The article points out that the solution basically incorporates...

  11. Customers Perception of Service Quality in the Nigerian Telecommunication Sector

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    Kehinde Osotimehin

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available This study examines the customers’ perception of service quality in the Nigerian telecommunication sector. Data for the study was generated through questionnaire administered on a random sample of 250 undergraduate students spread across two public owned state Universities in Ogun State, South-West, Nigeria. The data was subjected to descriptive statistics. One Sample Test statistic was employed in testing hypothesis. The results of the study revealed that there was a positive and significant relationship between service quality and both, customer satisfaction and customer loyalty, and also service quality is considered as a major factor in choosing telecommunication service provider in Nigeria. Further, the study revealed that the quality of service customers received from their service providers in terms of prompt service delivery, reliability, improved service, availability of effective and efficient customer care to assist customers help in assessing their rate of satisfaction.

  12. Are You Being Served? Designing the Customer Service Curriculum

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    Ippoliti, Cinthya

    2014-01-01

    Customer service is a core component of user experience and an important element in making patrons feel welcomed and valued within our libraries. At the University of Maryland Libraries, we took on the challenging task of creating a customer service training curriculum for all staff working at public service points and offering a digital badge for…

  13. The Image of Financial Institution as Islamic Bank In Mediation Service Quality and Customer Satisfaction on Customer Loyalty in Purwokerto.

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    Chandra Warsito

    2015-01-01

    The paper aims to determine the effect of service quality on customer satisfaction, service quality, customer satisfaction and image on customer loyalty, quality of service to the company’s image, to determine the image of financial institutions in mediating the relationship variable quality of service and customer satisfaction on customer loyalty. The samples used were 110 customers and methods of analysis used is Structural Equation Modeling (SEM) test results find no significant effect of ...

  14. Virtual customer service agents: using social presence and personalization to shape online service encounters

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    Verhagen, T.; van Nes, J; Feldberg, F; van Dolen, W.

    2014-01-01

    By performing tasks traditionally fulfilled by service personnel and having a humanlike appearance, virtual customer service agents bring classical service elements to the web, which may positively influence customer satisfaction through eliciting social responses and feelings of personalization. Th

  15. Virtual customer service agents: using social presence and personalization to shape online service encounters

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    Verhagen, T.; van Nes, J; Feldberg, F; van Dolen, W.

    2014-01-01

    By performing tasks traditionally fulfilled by service personnel and having a humanlike appearance, virtual customer service agents bring classical service elements to the web, which may positively influence customer satisfaction through eliciting social responses and feelings of personalization.

  16. [Tangibles as predictors of customer satisfaction in sports services].

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    Mañas Rodríguez, Miguel A; Giménez Guerrero, Guadalupe; Muyor Rodríguez, José María; Martínez Tur, Vicente; Moliner Cantos, Carolina P

    2008-05-01

    This study investigates the power of tangible dimensions of service quality to predict customer satisfaction. For this purpose, we statistically controlled the effects of dimensions of service quality that describe social interaction between employees and customers, both functionally and relationally. A field survey was conducted with the participation of 556 customers of a sports centre. The results showed that tangible dimensions of service quality predicted an additional and significant amount of customer satisfaction variance, beyond the effects of service quality of the social interaction. The article concludes with the discussion of the implications of these results.

  17. Privately Provided Accommodation Service Quality and Customer Satisfaction

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    Joshua Mugambwa; George William Mugerwa; Wilson Williams Mutumba; Claire Muganzi; Bridget Namubiru; Yusuf Waswa; Isaac Newton Kayongo

    2016-01-01

    .... This research took a case study of Nsamizi Training Institute of Social Development (NTISD) to determine the relationship between privately provided accommodation service quality and customer satisfaction...

  18. Customer Service: A Critical Factor in Library System Selection.

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    Machovec, George S.

    1993-01-01

    Describes factors in successful customer service programs that are pertinent to libraries choosing an integrated online library system. Topics discussed include quick response time; easy access to information; well-trained client representatives; low costs; cooperation with customers and vendors; and anticipating customer needs. (LRW)

  19. Monitoring Customer Satisfaction in Service Industry: A Cluster Analysis Approach

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    Matúš Horváth

    2012-10-01

    Full Text Available One of the key performance indicators of quality management system of an organization is customer satisfaction. The process of monitoring customer satisfaction is therefore an important part of the measuring processes of the quality management system. This paper deals with new ways how to analyse and monitor customer satisfaction using the analysis of data containing how the customers use the organisation services and customer leaving rates. The article used cluster analysis in this process for segmentation of customers with the aim to increase the accuracy of the results and on these results based decisions. The aplication example was created as a part of bachelor thesis.

  20. Monitoring Customer Satisfaction in Service Industry: A Cluster Analysis Approach

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    Matúš Horváth

    2012-11-01

    Full Text Available One of the key performance indicators of quality management system of an organization is customer satisfaction. The process of monitoring customer satisfaction is therefore an important part of the measuring processes of the quality management system. This paper deals with new ways how to analyse and monitor customer satisfaction using the analysis of data containing how the customers use the organisation services and customer leaving rates. The article used cluster analysis in this process for segmentation of customers with the aim to increase the accuracy of the results and on these results based decisions. The aplication example was created as a part of bachelor thesis.

  1. A Study of Customer Service, Customer Satisfaction and Service Quality in the Logistics Function of the UK Food Processing Industry

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    Grant, David Bruce

    2003-01-01

    The aim of this thesis is to test the importance and sufficiency of existing constructs of customer service, customer satisfaction and service quality in the logistics function of the UK food processing industry. These activities represent ongoing challenges in the logistics discipline and are under-researched in this industry sector that is affected by primary producer crises, product commoditisation and increasing retailer power. Firms that improve customer service should inc...

  2. Design to learn: customizing services when the future matters

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    Dan Ariely

    2013-04-01

    Full Text Available Internet-based customization tools can be used to design service encounters that maximize customers' utility in the present or explore their tastes to provide more value in the future, where these two goals conflict with each other. Maximizing expected customer satisfaction in the present leads to slow rates of learning that may limit the ability to provide quality in the future. An emphasis on learning can lead to unsatisfied customers that will not only forego purchasing in the current period, but, more seriously, never return if they lose trust in the service provider's ability to meet their needs. This paper describes service design policies that balance the objectives of learning and selling by characterizing customer lifetime value as a function of knowledge. The analysis of the customization problem as a dynamic program yields three results. The first result is the characterization of customization policies that quantify the value of knowledge so as to adequately balance the expected revenue of present and future interactions. The second result is an analysis of the impact of operational decisions on loyalty, learning, and profitability over time. Finally, the quantification of the value of knowing the customer provides a connection between customer acquisition and retention policies, thus enhancing the current understanding of the mechanisms connecting service customization, value creation, and customer lifetime value.

  3. Customer satisfaction with retail banking services in Ghana

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    Narteh, Bedman; Kuada, John

    2014-01-01

    This article reports a study of the determinants of customer satisfaction of retail banking services in Ghana and discusses the strategic implications of the findings for the retail banks. We reviewed the extant literature to identify theoretical determinants of customer satisfaction in retail ba......, core and tangible dimensions of service to be the major determinants of customer satisfaction in retail banking in Ghana. Technology also loaded onto the core and tangible dimensions of service quality......This article reports a study of the determinants of customer satisfaction of retail banking services in Ghana and discusses the strategic implications of the findings for the retail banks. We reviewed the extant literature to identify theoretical determinants of customer satisfaction in retail...... banking and their measurement scales. These were adapted to build a conceptual framework for the empirical investigation conducted. Data were collected using a questionnaire administered through personal interviews to 650 customers of retail banks and the results were factor analysed. We found relational...

  4. Customer satisfaction: Cost driver or value driver? Empirical evidence from the financial services industry

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    Terpstra, M.; Verbeeten, F.H.M.

    2014-01-01

    We investigate the relation between customer satisfaction, customer servicing costs, and customer value in a financial services firm. We find that customer satisfaction is positively associated with future customer servicing costs, as well as with customer value. The relation between customer satisf

  5. Customer satisfaction: Cost driver or value driver? Empirical evidence from the financial services industry

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    Terpstra, M.; Verbeeten, F.H.M.

    2014-01-01

    We investigate the relation between customer satisfaction, customer servicing costs, and customer value in a financial services firm. We find that customer satisfaction is positively associated with future customer servicing costs, as well as with customer value. The relation between customer

  6. Application of K-Means Algorithm for Efficient Customer Segmentation: A Strategy for Targeted Customer Services

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    Chinedu Pascal Ezenkwu

    2015-10-01

    Full Text Available The emergence of many business competitors has engendered severe rivalries among competing businesses in gaining new customers and retaining old ones. Due to the preceding, the need for exceptional customer services becomes pertinent, notwithstanding the size of the business. Furthermore, the ability of any business to understand each of its customers’ needs will earn it greater leverage in providing targeted customer services and developing customised marketing programs for the customers. This understanding can be possible through systematic customer segmentation. Each segment comprises customers who share similar market characteristics. The ideas of Big data and machine learning have fuelled a terrific adoption of an automated approach to customer segmentation in preference to traditional market analyses that are often inefficient especially when the number of customers is too large. In this paper, the k-Means clustering algorithm is applied for this purpose. A MATLAB program of the k-Means algorithm was developed (available in the appendix and the program is trained using a z-score normalised two-feature dataset of 100 training patterns acquired from a retail business. The features are the average amount of goods purchased by customer per month and the average number of customer visits per month. From the dataset, four customer clusters or segments were identified with 95% accuracy, and they were labeled: High-Buyers-Regular-Visitors (HBRV, High-Buyers-Irregular-Visitors (HBIV, Low-Buyers-Regular-Visitors (LBRV and Low-Buyers-Irregular-Visitors (LBIV.

  7. Service Quality in Hotel Industry - Customer Satisfaction

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    Fučíková, Martina

    2009-01-01

    The theoretical part of the master thesis focuses mainly on particular methods to help to identify customer satisfaction with regard to the specific processes in the hotel industry. The practical part determines the customer satisfaction in the hotel Jalta. A customer satisfaction survey based on a research of the web pages www.hrs.com, www.booking.com, www.tripadvisor and the evaluation of questionnaires provided by the hotel Jalta has been carried out. In addition a mystery shopping with an...

  8. Customer Relationship Management and Hospital Service Quality in ...

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    Customer Relationship Management and Hospital Service Quality in Nigeria. ... Relationship Management can be employed to bring about improve health service quality in Nigeria. ... EMAIL FREE FULL TEXT EMAIL FREE FULL TEXT

  9. Customer premises services market demand assessment 1980 - 2000: Volume 2

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    Gamble, R. B.; Saporta, L.; Heidenrich, G. A.

    1983-01-01

    Potential customer premises service (CPS), telecommunication services, potential CPS user classes, a primary research survey, comparative economics, market demand forcasts, distance distribution of traffic, segmentation of market demand, and a nationwide traffic distribution model are discussed.

  10. Space Mission Operations Ground Systems Integration Customer Service

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    Roth, Karl

    2014-01-01

    The facility, which is now the Huntsville Operations Support Center (HOSC) at Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, AL, has provided continuous space mission and related services for the space industry since 1961, from Mercury Redstone through the International Space Station (ISS). Throughout the long history of the facility and mission support teams, the HOSC has developed a stellar customer support and service process. In this era, of cost cutting, and providing more capability and results with fewer resources, space missions are looking for the most efficient way to accomplish their objectives. One of the first services provided by the facility was fax transmission of documents to, then, Cape Canaveral in Florida. The headline in the Marshall Star, the newspaper for the newly formed Marshall Space Flight Center, read "Exact copies of Documents sent to Cape in 4 minutes." The customer was Dr. Wernher von Braun. Currently at the HOSC we are supporting, or have recently supported, missions ranging from simple ISS payloads requiring little more than "bentpipe" telemetry access, to a low cost free-flyer Fast, Affordable, Science and Technology Satellite (FASTSAT), to a full service ISS payload Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer 2 (AMS2) supporting 24/7 operations at three operations centers around the world with an investment of over 2 billion dollars. The HOSC has more need and desire than ever to provide fast and efficient customer service to support these missions. Here we will outline how our customer-centric service approach reduces the cost of providing services, makes it faster and easier than ever for new customers to get started with HOSC services, and show what the future holds for our space mission operations customers. We will discuss our philosophy concerning our responsibility and accessibility to a mission customer as well as how we deal with the following issues: initial contact with a customer, reducing customer cost, changing regulations and security

  11. Customer satisfaction with the quality of the logistic services

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    Małgorzata Lisińska-Kuśnierz

    2014-03-01

    Full Text Available Background: Logistics services are evaluated mainly by measuring customer satisfaction. Measurement of the customer satisfaction provides the information about how organizations operate as well as how to effectively satisfy customer needs. The aim of this paper is to propose an evaluation model of the customer satisfaction of the quality of the logistic services provided. The research in this paper was focused on the evaluation of the level of customer satisfaction in the context of logistics service as well as on the analysis of importance of ten logistic services attributes influencing customer satisfaction. Methods: The research was conducted on the basis of the questionnaire designed for purchasers of logistic services. The subjects of the research were companies which are using refrigerated transport. Results: To define relation between level of customer satisfaction in the context of logistic service and logistic service attributes impacting this satisfaction Pearson's correlation method was used. In turn the model to evaluate the customer satisfaction in the context of logistic services in scope of refrigerated transport was built using multiple regression and stepwise regression methods.

  12. A new customer service partnership for hospitals and physicians.

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    Sanford, Kathleen D

    2011-12-01

    To promote better customer service, clinical and finance leaders should work as partners to: Make customer service as important a goal as clinical quality. Educate staff on better communication with patients and families. Perform a root-cause analysis to identify problem trends.

  13. A methodological comparison of customer service analysis techniques

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    James Absher; Alan Graefe; Robert Burns

    2003-01-01

    Techniques used to analyze customer service data need to be studied. Two primary analysis protocols, importance-performance analysis (IP) and gap score analysis (GA), are compared in a side-by-side comparison using data from two major customer service research projects. A central concern is what, if any, conclusion might be different due solely to the analysis...

  14. Customer service and overall satisfaction with angling experiences

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    Thomas D. Wickham; Alan R. Graefe; Robert C. Burns

    2003-01-01

    This study explores the relationship between individual customer service items and satisfaction with facilities, services, information, recreation experience and overall quality of fishing for a diverse group of anglers at lakes in the New England region. Recent attention to customers and their experiences and attitudes has increased the interest of, both managers and...

  15. Customer-focused service management: driving change up the hierarchy and outward.

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    Schonberger, R J

    1998-02-01

    The modern management revolution, which has quality and customer service at its core, is incomplete. The customer mindset is strongest in frontline operations and growing in support functions. Too often, however, the strategic hierarchy has been left out--still taking its marching orders from the skittish, myopic financial community centered in Wall Street, the City of London, and other meccas of money. Superior organizations, largely in manufacturing thus far, are taking steps toward correcting this deficiency. Their approach is to reorient using customer-focused principles that are attractive to all parties, including external partners.

  16. Customer Service Analysis of Air Combat Command Vehicle Maintenance Support

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    1993-09-01

    the survey, the researchers categorized the services or variables into marketing mix components: product, price, promotion, and customer service...comparing and analyzing the variables identified in the previous three phases to determine a strategic marketing mix (46:9). After analyzing the data...service/physical distribution. Additionally, they found that customer service/physical distribution was an integral component of the marketing mix , and

  17. Product Customization

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    Hvam, Lars; Mortensen, Niels Henrik; Riis, Jesper

    For the majority of industrial companies, customizing products and services is among the most critical means to deliver true customer value and achieve superior competitive advantage. The challenge is not to customize products and services in itself – but to do it in a profitable way...... from more than 40 product configuration projects in companies providing customer tailored products and services........ The implementation of a product configuration system is among the most powerful ways of achieving this in practice, offering a reduction of the lead time for products and quotations, faster and more qualified responses to customer inquiries, fewer transfers of responsibility and fewer specification mistakes...

  18. Customer service in the residential property market of South Africa

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    S Rudansky-KlopperS

    2015-07-01

    Full Text Available An increasing number of estate agencies are entering the real estate market in South Africa and many are struggling to survive as competition grows stronger. Customer service has become of overriding importance to establish a differential advantage that will ensure long-term survival. This study investigates customer service by estate agencies in the residential property market of South Africa. The results indicate that estate agencies seem to be aware of the importance of providing good customer service and of being service-oriented, but they do not always seem to realise the need to conduct marketing research and test the actual satisfaction of customers with the services provided, leaving a potential gap between what the customer wants and what the estate agency provides.

  19. The management level of logistics customer service industrial enterprise

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    Butrina Y.V.

    2017-01-01

    Full Text Available This article deals with some aspects of the logistics service of industrial enterprise customers, current approaches to its management, namely, measurement, evaluation and optimization. It describes the effect of the level of customer service in the business results. How the concept of “logistics service users” is formulated. The author’s index of evaluating the effectiveness of the logistics customer service – “logistics leverage”. Author’s universal measurement system of the logistics maintenance level, serving industrial enterprise customers is presented, including 11 indicators criteria values and integral indicator. The optimal values of parameters can be different for different categories of customers who prefer low, medium and high level of logistics services. It substantiates the practical significance of the study through tested at Chelyabinsk Electrode Plant.

  20. Tourism guide cloud service quality: What actually delights customers?

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    Lin, Shu-Ping; Yang, Chen-Lung; Pi, Han-Chung; Ho, Thao-Minh

    2016-01-01

    The emergence of advanced IT and cloud services has beneficially supported the information-intensive tourism industry, simultaneously caused extreme competitions in attracting customers through building efficient service platforms. On response, numerous nations have implemented cloud platforms to provide value-added sightseeing information and personal intelligent service experiences. Despite these efforts, customers' actual perspectives have yet been sufficiently understood. To bridge the gap, this study attempts to investigate what aspects of tourism cloud services actually delight customers' satisfaction and loyalty. 336 valid survey questionnaire answers were analyzed using structural equation modeling method. The results prove positive impacts of function quality, enjoyment, multiple visual aids, and information quality on customers' satisfaction as well as of enjoyment and satisfaction on use loyalty. The findings hope to provide helpful references of customer use behaviors for enhancing cloud service quality in order to achieve better organizational competitiveness.

  1. Service Innovation Involved by Employees and Customers:From Conceptual Model to an IT Service Case

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    LIU De-wen; LU Ruo-yu

    2006-01-01

    With the service industry and information technology developing, Service innovation occurs continually in business today. It is important for service firms to understand the service's business and process;customer knowledge including needs, expectations and experiences.However, employees are key factor to collect the customer's advice. At the same time, employees may organize customers for the new service. So, the integration of employees and customers will help service firm in the way of developing a new service and upgrading a service. The paper describes some models to explain the relation based on some literatures and give some advices for service firms. At last, we introduce an IT service case

  2. The marketing concept of customer value of hospitality service

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    O.V. Gerasimenko

    2015-12-01

    Full Text Available Customer value is a significant part of marketing activity of the company, especially in the modern state of Ukrainian economy. Globalization, crisis transformation in the service sector, falling consumer demand, a glut of supply of hotel services and increased competition actualize scientific problem solving improving marketing concepts according to external challenges unstable business environment. Applying effective marketing tool businesses will proactively adapt to the turbulent business environment. Marketing concept have been proven as the concept that reflects the scientific content of business and marketing activities, based on marketing ideas and effective marketing strategy. Critical thinking suggests theoretical achievements of scientific interest in the problems of improving marketing concepts. The current vector is determined by the status and relationship of business entity in the market with consumers, stakeholders and competitors. In this context, it should be noted that to enhance the development of hotel business is urgent investigation of the marketing concept of customer value hotel services, theoretical and methodological basis that creates patterns of consumer services. The aim of the article is a scientific justification methodological principle of research of customer value hotel services determining its structural elements and related marketing activities. The results of the analysis show that customer value of hotel services form components integration, which reflects the relationship between the consumer and enterprise. Defining components (social, emotional, material and service of customer value of hotel services will affect their level through appropriate marketing activities. Defining the structure and marketing activities forming consumer value of hotel services, we can conclude that the marketing concept of customer value of service hotel is a belief system that reveals: First, the process of maximizing

  3. Service provider-Customer Relationship: To What Extent Are Customers in Terengganu Being Respected?

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    Siti Haryati Shaikh Ali,

    2011-06-01

    Full Text Available Today’s rapidly changing environment is demanding service companies to seek more creative and flexible means for dealing with competition. In fact, more and more retailers are investing in relationship building as a strategy for enhancing customer retention in the business-to-customer (B2C context. From the literature, it is learnt that efforts are being concentrated in creating quality relationship with customers. This effort should include respecting customers. Respecting customers is one of the easiest ways to earn quality relationship with customers. However, the big question is to what extent does respect affect the quality of relationship between customer and service provider? The purpose of this study is to determine the dimensions of respect and to what extent it affects relationship quality. This preliminary study draws on empirical results from clients of banks and clinics in Kuala Terengganu. The hypotheses were tested using Pearson Correlation and Multiple Regression Analysis to examine the relationship between the three dimensions of respect and overall relationship quality. The results of the empirical tests give some support to the view that attention to the particularity, understanding and responsibility towards customers are crucial in shaping customers perception of respect and the quality of their relationship with service providers.

  4. IT-Driven Customer Service or Customer-Driven IT Service

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    Damsgaard, J.; Hørlück, J.; Jensen, Christian Søndergaard

    2005-01-01

    This case deals with a large European financial institution that has built an extensive IT infrastructure to serve its multi channel approach to its customers at the same time as changing into a modern financial supermarket with a large portfolio of almost all financial services. Experience has...... shown that in this industry, IT does matter. As an example: a few days after take over of a competitor, this competitor's previous owner - 105 small banks - sold Nykredit's products through their 1150 branches. The case can thus be used in a discussion of Nicholas Carr's article "IT Doesn't Matter...

  5. CUSTOMERS CATEGORIES AND TYPES OF BANKING SERVICES

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    DANIELA SIMONA DIMITRIU

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available For a bank it is advantageous to have different types of clients because, as will receive deposits and provide loans for both business and individuals. The difference between the interest charged by banks and they are paid gross banking profit, following recovery, by the bank, business development potential offered by customers, resulting in advantages for both bank and customer. Customer benefits can be considered: the safety of deposits held at banks; interest received for them; that the money held in bank accounts can be returned at any time upon request; transfers of money to them, instead of wearing them large sums of cash.

  6. SME Customer Service Excellence: A Singaporean Case Study

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    Koh Kelly Sze Wee

    2016-06-01

    Full Text Available In Singapore, service sectors are dominated by SMEs. This study set out to investigate customer satisfaction as a critical factor in SME survival and indeed in helping to maintain the overall health of the economy. In this study, data were collected from a Singaporean SME which supplies and installs glass for construction projects. Departments involved were Sales & Marketing, Administration, and Installation. A questionnaire survey was administered to every customer of the company in 2013 in order to evaluate the services provided by the three departments. Customers were categorized into five groups: main contractors, designers/sub-contractors, property managers, home owners and commercial owners. Data were analyzed in terms of thirteen customer service variables identified from the literature. Statistical methods were applied to data analysis and findings were arrived at. Findings were found to be sufficiently significant to permit the formulation of a Total Customer Service Excellence Model for SMEs in Singapore.

  7. CRM AS A TOOL FOR CUSTOMER SERVICE IN THE ORGANIZATION

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    Boyero Saavedra, Martín Ramiro

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available The service is the fundamental experience that takes place in the contact between the organization and the customer. From the adequately perform of this relationship depends retention or loss of a customer. Therefore, it is imperative that organizations visualize the service as the essential element in which lies the very meaning of their existence and relevance.The service in the organization essentially seeks to satisfy those needs that the client has, which is why we can say then that the lack of demand for services does not allow organizations to develop projects that revolve around it.Taking in count the service as an essential factor in the organization, various tools have been developed in order to have a continuous improvement in meeting the needs of customers, one of which is the CRM (Customer Relationship Management that in this article is presented as an important tool to make an impact on the services provided by the organization.

  8. INFLUENCE OF SERVICE QUALITY AND FARE TOWARD CUSTOMER SATISFACTION AND ITS IMPACT ON CUSTOMER LOYALTY OF EXPRESS TAXI IN JAKARTA

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    Rizan, Mohammad; Fadillah, Erwin; Kresnamurti R.P., Agung

    2015-01-01

    The purpose of this study was to: to examine empirically the effect of service quality to customer satisfaction on Express taxi, to examine empirically the effect of fare to customer satisfaction on Express taxi, to examine empirically the effect of customer satisfaction to customer loyalty on Express taxi, to examine empirically the effect of service quality to customer loyalty on Express taxi, and to examine empirically the effect of fare to customer loyalty on Express taxi. Data collection...

  9. The Relationship between Service Quality, Customer Satisfaction and Customer Loyalty: An Investigation in Vietnamese Retail Banking Sector

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    Ngo Vu Minh; Nguyen Huan Huu

    2016-01-01

    This study develops and empirically tests the interrelationships between service quality, customer satisfaction, and customer loyalty in a retail banking context. Increasingly intense competitiveness and fundamental changes in the business environment nowadays are forcing firms to implement a customer-focused strategy which raises the importance of customer-related constructs such as customer satisfaction, service quality, and customer loyalty in explaining a firm’s performance. In particular...

  10. Applying Fourth Generation Management to Access Services: Reinventing Customer Service and Process Management

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    Hasty, Douglas F.

    2004-01-01

    Are librarians doing all they can to ensure that customer services are delivered with the customer in mind? Librarians are great at helping, but we sometimes need help with identifying customers, defining their needs, developing services, and reviewing the processes behind the services. Fourth Generation Management provides new insight for…

  11. QUALITY OF SERVICE AND CONDITIONS OF CUSTOMER SATISFACTION MEASUREMENT

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    Renata Winkler

    2014-09-01

    Full Text Available The starting point for the considerations made in the article is to compare such categories as product quality and service quality. An essential part of analysis is devoted to the relation of quality of service and satisfaction with the service. In the article discusses the grounds of designing and preparing customer satisfaction survey of services.

  12. Customer control and evaluation of service validity and reliability

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    van Raaij, W. Fred; Pruyn, Adriaan T.H.

    1998-01-01

    A control and attribution model of service production and evaluation is proposed. Service production consists of the stages specification (input), realization (throughput), and outcome (output). Customers may exercise control over all three stages of the service. Critical factors of service producti

  13. Ethics in Customer Service: Critical Review and Research Agenda.

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    Ford, Wendy S. Zabava

    1996-01-01

    Identifies domains of unethical service communication and proposes a research agenda for examining service ethics. Calls for research to explore service ethics among different occupational groups, investigate effects of unethical practices on service providers and customers, and identify characteristics of organizational climates which foster…

  14. Improving customer service. It's not just what's in the box.

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    Redling, Robert

    2003-08-01

    Patient satisfaction scores can plummet when medical emergencies throw schedules into disarray or a receptionist ignores a patient at the front desk. Patients' expectations of good customer service have been shaped by technological conveniences and the concerted efforts of retailers, restaurants and other service providers. Physician leaders and administrators can improve customer service by paying more attention to organizational culture, physician behavior, staff incentives, hiring practices and team-building.

  15. An empirical analysis of after sales service and customer satisfaction

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    Hussain, Nazim; Waheed Akbar BHATTI; Azhar JILANI

    2011-01-01

    In today’s ever changing competitive environment, business cannot survive unless they satisfy their customers. The delivery of after sales service by a company is critical in satisfying customer needs and perceptions. In order to have quality after sales service a proper delivery system has to be in place. This is an empirical study on after sales quality of Pakistan’s automotive battery manufacturer. The research measured the quality of service in Atlas Battery, selling product with the bran...

  16. Improving Customer Home-like Feeling Through Service Design

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    Hoang, Thu

    2015-01-01

    This thesis project was commissioned by Original Sokos Hotel Albert to investigate the hotel’s needs and customer demands. The aim of the project is to understand the connection between customer expectations and business strategy to generate higher service value. Sokos Hotel Albert offers hotel and restaurant services and the purpose of the thesis project is to improve the hotel customers’ home-like feelings. The project focuses on increasing the variety of the hotel services and solving the ...

  17. The role of Customer Involvement in Library E-services

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    Scupola, Ada; Nicolajsen, Hanne Westh

    2009-01-01

    We investigate customer involvement in the development of e-service within research Libraries. By revisiting earlier research on innovation processes as well as newer research on new product and new service development we derive a conceptual model on different actors that are important...... in the process of e-service development. Our conclusion is that due to the immature technologies in use customers primarily contribute as users whereby their logged use or the feedback they provide inform the innovation process....

  18. The Impact of Evaluating Customer Complaints in Hotel Enterprises and Service Quality Perceptions on Customer Loyalty

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    Burhan KILIÇ

    2013-12-01

    Full Text Available Service enterprises can maintain competitiveness as long as adapting to constantly changing environmental conditions and customer expectations.enterprise which is unable to satisfy its customers with the service offered, it is observed that customers react to quality of the service with complaining behaviors. Therefore, evaluating the complaints and producing solutions are expected to increase the level of the service quality perceptions and it is generally hoped that this situation creates loyal customers. In this context, the study was conducted in a five-star hotel operating in İstanbul and the data were collected through questionnaire forms. Descriptive statistics were applied to clarify the data of the study and the frequency values were used. In order to measure the level, direction and the effect of the variables, correlation and regression analysis were consulted.It was understood that displaying positive attitude and behavior to produce solutions for complaints by the service staff, created a positive impact on the perception of service quality. In addition, the customers whose complaints were responded positively exhibited behavioral and attitudinal aspects of loyalty with being repeat customers and recommending the hotel to friends and relatives

  19. Flexible forecasts: a key to better customer service.

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    Neuhaus, C A

    1997-05-01

    Good customer service requires companies to keep their fingers on their customers' pulse and develop intelligent forecasts with their needs built in. As even the smallest factories today are placing at least some emphasis on lead time reductions to improve flexibility and the speed of response to customer requirements, the role of the forecast, now more than ever, is to provide at all times the best, most recent, and most accurate picture of what exactly will be required and when.

  20. Making customer-service a priority in health care organizations.

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    O'Hagan, Joshua; Persaud, David

    2008-01-01

    Improving customer-service in health care organizations has been linked to better patient care, satisfied staff, a reduction in preventable medical errors, fewer malpractice lawsuits and improved revenue. However, it has been observed that there is sometimes a gap between the level of customer-service provided by health care organizations and their clients' expectations. This paper integrates, synthesizes and extends theory and practice from existing literature to provide health care organizations with strategies for closing this gap. Methods are also outlined for creating, implementing and evaluating an organizational plan for improving customer-service.

  1. Demographic and Commercial Environments and Building Control Customer Services

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    Hope Peter

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available A simple and cost effective business analytics schema developed in this study provides a basis for observing how demographic and commercial environmental impacts affect building control customer services. In order to overlay environmental impacts onto building control services, schematic mapping of resource distributions and services were plotted according to corporate jurisdiction, corporate virtues and customer type characteristics. Quantitative and qualitative surveys were conducted on corporate staff and material resources, business performance measures and targets, building control service manager observations and demographic and commercial environments. Results from this research provide a single view corporate map of people, material resources, and service performance in relation to customer characteristics, while reaching out to better understand the building control customer experience, general public expectation and market influences. In this regard, this research can provide a foundation for realising corporate virtue aspirations.

  2. 78 FR 8589 - Verizon Services Corporation, Customer Services Clerk, General Clerk, Clarksburg, WV; Notice of...

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    2013-02-06

    ... Employment and Training Administration Verizon Services Corporation, Customer Services Clerk, General Clerk... of Verizon Services Corporation, Customer Services Clerk, General Clerk, Clarksburg, West Virginia... country the supply of services like or directly competitive with those supplied by the workers and did not...

  3. Florists' physical distribution customer services in the marketing of roses.

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    Koelemeijer, K.

    1991-01-01

    Providing customers with excellent customer service creates a competitive advantage. In order to establish this, a ‘total chain approach’ must be followed, starting with the consumer. In this paper the cut flower logistical chain is partly analyzed by focusing on the consumer. A model -of the evalua

  4. Florists' physical distribution customer services in the marketing of roses.

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    Koelemeijer, K.

    1991-01-01

    Providing customers with excellent customer service creates a competitive advantage. In order to establish this, a ‘total chain approach’ must be followed, starting with the consumer. In this paper the cut flower logistical chain is partly analyzed by focusing on the consumer. A model -of the

  5. Florists' physical distribution customer services in the marketing of roses.

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    Koelemeijer, K.

    1991-01-01

    Providing customers with excellent customer service creates a competitive advantage. In order to establish this, a ‘total chain approach’ must be followed, starting with the consumer. In this paper the cut flower logistical chain is partly analyzed by focusing on the consumer. A model -of the evalua

  6. A Customer Service Approach to Advising: Theory and Application.

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    Spicuzza, Frank J.

    1992-01-01

    The customer service marketing model provides an organizing strategy for advising in higher education. The university contributes resources for an advising process that addresses needs and expectations of students as customers and faculty as providers. This model is evident in a recent survey of 58 bachelor's degree recipients in social work. (MSE)

  7. A Conceptual Model of Service Customization and Its Implementation

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    Su-Bin Shen; Guan-Qun Gu; Shun-Yi Zhang

    2004-01-01

    With the development of Internet and next generation networks in telecommunications, more and more new services are required to be introduced into networks. Introducing new services into traditional network is always associated with standardizing new protocols. The progress of protocol standardization usually takes several years, which cannot meet the increasing demands of the applications in Internet and next generation networks.Service customization in network systems may be one possible solution to cope with this problem. Based on the principle that network service is provided by interactions among protocol entities, this paper proposes a conceptual model of service customization (SECUM) by separating the service logic from protocol interactive logic within existing network architecture. The theory of Communicating Sequential Processes (CSP) is used to formalize the SECUM in order to locate exactly the service logic and to define precisely the SECUM. For validating the SECUM's usability in practical network systems, this paper also proposes an implementation model for SECUM: a component-based protocol implementation model (CPIM). CPIM discomposes protocol entity into application component, service component, message component and communication component. Service component associates application component with message component. Users or network managers can customize network services by configuring service component. The paper shows respectively the applications of SECUM and CPIM by proposing a customizable IP service model based on SECUM and describing an implementation of Session Initiation Protocol (SIP) based on CPIM. Compared with the existing service-customization techniques,SECUM is a service customization model internal to network system and may provide more powerful capabilities of service customization.

  8. Strength and Quality of Relationships in Customer Services; Case of Retail Environments Based on Customers Perception

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    Kambiz Heidarzadeh Hanzaee

    2012-07-01

    Full Text Available The present study aims to study the quality and strength of the relationships in customer services of retail environments and its relationship with some variables such as service quality and customer loyalty based on the customers’ perception of their shopping experience. For this purpose, a sample of 445 customers who has had the experience of shopping at a chain store in Shiraz-Iran was used in order to collect data. The data were analyzed using LISREL 8.8 software program. The findings indicate the existence of the relationships between the variables based on the research hypotheses. Through this study, the effects of the variables such as service quality, trust and commitment on relationship strength and the effect of relationship strength on relationship quality and customer loyalty were investigated. The implemented sample of the research limits its generalizability and it is possible to enlarge the sample size in order to enhance the generalization. The findings may help the managers and executives to affect some variables such as relationship quality and customer loyalty behaviors through controlling the predictive variables such as quality level of the provided services. In addition, the findings, considering all aspects, can be generalized to the services that hold some common features with regard to the nature of customer relationships in retail industry such as travel agencies, insurance firms and banking.

  9. Configuring Product Modularity and Service Modularity for Mass Customization Strategies

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    Bask, Anu; Hsuan, Juliana; Rajahonka, Mervi

    Service modularity is an emerging field of research, and there has been a growing interest on how it can contribute to service design and operations management. In this study we develop a framework to assess configurations of the bundling of products and services through modularization strategies......, and how such configurations become the foundations for mass customization strategies. As a result we identify critical characteristics that are relevant for both product and services, and suggest a conceptual framework consisting of twelve dynamic mass customization strategies with paired product...... and service modularity. Case examples are used for illustration of different strategies....

  10. Configuring Product Modularity and Service Modularity for Mass Customization Strategies

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    Bask, Anu; Hsuan, Juliana; Rajahonka, Mervi

    , and how such configurations become the foundations for mass customization strategies. As a result we identify critical characteristics that are relevant for both product and services, and suggest a conceptual framework consisting of twelve dynamic mass customization strategies with paired product......Service modularity is an emerging field of research, and there has been a growing interest on how it can contribute to service design and operations management. In this study we develop a framework to assess configurations of the bundling of products and services through modularization strategies...... and service modularity. Case examples are used for illustration of different strategies....

  11. Novel approach for evaluation of service reliability for electricity customers

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    JIANG; John; N

    2009-01-01

    Understanding reliability value for electricity customer is important to market-based reliability management. This paper proposes a novel approach to evaluate the reliability for electricity customers by using indifference curve between economic compensation for power interruption and service reliability of electricity. Indifference curve is formed by calculating different planning schemes of network expansion for different reliability requirements of customers, which reveals the information about economic values for different reliability levels for electricity customers, so that the reliability based on market supply demand mechanism can be established and economic signals can be provided for reliability management and enhancement.

  12. Novel approach for evaluation of service reliability for electricity customers

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    KANG ChongQing; GAO Yan; JIANG John N; ZHONG Jin; XIA Qing

    2009-01-01

    Understanding reliability value for electricity customer is important to market-based reliability man-agement. This paper proposes a novel approach to evaluate the reliability for electricity customers by using indifference curve between economic compensation for power interruption and service reliability of electricity. Indifference curve is formed by calculating different planning schemes of network ex-pansion for different reliability requirements of customers, which reveals the information about eco-nomic values for different reliability levels for electricity customers, so that the reliability based on market supply demand mechanism can be established and economic signals can be provided for reli-ability management and enhancement.

  13. Employee satisfaction as it relates to customer service.

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    Hall, F

    1998-02-01

    Employees are often the forgotten customer in health care organizations. Satisfied employees are productive employees, which leads to obtaining long-term satisfied customers. Negative employees can discourage customers and destroy the integrity of an organization's culture. Long-term customers are critical for the survival of health care organizations for the year 2000 and beyond. Excellent service will be the only differentiation between a good and an excellent health care company. The article describes the current status of employees satisfaction at Columbia Centennial Medical Center and steps to be taken toward increasing satisfaction in the future.

  14. Strengthen School Culture Using a Customer Service Audit.

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    Clement, Nicholas I.

    2002-01-01

    Describes customer-service audit of school district's internal and external communities that included site visits and inspection, focus groups with parents and students, a staff survey, and mystery phone calls to assess phone skills. (PKP)

  15. Management of Customer Service in Terms of Logistics Information Systems

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    Kampf, Rudolf; Ližbetinová, Lenka; Tišlerová, Kamila

    2017-01-01

    This paper is focused on perceiving the logistic services as the competition advantage in frame of the ecommerce. Customers consider their purchases in its complexity and all the logistic services should be designed to meet with customers' preferences as much as possible. Our aim was to identify and evaluate of customers perceiving in frame of sales proposals offered by e-shops. Collected data of research were processed with the usage of cluster analysis. The aim of this paper is to present the results and conclusions from this research with focus on the elements of logistics services within e-commerce. These outputs can be used for knowledge base of information systems through which enterprises evaluate their decisions and selection of variants. For the enterprise, it is important to appropriate decisions about resource allocation and design of the structure of logistics services were set based on real customer preferences.

  16. Customer service factors of a Telematic Learning BBA degree ...

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    Customer service factors of a Telematic Learning BBA degree. ... accessibility of quality tertiary education via distance learning programmes of foreign institutions. ... Continuous client satisfaction research is conducted and this article reports ...

  17. 77 FR 43369 - Lexisnexis, a Subsidiary of Reed Elsevier Customer Service Department and Fulfillment Department...

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    ... Employment and Training Administration Lexisnexis, a Subsidiary of Reed Elsevier Customer Service Department...; Lexisnexis, a Subsidiary of Reed Elsevier Customer Service Department and Fulfillment Department, Including..., 2012, applicable to workers of Lexisnexis, a subsidiary of Reed Elsevier, Inc., Customer Service...

  18. "Check This out": Assessing Customer Service at the Circulation Desk

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    Long, Dallas

    2012-01-01

    The access services staff at Milner Library, Illinois State University, designed a customer service assessment to evaluate how effectively the department was carrying out its mission statement. Areas of assessment included the department's waiting times, helpfulness, and courtesy. The assessment activity focused on circulation services, which is…

  19. Service Quality and Customer Satisfaction: An Assessment and Future Directions.

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    Hernon, Peter; Nitecki, Danuta A.; Altman, Ellen

    1999-01-01

    Reviews the literature of library and information science to examine issues related to service quality and customer satisfaction in academic libraries. Discusses assessment, the application of a business model to higher education, a multiple constituency approach, decision areas regarding service quality, resistance to service quality, and future…

  20. Managing online service recovery: procedures, justice and customer satisfaction

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    Crisafulli, Benedetta; Singh, Jaywant

    2016-01-01

    Purpose The Internet has changed the way services are delivered and has created new forms of customer-firm interactions. Whilst online service failures remain inevitable, the Internet offers opportunities for delivering efficient service recovery through the online channel. Notwithstanding, research evidence on how firms can deliver online service recovery remains scarce. This study investigates the impact of two online service recovery strategies - online information and te...

  1. The factors that influence customer e-services adoption

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    Kamisha Persad

    2015-07-01

    Full Text Available The aim of this paper is to provide an overview of the investigation into customer e-service adoption. The investigation includes a qualitative survey and observation of participants using e-services. E-services are used to attract customers and persuade them to transact online and the customer’s perception of an e-service contributes greatly to e-service adoption or rejection. This paper describes the factors that influence customer perception towards e-services. Relationships between the identified factors were also considered in order to build a conceptual framework. Grounded theory was used for its flexibility, repetitive comparisons of data, and emergence of concepts and theories.

  2. Embracing a Customer Service Mindset: A Fresh Examination of Services for Distance Learners

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    Steiner, Heidi

    2013-01-01

    Library literature and blogs frequently discuss customer service and user experience in physical libraries and Web sites, but little is said about this mentality toward services for distance learners specifically. This paper takes customer service best practices from well-known thinkers of the business world and makes connections to services for…

  3. The role of Customer Involvement in Library E-services

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    Scupola, Ada; Nicolajsen, Hanne Westh

    2009-01-01

    We investigate customer involvement in the development of e-service within research Libraries. By revisiting earlier research on innovation processes as well as newer research on new product and new service development we derive a conceptual model on different actors that are important in the pro......We investigate customer involvement in the development of e-service within research Libraries. By revisiting earlier research on innovation processes as well as newer research on new product and new service development we derive a conceptual model on different actors that are important...

  4. Assessing customer satisfaction for improving NOAA's climate products and services

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    Meyers, J. C.; Hawkins, M. D.; Timofeyeva, M. M.

    2009-12-01

    NOAA's National Weather Service (NWS) Climate Services Division (CSD) is developing a comprehensive climate user requirements process with the ultimate goal of producing climate services that meet the needs of NWS climate information users. An important part of this effort includes engaging users through periodical surveys conducted by the Claes Fornell International (CFI) Group using the American Customer Satisfaction Index (ACSI). The CFI Group conducted a Climate Services Satisfaction (CSS) Survey in May of 2009 to measure customer satisfaction with current products and services and to gain insight on areas for improvement. The CSS Survey rates customer satisfaction on a range of NWS climate services data and products, including Climate Prediction Center (CPC) outlooks, drought monitoring, and ENSO monitoring and forecasts, as well as NWS local climate data services. In addition, the survey assesses the users of the products to give the NWS insight into its climate customer base. The survey also addresses specific topics such as NWS forecast category names, probabilistic nature of climate products, and interpretation issues. The survey results identify user requirements for improving existing NWS climate services and introducing new ones. CSD will merge the survey recommendations with available scientific methodologies and operational capabilities to develop requirements for improved climate products and services. An overview of the 2009 survey results will be presented, such as users' satisfaction with the accuracy, reliability, display and functionality of products and services.

  5. Analisis Pengaruh E-Service Quality terhadap Customer Satisfaction yang Berdampak pada Customer Loyalty PT Bayu Buana Travel Tbk

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    Hansel Jonathan

    2013-09-01

    Full Text Available The purpose of this study is to determine the effect of e-service quality on customer satisfaction and its impact on customer loyalty of PT Bayu Buana Travel, Tbk. With non-probability technique (census, questionnaires were collected and used in data processing using Structural Equation Modeling with WarpPLS program and Importance Performance Analysis methods. Based on this research, it was found that e-service quality has an influence on customer satisfaction, customer satisfaction has an influence on customer loyalty, e-service quality has an influence on customer loyalty, and e-service quality and customer satisfaction has an influence on customer loyalty. The e-service quality attributes, such as the website providing accurate information, the website having a good reputation, all online payment be confirmed, the website easy to use, and the products/services on the website delivered according to the time, need to be improved and enhanced.

  6. Customer Satisfaction for Financial Services: The Role of Products, Services, and Information Technology

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    M. S. Krishnan; Venkatram Ramaswamy; Meyer, Mary C.; Paul Damien

    1999-01-01

    In this paper, we study the drivers of customer satisfaction for financial services. We discuss a full Bayesian analysis based on data collected from customers of a leading financial services company. Our approach allows us to explicitly accommodate missing data and enables quantitative assessment of the impact of the drivers of satisfaction across the customer population. We find that satisfaction with product offerings is a primary driver of overall customer satisfaction. The quality of cus...

  7. Investigating The Role Of Customers In Service Innovation

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    Scupola, Ada; Nicolajsen, Hanne Westh; Falch, Morten

    2009-01-01

    in service innovation. Results from a case study show that libraries are making some attempts to draw on users in service innovations. We found that the library involves users in three ways:" customer as user", however mainly in an indirect form;" customers as a resource" and "customer as co......In this article, we investigate to what extent research libraries involve users in services innovation and what are these user roles. By drawing on earlier research on innovation, new product development and new service development we look at the theoretical possibilities for drawing on users......-creator; the latter is though at an infant stage. The main conclusion is that there are unexplored possibilities for user involvement in service innovations in research libraries. The explanation seems to rest on a conservative view from the library on user's visions and the methods in use for approaching...

  8. Investigating the role of customers in service innovation

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    Scupola, Ada; Nicolajsen, Hanne Westh; Falch, Morten

    2009-01-01

      In this article, we investigate to what extent research libraries involve users in services innovation and what are these user roles. By drawing on earlier research on innovation, new product development and new service development we look at the theoretical possibilities for drawing on users...... in service innovation. Results from a case study show that libraries are making some attempts to draw on users in service innovations. We found that the library involves users in three ways:" customer as user", however mainly in an indirect form;" customers as a resource" and "customer as co......-creator; the latter is though at an infant stage. The main conclusion is that there are unexplored possibilities for user involvement in service innovations in research libraries. The explanation seems to rest on a conservative view from the library on user's visions and the methods in use for approaching...

  9. Investigating The Role Of Customers In Service Innovation

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    Scupola, Ada; Nicolajsen, Hanne Westh; Falch, Morten

    2009-01-01

    In this article, we investigate to what extent research libraries involve users in services innovation and what are these user roles. By drawing on earlier research on innovation, new product development and new service development we look at the theoretical possibilities for drawing on users...... in service innovation. Results from a case study show that libraries are making some attempts to draw on users in service innovations. We found that the library involves users in three ways:" customer as user", however mainly in an indirect form;" customers as a resource" and "customer as co......-creator; the latter is though at an infant stage. The main conclusion is that there are unexplored possibilities for user involvement in service innovations in research libraries. The explanation seems to rest on a conservative view from the library on user's visions and the methods in use for approaching...

  10. Investigating the service brand: A customer value perspective

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    Leyla Heydari

    2014-04-01

    Full Text Available This paper examines the effect of the service brand on the customer value–loyalty process. The study includes the traditional effect of brand image plus three additional influences, which reflects the broader service perspective including company image, employee trust, and company trust. Using survey data of a sample of 385 bank customers, the analysis indicates there is a direct influence of some of the perspectives of the brand on customers' perceptions of value. The results indicate that brand image, organization image, trust to firm influence positively on quality of services. In addition, brand image, organization image, quality of services and trust to firm influence on customer’s perspective where quality of services maintains the lowest impact and corporate image has the highest impact on customer’s perspective.

  11. 20 CFR 669.330 - How are services delivered to the customer?

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    2010-04-01

    ... 20 Employees' Benefits 3 2010-04-01 2010-04-01 false How are services delivered to the customer... Farmworker Jobs Program Customers and Available Program Services § 669.330 How are services delivered to the customer? To ensure that all services are focused on the customer's needs, services are provided through a...

  12. Service Quality and Customer Satisfaction on the Value Effect of Services: An Application in Railway Transport

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    Cemalettin DEMİRELİ

    2014-12-01

    Full Text Available The importance of passenger transportation by rail increased with highspeed trains to put in service although scientific studies related YHT has been rather limited. In this study, high-speed train service and quality of the services values offered in sizes revealed and their effect on the customer satisfaction of this size is revealed. This study has been applied to the 630 high-speed train travelers customers. Customer satisfaction is measured in three items of the one-dimensional. When The relationship between customer satisfaction with service quality and service value examined, no relationship with satisfaction and communication which the sub-dimensions of service quality and low levels relationship between the other dimensions has been determined. Research results in terms of creating customer satisfaction in YHT services, the importance of service quality and service value are put forward

  13. Are all customers really the same? Comparing service quality and satisfaction between residential and business telecommunications customers

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    Charles Makanyeza

    2016-03-01

    Full Text Available Orientation: The study focused on the moderating role of the type of customer on the relationship between service quality and customer satisfaction.Research purpose: The study sought to examine differences in the relationship between service quality and customer satisfaction because of the type of customer.Motivation for the study: Previous studies have not examined the relationship between service quality and customer satisfaction between residential and business customers.Research design, approach and method: The study used a cross-section of 203 customers (108 residential and 95 business in the fixed-line telecommunications sector in Zimbabwe. Moderated regression analysis was performed to test the research hypotheses.Main findings: It was established that the customer category (residential versus business does not moderate the effect of service quality on customer satisfaction. Practical/managerial implications are, generally, that it is not necessary to segment customers by customer category (residential versus business when managing service quality to achieve customer satisfaction.Contribution/value add: The main theoretical contribution of the study is the comparison of the effect of service quality on customer satisfaction between residential and business customers.

  14. The effects of service quality and corporate rebranding on brand image, customer satisfaction, brand equity and customer loyalty: study in advertising company at tvOne

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    Chaniago A.

    2016-01-01

    The purpose of this study was to analyze the effects of service quality on brand image, service quality on customer satisfaction, service quality on brand equity, service quality on customer loyalty, corporate rebranding on brand image, corporate rebranding on customer satisfaction, corporate rebranding on brand equity, brand image on customer satisfaction, corporate rebranding on customer loyalty, brand image on brand equity, brand image on customer loyalty, customer satisfaction on customer...

  15. Developing a communication model between banking services quality via mediating variables of quality of relationship with customers and satisfaction with customer loyalty: A case study of Tejarat Bank

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    Hossein Rahimi Koloor

    2015-01-01

    .... Research results suggested that the quality of banking services, customer satisfaction, and the quality of bank relationship with customers had the most effects on customer loyalty, respectively...

  16. Assessing service quality satisfying the expectations of library customers

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    Hernon, Peter; Dugan, Robert

    2015-01-01

    Academic and public libraries are continuing to transform as the information landscape changes, expanding their missions into new service roles that call for improved organizational performance and accountability. Since Assessing Service Quality premiered in 1998, receiving the prestigious Highsmith Library Literature Award, scores of library managers and administrators have trusted its guidance for applying a customer-centered approach to service quality and performance evaluation. This extensively revised and updated edition explores even further the ways technology influences both the experiences of library customers and the ways libraries themselves can assess those experiences.

  17. Where does the customer fit in a service operation?

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    Chase, R B

    1978-01-01

    While management skills can improve service systems, a manager is better off if he or she first has a clear understanding of the operating characteristics that set one service system apart from another. This author offers one view of services, which, if followed, results in a "rational approach to the rationalization" of services. His view, quite simply, is that the less direct contact the customer has with the service system, the greater the potential of the system to operate at peak efficiency. And, conversely, where the direct customer contact is high, the less the potential that exists to achieve high levels of efficiency. This distinction between high- and low-contact systems provides a basis for classifying service production systems that can enable the manager to develop a more effective service operation.

  18. Management of Customer Service in Terms of Logistics Information Systems

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    Kampf Rudolf

    2017-03-01

    Full Text Available This paper is focused on perceiving the logistic services as the competition advantage in frame of the ecommerce. Customers consider their purchases in its complexity and all the logistic services should be designed to meet with customers’ preferences as much as possible. Our aim was to identify and evaluate of customers perceiving in frame of sales proposals offered by e-shops. Collected data of research were processed with the usage of cluster analysis. The aim of this paper is to present the results and conclusions from this research with focus on the elements of logistics services within e-commerce. These outputs can be used for knowledge base of information systems through which enterprises evaluate their decisions and selection of variants. For the enterprise, it is important to appropriate decisions about resource allocation and design of the structure of logistics services were set based on real customer preferences.

  19. Determinants of customer satisfaction with professional services: A study of consultants services

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    Sonne, Anne-Mette

    1999-01-01

    Although models of service quality and customer satisfaction have been well researched within the consumer goods and services area, much less attention has been paid to high involvement business-to-business service satisfaction. The objective of this study is to contribute to this stream...... of research through a survey of customers of the Norwegian Institute of Fisheries and Aquaculture. Information on which factors are the determinants of customer satisfaction is important to consultants since customer satisfaction is what the service business depends on for repeat business. In this study we...... found that customer satisfaction is mostly influenced by the perceived competence of the consultant and the technical reliability demonstrated in the project. However, the perceived service quality is also influenced by the way the customer is treated during the service production process....

  20. Determinants of customer satisfaction with professional services: A study of consultants services

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    Sonne, Anne-Mette

    1999-01-01

    Although models of service quality and customer satisfaction have been well researched within the consumer goods and services area, much less attention has been paid to high involvement business-to-business service satisfaction. The objective of this study is to contribute to this stream...... found that customer satisfaction is mostly influenced by the perceived competence of the consultant and the technical reliability demonstrated in the project. However, the perceived service quality is also influenced by the way the customer is treated during the service production process....... of research through a survey of customers of the Norwegian Institute of Fisheries and Aquaculture. Information on which factors are the determinants of customer satisfaction is important to consultants since customer satisfaction is what the service business depends on for repeat business. In this study we...

  1. Employees as Customers: Exploring Service Climate, Employee Patronage, and Turnover

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    Abston, Kristie A.; Kupritz, Virginia W.

    2011-01-01

    The role of retail employees as customers was explored by quantitatively examining the influence of service climate and employee patronage on employee turnover intentions. Employees representing all shifts in two stores of a national retailer participated. Results indicated that employee patronage partially mediates the effects of service climate…

  2. Mountain Plains Learning Experience Guide: Marketing. Course: Customer Service.

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    Preston, T.; Egan, B.

    One of thirteen individualized courses included in a marketing curriculum, this course covers the various credit plans, shopping conveniences, and advisory services provided by wholesale and retail businesses to their customers. The course is comprised of two units: (1) Credit and (2) Shopping Services. Each unit begins with a Unit Learning…

  3. Aggregating Case Study Data in Customer Service Training.

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    Barrington, Gail V.

    An evaluation was conducted to determine the outcomes and impacts of participation in the ALBERTA BEST training program in terms of participant attitudes toward service excellence and business profitability. ALBERTA BEST is a customer service program offered by the Alberta (Canada) government. The evaluation involved a series of case studies…

  4. The role of Customer Involvement in Library E-services

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    Scupola, Ada; Nikolajsen, H. W.

    2009-01-01

    We investigate customer involvement in the development of e-service within research Libraries. By revisiting earlier research on innovation processes as well as newer research on new product and new service development we derive a conceptual model on different actors that are important...

  5. Customer service factors of a Telematic Learning BBA degree

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    sibility of quality tertiary education via distance learning programmes of foreign ... client satisfaction research is conducted and this article reports on the ... factor analysis, was employed to determine underlying communalities of these specific services. ... more specifically the 1997 customer service reports on the BBA de-.

  6. Including customers in health service design.

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    Perrott, Bruce E

    2013-01-01

    This article will explore the concept and meaning of codesign as it applies to the delivery of health services. The results of a pilot study in health codesign will be used as a research based case discussion, thus providing a platform to suggest future research that could lead to building more robust knowledge of how the consumers of health services may be more effectively involved in the process of developing and delivering the type of services that are in line with expectations of the various stakeholder groups.

  7. A Strategic Approach To Managing Customer Service Quality

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    Nelson Barber

    2011-11-01

    Full Text Available Service quality is an essential strategy for success and survival in today's competitive environment. Earlier discussions emphasized what service quality meant to customers and how to develop strategies to meet customer expectations. More recently, the focus has shifted to understanding the impact of service quality on profit and other financial outcomes of the organization. Lowering customer defection rates can be profitable to companies, at the same time lowering employee turnover and improving their satisfaction and loyalty can also reduce customer defection and maintain or increase profits. The purpose of this paper is to put forth an argument that to measure customer service quality is not only an important strategic approach, but is a critical and intertwined link to organizational commitment, communication, and employee satisfaction by improving and maintaining high standards of consistent service quality delivery. This strategic approach pulls together many previously tested models into a single workable assessment and feedback tool, with a particular focus on employee training, by establishing a strategic and measurable benchmarking index for continual monitoring and operational improvement.

  8. Customer Relationship Management and Service Quality: Influences in Higher Education

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    2016-01-01

    This study with international students in the UK Higher Education (HE) sector adopts a qualitative research approach to examine the impact of customer relationship management (CRM) and service quality. From the literature six construct themes for measuring customer relationship management were suggested and the interview data with focus groups from a university in the north of Britain were analysed using a thematic template analysis technique. The study showed that an effective CRM programme ...

  9. Customer Service Analysis : Case: Sky Club Department of Yeti Airlines, Nepal

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    Chiluwal, Debendra

    2014-01-01

    In recent year, competition in business field is significantly growing and an organization cannot focus only on price but also they have to focus on customer service and satisfaction level. The objective of this thesis is to find out the level of customer service experience and satisfaction and provide suggestions for the future development. Customer service and customer satisfaction are relates to each other. Therefore, good customer service can get high level of customer satisfaction. A hig...

  10. Patient satisfaction: a customer service approach.

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    Marr, J; Greengarten, M

    1995-01-01

    In health care, as in any service business, monitoring quality is an important component. Patient satisfaction, despite its measurement difficulties, is an excellent gauge of the institution's ability to delivery quality service. As part of quality improvement activities, the Division of Neurosciences at the Toronto Hospital measured patient satisfaction on various validated dimensions, then attempted to identify which components of service provision were key in determining patients' overall levels of perceived satisfaction with care. Results indicated that much of perceived quality and satisfaction was explained by the dimension of care which included prompt response to needs, organization, efficiency of care and communication. The authors recommend focusing improvement efforts on activities with the greatest potential to influence patient satisfaction.

  11. Customer Perception On Products Pricing Service Quality Towards Customers Quality Relationships And Loyalty Of Domestic Airlines Indonesia

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    Hasniaty

    2015-01-01

    .... This study aims to quantify the relationship between customer perceptions on the concept or product price service quality and relationship quality on customer loyalty of domestic airline in Indonesia...

  12. A Correlational Study of How Airline Customer Service and Consumer Perception of Airline Customer Service Affect the Air Rage Phenomenon

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    Hunter, Joyce A.

    2007-01-01

    Between 1995 and 2000, customer service declined throughout the airline industry, as reported in February 2001 by the U.S. Department of Transportation (2001). One of the biggest problems today within the airline industry is the constant complaining from customers regarding the deterioraton of service (McCollough, Berry, & Yadav, 2000). Since 1995, unfortunately no airline has been immune from service deterioration, as reported by the Airline Quality Rating, an annual report by two airline industry experts who analyzed Department of Transportation statistics (Harrison & Kleinsasser, 1999). The airline' refusal to recognize the issue of customer service has perpetuated an environment that has become dangerous and detrimental to the traveling public as well as to airline employees, which in turn has fueled a new phenomenon, now referred to as "air rage".

  13. From NHS Choices to the integrated customer service platform.

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    Gann, Bob; Grant, Maria J

    2013-03-01

    In 2013 the NHS Commissioning Board launches its new integrated customer service platform. The new service utilises the full range of channels (web, telephone, apps etc) to provide access to information to support transparency, participation and transactions. Digital health services have proven benefits in informed choice, shared decision making and patient participation. © 2013 The authors. Health Information and Libraries Journal © 2013 Health Libraries Group.

  14. 31 CFR Appendix C to Subpart A of... - United States Customs Service

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    ... 31 Money and Finance: Treasury 1 2010-07-01 2010-07-01 false United States Customs Service C...—United States Customs Service 1. In general. This appendix applies to the United States Customs Service. 2. Public reading room. The public reading room for the United States Customs Service is...

  15. SERVICE QUALITY AND CUSTOMER LOYALTY IN PEACEKEEPING MISSIONS

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    Azman Ismail

    2016-03-01

    Full Text Available The capability of service providers to plan and implement the quality components in executing daily job may have a significant impact on customer loyalty. However, the role of service quality as an important determinant has been given less attention in the workplace quality research literature. Therefore, this study was undertaken to measure the relationship between service quality and customer loyalty. A survey method was employed to collect data from Malaysian soldiers who involved in peacekeeping missions at Middle Eastern country. The outcomes of SmartPLS path model analysis demonstrate that the ability of organization to appropriately implement tangible, reliability, responsiveness, assurance and empathy in executing daily job has been important determinants of customer loyalty. Further, this study provides discussion, implications and conclusion.

  16. Customer value in a credence service context

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    Josje Dikkers; Dr. Gerrita van der Veen; Esther Verboon

    2014-01-01

    accepted abstract Quis14 conference Field findings show that value dimensions in legal services are functional, social and emotional. The last category emerges not only within but also outside the interaction with the lawyer. Recommendation of others or the trackrecord of lawyers for example, which

  17. The influence of service employees and other customers on customer unfriendliness

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    Albrecht, Arne K.; Walsh, Gianfranco; Brach, Simon; Gremler, Dwayne D.; Herpen, van Erica

    2016-01-01

    This research investigates the influence that social sources in the service environment exert on customer unfriendliness. Drawing on social norms theory, the authors demonstrate that descriptive norms (i.e., what most people are perceived to be doing in a certain situation), in the form of unfrie

  18. Analisis Pengaruh E-Service Quality terhadap Customer Satisfaction yang Berdampak pada Customer Loyalty PT Bayu Buana Travel Tbk

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    Hansel Jonathan

    2013-01-01

    The purpose of this study is to determine the effect of e-service quality on customer satisfaction and its impact on customer loyalty of PT Bayu Buana Travel, Tbk. With non-probability technique (census), questionnaires were collected and used in data processing using Structural Equation Modeling with WarpPLS program and Importance Performance Analysis methods. Based on this research, it was found that e-service quality has an influence on customer satisfaction, customer satisfaction has an i...

  19. Assessment of Customer Service in Academic Health Care Libraries (ACSAHL): an instrument for measuring customer service*†

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    2001-01-01

    Objectives: In a pilot study, the library had good results using SERVQUAL, a respected and often-used instrument for measuring customer satisfaction. The SERVQUAL instrument itself, however, received some serious and well-founded criticism from the respondents to our survey. The purpose of this study was to test the comparability of the results of SERVQUAL with a revised and shortened instrument modeled on SERVQUAL. The revised instrument, the Assessment of Customer Service in Academic Health...

  20. Improving Customer Service in Healthcare with CRM 2.0

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    Almunawar, Mohammad Nabil

    2012-01-01

    The Healthcare industry is undergoing a paradigm shift from healthcare institution-centred care to a citizen-centred care that emphasises on continuity of care from prevention to rehabilitation. The recent development of Information and Communication Technology (ICT), especially the Internet and its related technologies has become the main driver of the paradigm shift. Managing relationship with customers (patients) is becoming more important in the new paradigm. The paper discusses Customer Relationship Management (CRM) in healthcare and proposes a Social CRM or CRM 2.0 model to take advantage of the multi-way relationships created by Web 2.0 and its widespread use in improving customer services for mutual benefits between healthcare providers and their customers.

  1. Segmentation in sport services: a typology of fitness customers

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    Josef Voráček

    2016-02-01

    Full Text Available This article considers customer typology in fitness centres. The main aim of our survey is to state the basic segments of fitness customers and create their typology. A survey was conducted on a sample of 1004 respondents from 48 fitness centres. We used questionnaires and latent class analysis for the assessment and interpretation of data. The results of our research are as follows: we identified 6 segments of typical customers, of which three are male (we called them student, shark, mature and three are female (manager, hunter, and student. Each segment is influenced primarily by the age of customers, from which we can develop further characteristics, such as education, income, marital status, etc. Male segments use the main workout area above all, whilst female segments use a much wider range of services offered, for example group exercises, personal training, and cardio theatres.

  2. Measuring customer satisfaction on perceived service quality : case mobile telecommunications service of Bouygues Telecom, France

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    Nguyen, Thien Phuc

    2014-01-01

    The incessant development of service industries always predisposes customers to their new level of satisfaction. Gaining customer satisfaction is one of the key factors that help companies remain competitive and sustainable. Therefore, measuring customer satisfaction is a perpetual topic conducted by many marketers, as well as researchers from time to time. The objectives of this thesis are to elucidate customers’ perceptions regarding mobile telecommunication services in French mobil...

  3. Service Recovery, Satisfaction and Customers' Post Service Behavior in the Malaysian Banking Sector

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    Shaheen MANSORI; Goh Guann TYNG; Zarina Mizam Mohd ISMAIL

    2014-01-01

    Financial services sector has become so competitive after Malaysia government’s liberalization policy. In order to address this intense competition, banks have shifted their strategy from product-centered to a customer-centered strategy. This study is to test a model related to the relationship between the service recovery, customer satisfaction and the after purchase behavior by the customers. To test the proposed model, 370 self-administered questionnaires were distributed. The analyses bas...

  4. Do it right this time: the role of employee service recovery performance in customer-perceived justice and customer loyalty after service failures.

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    Liao, Hui

    2007-03-01

    Integrating justice and customer service literatures, this research examines the role of customer service employees' behaviors of handling customer complaints, or service recovery performance (SRP), in conveying a just image of service organizations and achieving desirable customer outcomes. Results from a field study and a laboratory study demonstrate that the dimensions of SRP--making an apology, problem solving, being courteous, and prompt handling--positively influenced customer satisfaction and then customer repurchase intent through the mediation of customer-perceived justice. In addition, service failure severity and repeated failures reduced the positive impact of some dimensions of SRP on customer satisfaction, and customer-perceived justice again mediated these moderated effects. (c) 2007 APA, all rights reserved.

  5. How can service organizations improve the customer orientation of frontline employees? : a cross cultural study

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    Olsen, Even Meek; Sky, Astrid

    2013-01-01

    Frontline employees, the employees with customer contact, are the face of service organizations and play a critical role in determining customer satisfaction. Service quality is greatly improved when these employees are customer oriented. Customer orientation refers to an individual’s commitment to delivering great customer service. While some research exists, the antecedents to customer orientation are insufficiently studied. Answering a call for new insights into this importa...

  6. Studying customer loyalty at Daewoo express bus service, Pakistan

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    Usman Yousaf

    2013-09-01

    Full Text Available Background: Meeting service quality standards and striving for loyalty are two critical areas which have until now been overlooked by both the passenger transport industry and academia in Pakistan therefore the study sheds useful light on an issue hitherto untouched. Therefore increased sample size will help in increasing generalizability of study. Methods: This paper is designed to study the level of loyalty at Daewoo Express Bus Service in Sargodha by measuring customer satisfaction. Researchers used a small sample of only 96 respondents (passengers and only studies customer's behavior in the service quality of Daewoo Express Bus Service however it may differ in other passenger transport services. Results and conclusions: This paper reveals that there is a positive and significant relationship between loyalty (dependant variable and price perceptions, reliability, retrieving and smoothing (independent variables. However, the study found that reliability of services is the most important dimension among other independent variables (price perceptions, smoothing, reliability, retrieving effecting customers loyalty at Daewoo Express. Paper under consideration would surely assist Daewoo`s management team to take care of the loopholes existing in the current service level and likely threats which Daewoo might face.

  7. The Customer Comes First: Implementing a Customer Service Program at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities Libraries

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    Bayer, Jerrie; Llewellyn, Steven

    2011-01-01

    Library customers have more remote information choices than ever before, so we must ensure that when they do come to the library, they experience a welcoming environment, a high standard of service, and receive equitable levels of service across campus. Developing a customer service program was a logical next step to reinforce the ongoing…

  8. The Study of Relationship among Experiential Marketing, Service Quality, Customer Satisfaction, and Customer Loyalty

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    Puti Ara Zena

    2012-06-01

    Full Text Available Experiential marketing is one of the marketing approaches that gives a great framework to combine experience and entertainment elements into a product or service. Some of businesses in Indonesia have already used this approach and one of them is Strawberry Cafe which provides many kinds of free board games for the customer. The purpose of this research is to understand the impact of experiential marketing used by Strawberry Cafe related to customer satisfaction and loyalty. The data were collected from 142 respondents but after screening, only 80 that met the requirements and could be analyzed. Structural Equation Modeling (SEM using LISREL software was used to analyze the data. This research found that itexperiential marketing used by Strawberry Cafe can affect customer loyalty.

  9. How service organisations can best attract customer oriented service workers

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    Power, John

    2010-01-01

    Today, the services sector accounts for over 70 per cent of employment and activity in OECD countries (OECD, 2009) with the Economic and Social Research Institute of Ireland (2010) reporting that almost two-thirds of the Irish workforce is employed directly in the services sector. Within service industries, service workers are central to the service delivery and their performance, inextricably linked to the performance of the service organisation (Grizzle et al., 2009). Prior research has dem...

  10. National Plant Germplasm System: Critical Role of Customer Service

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    The National Plant Germplasm System (NPGS) conserves plant genetic resources, not only for use by future generations, but for immediate use by scientists and educators around the world. With a great deal of interaction between genebank curators and users of plant genetic resources, customer service...

  11. "Where Is My Answer?": A Customer Service Status Report.

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    Marcinko, Randy

    1997-01-01

    Describes the results of a study that tested the customer service responses from 11 companies selling online information including online hosts, database producers, and World Wide Web search engine companies. Highlights include content-oriented issues, costs, training, human interaction, and the use of technology to save time and increase…

  12. Working with Angry Parents: Taking a Customer Service Approach.

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    Phipps, Patricia A.

    1998-01-01

    Discusses ways child care personnel can develop a proactive customer service plan that meets families' needs and expectations while minimizing the probability of confrontations with angry parents. Outlines a five-step conflict-resolution strategy that offers a "win-win" approach for both parents and providers when problems do occur. (TJQ)

  13. The Impact of Product Quality, Service Quality, and Customer Loyalty Program perception on Retail Customer Attitude

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    Ricko Achmadi Putra

    2017-09-01

    Full Text Available This journal examines the relationship between perception of product quality, perception of service quality, perception of Customer Loyalty Program on retail customer behavior, and sales volumes of cement products. This study examines three different cement brands, namely cement XYZ with the largest market share, cement PQR which is the main competitor, as well as cement ABC, a newcomer cement brand which is strong enough to enter the Indonesian cement market. The research is focused on the building material retailers with 100 respondents. The data collection will be done by survey through direct interview by using questionnaires. The analysis of this research uses descriptive analysis, analysis by ANOVA and also inferential analysis by using Structural Equation Model (SEM. The results of this study indicate that from the factors that influence the attitudes of retail customers of the three variables tested, only one dominant factor which influences the attitude of retail customers, which is the perception of the product quality. The results of this research also show that the perception of product quality also affects sale volume significantly, the greater the perception of the quality of cement products, the greater the volume of sales generated by the retail customer.

  14. Customer retention: A theoretical perspective of service failure and service recovery in the hotel industry

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    D. J. Petzer

    2006-12-01

    Full Text Available Purpose: The purpose of this paper is to provide a theoretical perspective on customer retention activities associated with service failure management and service recovery as a means to retain customers in the hotel industry - and to improve the competitiveness of a hotel. The research is pursued with the following objectives in mind: To determine the customer retention activities involved in the service failure management needed by hotels to retain customers. To determine the customer retention activities associated with the service recovery that hotels might perform in order to retain customers. Design/methodology/approach: Secondary sources such as textbooks, scientific journals, and previous studies on the subject were used to obtain relevant background information. A literature search of secondary sources was conducted to elucidate questions and areas of enquiry that relate to the research. Findings: The theoretical perspectives on service failure management and service recovery provided in this paper suggest several customer retention activities that might be used by hotels in order to manage service failure and service recovery - and thus become more competitive. Implications: This paper suggests a number of approaches that hotel managers might take to improve service failure management and service recovery. Such activities could assist a hotel in determining where it is lacking and where to improve its performance in these areas. These activities could provide guidance to managers who are dealing with the day-to-day operations of a hotel. They might help to avoid service failures in the first place, and, secondly, to give ideas about service recovery if failures do occur. On a more strategic level, these activities could also assist managers to develop a general customer retention strategy that incorporates service failure management and service recovery. Originality/value: Service failure management and service recovery are viewed as

  15. SERVICE QUALITY AND CUSTOMER SATISFACTION IN PUBLIC TRANSPORTS

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    Filipa Fonseca

    2010-06-01

    Full Text Available The objective of the paper is to identify the determinants of service quality as well as its impact on the satisfaction of public transport commuters. The paper explores the relationship between service quality and customer satisfaction in a public transport service taking into account both internal and external perspectives. In order to analyse this relationship, the concepts of service quality, consumer satisfaction and dissatisfaction are assessed. A model of analysis is developed aiming at explaining this relationship and guiding the empirical study. This is based on an exploratory case study of a metro company in Europe. The results of the study put in evidence two key findings. The first is related to the level of service quality in its main dimensions. We conclude that reliability, security, speed, comfort and punctuality are quality dimensions of greater importance for the public transport services. Secondly, the study explores satisfaction and their determinants. Despite literature stipulates the existence of a distinction between the constructs of quality and satisfaction, this study found that the transport company, non-customers and customers clearly do not make such a distinction.

  16. Using industrial models and strategic planning to improve customer service.

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    Tessier, P

    1997-01-01

    Years ago, the laboratory industry took a cue from what Demming taught the Japanese car industry to improve the way it approached quality assurance; now it's time to learn from an American car manufacturer to step into the future of customer service. The Saturn company has instituted a revolutionary way to relate to their customers. They have carefully identified every single point of contact with them and then made it their business to not just meet, but to exceed the expectations of clients and future clients at each and every interface.

  17. The seven common pitfalls of customer service in hospitals.

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    Domingo, Rene T

    2015-01-01

    Operating simultaneously like a repair shop, prison, and hotel, hospitals are prone to seven common pitfalls in customer service. Patient care is often fragmented, inscrutable, inflexible, insensitive, reactive, myopic, and unsafe. Hospitals are vying to be more high-tech, rather than high-touch even though staff engagement with patients rather than facilities and equipment strongly influence patient satisfaction. Unless processes, policies, and people are made customer-centered, the high quality of the hospital's human and hardware resources will not translate into high patient satisfaction and patient loyalty.

  18. In Search of Excellence in E-Customer Logistics Service

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    Ocicka Barbara

    2016-03-01

    Full Text Available The e-commerce market has been developing very rapidly and changing traditional distribution systems. The development of online channels is matched by a similar evolution of companies’ logistics systems. As a consequence, logistics processes management now significantly influences e-customer service quality, which has emerged as a competitive advantage. The main goal of this paper is to identify e-commerce business models, modern distribution channels and management tools that would facilitate a continuous improvement in e-customer logistics service. Based on the literature and interviews with e-commerce services providers, we provide a plethora of good and best practices useful for managers in the rapidly developing and highly competitive e-commerce business.

  19. Product Customization

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    Hvam, Lars; Mortensen, Niels Henrik; Riis, Jesper

    For the majority of industrial companies, customizing products and services is among the most critical means to deliver true customer value and achieve superior competitive advantage. The challenge is not to customize products and services in itself – but to do it in a profitable way....... The implementation of a product configuration system is among the most powerful ways of achieving this in practice, offering a reduction of the lead time for products and quotations, faster and more qualified responses to customer inquiries, fewer transfers of responsibility and fewer specification mistakes......, a reduction of the resources spent for the specification of customized products, and the possibility of optimizing the products according to customer demands. This book presents an operational procedure for the design of product configuration systems in industrial companies, based on the experience gained...

  20. The Study on the Preferences of Customer Personal Values with Chinese Culture Background in Services

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    Li, Yi; Zhao, Hong; Yang, Yue

    Customer personal values are the important factors which affect customer behaviors, and they guide and decide the customer's attitudes and behaviors on the products or the services. The paper thinks there are only several important customer personal values to guide customer's decisions, and these values will have -strong cultural differences. This study focuses on discussing the preferences of customer personal values with Chinese culture background when customers consume service and analyzes on the customer preferences of customer personal values with the deep interview method. After interviewing 16 responders with the semi-structured questionnaires, the study finds out some interesting results: (1) Some customers have recognized the existent of customer personal values, even though customer perceived values still have the strong influences on customer behaviors. (2) As they pursue to high quality lives, customers enjoy the lives in easy and pleasure way and care about the safe of the family. Quick response, simple and professional services contribute to enhance the experiences of easy and pleasure lives. (3) Non-rational consumers need the respect from the staff and the companies seriously. In comparison, the rational customers care less about the respect. (4) The sociable requirements have become a common consuming psychology of the customers. More and more customers try to gain the friends by consuming some services. (5) The preferences of customer personal values have a close relationship with the Chinese culture, such as collective values, family conception and "face" culture. The results benefit for service companies improving service brands and service quality.

  1. THE EFFECTS OF SERVICE QUALITY AND CORPORATE REBRANDING ON BRAND IMAGE, CUSTOMER SATISFACTION, BRAND EQUITY AND CUSTOMER LOYALTY: STUDY IN ADVERTISING COMPANY AT TVONE

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    Chaniago, Aspizain

    2016-01-01

    The purpose of this study was to analyze the effects of service quality on brand image, service quality on customer satisfaction, service quality on brand equity, service quality on customer loyalty...

  2. Evaluation of Customer Satisfaction with Restaurant Services with ACSI Application

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    Derli Luís Angnes

    2015-04-01

    Full Text Available Brazil has more than a million bars and restaurants, which are responsible for about 40% of the tourism GDP of the country. Restaurants are business organizations in the gastronomy and service sectors that besides providing individual satisfaction and social life are of great importance for people’s health. The main objective of this study was to validate a model for the customer satisfaction related to the service attributes in restaurants. The American Customer Satisfaction Index (ACSI was used as a model and methodology reference, based on a survey with 270 clients. The methodology employed was characterized by a qualitative exploratory study, for the understanding of the relevant attributes of restaurant services, and, a descriptive evaluation, with a qualitative approach based on the ACSI model and methodology. The data analysis involved multivariate statistics with structured equation modeling. The main results from the exploratory step resulted in a list of 27 evaluation attributes for restaurant services and the analyses with a modeling of structural equations used to validate this model suggest that the relationship, the quality and the valued experienced by the customers influence their satisfaction and loyalty towards the evaluated restaurants.

  3. Determinants of Customer Satisfaction and Service Quality-The Case of Romanian Public Services-

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    Horia Mihai RABOCA

    2006-02-01

    Full Text Available The present study portrays customer satisfaction and service quality as a multidimensional construct and investigates the link between customer satisfaction determinants and service quality determinants. Based on arguments that customer satisfaction should be operationalized along the same determinants/factors and dimensions (and the corresponding items on which service quality is operationalized, the results of study indicate that the two constructs are indeed independent but closely related, implying that an increase in one is likely to lead to an increase in another.

  4. 18 CFR 154.208 - Service of tariff filings on customers and other parties.

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    ... SCHEDULES AND TARIFFS Procedures for Changing Tariffs § 154.208 Service of tariff filings on customers and... customers and state regulatory commissions that have made a standing request for such service. (c) Within... section, service upon the designated recipient will be deemed service upon the customer or other party. (e...

  5. 47 CFR 69.408 - All other customer services expenses in Account 6620.

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    ... 47 Telecommunication 3 2010-10-01 2010-10-01 false All other customer services expenses in Account... CARRIER SERVICES (CONTINUED) ACCESS CHARGES Apportionment of Expenses § 69.408 All other customer services expenses in Account 6620. All other customer services expenses shall be apportioned among the Interexchange...

  6. 47 CFR 64.702 - Furnishing of enhanced services and customer-premises equipment.

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    ... 47 Telecommunication 3 2010-10-01 2010-10-01 false Furnishing of enhanced services and customer... Enhanced Services and Customer-Premises Equipment by Bell Operating Companies; Telephone Operator Services § 64.702 Furnishing of enhanced services and customer-premises equipment. (a) For the purpose of this...

  7. 77 FR 31028 - Proposed Collection; Comment Request; Collection of Customer Service, Demographic, and Smoking...

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    ... Collection; Comment Request; Collection of Customer Service, Demographic, and Smoking/Tobacco Use Information...: Collection of Customer Service, Demographic, and Smoking/Tobacco Use Information from the National Cancer... clients at the end of usual service--a survey that includes three customer service and twelve demographic...

  8. 29 CFR 779.329 - Effect of type of customer and type of goods or services.

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    ... 29 Labor 3 2010-07-01 2010-07-01 false Effect of type of customer and type of goods or services... customer and type of goods or services. In some industries the type of goods or services sold or the type... retail regardless of the type of goods or services sold or the type of customer. Where a sale is...

  9. The Relationship between Pharmaceutical Services and Satisfaction of Customers Accessing Pharmacy Services in Denpasar

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    Eka Arimbawa

    2015-04-01

    Full Text Available Background and purpose: Pharmacetical care has been shifted from product or drug oriented paradigm into patient oriented to ensure that every custumer will be able get the most effective medication. This research aimed was to explore the relationship between pharmaceutical services and satisfaction of customers accessing the pharmacy services in Denpasar. Methods: This research was analytic study using cross sectional design. The sample consists of 116 customers taken from 20 pharmacies at Denpasar. Data was collected using self-administered questionnaires. Data was analyzed using logistic regression. Results: The analysis indicated that the level of customer satisfaction was 46.55%. There was a significant relationship between pharmacy appearance (OR=12.819, 95%CI: 2.791-58.870, drug information services (OR=16.157, 95%CI: 3.279-79.620, the availability of drugs (OR=6.811, 95%CI: 1.571-29.460, and speed of service (OR=43.432, 95%CI: 7.197-262.095 with satisfaction levels of customers. Conclusion: It is recommended that there is an upgrade of facilities in order to enhance customer satisfaction including an increase in staff numbers attending to customers that are able to provide adequate information so as to optimize service provision. Keywords: pharmaceutical services, customer satisfaction, pharmacy, Denpasar

  10. Assessment of Customer Service in Academic Health Care Libraries (ACSAHL): an instrument for measuring customer service*†

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    Crossno, Jon E.; Berkins, Brenda; Gotcher, Nancy; Hill, Judith L.; McConoughey, Michelle; Walters, Mitchel

    2001-01-01

    Objectives: In a pilot study, the library had good results using SERVQUAL, a respected and often-used instrument for measuring customer satisfaction. The SERVQUAL instrument itself, however, received some serious and well-founded criticism from the respondents to our survey. The purpose of this study was to test the comparability of the results of SERVQUAL with a revised and shortened instrument modeled on SERVQUAL. The revised instrument, the Assessment of Customer Service in Academic Health Care Libraries (ACSAHL), was designed to better assess customer service in academic health care libraries. Methods: Surveys were sent to clients who had used the document delivery services at three academic medical libraries in Texas over the previous twelve to eighteen months. ACSAHL surveys were sent exclusively to clients at University of Texas (UT) Southwestern, while the client pools at the two other institutions were randomly divided and provided either SERVQUAL or ACSAHL surveys. Results: Results indicated that more respondents preferred the shorter ACSAHL instrument to the longer and more complex SERVQUAL instrument. Also, comparing the scores from both surveys indicated that ACSAHL elicited comparable results. Conclusions: ACSAHL appears to measure the same type of data in similar settings, but additional testing is recommended both to confirm the survey's results through data replication and to investigate whether the instrument applies to different service areas. PMID:11337948

  11. Notification: Audit of EPA Customer Service Help Desks, Hotlines, and Clearinghouses

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    Project #OA-FY12-0570, November 29, 2012. The EPA Office of Inspector General (OIG) plans to begin the fieldwork phase of our audit of EPA’s customer service help desks, hotlines, and clearinghouses (customer service lines).

  12. 75 FR 55303 - Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; Commercial Service Annual Customer Satisfaction...

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    ... Customer Satisfaction Survey AGENCY: International Trade Administration. ACTION: Notice. SUMMARY: The... Annual Customer Satisfaction Survey to measure client's overall satisfaction with the full array of...: Client service principles, export assistance services and business practices. The Annual...

  13. Exploring New Service Models: Can Consolidating Public Service Points Improve Response to Customer Needs?

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    Flanagan, Pat; Horowitz, Lisa R.

    2000-01-01

    Describes an experimental integrated service point that combines the desks and staff who perform reference and circulation at one of Massachusetts Institute of Technology's libraries. Considers whether this service model can consolidate public service points to improve response to customer needs; discusses performance measurement; and offers…

  14. Customer perceived service quality, satisfaction and loyalty in Indian private healthcare.

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    Kondasani, Rama Koteswara Rao; Panda, Rajeev Kumar

    2015-01-01

    The purpose of this paper is to analyse how perceived service quality and customer satisfaction lead to loyalty towards healthcare service providers. In total, 475 hospital patients participated in a questionnaire survey in five Indian private hospitals. Descriptive statistics, factor analysis, regression and correlation statistics were employed to analyse customer perceived service quality and how it leads to loyalty towards service providers. Results indicate that the service seeker-service provider relationship, quality of facilities and the interaction with supporting staff have a positive effect on customer perception. Findings help healthcare managers to formulate effective strategies to ensure a better quality of services to the customers. This study helps healthcare managers to build customer loyalty towards healthcare services, thereby attracting and gaining more customers. This paper will help healthcare managers and service providers to analyse customer perceptions and their loyalty towards Indian private healthcare services.

  15. Services Quality on Brand Preference and Purchase Intention of Customers (case study: customers of Saderat bank

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    Yaghoub Ansari

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available The aim of present article is, define the relation between perceived service quality with the purchase intentions and Brand preference among the customers in Saderat bank of Tehran in Iran. This is a survey research. The research method is a descriptive survey. This study was conducted on customers in Saderat bank of Tehran in Iran. The sample comprises 300 responder, which randomly were chosed. Data of research have been gathered through a researcher-developed questionnaire and sampling has been done through census and analyzed with using the software of SPSS. The validity of the instrument was confirmed by validity of content and the reliability by Cronbach Alpha. Overall findings of research indicated that there is a positive and significant relationship between the perceived service quality and the purchase intentions, there is a positive and significant relationship between the Perceived service quality and the preference of brand and there is a positive relationship between the brand preference and the purchase intentions.

  16. Key Factors Influencing Customer Satisfaction in Korea's Mobile Service Sector

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    JAE YOUNG KIM

    2013-12-01

    Full Text Available Advances in wireless technology have expanded the existing internet environment and accelerated the rapid development of mobile service. Many previous studies were conducted on users’ needs and satisfaction prior to the expansion of the mobile service. Thus, the impact of mobile service factors on user satisfaction has important implications for both academics and practitioners. This study investigates the factors affecting user satisfaction related to mobile service. First, this study extracts key factors (antecedents and consequences from reviewing the previous studies. Second, the study empirically examines the causal relationships among the factors. Data collected from 256 users in Korea were tested for the research model using the Visual PLS approach. The results reveal that the proposed model is significantly supported in the effect of perceived quality and self-efficacy on customer satisfaction via perceived ease of use and usefulness.

  17. 76 FR 8730 - Desert Southwest Customer Service Region-Rate Order No. WAPA-151

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    ... Area Power Administration Desert Southwest Customer Service Region-Rate Order No. WAPA-151 AGENCY..., Regional Manager, Desert Southwest Customer Service Region, Western Area Power Administration, 615 South... the Desert Southwest Customer Service Regional Office, 615 South 43rd Avenue, Phoenix, Arizona. FOR...

  18. 76 FR 4733 - Atlantic Southeast Airlines, a Subsidiary of Skywest, Inc., Airport Customer Service Division...

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    ... Customer Service Division, Fort Smith, AR; Notice of Negative Determination on Second Remand On November 4... Airlines, a Subsidiary of Skywest, Inc., Airport Customer Service Division v. United States Secretary of...) provided airline customer services. AR 4,8,14,37. The Department's Notice of determination was published in...

  19. 75 FR 44942 - 2015 Resource Pool-Sierra Nevada Customer Service Region

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    ... Nevada Customer Service Region AGENCY: Western Area Power Administration, DOE. ACTION: Notice of Proposed... the Sierra Nevada Customer Service Region (SNR) in the Federal Register on June 25, 1999. The... Anderson, Power Marketing Manager, Sierra Nevada Customer Service Region, Western Area Power Administration...

  20. 18 CFR 367.9100 - Account 910, Miscellaneous customer service and informational expenses.

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    ..., Miscellaneous customer service and informational expenses. 367.9100 Section 367.9100 Conservation of Power and... Account 910, Miscellaneous customer service and informational expenses. (a) This account must include the cost of labor, materials used and expenses incurred in connection with customer service and...

  1. 47 CFR 36.378 - Category 2-Customer services (revenue accounting).

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    ... 47 Telecommunication 2 2010-10-01 2010-10-01 false Category 2-Customer services (revenue... Operating Expenses and Taxes Customer Operations Expenses § 36.378 Category 2—Customer services (revenue... CARRIER SERVICES JURISDICTIONAL SEPARATIONS PROCEDURES; STANDARD PROCEDURES FOR SEPARATING...

  2. 7 CFR 1755.500 - RUS standard for service installations at customers access locations.

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    ... 7 Agriculture 11 2010-01-01 2010-01-01 false RUS standard for service installations at customers... customers access locations. (a) Sections 1755.501 through 1755.510 cover service installations at permanent or mobile home customer access locations. Sections 1755.501 through 1755.510 do not cover service...

  3. 77 FR 50138 - Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request: Collection of Customer Service, Demographic, and...

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    ... Customer Service, Demographic, and Smoking/Tobacco Use Information From the National Cancer Institute's... displays a currently valid OMB control number. Proposed Collection: Title: Collection of Customer Service... three customer service and twelve demographic questions (age, sex, race, ethnicity, education, household...

  4. 76 FR 28767 - Desert Southwest Customer Service Region-Rate Order No. WAPA-152

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    ... Area Power Administration Desert Southwest Customer Service Region-Rate Order No. WAPA-152 AGENCY.... FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mr. Darrick Moe, Regional Manager, Desert Southwest Customer Service... moe@wapa.gov , or Mr. Jack Murray, Rates Manager, Desert Southwest Customer Service Region, Western...

  5. 47 CFR 36.382 - Category 3-All other customer services expense.

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    ... 47 Telecommunication 2 2010-10-01 2010-10-01 false Category 3-All other customer services expense... Expenses and Taxes Customer Operations Expenses § 36.382 Category 3—All other customer services expense. (a... SERVICES JURISDICTIONAL SEPARATIONS PROCEDURES; STANDARD PROCEDURES FOR SEPARATING TELECOMMUNICATIONS...

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  7. Factors Influencing Customer Loya lty of Mobile Phone Service: Empirical Evidence from Koreans

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    Hyung Seok Lee

    2010-08-01

    Full Text Available The purpose of this paper is to verify the relationships among service quality, perceived value, customer satisfaction, and customer loyalty in mobile phone service. The study conducted an empirical research. A total of 384 mobile phone users’ responses were collected from Seoul in Korea. The findi ngs show that service quality positively influences customer loyalty. In addition, perceived value and customer satisfaction positively affects customer loyalty respectively. For customers with high perceived service quality, perceived value, and satisf action, they have a strong loyalty

  8. Customs Brokerage Services and Trade Facilitation: A Review of Regulatory Coherence

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    Llanto, Gilberto M.; Navarro, Adoracion M.; Detros, Keith C.; Ortiz, Ma. Kristina P.

    2013-01-01

    The study looks at the rarely studied customs brokerage activity in the Philippines and its role in facilitating trade given the ongoing push to modernize customs administration. It analyzes how the customs brokerage profession is being regulated and synthesizes insights on opposing views on the importance of customs brokers in trade facilitation. The results of the study clearly point toward a declining relevance of the customs brokers` services in an environment where customs administration...

  9. Nature and determinants of customer expectations of service recovery in health care.

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    Dasu, S; Rao, J

    1999-01-01

    Service recovery refers to the service provider's response to a dissatisfied customer. This article proposes a model of customer expectations of service recovery in health care services. The model discusses two types of service recovery expectations: will and should. An exploratory study indicates that industry reputation and personal experiences drive customers' "will-expectations" of service recovery while "should-expectations" can be explained via norm, fairness, social contract and hospitality theories.

  10. Enhancing Customer Service Operations in E-Business: The Emotional Dimension

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    David Barnes; R. Halloway

    2005-01-01

    In today’s increasingly competitive markets, greater emphasis is being placed on customer service as a means of achieving competitive advantage. Many organizations believe that e-business can provide opportunities to improve customer service operations by enabling them to get closer to the customer and enhance the organization-to-customer contact experience. However, use of the Internet fundamentally changes the nature of the customer contact experience. This article investigates this pheno...

  11. 76 FR 59682 - Desert Southwest Customer Service Region-Western Area Lower Colorado Balancing Authority-Rate...

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    ... Area Power Administration Desert Southwest Customer Service Region--Western Area Lower Colorado... the Western Area Power Administration's (Western) Desert Southwest Customer Service Region (DSWR... Murray, Rates Manager, Desert Southwest Customer Service Region, Western Area Power Administration, P.O...

  12. Study effective factors on customer compliance in high contact services based on Bandura social - Cognitive theory

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    zahra asadi; bahman hajipour

    2014-01-01

    ... . According Bandura social - Cognitive theory and the nature of high contact service characteristics contain of communication skills, customer orientation, expertise and reputation of service providers...

  13. Customer Satisfaction Survey With Clinical Laboratory and Phlebotomy Services at a Tertiary Care Unit Level

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    Koh, Young Rae; Kim, Shine Young; Kim, In Suk; Chang, Chulhun L; Lee, Eun Yup; Son, Han Chul; Kim, Hyung Hoi

    2014-01-01

    We performed customer satisfaction surveys for physicians and nurses regarding clinical laboratory services, and for outpatients who used phlebotomy services at a tertiary care unit level to evaluate...

  14. Pengaruh e-CRM dan Service Quality terhadap Customer Satisfaction dan Dampaknya terhadap Customer Loyalty pada PT XL

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    Marshellina Marshellina

    2013-11-01

    Full Text Available This study aims to look at the influence and how much the influence of e-CRM (X1 and Quality of Service (X2 for Customer Satisfaction (Y that impact on Customer Loyalty (Z at PT XL. Data collection techniques were with questionnaires, the number of population in this study was approximately three millionrespondents, ie customers who use the product XL in West Jakarta, because the area most widely uses XL provider. Total sample was 100 respondents and the technique used was simple random sampling. The method used in this study was Pearson correlation and path analysis. Based on the results of data analysis, structural equation is Y = 0.310 + 0.330 X1 + X2 0.874 and Z = 0.005 X1 + X2 + 0.449 -0.070 + 0.903 Y, which Electronic Customer Relationship Management and the quality of service have yet to be effective in providing a positive influence for customer loyalty directly, but it must go through prior customer satisfaction as an intervening variable. Therefore, more companies should make improvements to the new way of communicating with customers via electronic media because it gives quite effective results for customer satisfaction in PT XL. Inaddition, PT XL should provide training and better development for the employees working in the company to improve the quality of service that can create customer loyalty.

  15. Voice of the customer---a roadmap for service improvement.

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    Uberoi, Ravinder S; Nayak, Yogamaya; Sachdeva, Pritindira; Sibal, Anupam

    2013-01-01

    Patient satisfaction surveys help a great deal in identifying ways of improving a hospital's services. Ultimately, that translates into better care and happier patients. Moreover, it shows the staff and the community that the hospital is serious about quality and is looking for ways to improve. This article describes how the Voice of the Customer (VOC) Survey can be used as a tool for improving services. Regular monitoring of VOC scores is essential for minimizing the gaps between service delivery and patient expectations. The present study showcases the various initiatives undertaken to improve the VOC scores from an original 4.40 to 4.77 (on a 5 point scale) at the hospital under study.

  16. The Relationship Between Service Quality and Customer Satisfaction in the Telecommunication Industry: Evidence From Nigeria

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    Olu Ojo

    2010-03-01

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    This study investigates the relationship between service quality and customer satisfaction in the telecommunication industry with a focus on Mobile Telecommunication Network (MTN Nigeria. A total of 230 respondents participated in the study. Research questions and objectives were set, alongside the hypotheses that were formulated and tested. Descriptive statistics comprising the simple percentage and tables were used for data presentation and analysis. Regression analysis and Pearson product moment correlation coefficient were employed in testing our hypotheses. The study reveals that service quality has effect on customer satisfaction and that there is a positive relationship between service quality and customer satisfaction. The researcher concluded by recommending that organisations should focus more attention on service quality, because of its effects on customer satisfaction. To ensure that customer satisfaction level is high, organisation must first of all know the expectations of the customers and how they can meet such expectations. Customer satisfaction helps in customer loyalty and retention. It has been discovered that it costs to attract new customer than to retain existing ones. It is also recommended that organisations should welcome suggestions from customers and more programmes should be designed to measure service quality and customer satisfaction.

    Keywords: Customer, Service, Customer Satisfaction, Service Quality, Customer Loyalty.

  17. The Relationship Between Service Quality and Customer Satisfaction in the Telecommunication Industry: Evidence From Nigeria

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    Olu Ojo

    2010-03-01

    Full Text Available This study investigates the relationship between service quality and customer satisfaction in the telecommunication industry with a focus on Mobile Telecommunication Network (MTN Nigeria. A total of 230 respondents participated in the study. Research questions and objectives were set, alongside the hypotheses that were formulated and tested. Descriptive statistics comprising the simple percentage and tables were used for data presentation and analysis. Regression analysis and Pearson product moment correlation coefficient were employed in testing our hypotheses. The study reveals that service quality has effect on customer satisfaction and that there is a positive relationship between service quality and customer satisfaction. The researcher concluded by recommending that organisations should focus more attention on service quality, because of its effects on customer satisfaction. To ensure that customer satisfaction level is high, organisation must first of all know the expectations of the customers and how they can meet such expectations. Customer satisfaction helps in customer loyalty and retention. It has been discovered that it costs to attract new customer than to retain existing ones. It is also recommended that organisations should welcome suggestions from customers and more programmes should be designed to measure service quality and customer satisfaction.Keywords: Customer, Service, Customer Satisfaction, Service Quality, Customer Loyalty.

  18. Service Quality Dimensions and Customer Satisfaction with Online Services of Nigerian Banks

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    Okeke TC; Ezeh GA; Ugochukwu NOA

    2015-01-01

    This study concerns the relationship between service quality dimensions and customer satisfaction with online/ebanking services of Nigerian banks. Seven service dimensions were included in the study and they are: reliability, assurance, responsiveness, perceived risk, tangibility, security, and price. The study was based on a sample 400 respondents out of which 258 responded to the questionnaire. The seven service quality variables and the dependent variable were all measured with a number of...

  19. Customer Satisfaction and Brand Switching Intention: A Study of Mobile Services in Saudi Arabia

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    Mahmoud ABDEL HAMID SALEH

    2015-10-01

    Full Text Available The purpose of the study is to investigate first, the relationship between the customer satisfaction and brand switching intention into the Saudi Arabian mobile-service market, and second, the association of service quality, customer service, service pricing, and value-added services with the customer satisfaction. Because of the difficulty of having a frame for the mobile-service customers from their providers, a convenience sample of 350 online respondents with the proper surveying techniques was used in data analysis and testing of the research hypotheses. The findings of the study confirm a significant negative relationship between customer satisfaction and brand switching intention. A 4% percent of the change in brand switching intention could be explained by the change in the customer satisfaction. Only three variables; customer service, service pricing, and service quality are critical determinants for mobile-service customer satisfaction. Customer service explained about 22%, whereas service pricing and service quality explained about 5% and 1% of the change in customer satisfaction respectively. The practical value of this study could be enabling the mobile-service providers in Saudi Arabia to well understand the determinants of the customer satisfaction and its negative relationship with brand switching intention. They may take these findings into account when setting marketing strategies to differentiate their brands to satisfy the customer needs and wants, to retain the existing customers and to attract new customers. These strategies have a positive effect on the company’s customer satisfaction that deter brand switching intention, hence increase the company’s competitiveness, market share and profitability.

  20. Business-to-Business Customer Acquisition by Means of Direct Marketing for Services SMEs

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    Novikov, Alexey

    2016-01-01

    The research discusses the problem of business-to-business services SMEs’ customer acquisition by means of direct marketing. The main objective of the study was to gain a deeper understanding of the problem of customer acquisition by means of direct marketing to explore the cost-effective direct marketing communication channels for business-to-business services SMEs. The interrelation of customer acquisition and the concepts of business-to-business services marketing, customer relatio...

  1. The relationship between customer satisfaction and service quality : a study of three service sectors in Umeå

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    Agbor, Jenet Manyi

    2011-01-01

    It is obvious that customers are important stakeholders in organizations and their satisfaction is a priority to management. Customer satisfaction has been a subject of great interest to organizations and researchers alike. In recent years, organizations are obliged to render more services in addition to their offers. The quality of service has become an aspect of customer satisfaction. It has been proven by some researchers that service quality is related to customer satisfaction. Others use...

  2. The relationship between customer satisfaction and service quality : a study of three service sectors in Umeå

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    Agbor, Jenet Manyi

    2011-01-01

    It is obvious that customers are important stakeholders in organizations and their satisfaction is a priority to management. Customer satisfaction has been a subject of great interest to organizations and researchers alike. In recent years, organizations are obliged to render more services in addition to their offers. The quality of service has become an aspect of customer satisfaction. It has been proven by some researchers that service quality is related to customer satisfaction. Others use...

  3. Switchboard simulation to improve productivity and customer service.

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    LaCourse, E D

    1996-01-01

    An application of classical industrial engineering/operations research techniques (i.e., multichannel queueing analysis) and detailed workload distribution data. An analytic simulation model developed on a personal computer (PC) is used with interactive analysis to develop switchboard coverage requirements and optimal staffing schedules by time of day and day of week. This represents a tangible example of how classical techniques can be used with newer approaches and a close working relationship between the analyst and line management, to solve a practical problem of optimizing both productivity and customer service quality.

  4. Privately Provided Accommodation Service Quality and Customer Satisfaction

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    Joshua Mugambwa

    2016-04-01

    Full Text Available Privately provided accommodation is a growing service in Uganda’s higher education sector due to education liberalization and demand for education. This research took a case study of Nsamizi Training Institute of Social Development (NTISD to determine the relationship between privately provided accommodation service quality and customer satisfaction. Specifically, the objectives of the study were (a to find out the relationship between security and NTISD students’ satisfaction with privately provided accommodation, and (b to find out the hierarchical level of importance of NTISD student satisfaction of the three service quality dimensions (reliability, security, and tangibles with privately provided accommodation. Using quantitative and qualitative modes of data analysis and a sample of 300 students from 20 private hostels, this study established a strong positive significant relationship between security and satisfaction regarding privately provided accommodation. This implies that accommodation service providers should increase the quality of security so as to increase the satisfaction of students regarding privately provided accommodation. The study established the hierarchical order of importance from the most important service quality dimension, respectively, as follows: reliability, security, and tangibles. Therefore, private accommodation service managers should pay extra attention to the dimensions in the same order.

  5. Internal customer management and service gaps within the National Health Service.

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    Chaston, I

    1994-08-01

    One implication of being required to respond to the Patients' Charter without access to more resources, is that managers in the U.K. health care sector will have to ensure integration of multiple functions across their units in order to achieve the objective of creating a quality conscious workforce. This situation will probably demand adoption of an internal marketing philosophy within the NHS; thereby ensuring implementation of TQM and/or Customer Care schemes in which departments work together to create effective internal customer chains. To determine the degree to which the NHS have effectively adopted an internal customer orientation, a survey was undertaken using a modified version of the Parasuraman SERVQUAL model. The majority of respondents indicated the existence of Type 1, 2, 3 and 4 Gaps in the internal customer management process within their unit. Major influencers of these service gaps include departments placing internal efficiency ahead of internal customer needs elsewhere in the organization, limited effort to gain further understanding of internal customer needs and an inadequate level formal quality standards for managing internal customer relations. Respondents consider their departments are able and willing to enhance the quality of provision if the issue was given higher priority by senior management. Identified obstacles to increased future emphasis behind an internal customer philosophy include insufficient resources to service internal customer needs, lack of trust between departments and limited confidence about abilities to manage the process. Unless senior managers in the NHS can be persuaded to allocate the resources needed to create effective internal customer chains, then concern must exist about the capability of operating units to fulfil the health care standards specified in the Patients Charter.

  6. 22 CFR 61.8 - Coordination with United States Customs Service.

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    2010-04-01

    ... 22 Foreign Relations 1 2010-04-01 2010-04-01 false Coordination with United States Customs Service... FREE FLOW OF AUDIO-VISUAL MATERIALS § 61.8 Coordination with United States Customs Service. (a) Nothing in this part shall preclude examination of imported materials pursuant to the Customs laws...

  7. Impact of Perceived Website Service Quality on Customer E-Loyalty on a Lodging Website

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    Jeon, Myunghee

    2009-01-01

    Customer loyalty on websites, "e-loyalty", is reflected on customer behavior, regardless of online or offline business. Specifically, it is believed that customer loyalty on a website is strongly associated with website service quality. This study rigorously reviewed previously reported research in the website service quality dimensions and…

  8. Learning Racial Hierarchies: Communication Skills Training in Transnational Customer Service Work

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    Mirchandani, Kiran

    2012-01-01

    Purpose: This paper aims to focus on the communications skills training given to transnational call center workers in India whose jobs involve providing customer service to Western customers. Emotion work is a key component of customer service jobs, and this work is constructed as an important soft skill. Design/methodology/approach: Between 2002…

  9. Learning Racial Hierarchies: Communication Skills Training in Transnational Customer Service Work

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    Mirchandani, Kiran

    2012-01-01

    Purpose: This paper aims to focus on the communications skills training given to transnational call center workers in India whose jobs involve providing customer service to Western customers. Emotion work is a key component of customer service jobs, and this work is constructed as an important soft skill. Design/methodology/approach: Between 2002…

  10. Impact of Perceived Website Service Quality on Customer E-Loyalty on a Lodging Website

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    Jeon, Myunghee

    2009-01-01

    Customer loyalty on websites, "e-loyalty", is reflected on customer behavior, regardless of online or offline business. Specifically, it is believed that customer loyalty on a website is strongly associated with website service quality. This study rigorously reviewed previously reported research in the website service quality dimensions and…

  11. The Curriculum Customization Service: A Tool for Customizing Earth Science Instruction and Supporting Communities of Practice

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    Melhado, L. C.; Devaul, H.; Sumner, T.

    2010-12-01

    Accelerating demographic trends in the United States attest to the critical need to broaden access to customized learning: reports refer to the next decade as the era of “extreme diversity” in K-12 classrooms, particularly in large urban school districts. This diverse student body possesses a wide range of knowledge, skills, and abilities in addition to cultural differences. A single classroom may contain students with different levels of quantitative skills, different levels of English language proficiency, and advanced students preparing for college-level science. A uniform curriculum, no matter how well designed and implemented, cannot possibly serve the needs of such diverse learners equally well. Research has shown positive learning outcomes when pedagogical strategies that customize instruction to address specific learner needs are implemented, with under-achieving students often benefiting most. Supporting teachers in the effective adoption and use of technology to meet these instructional challenges is the underlying goal of the work to be presented here. The Curriculum Customization Service (CCS) is an integrated web-based platform for middle and high school Earth science teachers designed to facilitate teachers’ instructional planning and delivery; enhancing existing curricula with digital library resources and shared teacher-contributed materials in the context of articulated learning goals. The CCS integrates interactive resources from the Digital Library for Earth System Education (DLESE) with an inquiry-based curriculum component developed by the American Geological Institute (EarthComm and Investigating Earth Systems). The digital library resources emphasize visualizations and animations of Earth processes that often challenge students’ understanding, offering multiple representations of phenomena to address different learning styles, reading abilities, and preconceived ideas. Teachers can access these materials, as well as those created or

  12. Brand Equity Management for Luxury Food Products based on the Customer Service Strategy

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    Qishen Zhou

    2014-12-01

    Full Text Available This study aims to analyze the brand equity management for luxury food products based on the customer service strategy. The literature review is delivered to launch the foundation of the service strategic analysis. The importance of the customer service strategy is enlightened to analyze the brand equity of luxury food products. The Kotler mode was adopted to establish the brand equity management system to investigate the customer service strategy. Then, the famous luxury food products brand, Chinese caterpillar fungus, was selected as the research object to analyze the problems in current relationship between the brand equity and the customer service. The analysis results show that the problems derive from the complicated external environment and mistakes in the internal management and the customer relationship management could improve the relationship between the customers and the corporations. Based on the model in this study, some suggestions are given to the problems in the customer service management.

  13. Management perception of service quality and customer satisfaction. Case: Concierge Service of the Bank X.

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    2016-01-01

    This Bachelor’s thesis discusses the managerial view on the service quality and its relation to customer satisfaction in a case company. The objective of the study was to find ways to improve the service quality in the case department so that to strengthen its customers’ satisfaction. The study was implemented for a commissioning party Bank X and its Concierge Service department. The commissioning party is located in Saint Petersburg, Russia. The study comprises the theoretical background...

  14. CUSTOMER CARE - A TOTALLY IGNORED MANAGEMENT TOOL ON THE ROMANIAN SERVICES MARKET

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    2009-06-01

    Full Text Available Quality and customer satisfaction are important subjects receiving increasing attention worldwide. An organization's ability to remain in business depends entirely on its ability to win and retain customers. The nature and number of competitors and their ability to offer similar products/services at similar prices has led to increasing emphasis being placed on customer care. Customer care is about people pleasing people and it involves specific actions that keep customers satisfied and coming back for more.

  15. Investigating online complaint intention and service recovery expectations of clothing retail customers / Simonne Fourie

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    Fourie, Simonne

    2014-01-01

    The retail industry is faced with increased customer service demands and a competitive market environment. For retailers to survive in a competitive marketplace, a customer orientation is vital in order to establish and maintain long-term relationships with customers. As the clothing retail industry is characterised as an industry with high human involvement, employee-related service failures are inevitable. Service failures cause the disconfirmation of service expectations which lead to cust...

  16. Analysis of Perceptions of Customers of Cellular Phone Users in India: Study with Prepaid Service Customers and Post Paid Customers Demographic Factors

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    S. Muthumani

    2014-10-01

    Full Text Available The primary objective of the study is to find out and analyze the customer perceptions on cellular phone services in India. Cellular phones are become the part of the life and the various barriers in the obtaining and usage of cellular services are lack of awareness, cost factor, perceptions of the customers on cellular phones etc. In addition the service quality, customer care, market competition brings lot of instability and reliability of the services. In turn it makes further confusion among the users. It paves an opportunity of providing limited services in the selective areas. It leads to a wide gap in the service quality and reliability between the urban and semi urban areas. It gives an opportunity to the researcher to survey on the facts and perceptions of the cellular phone users to find out the real situation and to suggest appropriate suggestions to overcome the issues in the market expansion and to improve the service quality of the cellular phone services in the sample area. To do this, the researcher selects a comparative approach. The data is collected by preparing a structured questionnaire and collected from the cellular phone users in the sample area. The study centered, in comparing the customers perceptions towards cellular phone services provided by the different operators in the states of India. The customers are from both urban and semi-urban places of India. In addition, customers were also classified on the basis of the type of services usage (i.e., post paid or pre paid. The basic parameters used for the purpose of comparing their perceptions are purpose of usage. The study has taken the demographic factors of respondents for analysis.

  17. Analyzing effects of service encounter quality on customer satisfaction in banking industry

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    Hossein Gazor

    2012-04-01

    Full Text Available Service quality represents a modern approach for quality in enterprises and organizations and serves the development of a truly customer-focused management and culture. Measuring service quality offers an immediate, meaningful and objective feedback about clients' preferences and expectations. In this paper, we study the relationship between customer perceptions from service encounter quality and loyalty of customer to organization and employees. The proposed study is implemented for banking sector in Iran using SERVQUAL factors and considers various factors influencing the quality of service. The results of the survey indicate that service quality systems, customer satisfaction are the most desirable factors based on the feedback we received from the customers. In addition, response to customers and loyalty to employees, service encounter quality, service and loyalty to organization, arrangements are in the next levels, respectively.

  18. Customer emotion regulation in the service interactions: its relationship to employee ingratiation, satisfaction and loyalty intentions.

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    Medler-Liraz, Hana; Yagil, Dana

    2013-01-01

    Many studies have explored emotional regulation on the part of service employees, and its antecedents. However, customers' emotional regulation in general, and how it is affected by service employee behavior in particular, have received only scant attention. The present article explores a model suggesting that service employees' ingratiatory behavior relates to customer emotion regulation strategies, which in turn are related to customer satisfaction and loyalty. The model was tested with 131 service employee-customer dyads. The results show that service employee ingratiation was positively related to customers' deep acting but not related to surface acting. Customers' deep acting was positively related to their satisfaction. A positive relationship was found between customer satisfaction and loyalty.

  19. Service Workers' Chain Reactions to Daily Customer Mistreatment: Behavioral Linkages, Mechanisms, and Boundary Conditions.

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    Chi, Nai-Wen; Yang, Jixia; Lin, Chia-Ying

    2016-10-27

    Drawing on the stressor-emotion model, we examine how customer mistreatment can evoke service workers' passive forms of deviant behaviors (i.e., work withdrawal behavior [WWB]) and negative impacts on their home life (i.e., work-family conflict [WFC]), and whether individuals' core self-evaluations and customer service training can buffer the negative effects of customer mistreatment. Using the experience sampling method, we collect daily data from 77 customer service employees for 10 consecutive working days, yielding 546 valid daily responses. The results show that daily customer mistreatment increases service workers' daily WWB and WFC through negative emotions. Furthermore, employees with high core self-evaluations and employees who received customer service training are less likely to experience negative emotions when faced with customer mistreatment, and thus are less likely to engage in WWB or provoke WFC. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2016 APA, all rights reserved).

  20. A customer oriented systematic framework to extract business strategy in Indian electricity services

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    Satapathy, Suchismita; Mishra, Pravudatta

    2013-11-01

    Competition in the electric service industry is highlighting the importance of a number of issues affecting the nature and quality of customer service. The quality of service(s) provided to electricity customers may be enhanced by competition, if doing so offers service suppliers a competitive advantage. On the other hand, service quality offered to some consumers could decline if utilities focus their attention on those customers most likely to exercise choice, while reducing effort and investment to serve customers less likely to choose alternatives. Service quality is defined as the way in which the utility interacts with and responds to the needs of its customers. To achieve maximum consumer satisfaction in electricity service, This paper has designed a framework by QFD by measuring service quality of electricity utility sector in ANN and also find interrelationship between these design requirements by ISM.

  1. Customers' Precedence for Service Quality Dimensions in Indian Private Healthcare Setting: A Ridit Approach.

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    Panda, Rajeev Kumar; Kondasani, Rama Koteswara Rao

    2017-07-13

    Changes in demographic and sociocultural environment, improved health awareness, and information technology have considerably changed the outlook of healthcare sector in India. While both the public and the private healthcare sectors have priority of increasing access while minimizing costs, they try hard to achieve goals without letting the quality suffer. Customers with rising disposable income no longer have faith in the public healthcare system and are willing to migrate to the private healthcare sector, which is more professional, technology savvy, and trustworthy. However, there are enough loopholes in the private healthcare sector that are yet to be plugged. The purpose of this research study was to identify and assess the relative importance of the diverse service quality dimensions and prioritize them to draw meaningful conclusions. Survey responses from 370 customers were analyzed using factor analysis to find underlying relationships between the survey items. This allowed the individual items to be placed into related groups. Independently, a ridit analysis was conducted to determine the relative importance of each item to the survey respondents. Based on the ridit analysis a priority ranking was assigned to each item. An analysis was then undertaken of the degree to which the items grouped into each particular factor tended to have high or low priority rankings. The results of the study may be helpful to the managers of the private healthcare sector to focus their strategies and plan their efforts in line with the findings to gain superior customer satisfaction and retention.

  2. Enabling customer satisfaction and stock reduction through service differentiation with response time guarantees

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    A.F. Gabor (Adriana); L.A. van Vianen (Lars); G. Yang (Guangyuan); S. Axsäter (Sven)

    2016-01-01

    textabstractIn response to customer specific service time guarantee requirements, service providers can offer differentiated services. However, conventional customer differentiation models based on fill rate constraints do not take full advantage of the stock reduction that can be achieved by differ

  3. Mystery shopping: A tool to develop insight into customer service provision

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    M. Hesselink; J.D. van Iwaarden (Jos); A. van der Wiele (Ton)

    2004-01-01

    textabstractReaching service excellence through a focus on the customer, demands more than just measuring customer satisfaction by means of questionnaire surveys. Nowadays, it is not sufficient anymore to have service excellence in services, processes and relationships. Now is the time to create exc

  4. Mystery shopping: A tool to develop insight into customer service provision

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    M. Hesselink; J.D. van Iwaarden (Jos); A. van der Wiele (Ton)

    2004-01-01

    textabstractReaching service excellence through a focus on the customer, demands more than just measuring customer satisfaction by means of questionnaire surveys. Nowadays, it is not sufficient anymore to have service excellence in services, processes and relationships. Now is the time to create

  5. Proactive Customer Service Performance : Relationships With Individual, Task, and Leadership Variables

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    Rank, Johannes; Carsten, Jeanne M.; Unger, Jens M.; Paul E Spector

    2007-01-01

    Despite the increasing interest in specific forms of proactive employee behavior in domains such as career development and organizational change, little research has investigated proactive behavior in the realm of customer service. Based on a review of the literatures on proactive behavior, customer service, and job performance, this study investigated relationships between a relevant set of individual and situational predictor variables and proactive customer service performance (i.e., indiv...

  6. Online Service Quality and Customer Satisfaction: A case study of Bank Islam Malaysia Berhad

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    Ahmed, Khalil

    2011-01-01

    Online banking can provide a reliable service to the customers for which make them happy. Online banking service is a comparative advantage and can improve relationship with customers. The purpose of this study is to understand the impact of E-SERVQUAL model on customer satisfaction in Bank Islam Malaysia Brhd (BIMB). Four service quality dimensions namely tangibles, reliability, responsiveness, assurance, and empathy have been established based on the SERVQUAL model modified by Han and Beak ...

  7. LOGISTICS CUSTOMER SERVICE ON THE EXAPLE OF LOGISTIC’S OPERATOR

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    Joanna WALASEK

    2014-03-01

    Full Text Available The article is an attempt to approach essential issues in modern logistics customer service. It shows the direct link between logistics operations and customer satisfaction before, during and after the service is provided. Third party logistics operator “GAMA” serves as an example of a successful logistics strategy appliance, which translates into high customer satisfaction. A detailed description of logistics services and the role they play in the modern market is provided.

  8. Proactive Customer Service Performance : Relationships With Individual, Task, and Leadership Variables

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    Rank, Johannes; Carsten, Jeanne M.; Unger, Jens M.; Spector, Paul E.

    2007-01-01

    Despite the increasing interest in specific forms of proactive employee behavior in domains such as career development and organizational change, little research has investigated proactive behavior in the realm of customer service. Based on a review of the literatures on proactive behavior, customer service, and job performance, this study investigated relationships between a relevant set of individual and situational predictor variables and proactive customer service performance (i.e., indiv...

  9. Efektivitas Customer Service Care Nokia Terhadap Kepuasan Pelanggan Di Medan Fair Plaza

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    Wita, Shinta Fina

    2011-01-01

    Skripsi ini meneliti mengenai hubungan Efektivitas Customer Service Care Nokia terhadap Kepuasan Pelanggan. Adapun tujuan dari penelitian ini adalah untuk mengetahui bagaimana kegiatan yang dilakukan oleh petugas customer service care Nokia dalam usaha memberi kepuasan kepada pelanggan dan untuk mengetahui bagai mana hubungan antara Efektivitas Customer Service Care Nokia terhadap Kepuasan Pelanggan di Medan Fair Plaza. Teori yang digunakan dalam penelitian ini adalah S-O-R yang merupakan...

  10. Investigating issues and challenges for customer involvement in business services innovation

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    Nicolajsen, Hanne Westh; Hugger, Ada Scupola

    2011-01-01

    Purpose – The paper aims to investigate how customers may contribute to radical innovation in consultancy services and the conditions needed for customers to be involved in such radical service innovations. Design/methodology/approach – The paper uses a qualitative case study approach including r...... and detailed insights into both how to involve customers in radical service innovations and the conditions and challenges found in doing so....

  11. Exploring the relationship between service quality and customer satisfaction in Croatian hotel industry

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    Suzana Marković; Sanja Raspor Janković

    2013-01-01

    Purpose – The purpose of the present study was to examine the relationship between service quality and customer satisfaction. The main objective was to discuss the impact of perceived service quality dimensions on customer satisfaction in the hotel industry in Croatia. Methodology – The data were collected using self-administered questionnaire. The questionnaire consisted of three parts. First, perceived service quality was measured using modified SERVQUAL model. Second, customer satisfact...

  12. Assessment of customer satisfaction with logistics service in the light of the results of the research

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    Kułyk Piotr; Michałowska Mariola; Kotylak Sławomir

    2017-01-01

    In an era of rapidly growing competition logistic customer service is growing increasingly important and is becoming a substantial factor in the success of companies operating in the market. Therefore, it is necessary to improve the components affecting the quality of customer service. Taking appropriate action in this regard, and thus preparing and implementing an appropriate logistic customer service strategy becomes important from the point of view of both the survival and development of e...

  13. Management of relationship between customer satisfaction and services in hotel industry in Prishtina

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    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available Nowadays, when companies more and more are oriented towards the customer, it is important to make a research on customer satisfaction. This paper will describe the management of relationship between customer satisfaction and services in hotel industry in Pristina. In the first part of the paper, review of the literature of different authors, from books and scientific publications. From the literature we achieved to understand customer relationship management, customer satisfaction and relationship between services and customer satisfaction. The literature review helped us to successfully carry out research for understanding the relationship between customer satisfaction and services in hotel industry. The second part of the paper includes research conducted by collecting data through self-administered questionnaire. The survey was conducted in five hotels in Pristina, where respondents through the questionnaire have expressed satisfaction with the services of the hotel. The collected data are presented through different tables, amounting to an analysis of the reliability of variables, the correlation between them and testing hypotheses through multivariate regression and contingency test. From the findings, we concluded that the tangible aspect of the hotel services, the seriousness aspect of the hotel services, the responsiveness aspect of the hotel services and the empathy aspect of the hotel services have a significant relation with customer satisfaction. But, the demographic variables did not have any significant relation with the level of customer satisfaction with services. Finally, from the obtained results it was possible to draw conclusions and recommendations for future researchers in this area.

  14. Information Technology and Communications Services (ITACS) Customer Satisfaction Survey Summary

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    2004-01-01

    2004 ITACS Customer Satisfaction Survey Report The IT Strategic Plan, The Information Revolution: Planning for Institutional Change, proposed a number of recommendations to improve management, customer responsiveness, and accountability for the IT arena at NPS. A periodic customer satisfaction survey was included as one of those recommendations.

  15. The Influence of Facility and Service Quality towards Customer Satisfaction and its Impact on Customer Loyalty in Borobudur Hotel in Jakarta

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    Rianto Nurtjahjo

    2017-05-01

    Full Text Available Hotel developments currently grow very rapidly. The emergence of new hotels increases the competition in the hospitality industry. This research aimed to determine the influence of the facilities, the quality of service to customer satisfaction and its impact on customer loyalty in Borobudur Hotel in Jakarta. Data collection was done by distributing questionnaires directly to 360 customers in Borobudur Hotel in Jakarta. The analysis technique used path analysis. The results of this research indicate that the variables of facilities, service quality and customer satisfaction significantly affect customer loyalty variables simultaneously or partially. In addition, facilities and quality of service variable have a significant effect on customer satisfaction variables.

  16. Investigating issues and challenges for customer involvement in Business services innovation

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    Nicolajsen, Hanne Westh; Scupola, Ada

    2011-01-01

    Purpose - The paper investigates how customers may contribute to radical innovation in consultancy services and what are the conditions needed for customers to involve in such radical service innovations. Design/methodology/approach - The paper uses a qualitative case study approach including rich...... descriptions based primarily on interviews to investigate an extreme example of successful customer involvement in the development of radical service innovations in Ramboll, a leading Scandinavian engineering consultancy. Findings – Our study reveals that customers may be involved in radical innovation...... processes to different degrees. However involving customers actively in radical services innovation require a relationship between the customer company and the service provider that might be described as a partnership in which ongoing learning is taking place to develop new solutions. Our findings reveal...

  17. Developing collective customer knowledge and service climate: The interaction between service-oriented high-performance work systems and service leadership.

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    Jiang, Kaifeng; Chuang, Chih-Hsun; Chiao, Yu-Ching

    2015-07-01

    This study theorized and examined the influence of the interaction between Service-Oriented high-performance work systems (HPWSs) and service leadership on collective customer knowledge and service climate. Using a sample of 569 employees and 142 managers in footwear retail stores, we found that Service-Oriented HPWSs and service leadership reduced the influences of one another on collective customer knowledge and service climate, such that the positive influence of service leadership on collective customer knowledge and service climate was stronger when Service-Oriented HPWSs were lower than when they were higher or the positive influence of Service-Oriented HPWSs on collective customer knowledge and service climate was stronger when service leadership was lower than when it was higher. We further proposed and found that collective customer knowledge and service climate were positively related to objective financial outcomes through service performance. Implications for the literature and managerial practices are discussed. (c) 2015 APA, all rights reserved).

  18. THE EFFECTS OF SERVICE QUALITY AND CORPORATE REBRANDING ON BRAND IMAGE, CUSTOMER SATISFACTION, BRAND EQUITY AND CUSTOMER LOYALTY: STUDY IN ADVERTISING COMPANY AT TVONE

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    Chaniago A.

    2016-12-01

    Full Text Available The purpose of this study was to analyze the effects of service quality on brand image, service quality on customer satisfaction, service quality on brand equity, service quality on customer loyalty, corporate rebranding on brand image, corporate rebranding on customer satisfaction, corporate rebranding on brand equity, brand image on customer satisfaction, corporate rebranding on customer loyalty, brand image on brand equity, brand image on customer loyalty, customer satisfaction on customer loyalty, brand equity on customer loyalty. The population of this study consisted of loyal 173 corporate advertisers to tvOne - an Indonesian national television company. The sample for this study was set as many as 173, but only 144 respondents who returned the feedback as part of the study. The 144 data were analyzed by using descriptive and inferential analysis of SEM. The research has proven that (1 the service quality significantly affects the brand image; (2 the service quality significantly influence the customer satisfaction; (3 the service quality significantly affects the brand equity; (4 the service quality significantly affects the customer loyalty; (5 the corporate rebranding has significant effects on the brand image; (6 the corporate rebranding has no significant effect on the customer satisfaction; (7 the corporate rebranding has no significant effect on brand equity; (8 the corporate rebranding has no significant effect on the customer loyalty; (9 the brand image has significant effect on the customer satisfaction; (10 the brand image has significant effects on the brand equity; (11 the brand image does not have significant effects on the customer loyalty; (12 significant effects from the customer satisfaction on customer loyalty; and (13 significant effects of the brand equity on the customer loyalty.

  19. Fostering employee service creativity: Joint effects of customer empowering behaviors and supervisory empowering leadership.

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    Dong, Yuntao; Liao, Hui; Chuang, Aichia; Zhou, Jing; Campbell, Elizabeth M

    2015-09-01

    Integrating insights from the literature on customers' central role in service and the literature on employee creativity, we offer theoretical and empirical account of how and when customer empowering behaviors can motivate employee creativity during service encounters and, subsequently, influence customer satisfaction with service experience. Using multilevel, multisource, experience sampling data from 380 hairstylists matched with 3550 customers in 118 hair salons, we found that customer empowering behaviors were positively related to employee creativity and subsequent customer satisfaction via employee state promotion focus. Results also showed that empowering behaviors from different agents function synergistically in shaping employee creativity: supervisory empowering leadership strengthened the indirect effect of customer empowering behaviors on employee creativity via state promotion focus. (c) 2015 APA, all rights reserved).

  20. Sustainable Water Infrastructure Asset Management: A Gap Analysis of Customer and Service Provider Perspectives

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    Sangjong Han

    2015-09-01

    Full Text Available The ultimate goal of urban water infrastructure asset management may be sustainable water supply with satisfaction for customers. In this work, we attempted to evaluate the gaps between the perspectives of customers and service providers in Korea’s water infrastructure asset management. To evaluate the customers’ perspective, a hierarchical questionnaire survey was conducted to estimate the weights of influence for six customer values and their attributes on Korean water utility management. To evaluate the service providers’ perspective, an AHP (Analytic Hierarchy Process analysis was performed to estimate the weights of influence for the customer values and their PIs (performance indicators. The gap analysis results show that customers place higher value on customer service satisfaction (emotion and information than do the service providers (managers, whereas the managers place more value on affordability than do the customers. The findings from this work imply that improving customer service is effective in satisfying the desirable water LOS (level of service for customers. Recommendations have also been provided for administrators and engineers to develop integrated decision-making systems that can reflect customer needs regarding the improvement of their water infrastructure asset management. The findings from this work may be helpful for the Korean government and water supply utilities in improving the sustainability of their water infrastructure asset management.

  1. Drivers of Customer Satisfaction for Software Products: Implications for Design and Service Support

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    Sunder Kekre; Mayuram S. Krishnan; Kannan Srinivasan

    1995-01-01

    We study the key determinants of customer satisfaction with software products. Our analysis, based upon a large sample of over 2,500 customer responses, suggests that capability and usability are the critical drivers of overall customer satisfaction. We also find that the importance of seven key satisfaction factors differs across customer and product segments. Our results have significant implications for Quality Function Deployment in making design and service support choices for software p...

  2. Customer Representatives As Part-Time Marketers Of Online Services : Case: Tapiola General Mutual Insurance Company

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    Niemelä, Jere

    2011-01-01

    The empirical study that this thesis is based on was ordered to be conducted by Tapiola General Mutual Insurance Company, a Finnish customer-owned insurance company that offers its customers general insurance. The purpose of this thesis is to determine the current online services-related competence of customer representatives working at Tapiola General’s customer interface, namely at the company’s branch offices and its contact center. There is great demand within Tapiola General for a b...

  3. ANALISIS PENGARUH SERVICE QUALITY DAN SISTEM INFORMASI SEKOLAH TERHADAP CUSTOMER SATISFACTION YANG BERDAMPAK PADA CUSTOMER LOYALTY STUDI KASUS SEKOLAH XYZ

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    Roni Kurniawan

    2014-12-01

    Full Text Available Education has a strategic role in preparing qualified future generations. Education has business potential that is reliable and promising, considering the timeless education, as well as the expectations of every parent to their children to have the access to the best education. Evolving world of education today is demonstrated by the high rate of growth of established schools, especially private schools. Parents today are more savvy and critical in determining the best school for their children, taking into account various aspects, ranging from excellent schools, curriculum, learning systems, the facility to activities that make their children good personality and smart. A more selective attitude that makes private education institutions now have to be more innovative in order to compete. This study was conducted to determine how big the Service Quality and Information Systems School, affect Customer Satisfaction, which will have an impact on Customer Loyalty (Case Study at XYZ School. The study was conducted with data collection techniques in the form of questionnaires to a total of 100 respondents, using descriptive statistical calculations, where the data were analyzed by using electronic data processing methods with the support of SPSS 17.0 To measure the influence of independent variables on the dependent variable, then the path analysis (path analysis was used. The results showed that the Service Quality and Information Systems School were contributing together, and significant in Customer Satisfaction. Service Quality, Information Systems and Customer Satisfaction of school together contribute significantly to Customer Loyalty.

  4. Analisis Pengaruh Service Quality dan Sistem Informasi Sekolah terhadap Customer Satisfaction yang Berdampak pada Customer Loyalty Studi Kasus Sekolah Xyz

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    Roni Kurniawan

    2014-12-01

    Full Text Available Education has a strategic role in preparing qualified future generations. Education has business potential that is reliable and promising, considering the timeless education, as well as the expectations of every parent to their children to have the access to the best education. Evolving world of education today isdemonstrated by the high rate of growth of established schools, especially private schools. Parents today are more savvy and critical in determining the best school for their children, taking into account various aspects, ranging from excellent schools, curriculum, learning systems, the facility to activities that make their children good personality and smart. A more selective attitude that makes private education institutions now have to be more innovative in order to compete. This study was conducted to determine how big the Service Quality and Information Systems School, affect Customer Satisfaction, which will have an impact on Customer Loyalty (Case Study at XYZ School. The study was conducted with data collection techniques in the form of questionnaires toa total of 100 respondents, using descriptive statistical calculations, where the data were analyzed by using electronic data processing methods with the support of SPSS 17.0 To measure the influence of independent variables on the dependent variable, then the path analysis (path analysis was used. The results showed that the Service Quality and Information Systems School were contributing together, and significant in Customer Satisfaction. Service Quality, Information Systems and Customer Satisfaction of school together contributesignificantly to Customer Loyalty.

  5. The Effect of Trust and Service Quality Toward Patient Satisfaction with Customer Value as Intervening Variable

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    Netty Laura

    2016-09-01

    Full Text Available The research was conducted at Laboratory Installation RSPI of Prof. Dr. Sulianti Saroso (RSPI-SS. Unit of analysis was patients of Medical Check Up in Laboratory Installation of RSPI-SS which is located in Sunter, North Jakarta. The samples of this research were 93 patients from 121 populations; the research method was purposive sampling technique. The instrument of statistic analysis was through PLS 3.0 which was used to test the hypothesis. The research finds seven hypotheses as the results. They are variable of trust which affects customer satisfaction positively but does not significantly affect to customer satisfaction, variable of trust which affects customer satisfaction negatively but significantly affects the customer value, variable of service quality which affects to customer satisfaction positively and significantly, variable of service quality which affected to customer value positively and significantly, variable of customer value which affects positively and significantly to customer satisfaction, intervention of customer value on the trust to customer satisfaction which affects negatively and significantly, and intervention of customer value on service quality to customer satisfaction which affects positively but not significantly.

  6. New Strategies in the New Millennium: Servant Leadership As Enhancer of Service Climate and Customer Service Performance.

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    Linuesa-Langreo, Jorge; Ruiz-Palomino, Pablo; Elche-Hortelano, Dioni

    2017-01-01

    In a world in which customers are increasingly looking for solutions to their own concerns on how to make a better globalized world, new organizational strategies are emerging to approach the customer in the current third millennium. Servant leadership, which involves putting employees' needs first and serving the broader society, is emerging as a new strategic mechanism to approach the customer in line with the new social values-driven Marketing 3.0 era. Yet research has ignored the role and the various mechanisms servant leadership might utilize to improve customer service performance of their service units. Spanning 185 hotels located in Spain, a sample of 247 service units -in close contact with customers- was used to investigate whether servant leadership enhances customer service performance through shaping a service climate within the service unit. Results revealed that service climate mediates the positive influence of servant leadership on customer service performance. Managers can use these findings to note the value of leading the service unit in a servant friendly direction, which is better aligned with the new aspirations of customers today.

  7. A Time Scheduling Model of Logistics Service Supply Chain with Mass Customized Logistics Service

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    Weihua Liu

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available With the increasing demand for customized logistics services in the manufacturing industry, the key factor in realizing the competitiveness of a logistics service supply chain (LSSC is whether it can meet specific requirements with the cost of mass service. In this case, in-depth research on the time-scheduling of LSSC is required. Setting the total cost, completion time, and the satisfaction of functional logistics service providers (FLSPs as optimal targets, this paper establishes a time scheduling model of LSSC, which is constrained by the service order time requirement. Numerical analysis is conducted by using Matlab 7.0 software. The effects of the relationship cost coefficient and the time delay coefficient on the comprehensive performance of LSSC are discussed. The results demonstrate that with the time scheduling model in mass-customized logistics services (MCLSs environment, the logistics service integrator (LSI can complete the order earlier or later than scheduled. With the increase of the relationship cost coefficient and the time delay coefficient, the comprehensive performance of LSSC also increases and tends towards stability. In addition, the time delay coefficient has a better effect in increasing the LSSC’s comprehensive performance than the relationship cost coefficient does.

  8. Customer service quality strategy in the tourism and leisure industry : a case study of Mkabati Nature Reserve / Francis Sekajja

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    Sekajja, Francis

    2006-01-01

    Customer defections have been linked to service encounter failure in the tourism, leisure and hospitality industry. This study embraces the idea of improving customer acquisition, retention and satisfaction through proactively promoting operational excellence and improved customer service strategies. Mkambati Nature Reserve is studied to evaluate its customer service levels and to lay the foundation for the development of strategies for customer service improvement. Located in rural Transk...

  9. Identifying service quality dimensions as antecedents to customer satisfaction in retail banking

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    Iča Rojšek

    2010-06-01

    Full Text Available This paper explores service quality in a retail bank setting in Slovenia and its influence on customer satisfaction. In previous studies both SERVQUAL and SERVPERF scales have been used for measuring service quality. Based on SERVPERF a 28-item scale has been developed for this study. Through factor analysis four dimensions of service quality have been obtained. The results from regression analysis suggest that all four dimensions of service quality as well as service range influence customer satisfaction. The information provided by this research can be used when designing marketing strategies to improve customer satisfaction in retail banking.

  10. Service Quality and the Mediating Effect of Corporate Image on the Relationship between Customer Satisfaction and Customer Loyalty in the Malaysian Hotel Industry

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    Cheng, Boon-Liat

    2014-01-01

    Service quality is vital to the success of  any service organization. The rapid growth of the Malaysian hotel industry in the 2000’s forced hotel operators to seriously recognize the importance of service improvement in order to gain competitive advantage. This study aims to examine the impact of service quality on customer satisfaction, and how customer satisfaction subsequently affects customer loyalty in the hotel industry in Malaysia. This study also investigates the mediating effect of c...

  11. Customer Relationship Management In Car Service Industry With Reference To Car Dealers In Coimbatore

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    Sathish, M; Balamurugan, R N; Sharma, Surinder Nath; Karthikeyan, Dr. P

    2013-01-01

    The usefulness of the car is based on the customers expectation. The expectation is not only up to the purchase of the car, it continues in after sales service. Some of the general expectations of every customer include being reminded for periodical service, pick up & drop, nominal charges, etc. It indicates that for retaining customer, it would be necessary to fulfill his maximum expectations.With structured questionnaire, the co-ordinal discussions were done with the personnels managing the...

  12. Setting Customer Expectation in Service Delivery: An Integrated Marketing-Operations Perspective

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    Teck H. Ho; Yu-Sheng Zheng

    2004-01-01

    Service firms have increasingly been competing for market share on the basis of delivery time. Many firms now choose to set customer expectation by announcing their maximal delivery time. Customers will be satisfied if their perceived delivery times are shorter than their expectations. This gap model of service quality is used in this paper to study how a firm might choose a delivery-time commitment to influence its customer expectation, and delivery quality in order to maximize its market sh...

  13. Internal Customer Satisfaction and Service Quality Toward Trust and Word of Mouth

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    2011-01-01

    This study generally aims to analyze the influence of internal customer satisfaction and perceptions of service quality in creating trust and word of mouth in higher education service industry. In the process, this study aims to achieve a special purpose, which is to build constructs/ variables to measure internal customer satisfaction, so in the future it can be applied to universally in other institutions of higher education. The results of this study indicate that the internal customer sat...

  14. Study On Customer Satisfaction Towards Cellular Service With Special Reference To Aircel At Mannargudi Town

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    Buvaneswari, R; Babu, Dr. R Prakash

    2013-01-01

    Telecommunications companies also talk of their customers being their most important assets, just like companies in other business domains. The customers of telecom services like cellular telephony, all moving ahead with times and have started buying cellular services just like daily household items such as tooth paste. Therefore it is necessary in todays business scenario to understand the fact that the idea of customers being a companys most important assets is not just a management theory,...

  15. CUSTOMER SATISFACTION IN MOBILE PHONE SERVICES IN BANGLADESH: A SURVEY RESEARCH

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    Uddin, Mohammed Belal; Akhter, Bilkis

    2012-01-01

    ...) including measurement model and structural model were applied to analyze data. The empirical results demonstrate that service quality and fair price have indirect influence on customer satisfaction of a mass service industry (i.e...

  16. IDENTIFICATION REQUIREMENTS CUSTOMER SERVICE PROVIDED ON THE LEVEL OF LIGHT INDUSTRY COMPANIES

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    MALCOCI Marina; GONCEAR Tatiana

    2015-01-01

    .... Improving customer service is one of the main objectives of production enterprises. Service level directly affects the economic capacity of the enterprise by increasing its contribution in increasing company profits...

  17. Impact of information and communications technologies on residental customer energy services

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    Goldman, C.; Kempton, W.; Eide, A.; Iyer, M. [and others

    1996-10-01

    This study analyzes the potential impact of information and communications technologies on utility delivery of residential customer energy services. Many utilities are conducting trials which test energy-related and non-energy services using advanced communications systems.

  18. An Optimal Routing Algorithm in Service Customized 5G Networks

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    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available With the widespread use of Internet, the scale of mobile data traffic grows explosively, which makes 5G networks in cellular networks become a growing concern. Recently, the ideas related to future network, for example, Software Defined Networking (SDN, Content-Centric Networking (CCN, and Big Data, have drawn more and more attention. In this paper, we propose a service-customized 5G network architecture by introducing the ideas of separation between control plane and data plane, in-network caching, and Big Data processing and analysis to resolve the problems traditional cellular radio networks face. Moreover, we design an optimal routing algorithm for this architecture, which can minimize average response hops in the network. Simulation results reveal that, by introducing the cache, the network performance can be obviously improved in different network conditions compared to the scenario without a cache. In addition, we explore the change of cache hit rate and average response hops under different cache replacement policies, cache sizes, content popularity, and network topologies, respectively.

  19. Effect of E-Service Quality on Customer Online Repurchase Intentions

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    Liu, Tung-Hsuan

    2012-01-01

    In the early years of online retailing, having an online presence and low prices were believed to be key drivers of success. More recently, electronic service quality has become essential as an online marketing strategy. Online stores provide higher service quality to create online customer loyalty, improve customer satisfaction, and keep a…

  20. Quality of customer service: perceptions from guests in all-inclusive resorts in Jamaica

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    Joel L. Frater

    2007-01-01

    With data collected from guests in all-inclusive resorts in Jamaica, West Indies, the purposes of this study were to: (1) delineate unique dimensions of customer service perceptions among guests and (2) report the finding of a study that measured guests' perceptions of the quality of customer service in all-inclusive resorts. The study asked the following research...

  1. Rethinking Customer Service Training: A Curricular Solution to a Familiar Problem

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    Epps, Sharon K.; Kidd, Judith; Negro, Toni; Sayles, Sheridan L.

    2016-01-01

    High-quality customer service is an important aim of the library experience. Its importance is evidenced by attention given to the topic in scholarly literature and academic conference proceedings. This article describes the challenging process of creating and delivering a blended customer service training curriculum to all library staff working…

  2. 76 FR 79221 - Penske Logistics, LLC, Customer Service Department General Motors and Tier Finished Goods...

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    ... Employment and Training Administration Penske Logistics, LLC, Customer Service Department General Motors and... workers of Penske Logistics, LLC, Customer Service Department, a subsidiary of General Electric/Penske... correct name of the worker group department of the subject firm should read Penske Logistics, LLC...

  3. Investigating issues and challenges for customer involvement in business services innovation

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    Nicolajsen, Hanne Westh; Hugger, Ada Scupola

    2011-01-01

    Purpose – The paper aims to investigate how customers may contribute to radical innovation in consultancy services and the conditions needed for customers to be involved in such radical service innovations. Design/methodology/approach – The paper uses a qualitative case study approach including r...

  4. Effect of E-Service Quality on Customer Online Repurchase Intentions

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    Liu, Tung-Hsuan

    2012-01-01

    In the early years of online retailing, having an online presence and low prices were believed to be key drivers of success. More recently, electronic service quality has become essential as an online marketing strategy. Online stores provide higher service quality to create online customer loyalty, improve customer satisfaction, and keep a…

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  6. Interaction of Employee Loyalty and Customer Loyalty in the Service Industry

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    monireh dabooeian

    2011-12-01

    The subject of customer loyalty is a focal concern of marketers who seek to identify its antecedents and casual structure with the aim of better understanding of its relationship with employee loyalty, particularly in the service sector. In the service industry the role of staff in creating value is significant, therefore it is argued that maintaining customer loyalty is almost impossible without having loyal employees, since loyal employees offer higher quality services and make major contribution to customer satisfaction and loyalty. The purpose of this study is to evaluate the relationship between employee loyalty and customer loyalty in the service industry. Data has been collected using a sample of 303 employees and 356 customers of Shahrvand and Refah chain stores, respectively. The four hypotheses have been tested by Structural Equation Modeling and Pearson Correlation analysis. Findings imply that employee loyalty and customer loyalty are strongly interdependent. Also, there is a positive and significant relationship among employee loyalty and service quality, service quality and customer satisfaction and customer satisfaction and customer loyalty.

  7. Interaction of Employee Loyalty and Customer Loyalty in the Service Industry

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    Manijeh Gharacheh

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available The subject of customer loyalty is a focal concern of marketers who seek to identify its antecedents and casual structure with the aim of better understanding of its relationship with employee loyalty, particularly in the service sector. In the service industry the role of staff in creating value is significant, therefore it is argued that maintaining customer loyalty is almost impossible without having loyal employees, since loyal employees offer higher quality services and make major contribution to customer satisfaction and loyalty. The purpose of this study is to evaluate the relationship between employee loyalty and customer loyalty in the service industry. Data has been collected using a sample of 303 employees and 356 customers of Shahrvand and Refah chain stores, respectively. The four hypotheses have been tested by Structural Equation Modeling and Pearson Correlation analysis. Findings imply that employee loyalty and customer loyalty are strongly interdependent. Also, there is a positive and significant relationship among employee loyalty and service quality, service quality and customer satisfaction and customer satisfaction and customer loyalty.

  8. The measurement of customer service quality as a competitive strategy in an industrial environment

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    2012-01-01

    M.Tech. This study deals with the measurement of customer service quality in an industrial environment. The concept was to measure service quality and then develop a competitive strategy based on this. The mechanism used is the SERVQUAL model. Subsequently reengineering aspects of customer service based on the findings is proposed as a competitive advantage. The study is diagnostic in nature offering insights on the application of a well researched service quality model in an industrial en...

  9. The consumer revolution arrives. Using smart customer service to attract, educate, & retain satisfied members & lower costs.

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    1994-06-01

    Across the country, managed care organizations pursue ways to enhance customer service and maintain member satisfaction, without breaking the bank by authorizing unnecessary services. One method gaining popularity is reducing customer demand for inappropriate services through education. Approaches include welcome-to-the-plan calls, member education, automated and in-person answer lines, and 24-hour telephone coverage. Several firms have recognized the need for such services, and offer them to HMOs on an outsourcing basis, with generally positive results.

  10. Service Quality Dimensions and Customer Satisfaction with Online Services of Nigerian Banks

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    2015-12-01

    Full Text Available This study concerns the relationship between service quality dimensions and customer satisfaction with online/ebanking services of Nigerian banks. Seven service dimensions were included in the study and they are: reliability, assurance, responsiveness, perceived risk, tangibility, security, and price. The study was based on a sample 400 respondents out of which 258 responded to the questionnaire. The seven service quality variables and the dependent variable were all measured with a number of items each using seven-point Likert scale. The analysis was conducted with Multiple Linear Regression analysis (MLR and the results show that five out of the seven variables: price, security, perceived risk, responsiveness and assurance are significant in enhancing customer satisfaction with online services of Nigerian banks. The other two variables: reliability and tangibility are not significant and require further exploration. The study provides necessary input for bank management to increase customers’ involvement through improving service quality; lowering risk; and enhancing security of operations. Policy implications were highlighted

  11. Service Dominant Logic in Practice: Applying Online Customer Communities and Personas for the Creation of Service Innovations

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    Adrienne Schäfer

    2016-09-01

    Full Text Available Many companies try to adopt a service-oriented perspective when developing new offerings by posing the question of how the creation of value jointly with customers can be improved. This requires a holistic view of customers beyond retrospective methods such as surveys. Observations of everyday life provide a valuable complement, because they initiate innovations not explicitly based on wishes formulated by customers, but on customer practices. Drawing on a case study of the Swiss Federal Railways (SFR, it is explored how ‘value-in-context’ and ‘co-creation’ can be put into practice. Online customer communities were used in the case study as they unveil value-in-context and practices of customers, which are important sources of innovation. The findings suggest that personas that were constructed based on the results from an online customer community consolidates user behaviour and contextual data and can help managers to improve their offerings in a service-oriented way.

  12. Investigating relationship between personality characteristics and friendship Relationships between service providers and customers

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    Fraholah rahimi

    2013-03-01

    Full Text Available Providing services for attracting, maintaining, and retaining customers is one of the main tools of service organizations in order to survive in today's competitive environment. High-contact service is not exceptional as well. One of the contexts in which these services can be used greatly for retaining and satisfaction of customers is the virtual space, friendship relationships between service providers and customers. In this paper, the relationship between customer personality characteristics and friendship relationships between service providers are studied. The sample consisted of 345 high-contact service customers in Isfahan of which 154 were male and 191 female. The impact of extroversion, sociability, stability, and openness to experience variables on friendship service as well as the impact of friendship service on customer satisfaction and retaining were studied. LISREL8.5 software was used for model fitting and statistical analysis was performed using SPSS16 software. The results show that hypotheses related to significant impact of extroversion and sociability variables on friendship service as well as friendship service on satisfaction and retaining, and satisfaction on retaining were confirmed. But the significant impacts of stability and openness to experience on friendship service were rejected.

  13. Exploring the impact of customer relational benefit on relationship commitment in health service sectors.

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    Weng, Rhay-Hung; Huang, Jin-An; Huang, Ching-Yuan; Huang, Shih-Chang

    2010-01-01

    An increasing number of health service sectors have begun to implement relationship marketing to try to establish long-term relationship with customers. Customer relational benefit has been an important subject for relationship marketing researchers. This study was conducted to investigate how customer relational benefit might influence relationship commitment in health service sectors. The research used a questionnaire survey that retrieved a total number of 403 valid questionnaires. The data were collected by way of personal visits and investigations of outpatients in three regional hospitals in Taiwan. After the reliability and the validity of the questionnaire sample were examined, the data were verified by using hierarchical regression analysis. Results showed that confidence benefit constituted the most pronounced factor for hospital customers. Confidence benefit, social benefit, and special treatment benefit were perceived by customers as the key factors that have a positive influence on relationship commitment. In particular, customers placing greater emphasis on confidence benefit tended to be less willing to establish relationship commitment. When health service managers develop marketing strategies using customer relational benefit, they will still need to enhance customer confidence benefit as one of the main ways of achieving future improvements. In the event where health service managers seek to install resources for establishing and maintaining a good relationship commitment with customers, the crucial factors of social and special treatment benefits should not be ignored when seeking to enhance the customers' perception of confidence benefit.

  14. Choice, perceived control, and customer satisfaction: the psychology of online service recovery.

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    Chang, Chia-Chi

    2008-06-01

    Service failures and consequent recoveries have been identified as critical determinants of customer retention. Therefore, effective service recovery programs warrant further exploration, particularly in the online shopping environment, where consumers can receive immediate and tangible service recovery. The results of the present study suggest that by providing a choice of recovery options, customers' sense of control is increased, as is their satisfaction with the particular recovery efforts and their overall satisfaction with the entire service experience. Also, service importance accentuated the impact of choice on perceived control. Specifically, when the service was of greater importance, giving customers a choice of recovery options augmented customers' sense of control more than when the service was of lesser importance. The implications of the findings are also discussed.

  15. E-Banking Service Quality and Customer Satisfaction of a State Owned Schedule Bank of Bangladesh

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    Munir MMM

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available The aim of this research is to find out the relationship between e-banking service quality (i.e. service quality, information quality and system quality and Customer satisfaction among customers of a state owned schedule Bank in Dhaka, Bangladesh. A judgmental sampling technique was employed for this research. This study was quantitative in nature. It will see the relationship of these variables i.e., service quality, information quality and system quality and customer satisfaction of the customer of state owned schedule Bank. 200 questionnaires were sent to different customer of that Bank within Dhaka city and the study will be analyzed by applying multiple regression analysis using SPSS software version 22, because there are 3 independent variables and their affects have to be seen on the customer satisfaction which is the sole dependent variable.

  16. New Strategies in the New Millennium: Servant Leadership As Enhancer of Service Climate and Customer Service Performance

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    Jorge Linuesa-Langreo

    2017-05-01

    Full Text Available In a world in which customers are increasingly looking for solutions to their own concerns on how to make a better globalized world, new organizational strategies are emerging to approach the customer in the current third millennium. Servant leadership, which involves putting employees’ needs first and serving the broader society, is emerging as a new strategic mechanism to approach the customer in line with the new social values-driven Marketing 3.0 era. Yet research has ignored the role and the various mechanisms servant leadership might utilize to improve customer service performance of their service units. Spanning 185 hotels located in Spain, a sample of 247 service units –in close contact with customers– was used to investigate whether servant leadership enhances customer service performance through shaping a service climate within the service unit. Results revealed that service climate mediates the positive influence of servant leadership on customer service performance. Managers can use these findings to note the value of leading the service unit in a servant friendly direction, which is better aligned with the new aspirations of customers today.

  17. Efficient data analysis approaches to enhance the quality of customer service in Saudi Government sector

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    Abdullah Baz

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available The common aim of all our daily activities is providing services to others or ourselves. Services provided by the government are called public services while those provided by some people to some others are called private services. Both types differ from country to country and from region to region. In Saudi Arabia, public services include education, health, police, trading, and environmental services. It is the aim of all government agencies in Saudi Arabia and other countries around the world to offer more services to their customers, improve the quality of their customer service, and enhance the existing services. Nowadays, most government agencies have already developed a number Information Systems (ISs to help their customers in applying for services and help their employees in processing the requested services. However, hardly a government agency utilizes the data in the employed ISs to improve the quality of its customer service. This paper is dedicated to addressing this gap by proposing a number of data analysis techniques that can be utilized to improve the quality of customer service and enhance the existing services in the Saudi government sector. Moreover, this article introduced a relational database structure that can be utilized to apply the proposed data analysis techniques.

  18. Customer Decision Making in Web Services with an Integrated P6 Model

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    Sun, Zhaohao; Sun, Junqing; Meredith, Grant

    Customer decision making (CDM) is an indispensable factor for web services. This article examines CDM in web services with a novel P6 model, which consists of the 6 Ps: privacy, perception, propensity, preference, personalization and promised experience. This model integrates the existing 6 P elements of marketing mix as the system environment of CDM in web services. The new integrated P6 model deals with the inner world of the customer and incorporates what the customer think during the DM process. The proposed approach will facilitate the research and development of web services and decision support systems.

  19. Linking core competencies to customer needs: strategic marketing of health care services.

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    Roth, M S; Amoroso, W P

    1993-01-01

    Firms often are encouraged to develop expertise, or core competencies, that lead to innovative products and services. The authors present a market research study that enabled a health care service provider to link its core technological competencies to customer needs. Although potential customers did not explicitly value the technology itself, links could be made between technological competencies and more valued service dimensions such as communication flows, meeting deadlines, and staff responsiveness. Improving strategic marketing and service quality delivery can be realized through market research linking customer needs to a firm's core competencies.

  20. Revenue-Sharing Contract Models for Logistics Service Supply Chains with Mass Customization Service

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    Weihua Liu

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available The revenue-sharing contract is one of the most important supply chain coordination contracts; it has been applied in various supply chains. However, studies related to service supply chains with mass customization (MC are lacking. Considering the equity of benefit distribution between the members of service supply chains, in this paper, we designed two revenue-sharing contracts. The first contract for the maximum equity of a single logistics service integrator (LSI and single functional logistics service provider (FLSP in a two-echelon logistics service supply chain was designed by introducing the fair entropy function (“one to one” model. Furthermore, the method is extended to a more complex supply chain, which consists of a single LSI and multiple FLSPs. A new contract was designed not only for considering the equity of an LSI and each FLSP but also for the equity between each FLSP (“one to N” model. The “one to one” model in three-echelon LSSC is also provided. The result exemplifies that, whether in the “one to one” model or “one to N” model, there exists a best interval of customized level when the revenue-sharing coefficient reaches its maximum.

  1. Relationship between Service Quality and Behavioral Intentions: The Mediating Effect of Customer Satisfaction

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    Azman Ismail

    2017-07-01

    Full Text Available This study was undertaken to measure the relationship between service quality, customer satisfaction and behavioral intentions. A survey method was employed to collect data from customers who received treatments at army medical organizations in Malaysia. The outcomes of Smart-PLS path model analysis confirmed that relationship between service qualities features (tangible, reliability, responsiveness, assurance and empathy with customer satisfaction were positively and significantly correlated with behavioral intentions. This result demonstrates that effect of tangible, reliability, responsiveness, assurance and empathy on behavioral intentions was mediated by customer satisfaction.DOI: 10.15408/etk.v16i2.5537

  2. The three keys to quality customer service: opening the doors to exceptional performance.

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    Myers, Pennie; Nance, Don W

    2002-01-01

    Excellence in customer service requires three things. The first is a commitment to a set of principles. These principles reflect beliefs and assumptions that people are valuable and deserve to be treated with dignity and respect. This commitment is expressed to customers by an adherence to six customer-friendly processes and by personnel who possess a high level of skill in the behaviors that make up customer service. When these three requirements are met, laboratorians not only maintain a competitive edge but also fulfill their mission as health-care professionals.

  3. Rethinking Service Companies’ Business Logic: Do We Need a Customer-Dominant Logic as a Guideline?

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    Heinonen, kristina; Strandvik, Tore; Mickelsson, Karl-Jacob; Edvardsson, Bo; Sundström, Erik; Andersson, Per

    2009-01-01

    Purpose –This paper explores and expands the roles of customers and companies in creating value by introducing a new a customer-based approach to service. The customer’s logic is examined as being the foundation of a customer-based marketing and business logic. Design/methodology/approach – The authors argue that both goods-dominant logics and service-dominant logics are provider-dominant. Contrasting the customer-dominant logic with provider-dominant logics, the paper examines the creation o...

  4. PERCEPTION OF CUSTOMER SATISFACTION AND HEALTHCARE SERVICE QUALITY IN THE CONTEXT OF BANGLADESH

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    M. Ahsan Akhtar Hasin

    2011-09-01

    Full Text Available Purpose - Healthcare service quality and customer satisfaction have been a major research issue over the decade. Customer satisfaction ha s been measured by different researchers under varied environment. A s environment varies, desires of customers and the perception of satisfaction vary. As a result, a major issue is to define the complex nature of customer satisfaction under varied environment. On the other hand, a compromising trade-off is required in operational cost in the wake of increase in cost t o uplift service quality. This research addressed the issue from the context o f Bangladesh. Design/methodology/approach - This research used SERVQUAL, which is a very powerful tool to measure service quality. The study utilized the benefit of hierarchical nature of satisfaction. Service quality was analyzed fro m customers' view point, as well as the service providers, such as doctor s nurses, etc. Finally hypothesis tests we re performed to investigate into the possibility of relationships among the affecting quality parameters and the output service. This analysis was based on customer's perception, as well a s expectation. Findings - The research found the values of service quality parameters, such as tangibles, doctoral service, nursing, infrastructure and management. Th e established fact of dependence of perception of quality on culture has bee n proved once again. The relationship among conflicting parameters were also found using hypothesis testing. Although the study was conducted in the context o f Bangladesh, the analysis procedure is well applicable to other countries. Originality/value - The study proved that the hierarchical nature o f satisfaction can well be analyzed using the powerful tool of SERVQUAL. Th e dependence of customer satisfaction on service quality has been assumed t o be a function of market segmentation and customer perception. This result can guide many of the future research works in further analysis of

  5. Order Allocation Research of Logistics Service Supply Chain with Mass Customization Logistics Service

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    Weihua Liu

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available This paper studies the order allocation between a logistics service integrator (LSI and multiple functional logistics service providers (FLSPs with MCLS. To maximize the satisfaction of FLSPs, minimize the total cost of LSI, and maximize the customized degree, this paper establishes a multiobjective order allocation model of LSSC that is constrained by meeting customer demand, customer order decoupling point, and order difference tolerance coefficient. Numerical analysis is performed with Lingo 12 software. This paper also discusses the influences of scale effect coefficient, order difference tolerance coefficient, and relationship cost coefficient on the comprehensive order allocation performance of the LSSC. Results show that LSI prefers FLSPs with better scale effect coefficients and does not need to set an extremely high order difference tolerance coefficient. Similarly, setting a high relationship cost coefficient does not necessarily correspond to better results. For FLSPs, the continuous improvement of large-scale operational capacity is required. When the comprehensive order allocation performance of the LSSC is high, the LSI should offer cost compensation to improve the satisfaction of the LSSC.

  6. Social Security Administration - Overall Customer Service Satisfaction Data

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    Social Security Administration — This dataset provides data at the national level for overall satisfaction of customers who have used one of the main methods for conducting business with the agency:...

  7. An evaluation of the customer service in supermarkets in Pretoria ...

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    quality with a prospect of customer loyalty. The litera- ture however ... improve consumers' satisfaction with CS, this study ... the four elements of the marketing mix namely, prod- ..... represents the best- rather than the worst-case sce- nario.

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    Customer Relationship Management (CRM) is “ a revolving process during which companies ... decision making with respect to marketing organizations is believed to be guided by high order mental constructs such as consumer satisfaction,.

  9. How Can E-Services Influence On Customers' Intentions toward Online Book Repurchasing (SEM Method and TPB Model

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    Hossein Rezaei Dolatabadi

    2012-06-01

    Full Text Available Efficiency and effectiveness of e- commerce lead increasingly applying it by organizations in all aspects of transactions. To be strong and stable enough in today's competitive world, organizations need to improve their technological and communicational infrastructure. Nowadays, superior Electronic services can add high customer value and create competitive advantage for the organization. Therefore, providing electronic purchasing for consumers have become one of the key issues for organizations. The main aim of this study is to investigate attitude and intention toward electronic repurchasing of books, by effective factor of e-service quality, using the TPB model and structural equation modeling method (SEM. Samples of this survey are electronic buyers of books (through online book stores who have used electronic services which books sellers companies offer. The results show that e-service quality strongly affects intentions and attitudes towards repurchasing.

  10. Creating tomorrow's financial services organisations : unlocking the business benefits for total customer satisfaction

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    2012-01-01

    M.Comm. The aim of this study is to consider how to create tomorrow's financial services organisations. Information technology and business reengineering are important within financial services organisations and have a prominent role to play in using the long-term viability of the organisation. Customers' interaction with a new technology environment has resulted in higher levels of customer satisfaction with a corresponding demand for customised and specialised services instead of traditi...

  11. Interaction of Employee Loyalty and Customer Loyalty in the Service Industry

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    monireh dabooeian; manijeh gharecheh

    2011-01-01

    Abstract The subject of customer loyalty is a focal concern of marketers who seek to identify its antecedents and casual structure with the aim of better understanding of its relationship with employee loyalty, particularly in the service sector. In the service industry the role of staff in creating value is significant, therefore it is argued that maintaining customer loyalty is almost impossible without having loyal employees, since loyal employees offer higher quality services and make ...

  12. Customer Perception On Products Pricing Service Quality Towards Customers Quality Relationships And Loyalty Of Domestic Airlines Indonesia

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    2015-08-01

    Full Text Available Aviation services industry is an important industry that holds Indonesia. Indonesia has approximately 17 thousand islands scattered with a long coastline over 5000 kilometers. Air transport is an essential component for connecting approximately 250 million people with a population growth of 1.49 percent annually. Air transport services become business areas that are needed by todays modern society. This study aims to quantify the relationship between customer perceptions on the concept or product price service quality and relationship quality on customer loyalty of domestic airline in Indonesia. This study took a sample of 300 respondents. The data analyzed using SEM Structural Equation Modeling. The results of this study is theoretical findings suggests that the product has a significant positive effect on trust customer satisfaction and loyalty but positive effect is insignificant on commitment. The price has significant positive effect on trust commitment satisfaction but positive effect is insignificant on loyalty. Service quality has a significant positive effect on trust commitment satisfaction but positive effect is insignificant on loyalty. Trust has significant positive effect on satisfaction and loyalty. Commitment has significant positive effect on loyalty but positive effect is insignificant on loyalty. Satisfaction has significant positive effect on satisfaction and loyalty.

  13. Quality evaluation in health care services based on customer-provider relationships.

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    Eiriz, Vasco; Figueiredo, José António

    2005-01-01

    To develop a framework for evaluating the quality of Portuguese health care organisations based on the relationship between customers and providers, to define key variables related to the quality of health care services based on a review of the available literature, and to establish a conceptual framework in order to test the framework and variables empirically. Systematic review of the literature. Health care services quality should not be evaluated exclusively by customers. Given the complexity, ambiguity and heterogeneity of health care services, the authors develop a framework for health care evaluation based on the relationship between customers (patients, their relatives and citizens) and providers (managers, doctors, other technical staff and non-technical staff), and considering four quality items (customer service orientation, financial performance, logistical functionality and level of staff competence). This article identifies important changes in the Portuguese health care industry, such as the ownership of health care providers. At the same time, customers are changing their attitudes towards health care, becoming much more concerned and demanding of health services. These changes are forcing Portuguese private and public health care organisations to develop more marketing-oriented services. This article recognises the importance of quality evaluation of health care services as a means of increasing customer satisfaction and organisational efficiency, and develops a framework for health care evaluation based on the relationship between customers and providers.

  14. Customer premises services market demand assessment 1980 - 2000. Volume 1: Executive summary

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    Gamble, R. B.; Saporta, L.; Heidenrich, G. A.

    1983-01-01

    Estimates of market demand for domestic civilian telecommunications services for the years 1980 to 2000 are provided. Overall demand, demand or satellite services, demand for satellite delivered Customer Premises Service (CPS), and demand for 30/20 GHz Customer Premises Services are covered. Emphasis is placed on the CPS market and demand is segmented by market, by service, by user class and by geographic region. Prices for competing services are discussed and the distribution of traffic with respect to distance is estimated. A nationwide traffic distribution model for CPS in terms of demand for CPS traffic and earth stations for each of the major SMSAs in the United States are provided.

  15. Internal Customer Satisfaction and Service Quality Toward Trust and Word of Mouth

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    Sri Rahayu

    2011-12-01

    Full Text Available This study generally aims to analyze the influence of internal customer satisfaction and perceptions of service quality in creating trust and word of mouth in higher education service industry. In the process, this study aims to achieve a special purpose, which is to build constructs/ variables to measure internal customer satisfaction, so in the future it can be applied to universally in other institutions of higher education. The results of this study indicate that the internal customer satisfaction can be measured with three constructs, namely: service product, service delivery, and service environment. All of those variables have significant relationship with trust, which is significantly related to word of mouth. On the other side, communication, productivity and responsiveness are found to be significant in measuring the perceptions of service quality.The results also proved that the perception of service quality is significantly related to trust and word of mouth. This study is expected to contribute measurement tools of internal customer satisfaction in higher education. This research is also expected to enrich discussion on how to measure the internal customer satisfaction and service quality toward trust and word of mouth in higher education. Thus the higher education can continue to strive to provide educational service in accordance with the expectations of the customers.

  16. The Impact of Intercultural Communication Competence on Service Quality and Customer Satisfaction

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    GÜNEŞ, Araş. Gör. İsmet; Sh. AHMAD, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Fauziah

    2015-01-01

    The article aims to better understand the impact of intercultural communication competence on personal interaction and customer satisfaction in grocery retail industry. The study explored three major constructs namely intercultural communication competence, personal interaction which is one of the important variables for service quality and customer satisfaction of major grocery retail outlets (e.g. supermarkets and hypermarkets) in Klang Valley area, Malaysia. The customer based approach met...

  17. Customer service, access and capacity: vital signs for developing a marketing plan.

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    Bendycki, N; Zeroske, J

    1994-01-01

    Marketing plans that do not include an analysis of customer service, access and capacity issues are incomplete documents. Unresolved customer service, access and capacity issues can undermine an otherwise well-designed marketing plan. The medical and administrative leadership of the group practice or clinical department must work together to identify customer service, access and capacity issues which are affecting the practice's ability to respond to the needs of the marketplace. Someone with marketing expertise can provide valuable input to this process. The resulting solutions need to be developed which are realistic and in keeping with the general marketing direction of the practice.

  18. Hospital customer service in a changing healthcare world: does it matter?

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    Howard, J

    1999-01-01

    The healthcare industry is undergoing a rapid transformation to meet the ever-increasing needs and demands of the patient population. Employers and health plans such as HMOs are demanding better service and higher quality care, and hospitals are trying to tackle reimbursement cutbacks, streamline services, and serve a diverse population. Hospitals have begun to realize that to overcome these obstacles and meet the needs of the health care plans and consumers, they must focus on the demands of the customer. Customer service initiatives increase patient satisfaction and loyalty and overall hospital quality, and many hospitals have found that consumer demands can be met through initiating and maintaining a customer service program. This article describes how the administrator can create, implement, and manage customer service initiatives within the hospital.

  19. The Mediating Role of Customer Satisfaction on the Service Quality - Loyalty Relationships

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    Mohd Aliff Abd Rahman

    2012-06-01

    Full Text Available This research was conducted in Malaysia. The purpose of the study was to test the mediating effect of customer satisfaction on the service quality-loyalty relationship in the national railway corporation known as Keretapi Tanah Melayu Berhad (KTMB – Cement Cargo Services. The methodology of this study is using quota sampling, 200 respondents were selected from cement companies, namely Lafarge, YTL, TCB and CIMA, the main users of the service provider. Structured questionnaires were distributed to the selected respondents through a self-administered survey in November 2011. To test the hypotheses, a multiple regression analysis was performed. The results revealed that three dimensions of service quality (tangibles, responsiveness and assurance has significant positive relationship with customer satisfaction. Further, both service quality and satisfaction have been shown to positively affect the customer loyalty. In addition, this study found that satisfaction partially mediates the service quality dimensions-loyalty relationships. However, the findings may not be generalized to the overall cargo services because the sample is small. In the future, researcher should investigate the overall cargo services (conventional and container and their effect on satisfaction and customer loyalty. The managerial implications of this study explained that KTMB should improve the service quality. Thus, to sustain in the long run, excellent service quality will generate greater satisfaction with the delivered service, promote repeat purchase, positive word-of-mouth, brand loyalty and finally a high chance for customer loyalty.

  20. Investigating the relationship between service quality and customer loyalty: A case study of banking industry

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    Aliakbar Aghaei

    2013-07-01

    Full Text Available The present study investigates the relationship between service quality and customer loyalty in one of Iranian banks in province of Golestan, Iran named Bank Melli Iran. The population of the study consists of all customers of this branch. Using Kersity-Morgan table and simple random sampling, a number of 384 customers were selected as the participants of the study. The method of research is descriptive-correlation with a survey design. SERVQUAL scale and a researcher-made questionnaire were used to examine service quality and customer loyalty, respectively. Pearson correlation formula was run to analyze the data. The results showed a significant relationship between different aspects of service quality and customer loyalty in this particular branch of bank.

  1. Linking functional and relational service quality to customer satisfaction and loyalty: differences between men and women.

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    Sánchez-Hernández, Rosa M; Martínez-Tur, Vicente; Peiró, José M; Moliner, Carolina

    2010-04-01

    This study assessed differences between men and women in the association of perceptions of service quality with customer evaluations. Functional (efficiency with which the service is delivered) and relational (customers' emotional benefits, beyond the core performance, related to the social interaction of customers with employees) dimensions of service quality were measured as well as customer satisfaction and loyalty. The sample of 277 customers (191 men, 86 women), surveyed in 29 Mexican hotels, had a mean age of 38.1 yr. (SD=9.7) for men and 34.5 yr. (SD=11.0) for women. To be eligible for survey, customers had to have spent at least one night in the hotel in question. Analysis indicated that the women and men differed in the association of functional and relational dimensions of service quality with their satisfaction and loyalty. Functional service quality was higher for the men than the women, while relational service quality showed greater predictive power for women than for men, although these accounted for only 4% of the customers' satisfaction variance and 6% of the loyalty variance.

  2. Assessment of customer satisfaction with logistics service in the light of the results of the research

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    Kułyk Piotr

    2017-05-01

    Full Text Available In an era of rapidly growing competition logistic customer service is growing increasingly important and is becoming a substantial factor in the success of companies operating in the market. Therefore, it is necessary to improve the components affecting the quality of customer service. Taking appropriate action in this regard, and thus preparing and implementing an appropriate logistic customer service strategy becomes important from the point of view of both the survival and development of enterprises, and to achieve sustainable competitive advantage. The aim of this study is to identify and evaluate determinants influencing consumers′ purchasing decisions in the area of logistics customer service. In addition, the article focuses on the development of solution proposals for enterprises to enable a better match the supply to the needs and preferences of customers. It is worth noting that the effectiveness and efficiency of operations in the field of logistic customer service is highly dependent on proper identification of needs and expectations of existing and potential buyers. Therefore, there is in this respect a need for permanent monitoring of the quality of service and customer expectations.

  3. The Effect Of Perceived Justice On Customer Satisfaction In The Service Recovery Context: Testing Mediating Variables

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    2012-12-01

    Full Text Available This study examines the impact of service failure through the model of service recovery evaluation. The study focuses on the concept of justice theory to determine the influence of emotions on the three dimensions of justice (distributive, procedural, and interactional for consumer satisfaction. The study considered a sample of 102 retailers in the Yogyakarta region in Indonesia, whose customers had experienced service failure and received service recovery. This study hypothesizes that perceived justice will significantly affect customer satisfaction directly in the context of service recovery satisfaction. It is further hypothesized that there will be a significant indirect effect of perceived justice on customer satisfaction in the context of service recovery satisfaction through emotions. This study employs the hierarchical regression model and shows that perceived justice (distributive, procedural, and interactional significantly and directly affects customer satisfaction. Further findings indicate that perceived justice also significantly and indirectly affects customer satisfaction. Positive emotions influence the effect of perceived justice on customer satisfaction. Negative emotions only mediate between perceived procedural justice and satisfaction. Thus, negative emotions do not elicit perceived distributive and interactional justice to unsatisfied retailer as consumers. The mediating variables are only partial mediations. The findings hold significant implications for the theory and practice of service recovery management, especially for retailers and service providers.

  4. [Development and application of hospital customer service center platform].

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    Chen, Minya; Zheng, Konglin; Xia, Yong

    2012-01-01

    This paper introduces the construction and application of the platform of client service center in the general hospital and discusses how to provide patients with an entire service including service before clinic, on clinic and after clinic. It can also provide references for a new service mode for clinic service.

  5. Measuring Customer Satisfaction and Quality of Service in Special Libraries.

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    White, Marilyn Domas; Abels, Eileen G.; Nitecki, Danuta

    This project tested the appropriateness of SERVQUAL (i.e., an instrument widely used in the service industry for assessing service quality based on repeated service encounters rather than a particular service encounter) to measure service quality in special libraries and developed a modified version for special libraries. SERVQUAL is based on an…

  6. A Customer Service Management Architecture for the Internet

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    Sprenkels, Ron; Pras, Aiko; van Beijnum, Bernhard J.F.; de Goede, Leo; Ambler, Anthony; Calo, Seraphin B.; Kar, Gautam

    2000-01-01

    Managing services on the Internet is becoming more and more complex and time consuming for service providers since services are increasing both in number and complexity. Also the number of users per service is going up. A solution to this problem is to allow the service users themselves to partly

  7. The Effects of Graphic Feedback, Goal-Setting, and Manager Praise on Customer Service Behaviors

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    Loewy, Shannon; Bailey, Jon

    2007-01-01

    The current study used a multiple baseline design to investigate the effects of graphic feedback, goal setting, and manager praise on customer service behaviors in a large retail setting. Direct observation of customer greeting, eye contact, and smiling was used to collect data. After baseline data were collected feedback graphs were posted twice…

  8. An Electronic Service Quality Reference Model for Designing E-Commerce Websites Which Maximizes Customer Satisfaction

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    Shaheen, Amer N.

    2011-01-01

    This research investigated Electronic Service Quality (E-SQ) features that contribute to customer satisfaction in an online environment. The aim was to develop an approach which improves E-CRM processes and enhances online customer satisfaction. The research design adopted mixed methods involving qualitative and quantitative methods to…

  9. An Electronic Service Quality Reference Model for Designing E-Commerce Websites Which Maximizes Customer Satisfaction

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    Shaheen, Amer N.

    2011-01-01

    This research investigated Electronic Service Quality (E-SQ) features that contribute to customer satisfaction in an online environment. The aim was to develop an approach which improves E-CRM processes and enhances online customer satisfaction. The research design adopted mixed methods involving qualitative and quantitative methods to…

  10. 77 FR 43071 - MPS Customer Group v. Maine Public Service Company; Notice of Complaint

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    2012-07-23

    ... Energy Regulatory Commission MPS Customer Group v. Maine Public Service Company; Notice of Complaint Take... Commission (Commission); 18 CFR 385.206, MPS Customer Group (Complainant) filed a formal complaint against... Complainant certifies that copies of the complaint were served on the contacts for the Respondent. Any...

  11. Considerate Service Plus Convenient Facilities Brings Superior Comfort

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    @@ During Canton Fair and the upcoming Asian Games, China's Foreign Trade has a special interview with Mr. Fang, general manager of Baiyun International Convention Center, and he introduced us the quality service this convention center can provide ?

  12. Reducing wait time in a hospital pharmacy to promote customer service.

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    Slowiak, Julie M; Huitema, Bradley E; Dickinson, Alyce M

    2008-01-01

    The purpose of this study was to compare the effects of 2 different interventions on wait times at a hospital outpatient pharmacy: (1) giving feedback to employees about customer satisfaction with wait times and (2) giving a combined intervention package that included giving more specific feedback about actual wait times and goal setting for wait time reduction in addition to the customer satisfaction feedback. The relationship between customer satisfaction ratings and wait times was examined to determine whether wait times affected customer service satisfaction. Participants were 10 employees (4 pharmacists and 6 technicians) of an outpatient pharmacy. Wait times and customer satisfaction ratings were collected for "waiting customers." An ABCBA' within-subjects design was used to assess the effects of the interventions on both wait time and customer satisfaction, where A was the baseline (no feedback and no goal setting); B was the customer satisfaction feedback; C was the customer satisfaction feedback, the wait time feedback, and the goal setting for wait time reduction; and A' was a follow-up condition that was similar to the original baseline condition. Wait times were reduced by approximately 20%, and there was concomitant increased shift in levels of customer satisfaction, as indicated by the correlation between these variables (r = -0.57 and P customer's wait time. Data from this study may provide useful preliminary benchmarking data for standard pharmacy wait times.

  13. 76 FR 9786 - NIOSH Dose Reconstruction Program Ten-Year Review-Phase I Report on Customer Service; Request for...

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    2011-02-22

    ... Review--Phase I Report on Customer Service; Request for Public Review and Comment AGENCY: National... Report on Customer Service.'' This publication is part of a review by NIOSH of its program in support of... customer service provided by NIOSH in the program. The document can be found at http://www.cdc.gov/niosh...

  14. Investigating the Relationship between Personality Characteristics and Friendship Relationships between Service Providers and Customers

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    zahra Asadi

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Providing services for attracting, maintaining, and retaining customers is one of the maintools of service organizations in order to survive in today's competitive environment. Highcontactservice is not exceptional as well. One of the contexts in which these services can beused greatly for retaining and satisfaction of customers is the virtual space, friendshiprelationships between service providers and customers. In this paper, the relationship betweencustomer personality characteristics and friendship relationships between service providersare studied. The sample consisted of 345 high-contact service customers in Isfahan of which154 were male and 191 female. The impact of extroversion, sociability, stability, andopenness to experience variables on friendship service as well as the impact of friendshipservice on customer satisfaction and retaining were studied. LISREL8.5 software was usedfor model fitting and statistical analysis was performed using SPSS16 software. The resultsshow that hypotheses related to significant impact of extroversion and sociability variables onfriendship service as well as friendship service on satisfaction and retaining, and satisfactionon retaining were confirmed. But the significant impacts of stability and openness toexperience on friendship service were rejected.

  15. Customer service: developing a new mindset for today's instant gratification society.

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    Stockburger, W T

    1998-01-01

    Today's society expects and demands immediate service, results and access to information. Can those of us in leadership positions say that the service we provide is equal to or exceeds what our customers expect? How can we redesign our services so they are better than those we currently provide? Some people look to advances in technology as one means to improve services and access to information, but this should not be the only means. If we are to develop a philosophy of exceptional service, we must develop a vision of those services. We must gain an understanding of our customers, plus a knowledge of products, the availability of resources and any industry constraints. In healthcare, we must look to leadership to achieve our goals. A goal of exceptional customer service must be communicated to all levels of service providers from management. Top-down action by management--leadership by example--is critical. Leadership must gain the trust of both customers and employees by actively listening to both verbal and nonverbal comments at all points of service. Without an understanding of our customers' needs, it won't be possible to deliver services at or above their expectations.

  16. The Influence of Usability on Electronic Customer Relationship Management Performance in Jordan Mobile Phone Services

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    Samsudin Wahab

    2011-12-01

    Full Text Available Electronic Customer Relationship Management performance is a comprehensive business and marketing strategy that integrates people, process, technology and all business activities for attracting and retaining customers over the internet and mobile phone to reduce costs and increase profitability by consolidation the principles of customer loyalty. Therefore, the results of Electronic Customer Relationship Management performance are repeat purchase, word of mouth, retention, cross buying, brand loyalty and customer satisfaction. The keen competitive in the communication and mobile phone service market place and the increasing numbers of mobile phone users all over the world has influence the researcher to investigate usability as the antecedents of electronic customer relationship management performance in mobile phone services industry. Four hundreds and eighty eight set of questionnaires have returned and analyzed. The analysis shows that usability was positively significant towards E-CRM performance. Base on the results, it can be concluded that the mobile service provider has to ensure their services fully satisfied their customer usability. Somehow, future research must investigate other factors as the antecedent for E-CRM performance. Other initiative is to consider a model testing in difference context of electronic service to see any generalization on the research result.

  17. Predicting Customer Lifetime Value in Multi-Service Industries

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    A.C.D. Donkers (Bas); P.C. Verhoef (Peter); M.G. de Jong (Martijn)

    2003-01-01

    textabstractCustomer lifetime value (CLV) is a key-metric within CRM. Although, a large number of marketing scientists and practitioners argue in favor of this metric, there are only a few studies that consider the predictive modeling of CLV. In this study we focus on the prediction of CLV in

  18. Predicting Customer Lifetime Value in Multi-Service Industries

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    A.C.D. Donkers (Bas); P.C. Verhoef (Peter); M.G. de Jong (Martijn)

    2003-01-01

    textabstractCustomer lifetime value (CLV) is a key-metric within CRM. Although, a large number of marketing scientists and practitioners argue in favor of this metric, there are only a few studies that consider the predictive modeling of CLV. In this study we focus on the prediction of CLV in multi-

  19. Predicting Customer Lifetime Value in Multi-Service Industries

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    A.C.D. Donkers (Bas); P.C. Verhoef (Peter); M.G. de Jong (Martijn)

    2003-01-01

    textabstractCustomer lifetime value (CLV) is a key-metric within CRM. Although, a large number of marketing scientists and practitioners argue in favor of this metric, there are only a few studies that consider the predictive modeling of CLV. In this study we focus on the prediction of CLV in multi-

  20. How to achieve customer service through short-cycle paperwork.

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    Hunter, M

    1998-02-01

    The ultimate goal of short-cycle paperwork is to satisfy customers by filling their orders as quickly as possible. Tools and techniques that can help achieve this goal include Just-in-Time paperwork elimination, process mapping, paper flow mapping, function/process mapping, work cells, and electronic kanban. Each of these is described briefly in the article.

  1. Report: Controls and Oversight Needed to Improve Administration of EPA’s Customer Service Lines

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    Report #13-P-0432, September 26, 2013. The EPA has a variety of resources—including telephone hotlines, Web clearinghouses, and other online reference information—which the OIG has categorized as customer service lines (CSLs).

  2. 76 FR 4725 - Apria Healthcare Customer Service Department; Fourteen Locations in Missouri Cameron, Cape...

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    ... Missouri Cameron, Cape Girardeau, Columbia, Farmington, Fenton, Joplin, Lee's Summit, Pleasant Valley... Healthcare, Customer Service Department, Thirteen Locations in Missouri: Cameron, Cape Girardeau, Columbia...,676J); Cameron, Cape Girardeau, Columbia, Farmington, Fenton, Joplin, Lee's Summit, Pleasant Valley...

  3. Research into the influence of internal interdepartmental integration on service innovation and customer loyalty

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    Huang, Jui-Chan; Wu, Tzu-Jung; Wen, Hao-Ming; Hsin-Fei, Wu; Hairui, Ji

    2017-06-01

    It is the most important for the company to improve customer value and customer loyalty through service innovation. However, at present, only researches related to organizations or consumer behaviors are conducted, there is rare research into the combination between organization level and consumer behavior, and this research tries to explore this aspect, which is the motivation and contribution of this research. This research aims to explore the relationship between "Interdepartmental Integration", "Service Innovation" and "Customer Loyalty", according to the analysis results, the relationship between "interdepartmental integration and service innovation" and "service innovation and customer loyalty" has a low positive correlation and it reaches significant level; it shows the relationship between "interdepartmental interaction and progressive innovation" and "interdepartmental collaboration and fundamental innovation" is significant.

  4. AN APPLICATION ON CUSTOMER SATISFACTION AND SERVICE QUALITY OF SERVICE IN THE REFECTORY OF ADIYAMAN UNİVERSİTY

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    Mücahit ÇELİK

    2012-06-01

    Full Text Available The level of customer satisfaction and the quality of service duty in service sector arise suddenly and directly after the consume of the service. In this article, service and customer satisfaction terms have been explained before all else. After that, a study to measure customer satisfaction and service quality has been carried out and the satisfaction level of customers that consumes refectory service and their expectations; the physical vision of the refectory, compliance of the refectory with the published menu (reliability on the refectory, going to the refectory with desire, sensitivity of the refectory managerial have been studied via the quality that the refectory has presented and the organoleptic features of the food. Besides, it has been studied that to what extent these variants that have been selected explains customer satisfaction in service sector. At the end of the study, it has been found out that students, academic and administrative staff of Adiyaman University are satisfied with the service duty of contractor firm presenting package food service, however that they regard the organoleptic features of food presented as unsatisfactory.

  5. Frontline employees' intercultural competence: Does it impact customers' evaluations of intercultural service encounters?

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    Hoefnagels, A.H.J.M.; Bloemer, J.M.M.; Pluymaekers, M

    2014-01-01

    Globalization has led to an exponential growth of intercultural service encounters. In view of the importance of customer-orientation in services, we investigate the effect of the frontline employee’s intercultural competence on customer’s affective and cognitive evaluations of intercultural service

  6. FUEL SERVICES: Customer focused on Product Support during the whole Life Time

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    Langenberger, J.; Hummel, W.

    2015-07-01

    For more than 40 years, Fuel Services of AREVA has been delivering devices and providing on-site services primary at LWR worldwide. We support our worldwide customers in achieving safe and economic operation of the fuel assemblies (FA) and core components (CC) and have received excellent feedback from them. But the Fuel Services support goes beyond on-site activities. (Author)

  7. The effect of service experiences over time on a supplier's retention of business customers

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    Bolton, Ruth N.; Lemon, Katherine N.; Bramlett, Matthew D.

    2006-01-01

    This paper examines the link between a supplier's marketing and service operations and its business customers' subsequent repatronage behavior. We develop a dynamic model of service contract renewal for an individual firm, at the contract level, recognizing interdependencies among service contract r

  8. The effect of service experiences over time on a supplier's retention of business customers

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    Bolton, Ruth N.; Lemon, Katherine N.; Bramlett, Matthew D.

    2006-01-01

    This paper examines the link between a supplier's marketing and service operations and its business customers' subsequent repatronage behavior. We develop a dynamic model of service contract renewal for an individual firm, at the contract level, recognizing interdependencies among service contract

  9. X Marks the Spot: Creating and Managing a Single Service Point to Improve Customer Service and Maximize Resources

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    Venner, Mary Ann; Keshmiripour, Seti

    2016-01-01

    This article will describe how merging service points in an academic library is an opportunity to improve customer service and utilize staffing resources more efficiently. Combining service points provides libraries with the ability to create a more positive library experience for patrons by minimizing the ping-pong effect for assistance. The…

  10. X Marks the Spot: Creating and Managing a Single Service Point to Improve Customer Service and Maximize Resources

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    Venner, Mary Ann; Keshmiripour, Seti

    2016-01-01

    This article will describe how merging service points in an academic library is an opportunity to improve customer service and utilize staffing resources more efficiently. Combining service points provides libraries with the ability to create a more positive library experience for patrons by minimizing the ping-pong effect for assistance. The…

  11. Service Quality and the Mediating Effect of Corporate Image on the Relationship between Customer Satisfaction and Customer Loyalty in the Malaysian Hotel Industry

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    2014-06-01

    Full Text Available Service quality is vital to the success of  any service organization. The rapid growth of the Malaysian hotel industry in the 2000’s forced hotel operators to seriously recognize the importance of service improvement in order to gain competitive advantage. This study aims to examine the impact of service quality on customer satisfaction, and how customer satisfaction subsequently affects customer loyalty in the hotel industry in Malaysia. This study also investigates the mediating effect of corporate image  on the  relationship between customer satisfaction and customer loyalty.  A systematic  sampling approach was adopted  to collect data through self-administered questionnaires from 500 hotel guests. Preliminary data analysis, descriptive analysis, reliability test and regression analysis were adopted to ana-lyze  the  reliability  of  items and the  hypothesized  relationships  in the  proposed  research model.  The findings revealed that perception of service quality is significantly related to customer satisfaction, which in turn generates positive customer loyalty in the hotel industry. Besides, corporate image is found to be a partial mediator in the relationship between customer satisfaction and customer loyalty. Overall, the find-ings of this study would help hotel operators to formulate and implement effective marketing manage-ment strategies to cope with the keen competition in the hotel service industry.

  12. [2011 Shanghai customer satisfaction report of DSA/X-ray equipment's after-service].

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    Li, Bin; Qian, Jianguo; Cao, Shaoping; Zheng, Yunxin; Xu, Zitian; Wang, Lijun

    2012-11-01

    To improve the manufacturer's medical equipment after-sale service, the fifth Shanghai zone customer satisfaction survey was launched by the end of 2011. The DSA/X-ray equipment was setup as an independent category for the first time. From the survey we can show that the DSA/X-ray equipment's CSI is higher than last year, the customer satisfaction scores of preventive maintenance and service contract are lower than others, and CSI of local brand is lower than imported brand.

  13. Study effective factors on customer compliance in high contact services based on Bandura social - Cognitive theory

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    zahra asadi; bahman hajipour

    2014-01-01

    In today's competitive world, all market participants ranging from individuals, organizations should be looking for ways to success in the market. The secret to success high contact service providers as important part of market participants is, compliance and follow customers of high contact service providers the instructions and guidance. In this paper, a model based on Bandura social - Cognitive theory has Provided to customer compliance . According Bandura social - Cognitive theory and t...

  14. Value-added services : impact of customer satisfaction in Hong Kong housing estates

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    Mak, Yiu-yuen; 麥耀源

    2013-01-01

    The property management industry develops with the real estate market which is one of the major economy contributors in Hong Kong. Since property management is considered as service-oriented industry, satisfying customers mean business successful. The goal of this research aimed at analyzing the impact brought by value-added services in current private housing market through assessing the customer satisfaction level. This research intended to analysis the relationships among value-added se...

  15. CUSTOMER SATISFACTION AS AN INDICATOR OF SERVICE QUALITY IN TOURISM AND HOSPITALITY

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    Ana Stranjancevic; Iva Bulatovic

    2015-01-01

    One of the greatest challenges for stakeholders is to ensure customer satisfaction, especially in service industries such as tourism and hospitality. The aim of this paper is to show that restaurant guest satisfaction depends on numerous factors as well as to show the connection between satisfaction and loyalty. Customer satisfaction and loyalty are excellent indicators of service quality. For the purpose of this paper, empirical survey was conducted and the results of the research were analy...

  16. The Effect of Service Experiences over Time on a Supplier's Retention of Business Customers

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    2006-01-01

    This paper examines the link between a supplier's marketing and service operations and its business customers' subsequent repatronage behavior. We develop a dynamic model of service contract renewal for an individual firm, at the contract level, recognizing interdependencies among service contract renewal decisions due to the firm's purchase of multiple contracts from the same supplier. The decision to renew a service contract is modeled as a function of service quality and price, where servi...

  17. STUDYING THE EFFECT OF BRAND LOYALTY ON CUSTOMER SERVICE IN KERMAN ASIA INSURANCE COMPANY

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    Gholamreza Jandaghi; Razieh Nafari Mehranjani; Mahdi Nik Seresht; Ali Mokhles

    2011-01-01

    Despite of remarkable interests in the nature and role of marketing application from servicing perspective, there are limited researches on service branding. By describing four major aspects of service branding, present study studies these aspects and their impacts on service conceived quality and finally it investigates the impact of service conceived quality on customer loyalty. Represented model includes the impact of brand traditional image along with other three impacts, that is, company...

  18. The effects of temperature on service employees' customer orientation: an experimental approach.

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    Kolb, Peter; Gockel, Christine; Werth, Lioba

    2012-01-01

    Numerous studies have demonstrated how temperature can affect perceptual, cognitive and psychomotor performance (e.g. Hancock, P.A., Ross, J., and Szalma, J., 2007. A meta-analysis of performance response under thermal stressors. Human Factors: The Journal of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society, 49 (5), 851-877). We extend this research to interpersonal aspects of performance, namely service employees' and salespeople's customer orientation. We combine ergonomics with recent research on social cognition linking physical with interpersonal warmth/coldness. In Experiment 1, a scenario study in the lab, we demonstrate that student participants in rooms with a low temperature showed more customer-oriented behaviour and gave higher customer discounts than participants in rooms with a high temperature - even in zones of thermal comfort. In Experiment 2, we show the existence of alternative possibilities to evoke positive temperature effects on customer orientation in a sample of 126 service and sales employees using a semantic priming procedure. Overall, our results confirm the existence of temperature effects on customer orientation. Furthermore, important implications for services, retail and other settings of interpersonal interactions are discussed. Practitioner Summary: Temperature effects on performance have emerged as a vital research topic. Owing to services' increasing economic importance, we transferred this research to the construct of customer orientation, focusing on performance in service and retail settings. The demonstrated temperature effects are transferable to services, retail and other settings of interpersonal interactions.

  19. Creating a comprehensive customer service program to help convey critical and acute results of radiology studies.

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    Towbin, Alexander J; Hall, Seth; Moskovitz, Jay; Johnson, Neil D; Donnelly, Lane F

    2011-01-01

    Communication of acute or critical results between the radiology department and referring clinicians has been a deficiency of many radiology departments. The failure to perform or document these communications can lead to poor patient care, patient safety issues, medical-legal issues, and complaints from referring clinicians. To mitigate these factors, a communication and documentation tool was created and incorporated into our departmental customer service program. This article will describe the implementation of a comprehensive customer service program in a hospital-based radiology department. A comprehensive customer service program was created in the radiology department. Customer service representatives were hired to answer the telephone calls to the radiology reading rooms and to help convey radiology results. The radiologists, referring clinicians, and customer service representatives were then linked via a novel workflow management system. This workflow management system provided tools to help facilitate the communication needs of each group. The number of studies with results conveyed was recorded from the implementation of the workflow management system. Between the implementation of the workflow management system on August 1, 2005, and June 1, 2009, 116,844 radiology results were conveyed to the referring clinicians and documented in the system. This accounts for more than 14% of the 828,516 radiology cases performed in this time frame. We have been successful in creating a comprehensive customer service program to convey and document communication of radiology results. This program has been widely used by the ordering clinicians as well as radiologists since its inception.

  20. A comparative study of internal customer management practices within service sector firms and the National Health Service.

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    Chaston, I

    1994-02-01

    In responding to the UK government's market forces model, some National Health Service (NHS) managers have introduced private sector concepts such as 'customer care' and 'total quality management' (TQM). Private sector firms find that success of these techniques is dependent upon creating an internal marketing orientation across the entire organization. To determine how internal marketing is being applied, a comparative survey of UK service sector firms and NHS units was undertaken using a modified version of Parasuraman's SERVQUAL model. All respondents indicated existence of type 1, 2, 3 and 4 gaps in the internal customer management process within their organizations. Major influencers of service gaps include departments placing internal efficiency ahead of internal customers and insufficient understanding of internal customer requirements. The survey indicated that, in certain areas of managing service quality, the NHS is performing better than its private sector counterparts. Nevertheless, opportunity for enhancing service quality in the NHS is possible through improving the flow of information between departments, stronger orientation towards meeting customer needs, upgrading provision systems and changing intradepartmental culture. The constraint facing the NHS manager is the limited availability of resources. One solution is to allocate resources in relation to service priorities. A directional planning matrix is presented as a tool for developing an optimum internal customer management strategy within an NHS unit.

  1. Estimated Value of Service Reliability for Electric Utility Customers in the United States

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    Sullivan, M.J.; Mercurio, Matthew; Schellenberg, Josh

    2009-06-01

    Information on the value of reliable electricity service can be used to assess the economic efficiency of investments in generation, transmission and distribution systems, to strategically target investments to customer segments that receive the most benefit from system improvements, and to numerically quantify the risk associated with different operating, planning and investment strategies. This paper summarizes research designed to provide estimates of the value of service reliability for electricity customers in the US. These estimates were obtained by analyzing the results from 28 customer value of service reliability studies conducted by 10 major US electric utilities over the 16 year period from 1989 to 2005. Because these studies used nearly identical interruption cost estimation or willingness-to-pay/accept methods it was possible to integrate their results into a single meta-database describing the value of electric service reliability observed in all of them. Once the datasets from the various studies were combined, a two-part regression model was used to estimate customer damage functions that can be generally applied to calculate customer interruption costs per event by season, time of day, day of week, and geographical regions within the US for industrial, commercial, and residential customers. Estimated interruption costs for different types of customers and of different duration are provided. Finally, additional research and development designed to expand the usefulness of this powerful database and analysis are suggested.

  2. EXPLORING SERVICE QUALITY IMPACTS ON CUSTOMER SATISFACTION IN MILITARY MEDICAL CENTRES: MODERATING ROLE OF PERCEIVED VALUE

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    Azman Ismail

    2016-12-01

    Full Text Available Much has been written about service quality impacts on customer satisfaction. However, little research on this perspective has been carried out in military settings. The aim of this study is to examine the relationship between service quality and customer satisfaction, and moderating effects of perceived value in military medical centre. A survey method was employed and data was collected from customers at medical centers under the administration of Malaysian army organization. Analysis was performed using SmartPLS path model analysis. The results show two important findings: first, the interaction between four service quality components (i.e., tangible, reliability, responsiveness and assurance and customers’ perceived value were significantly correlated with customer satisfaction. Second, the interaction between one service quality component (i.e., tangible were not significantly correlated with customer satisfaction. In overall, this result confirms that effect of tangible, reliability, responsiveness and assurance on customer satisfaction has been moderated by customers’ perceived value. Conversely, effect empathy on customer satisfaction has not been moderated by customers’ perceived value. Further, this study offers discussion, implications and conclusion.

  3. STUDYING THE EFFECT OF BRAND LOYALTY ON CUSTOMER SERVICE IN KERMAN ASIA INSURANCE COMPANY

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    Gholamreza Jandaghi

    2011-10-01

    Full Text Available Despite of remarkable interests in the nature and role of marketing application from servicing perspective, there are limited researches on service branding. By describing four major aspects of service branding, present study studies these aspects and their impacts on service conceived quality and finally it investigates the impact of service conceived quality on customer loyalty. Represented model includes the impact of brand traditional image along with other three impacts, that is, company image, employees’ confidence and company’s confidence. By using a 104-subject sample of Asia Insurance Company’s customers, the analyses show that brand image and company’s image have direct and positive impact on service conceived quality while a significant relationship is not seen between company’ confidence and employees’ confidence with service quality. Finally, the aspects of service brand impacts indirectly on customers’ loyalty via impacting on service conceived quality.

  4. Service Quality in Banks and Customer Relationship Strength

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    Hartl, Kathleen; Ruci, Irida

    2009-01-01

    Background Today, the Swedish banking industry is facing aggressive competition as a consequence of many changes; increase of competitors in the marketplace, changes in the market structure, technological advancements and the use of Internet banking, and the increase of customer demands. Therefore, the pressure that each bank faces is high and banks need to upgrade their strategies and adjust their business approach to the quick changes. An understanding of customers’ expectations and percept...

  5. Quality-improvement initiatives focused on enhancing customer service in the outpatient pharmacy.

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    Poulin, Tenley J; Bain, Kevin T; Balderose, Bonnie K

    2015-09-01

    The development and implementation of quality-improvement initiatives to enhance customer service in an outpatient pharmacy of a Veterans Affairs (VA) medical center are described. Historically low customer service satisfaction rates with the outpatient pharmacy at the Philadelphia Veterans Affairs Medical Center prompted this quality-improvement project. A three-question survey was designed to be easily and quickly administered to veterans in the outpatient pharmacy waiting area. Using 5-point Likert scale, veterans were asked to rate (1) their overall experience with the outpatient pharmacy service and (2) their satisfaction with the customer service provided by the pharmacy department. They were also asked how they thought the pharmacy department could improve its customer service. After receiving feedback from the survey, several quality-improvement initiatives were developed. The initiatives were categorized as environmental, personnel, communicative, and technological. For each initiative, one or more tasks were developed and the initiatives were subsequently implemented over eight months. After each task was completed, veterans were surveyed to measure the impact of the change. A total of 79 veterans were surveyed before the implementation of the quality-improvement initiatives, and 49% and 68% rated their experience with the outpatient pharmacy and customer service favorably, respectively. Twenty-five veterans were surveyed after the implementation of numerous quality-improvement interventions, with 44% and 72% rating their experience with the outpatient pharmacy and customer service favorably. Customer service satisfaction with an outpatient pharmacy service at a VA medical center was enhanced through the implementation of various quality-improvement initiatives. Copyright © 2015 by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists, Inc. All rights reserved.

  6. Aiming for Service Excellence: Implementing a Plan for Customer Service Quality at a Blended Service Desk

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    Oud, Joanne; Genzinger, Peter

    2016-01-01

    This article discusses a public service review and redesign that resulted in a blended service desk combining reference and circulation functions, staffed by nonlibrarians. The redesign implements a number of organizational structures that encourage service excellence, as found in the business literature and in examples of nonlibrary organizations…

  7. Aiming for Service Excellence: Implementing a Plan for Customer Service Quality at a Blended Service Desk

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    Oud, Joanne; Genzinger, Peter

    2016-01-01

    This article discusses a public service review and redesign that resulted in a blended service desk combining reference and circulation functions, staffed by nonlibrarians. The redesign implements a number of organizational structures that encourage service excellence, as found in the business literature and in examples of nonlibrary organizations…

  8. ASSESSMENT OF CUSTOMER EXPECTATION AND PERCEPTION OF SERVICE QUALITY DELIVERY IN GHANA COMMERCIAL BANK

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    2016-02-01

    Full Text Available The study is to determine customers’ expectations and perception of quality of servicedelivery of Ghana Commercial Banks Limited. The study also aims at determining thegap between customers’ expectation and perception of service quality delivery(customer satisfaction /dissatisfaction of the banks. To achieve the main aim of thestudy, the following specific objectives have been set out; determine customers’expectations of the quality of service delivery of GCB, measure customers’ perceptionof the quality of service delivery of GCB, determine the gap (customer satisfaction ordissatisfaction between customers’ perception and expectation of service qualitydelivery of the bank.

  9. Enhancing library services: an exploration in meeting customer needs through total quality management.

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    Cundari, L; Stutz, K

    1995-01-01

    Total Quality Management (TQM) is a process which focuses on understanding customer needs and improving customer service and satisfaction. A TQM committee was created at the Devereux Foundation's Professional Library to assess user satisfaction and make recommendations for improving library services to better meet consumer needs. The committee distributed a satisfaction survey to 156 of the most likely library users and 84 (54%) were returned. Overall, survey results indicate that most consumers are satisfied with the materials and services provided by the Professional Library. Recommendations for improving library services and strategies for implementing these recommendations are discussed.

  10. Reasons for the Gap between service quality expectations and perceptions of customers

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    YILMAZ, İbrahim

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    In this study, the basic and sub-reasons that cause gaps between customers’ expectations and perceptions regarding the service quality are analyzed. These reasons are discussed in the Service Quality Gap Model developed by Parasuraman, Zeithaml and Berry (1985). According to the Service Quality Gap Model, gap between customers’ service quality expectations and perceptions (Gap 5) stem from four basic gaps/reasons that may be under the control of the business. The first gap (Gap 1) stems from ...

  11. Service user movement. The customer is sometimes right.

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    Sang, B

    1999-08-19

    Patients' groups and service user organisations have grown enormously in the past 20 years. The NHS is beginning to take the principle of patients managing their own conditions seriously. Sustained service user involvement in the planning of local services is still some way off.

  12. An Investigation into Customer Service Policies and Practices within the Scottish College Library Sector: A Comparison between the Customer Service Exemplars from the Retail Sector with Current Scottish College Library Practice

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    Paterson, Neil

    2011-01-01

    The aim of this research project was to investigate the customer care methods within the Scottish college library sector. The researcher sought to compare examples of the customer care and service policies and practices from the sector with exemplars of good customer service from the retail sector. A qualitative, grounded theory approach was…

  13. An Investigation into Customer Service Policies and Practices within the Scottish College Library Sector: A Comparison between the Customer Service Exemplars from the Retail Sector with Current Scottish College Library Practice

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    Paterson, Neil

    2011-01-01

    The aim of this research project was to investigate the customer care methods within the Scottish college library sector. The researcher sought to compare examples of the customer care and service policies and practices from the sector with exemplars of good customer service from the retail sector. A qualitative, grounded theory approach was…

  14. From dissatisfied customers to evangelists of the firm: A study of the Spanish mobile service sector

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    2014-07-01

    Full Text Available This paper takes a closer look at factors which serve as a catalyst for transforming initially dissatisfied customers into evangelists of the firm; that is, customers who spread positive word-of-mouth about a company, its products and/or services—and recommend them to other consumers. We propose a conceptual model, rooted in relationship marketing theory, which identifies a set of factors that afford a better understanding of post-service recovery customer transformation processes. The proposed model is empirically tested in the context of mobile telecommunications services using a structural equation modeling approach. Our findings reveal that when companies are capable of designing effective service recovery processes—where customers perceive effort and justice in the outcome—initial dissatisfaction can turn to brand loyalty, long-term commitment and, above all, readiness to speak positively about the company and its products. Finally, the main implications for marketing practice are discussed.

  15. Optimization Analysis of Supply Chain Resource Allocation in Customized Online Shopping Service Mode

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    Jianming Yao

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available For an online-shopping company, whether it can provide its customers with customized service is the key to enhance its customers’ experience value and its own competence. A good customized service requires effective integration and reasonable allocation of the company’s supply chain resources running in the background. Based on the analysis of the allocation of supply chain resources in the customized online shopping service mode and its operational characteristics, this paper puts forward an optimization model for the resource allocation and builds an improved ant algorithm to solve it. Finally, the effectiveness and feasibility of the optimization method and algorithm are demonstrated by a numerical simulation. This paper finds that the special online shopping environments lead to many dynamic and uncertain characters of the service demands. Different customized service patterns and their combination patterns should match with different supply chain resource allocations. The optimization model not only reflects the required service cost and delivery time in the objective function, but also considers the service scale effect optimization and the relations of integration benefits and risks. The improved ant algorithm has obvious advantages in flexibly balancing the multiobjective optimizations, adjusting the convergence speed, and adjusting the operation parameters.

  16. Customer Satisfaction on Small Business Loan by BDO Unibank Inc.: Basis for Service Enhancement

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    2014-06-01

    Full Text Available Due to global economic shifts, many businesses especially in service sector modified the way they do their business, attempted to attract and hold customers. They tend to focus in providing quality customer service and environment in which clientele wants are satisfied. This study aimed to propose customer satisfaction enhancement measures on small business loan offered by BDO Unibank, Inc. in Batangas City. Specifically, it aimed to determine the level of customers’ satisfaction in terms of Personal Skills and Business Environment and to test if such service quality dimensions significantly relate with their demographic variables. The descriptivecorrelation method of research was used in the study. The study showed customers of BDO who availed small business loan in 2012 are relatively middle aged female having loan availment of One Million to Five Million. Most of them are first timer and repeat clients. Almost all rated customer service on small business loan as to Personal Skills and Business environment as highly satisfied, however BDO still needs to provide services that make all quality services dimensions highly satisfied. The assessment of the personal skills is affected by what kind of occupation the client has and frequency of his/her loan availment. For only empathy and responsiveness among SERVQUAL dimensions when correlated to nature of work and number of loan availment show significant relationship, thus leaving the null hypothesis rejected. On the other hand, the level of customer satisfaction as to business environment is being affected by processing transaction and safety and security since both show significant relationship on the total amount availed and the respondents age. This was supported by the resulted p-values and indicates that the above mentioned variables were affected by their profile. Proposed service enhancement measures were based on results of the quality service dimensions as assessed by the loan customers.

  17. Customer perceptions of service quality in luxury hotels in Jordan

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    Ala`a Nimer AbuKhalifeh; Ahmad Rasmi AlBattat

    2015-01-01

    Providing quality food and beverage services has become one of the critical issues in the tourism industry and several studies have been paying attention to it. On the other hand, there seems to be a paucity of data on service quality Jordanian hotels, making it difficult to fashion an appropriate management intervention. Also, there has been insufficient attempt to relate customers’ perceptions of service quality to their socio-demographic characteristics as well as the characteristics of or...

  18. Characteristics of Logistics Outsourcing in Bulgaria: The Perspectives of the Logistics Service Providers and their Customers

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    Rakovska Miroslava

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    Full Text Available The increased demand and supply of logistics services bring together the logistics service providers (LSPs and the companies that outsource logistics activities. LSPs stand in between those companies and their customers, thus playing an essential role for supply chain integration. If the two parties have different viewpoints of the processes in the supply chain, the fulfillment of the goal to satisfy the end customers may be hindered. The purpose of this article is two-fold: First, to investigate the characteristics of logistics outsourcing in Bulgaria from the perspectives of the logistics service providers and their customers, and more specifically, to compare their viewpoints concerning the motives for outsourcing, the methods and contents of communication and some relationship management aspects; Second, to assess the relations of the communication and relationship management aspects to customer satisfaction. This article is based on empirical data provided by 138 manufacturing and trading companies and 136 LSPs and collected through two structured questionnaires designed to address the researched issues. The data were analyzed using descriptive statistics and the independent samples t-test. The research found that the service related reasons for logistics outsourcing are prevailing and that LSPs overestimate, compared to manufacturing and trading companies, motives related to service, organizational capabilities and relationships, while more manufacturing and trading companies concern as important the availability of logistics assets and the provision of value-added services. The research also found that both the LSPs and their customers consider that the extent of sharing of knowledge and information essential for material flow integration is very low and that the usage of team meetings and joint teams is quite rare. Also, customers do not view their relationships with the LSPs as so collaborative as viewed by the LSPs. Furthermore, the

  19. Exploring the interrelationships among operations management practices, customer perceptions of service quality and performance of hotels

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    Al-Zaidi, Asma Nasser Mohammed

    2012-01-01

    Hospitality and tourism are important sectors of any economy. In the service sector, achieving a level of service quality that satisfies customers usually results in a competitive advantage in the market. The concept of service quality in hotels has been the subject of many research studies and there are numerous published works in the field. However, only a few studies have focused on the determinants of service quality for hotels using a set of comprehensive criteria. Thus, conceptualizing...

  20. Exploring the interrelationships among operations management practices, customer perceptions of service quality and performance of hotels

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    Al-Zaidi, Asma Nasser Mohammed

    2012-01-01

    Hospitality and tourism are important sectors of any economy. In the service sector, achieving a level of service quality that satisfies customers usually results in a competitive advantage in the market. The concept of service quality in hotels has been the subject of many research studies and there are numerous published works in the field. However, only a few studies have focused on the determinants of service quality for hotels using a set of comprehensive criteria. Thus, conceptualizing...

  1. Understanding customer experience.

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    Meyer, Christopher; Schwager, Andre

    2007-02-01

    Anyone who has signed up for cell phone service, attempted to claim a rebate, or navigated a call center has probably suffered from a company's apparent indifference to what should be its first concern: the customer experiences that culminate in either satisfaction or disappointment and defection. Customer experience is the subjective response customers have to direct or indirect contact with a company. It encompasses every aspect of an offering: customer care, advertising, packaging, features, ease of use, reliability. Customer experience is shaped by customers' expectations, which largely reflect previous experiences. Few CEOs would argue against the significance of customer experience or against measuring and analyzing it. But many don't appreciate how those activities differ from CRM or just how illuminating the data can be. For instance, the majority of the companies in a recent survey believed they have been providing "superior" experiences to customers, but most customers disagreed. The authors describe a customer experience management (CEM) process that involves three kinds of monitoring: past patterns (evaluating completed transactions), present patterns (tracking current relationships), and potential patterns (conducting inquiries in the hope of unveiling future opportunities). Data are collected at or about touch points through such methods as surveys, interviews, focus groups, and online forums. Companies need to involve every function in the effort, not just a single customer-facing group. The authors go on to illustrate how a cross-functional CEM system is created. With such a system, companies can discover which customers are prospects for growth and which require immediate intervention.

  2. Service expectations from high- and low-volume customers in the alcoholic beverage industry

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    Jacques Beukes

    2013-02-01

    Full Text Available Orientation: South Africa has a highly competitive alcoholic beverage market. All role players in this market place a huge emphasis on service delivery and customer service.Research purpose: This research study investigated the relationship between the volume a customer buys from an alcoholic beverage supply company and what influence this volume has on their customer service expectations.Motivation for the study: The main purpose of this study was to evaluate what influence the volume an organisation buys from alcoholic beverage suppliers has on their service quality expectations.Research design, approach and method: A non-probability judgement sample method was used, with a sample size of 220 respondents. The questionnaire requested respondents (high- and low-volume to rank their customer service expectations and opinions with reference to Parasuraman’s service delivery dimensions. Ranking was done using a five-point Likert scale.Main findings: The findings of the study indicated that both the high- and low-volume customers felt that alcoholic beverage supply companies had to deliver on all five service delivery dimensions but failed to do so to full satisfaction.Practical and managerial implications: It is recommended that the alcoholic beverage supply companies should address the problem areas identified in this study to avoid defection of customers.Contribution and value add: This may assist alcoholic beverage supply companies to better understand the customers’ demographic profiles. The study also revealed that the satisfaction level experienced by customers in both sections of the study (high- and low-demand, with a considerable gap between expectations and opinions within the empathy dimension. 

  3. THE INFLUENCE OF WAITING TIME SATISFACTION ON CUSTOMER LOYALTY TOWARDS MULTI-STAGE SERVICES IN A FULL-SERVICE RESTAURANT: EVIDENCE FROM INDIA

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    Mittal, A.

    2016-01-01

    Research shows waiting time in services is an important source of service evaluation by the customer. In fact, time is one component of the total 'cost' that the customer bears and cost is a core component of the perceived cost-benefit equation that the customer uses to evaluate her or his sustained patronage of a particular service. In most services, customers consider waiting as a waste of time. However, from the customer perspective, in the case of a full-service restaurant, waiting is exp...

  4. The influence of waiting time satisfaction on customer loyalty towards multi-stage services in a full-service restaurant: evidence from India

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    Mittal, A.

    2016-01-01

    Research shows waiting time in services is an important source of service evaluation by the customer. In fact, time is one component of the total 'cost' that the customer bears and cost is a core component of the perceived cost-benefit equation that the customer uses to evaluate her or his sustained patronage of a particular service. In most services, customers consider waiting as a waste of time. However, from the customer perspective, in the case of a full-service restaurant, waiting is exp...

  5. Meeting Academic Needs for Information: A Customer Service Approach

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    Saunders, E. Stewart

    2008-01-01

    Should academic libraries seek to improve general satisfaction with their services, or are some services more important than others? This article asserts that faculty and students mainly want information resources. The research analyzes LibQUAL+[TM] data to determine which other library resources contribute to information satisfaction among users.…

  6. Selecting profitable customers for complex services on the internet

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    Vroomen, B; Donkers, B; Verhoef, PC; Franses, PH

    In contrast to books and compact discs, the number of complex services offered on the Internet is still small. The decision-making process for complex services is different because it has an additional intermediate step of "indication of interest." The Web site is (a) visited and searched for

  7. Selecting profitable customers for complex services on the internet

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    Vroomen, B; Donkers, B; Verhoef, PC; Franses, PH

    2005-01-01

    In contrast to books and compact discs, the number of complex services offered on the Internet is still small. The decision-making process for complex services is different because it has an additional intermediate step of "indication of interest." The Web site is (a) visited and searched for inform

  8. THE EFFECT OF THE SERVICE QUALITY OF COMPANIES WHICH USE SOCIAL CRM ON CUSTOMER SATISFACTION

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    Mustafa KARADENİZ

    2015-07-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Social CRM (Customer Relationship Management, that is managing customer relations through social media, is becoming more common. The increase in social media use is the most important factor. Customers share their complaints, satisfactions in the social media and they ask about their peers’ experiences and views about products before deciding to buy. The companies using social media can communicate easily and rapidly with customers and try to satisfy them.In this study, the effect of the service quality of the companies using social CRM on customer satisfaction is investigated. The population consists of 342 people over the age of 18 who live in Istanbul. A survey is carried out to collect data and factor, reliability analysis, T-tests, and ANOVA/Welch tests are performed for the data by using the SPSS package program. Moreover, the developed model and the hypothesis are tested through a LISREL structural equation model.

  9. [How are consumers, service and market factors related to customer loyalty in medical service? Targeting the medical consumer in a city].

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    Lee, Sunhee; Kim, Hyunmi; Kim, Juhye; Ha, Gwiyeom

    2008-09-01

    This study was performed to explore customer loyalty and the related factors. 900 households (a 1% sample) were randomly selected from the total population of K city located in Kangwon province. An interview survey was performed with using a structured questionnaire for the subjects (923 persons) who had used medical service during the year before the survey, and the survey was done September, 2002. When comparing the relating factors related with customer loyalty according to the sociodemographic characteristics, the older group showed a significantly higher level of recognition for service quality, service reputation, internal customers.attitudes and switching cost. The lower income group showed a higher level of recognition for service quality, service image and switching cost. The lower educated group showed a higher level of recognition for service reputation, service image and internal customers.attitudes. The higher educated group showed a higher level of recognition for perceived risk, and seeking variety. In addition, the expert group or the service and manufacturing workers group showed a higher level of recognition for service involvement. On multiple regression analysis, internal customers' attitudes, service image, service reputation, service quality, switching cost, and substitutability showed significant relations with customer loyalty. This study showed that customer loyalty was significantly influenced by service factors like internal customers' attitudes, service image, service reputation, and service quality, and by market factors like switching cost, and substitutability. The results of this study can be used as a baseline for developing strategies to create and keep customers with high loyalty.

  10. MEASURING SERVICE QUALITY PERCEPTIONS OF THE CUSTOMERS OF RESTAURANTS IN PAKISTAN

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    Shahab Alam Malik

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    Full Text Available This study aims to descriptively analyze different service quality attributes and ranking of services in renowned and successful restaurants. A sample of 407 customers of 10 reputed restaurants was gathered, operating in vicinity of twin cities of Islamabad and Rawalpindi of Pakistan, using abilingual survey instrument to measure service quality perceptions of customers.Five service quality attributes of restaurant staff, tips, tangibles, convenience, and food quality were used and their relationship with overall satisfaction was measured. Besides, key reasons to visit a restaurant were also inquired. Majority of the participants was comprised of private sector employees and students. Results of current study will be beneficial for the restaurants' managers in knowing customers evaluations and formulating future strategies accordingly.

  11. Emocomp! : a customer based scale for measuring emotional competences in service employees

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    Delcourt, C.C.; Riel, A.C.R. van; Birgelen, M.J.H. van; Gremler, D.D.

    2010-01-01

    Customers experience intense negative emotions during various types of service encounters. In such cases, the ability of contact employees to perceive, understand, and regulate these emotions, - i.e. to display emotionally competent behaviors - is considered crucial for subsequent service evaluation

  12. Marketing Communication Drivers of Adoption Timing of a New E-Service among Existing Customers

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    R. Prins (Remco); P.C. Verhoef (Peter)

    2007-01-01

    textabstractThe study investigates the effects of direct and mass marketing communications on the adoption timing of a new e-service among existing customers. The mass marketing communications concern both specific new service advertising and brand advertising from both the focal supplier and compet

  13. "We Serve You, Right?" A Case Study Adapting Coorientation to Customer Service Research

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    Williamson, JoAnna

    2010-01-01

    An abundance of academic research has focused on identifying, explicating, operationalizing, and analyzing variables used to understand the dynamics of customer service. Despite this scholarly attention, applied researchers and the popular press have long reported consumers' dissatisfaction with the service received during their customer…

  14. Relative Effects of Daily Feedback and Weekly Feedback on Customer Service Behavior at a Gas Station

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    So, Yongjoon; Lee, Kyehoon; Oah, Shezeen

    2013-01-01

    The relative effects of daily and weekly feedback on customer service behavior at a gas station were assessed using an ABC within-subjects design. Four critical service behaviors were identified and measured daily. After baseline (A), weekly feedback (B) was introduced, and daily feedback (C) was introduced in the next phase. The results indicated…

  15. Marketing communication drivers of adoption timing of a new E-service among existing customers

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    Prins, Remo; Verhoef, Peter C.

    2007-01-01

    This study investigates the effects of direct marketing communications and mass marketing communications on the adoption timing of a new e-service among existing customers. The mass marketing communications pertain to both specific new service advertising and brand advertising from both the focal su

  16. Frontline employees' intercultural competence: Does it impact customers' evaluations of intercultural service encounters?

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    Hoefnagels, A.H.J.M.; Bloemer, J.M.M.; Pluymaekers, M

    2014-01-01

    Globalization has led to an exponential growth of intercultural service encounters. In view of the importance of customer-orientation in services, we investigate the effect of the frontline employee’s intercultural competence on customer’s affective and cognitive evaluations of intercultural

  17. Emocomp! : a customer based scale for measuring emotional competences in service employees

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    Delcourt, C.C.; Riel, A.C.R. van; Birgelen, M.J.H. van; Gremler, D.D.

    2010-01-01

    Customers experience intense negative emotions during various types of service encounters. In such cases, the ability of contact employees to perceive, understand, and regulate these emotions, - i.e. to display emotionally competent behaviors - is considered crucial for subsequent service evaluation

  18. Understanding customer switching behavior in a liberalizing Service market : An exploratory study

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    Wieringa, Jaap E.; Verhoef, Peter C.

    2007-01-01

    In recent decades, many service markets have been liberalized, which means incumbent service firms face new competitors and must address customer switching-which from a public policy perspective, is necessary to ensure that liberalization succeeds. In this article, the authors conduct an exploratory

  19. "We Serve You, Right?" A Case Study Adapting Coorientation to Customer Service Research

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    Williamson, JoAnna

    2010-01-01

    An abundance of academic research has focused on identifying, explicating, operationalizing, and analyzing variables used to understand the dynamics of customer service. Despite this scholarly attention, applied researchers and the popular press have long reported consumers' dissatisfaction with the service received during their customer…

  20. Marketing Communication Drivers of Adoption Timing of a New E-Service among Existing Customers

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    R. Prins (Remco); P.C. Verhoef (Peter)

    2007-01-01

    textabstractThe study investigates the effects of direct and mass marketing communications on the adoption timing of a new e-service among existing customers. The mass marketing communications concern both specific new service advertising and brand advertising from both the focal supplier and compet

  1. Marketing communication drivers of adoption timing of a new E-service among existing customers

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    Prins, Remo; Verhoef, Peter C.

    2007-01-01

    This study investigates the effects of direct marketing communications and mass marketing communications on the adoption timing of a new e-service among existing customers. The mass marketing communications pertain to both specific new service advertising and brand advertising from both the focal su

  2. Understanding customer switching behavior in a liberalizing Service market : An exploratory study

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    Wieringa, Jaap E.; Verhoef, Peter C.

    2007-01-01

    In recent decades, many service markets have been liberalized, which means incumbent service firms face new competitors and must address customer switching-which from a public policy perspective, is necessary to ensure that liberalization succeeds. In this article, the authors conduct an exploratory

  3. Applying Customer Satisfaction Theory to Community College Planning of Counseling Services.

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    Hom, Willard C.

    2002-01-01

    This article discusses a framework in which a researcher may apply a customer satisfaction model to the planning of counseling services at the community college level. It also reviews some historical work on satisfaction research with the unique environment of student services in two-year colleges. The article suggests that readers could benefit…

  4. Hospital takes customer service to new level, sees positive effect on bottom line.

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    1997-06-01

    Service with a smile boosts bottom line. Treating co-workers and patients like guests is the linchpin of a whole new philosophy at Bradley Memorial Hospital in Cleveland, TN. Administrators there insist a host of new customer service programs, from cap and gown graduation ceremonies to bunny bucks, has resulted in dramatic financial improvements and more satisfied patients and staff.

  5. The Influence of Facility and Service Quality towards Customer Satisfaction and its Impact on Customer Loyalty in Borobudur Hotel in Jakarta

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    Rianto Nurtjahjo; Annisa Fitriyani; Irma Nur Hudda

    2017-01-01

    Hotel developments currently grow very rapidly. The emergence of new hotels increases the competition in the hospitality industry. This research aimed to determine the influence of the facilities, the quality of service to customer satisfaction and its impact on customer loyalty in Borobudur Hotel in Jakarta. Data collection was done by distributing questionnaires directly to 360 customers in Borobudur Hotel in Jakarta. The analysis technique used path analysis. The results of this research i...

  6. Impact of ATM Service on Customer Perception and Satisfaction of Indian Banks

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    Garima Malik

    2015-12-01

    Full Text Available Indian banking sector has completely changed. It has undergone much technological advancement that makes banking easy. Technological advancements are important but at the end what build customer satisfaction is proper management, employee behavior and customer relationship handling. Customer satisfaction is a sum of many variables that is many factors together leads to customer satisfaction. This modern electronic banking has completely changed the concept and functioning of banking system in India. Indian banking has moved from cash economy to cheque to and finally to the use of plastic cards. The customer satisfaction is dependent on customer awareness to a lot of extent. An unaware customer has less knowledge and therefore they cannot use the facilities completely even if they have it at their disposal. Customers prefer public sector banks when they are looking for trust and security and reliability. When it comes to speed, advancements and up gradation people shits from public sector banks to private sector banks. Customer gets satisfied only when they get quality service from the brand they are dealing with. This is very important for the marketers or the service providers as this leads to consumer satisfaction which benefits them and this brings loyalty to the brand enhancing the brand positioning. This research is important because new modern era has made people technology savvy they start their day with technology and end with technology therefore it is important to see the perception of users towards various factors of ATM. This research is conducted to see the highlighting factors that have direct impact on ATM services.

  7. PERCEIVED VALUE, SERVICE QUALITY, CORPORATE IMAGE AND CUSTOMER LOYALTY: EMPIRICAL ASSESSMENT FROM PAKISTAN

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    Muhammad Ishtiaq Ishaq

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    Full Text Available Today’s economy is becoming extremely service-oriented, changing the paradigm of marketingresearch towards services (Carrillat, Jaramillo, & Mulki 2007. Corporate image, perceived value andservice quality have got paramount significance among researchers interested in customer retentionstrategies. In view of that, this study aimed to determine the antecedents of customer loyalty intelecommunication sector of Pakistan. Data were collected from mobile phones users throughquestionnaire-based survey and stepwise regression was applied to test the study hypotheses. Thestudy helps the management of telecommunication companies to develop customer orientedstrategies. Providing insights regarding relative importance of corporate image, perceived value andservice quality for building customer loyalty this research is first of its kind in telecommunicationsector of Pakistan.

  8. The Influence of Service Quality toward Customer Loyalty: A Case Study at Alfamart Abdurahman Saleh Bandung

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    Rizki Faiz Al-Haqam

    2016-10-01

    Full Text Available The research objectives were to determine the correlation between service quality and customer loyalty, and also to analyze the influence of service quality on customer loyalty at Alfamart Abdurahman Saleh Bandung. Respondents of this research were 70 respondents with nonprobability sampling technique done by incidental sampling. The method used is descriptive and associative, which tested the connection using the Spearman rank correlation analysis, to test the hypothesis by t-test, and to determine the accuracy of measurement using the validity and reliability test. Results of the validity and reliability test of variables X and Y are valid and reliable. Calculations were performed using SPSS software ver. 19. The results of this research show that service quality is in the category of good and customer loyalty is also in the category of good. Results show that the correlation of service quality with customer loyalty at Alfamart Abdurahman Saleh Bandung is in the strong relation based on the interpretation of r value correlation coefficient. The hypothesis is proved that there is the influence of service quality on customer loyalty at Alfamart Abdurahman Saleh Bandung significantly.

  9. Customer Service Quality in Large Supermarkets in Ibagué, Colombia: Analysis through the SERVQUAL Multidimensional Scale

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    2014-12-01

    Full Text Available Globalization is affecting all economies and their organizations seeking to maximize their profits through customer satisfaction. Within this context, large supermarkets have had significant growth; hence, it is important to know the quality of the service customers are receiving in these stores. Currently, service quality measures in these stores in the global market are scarce. This article presents the results of the measurement of the quality of service customers receive from large supermarkets in Ibagué - Colombia, by using the SERVQUAL multi-item scale, which is a tool applied to service quality, comprising five dimensions in 22 items and evaluating characteristics related to tangible aspects, reliability, responsibility, guaranty, security, and empathy. The population studied are customers who visit these supermarkets with mixed research approach (qualitative and quantitative; the results showed customer satisfaction with personnel kindness, customer attention services, agility in attention, customer care, behavior of security personnel, product promoters, merchandisers, cashiers, packers, and supervisors

  10. ALLTALK™- A Windows Phone Messenger With Cross Language Communication For Customer Care Services

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    Akhil Abraham

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    Full Text Available In day to day life, messengers or chatting applications provide facility for instant messaging over the internet. Exchange of messages takes place in universally used languages like English, French, etc. where both the users know how to communicate in a common language. Thus chatting on mobile phones is a luxury when both the parties involved know a common language. When any company wants to provide customer care services to its customer they use mediums like talking to the customers over the telephone which requires employees that are proficient in speaking various languages and set up large numbers of call centers to serve the customers worldwide. Hence we have implemented ALLTALK™ which is a Windows 8 phone based chatting application which makes cross language communication possible using mobile programming and networking technology. This application will enable the communication between two persons irrespective of the language each user wishes to use individually. The various modes of communication available in this messenger are through text and voice. Due to the best processing power provided among the available smartphones and high battery life we choose to work on windows 8 platform. This application provides a facility which enables service providers companies to provide customer care services to their customers in their native languages without the need of employees being skilled in various languages. Thus we have successfully eliminated the language barrier and enabled ease of communication through this application.

  11. Customer satisfaction survey with clinical laboratory and phlebotomy services at a tertiary care unit level.

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    Koh, Young Rae; Kim, Shine Young; Kim, In Suk; Chang, Chulhun L; Lee, Eun Yup; Son, Han Chul; Kim, Hyung Hoi

    2014-09-01

    We performed customer satisfaction surveys for physicians and nurses regarding clinical laboratory services, and for outpatients who used phlebotomy services at a tertiary care unit level to evaluate our clinical laboratory and phlebotomy services. Thus, we wish to share our experiences with the customer satisfaction survey for clinical laboratory and phlebotomy services. Board members of our laboratory designed a study procedure and study population, and developed two types of questionnaire. A satisfaction survey for clinical laboratory services was conducted with 370 physicians and 125 nurses by using an online or paper questionnaire. The satisfaction survey for phlebotomy services was performed with 347 outpatients who received phlebotomy services by using computer-aided interviews. Mean satisfaction scores of physicians and nurses was 58.1, while outpatients' satisfaction score was 70.5. We identified several dissatisfactions with our clinical laboratory and phlebotomy services. First, physicians and nurses were most dissatisfied with the specimen collection and delivery process. Second, physicians and nurses were dissatisfied with phlebotomy services. Third, molecular genetic and cytogenetic tests were found more expensive than other tests. This study is significant in that it describes the first reference survey that offers a survey procedure and questionnaire to assess customer satisfaction with clinical laboratory and phlebotomy services at a tertiary care unit level.

  12. A MAS-Based Cloud Service Brokering System to Respond Security Needs of Cloud Customers

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    Jamal Talbi

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    Full Text Available Cloud computing is becoming a key factor in computer science and an important technology for many organizations to deliver different types of services. The companies which provide services to customers are called as cloud service providers. The cloud users (CUs increase and require secure, reliable and trustworthy cloud service providers (CSPs from the market. So, it’s a challenge for a new customer to choose the highly secure provider. This paper presents a cloud service brokering system in order to analyze and rank the secured cloud service provider among the available providers list. This model uses an autonomous and flexible agent in multi-agent system (MASs that have an intelligent behavior and suitable tools for helping the brokering system to assess the security risks for the group of cloud providers which make decision of the more secured provider and justify the business needs of users in terms of security and reliability.

  13. Examining the relationship between service quality and customer satisfaction: a factor specific approach

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    Azman Ismail; Ahmad Azan Ridzuan; Nur Ilyani Ranlan Rose; Muhammad Madi Bin Abdullah; Muhammad Sabbir Rahman; Sebastian K. Francis

    2013-01-01

    Purpose: This research was aimed at examining the relationship between service quality and customer satisfaction with data obtained from Malaysian soldiers who were involved in peace keeping missions in a Middle Eastern country. The results of which would enable the management to improve the quality of service accorded to peacekeeping personnel. Design/methodology/approach: The study employed a cross-sectional research design which allowed the researchers to integrate the service quality lite...

  14. Studying the effect of electronic banking on customers' perception of the usefulness of the provided services (Mellat Bank

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    Somayeh Ebrahimi

    2016-12-01

    Full Text Available The development of IT has great influences on banking and moreover the electronic banking has changed the way of servicing the customers'. This study has been done with a title "Effects of e-banking on customers' perception of the usefulness of the provided services". The sample was 376 bank customers in the city of Shahindej and the data analysis was done by regression analysis and correlation analysis was done via SPSS. The findings show that there is a significant relation between the Electronic Banking and the customers' perception and the quality of services, the quality of the website, satisfaction, trust and decision of the customers have effects on customers' conception, where in this relation, considering the results, it can be said that the customers' satisfaction and the quality of the website received the last 3 priorities of the customers in terms of importance.

  15. Developing a communication model between banking services quality via mediating variables of quality of relationship with customers and satisfaction with customer loyalty: A case study of Tejarat Bank

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    Hossein Rahimi Koloor

    2015-03-01

    Full Text Available This study develops a communication model. The purpose of this research was designing a regression model and developing a structural equation modeling (SEM for earning loyalty of Tejarat Bank customers. Given this concept, a questionnaire was designed and distributed among branches of Tejarat Bank in Ardabil. The data analyzed using LISREL software within the framework of path analysis using SEM model. Research results suggested that the quality of banking services, customer satisfaction, and the quality of bank relationship with customers had the most effects on customer loyalty, respectively. The findings of the study are discussed in detail.

  16. Measurement of the Logistic Customer Service Level in Commercial Cargo Motor Transport Companies

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    Kadłubek Marta

    2014-11-01

    Full Text Available The term of logistic customer service is defined as the abilities or skills to meet the customer’s requirements and expectations, chiefly in terms of the time and place of deliveries, while using all available forms of logistic activity, including transport, storage, and the management of inventories, information and packages. As each of the logistic activities has an effect on the customer receiving right product or service, in its proper condition, in the correct time and space, and at reasonable costs, so seeking the proper service comes down to managing logistic activities in such a manner, as to achieve the essential level of customer satisfaction at the lowest possible costs.

  17. Assessing the antecedents of customer loyalty on healthcare insurance products: Service quality; perceived value embedded model

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    Fadi Abdelmuniem Abdelfattah

    2015-11-01

    Full Text Available Purpose: This research aim to investigate the influence of service quality attributes towards customers’ loyalty on health insurance products. In addition, this research also tested the mediation role of perceived value in between service quality and customers’ loyalty on health insurance products. Design/methodology/approach: Based on the literature review, this research developed a conceptual model of customers loyalty embedded with service quality and perceived value. The study surveyed 342 healthcare insurance customers. Apart from assessing the reliability and validity of the constructs through confirmatory factor analysis, this research also used structural equation modelling (SEM approach to test the proposed hypothesis. Findings: The results from the inferential statistics revealed that the healthcare insurance customers are highly influenced by service quality followed by the perceived value in reaching their loyalty towards a particular health insurance service provider. Research limitations/implications: The sample for this study is based on health insurance customers only and it is suggested that future studies enlarge the scope to include others type of customers of different insurance products. Practical implications: In order to encourage the customers to more loyal towards their service providers, this research will add value for the mangers to understand the items of service quality and considering the perceived value of the target customers in order to optimize their loyalty. As whole, the outcome of this research will assist managers for better understanding of the customers’ loyalty antecedents under the perspective of healthcare insurance products. Originality/value: This paper has tried to provide a comprehensive understanding about customers’ loyalty under the perspective of service quality and perceived values context in the Malaysian health care insurance industry. Since there was a lack of such research in

  18. An Assessment of Customer Behaviours Regarding the Romanian Postal Services

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    Cristinel Constantin

    2015-09-01

    Full Text Available During the time the long distance communication has been one of the most important needs of the humanity. In the absence of telecommunication the postal services have been the main way of sending messages between people and other entities. Taking into account the importance of this market we assessed the nowadays coordinates of the Romanian postal market by conducting a research meant to identify the trends of postal services, the stage of competition and the customers’ behaviours regarding these services. The results show that the market is in developing process, with an increasing number of competitors but with a low number of significant competitors able to provide services on a large scale. In this context, the National Company Posta Romana remains the main market player but its positions are strongly threatened by private competitors especially on those market segments with high profitability. In order to defend its positions the national company has to put in practice proper marketing strategies focused mainly on the development of partnerships both with the senders and recipients of different postal deliveries, especially those ones with a higher attractiveness for the competitors.

  19. Services for culturally diverse customers in parks and recreation

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    C. Li; J.D. Absher; A.R. Graefe; Y. Hsu

    2008-01-01

    Changes in racial and ethnic composition due to the increasing diversity in the United States are confronting managers of parks and recreation areas. Since cultural values influence perceptions and behaviors, studying cultural values among different groups is important for understanding perceptions of service quality and parks and recreation behavior. The purpose of...

  20. The value of customization on differentiation in service logistics

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    2013-01-01

    In the current business environment, the availability of capital goods may be crucial for a company’s operations, with downtime possibly having severe consequences in terms of revenue loss and safety. Often, the users of such equipment outsource system maintenance to a service provider. Outsourced s

  1. Modelling customer behaviour in multi-channel service distribution

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    Heinhuis, D.; de Vries, E.J.; Kundisch, D.; Veit, D.J.; Weitzel, T.; Weinhardt, C.

    2009-01-01

    Financial service providers are innovating their distribution strategy into multi-channel strategies. The success of a multi-channel approach and the high investments made in information systems and enterprise architectures depends on the adoption and multi-channel usage behaviour of consumers. We b

  2. The value of customization on differentiation in service logistics

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    Alvarez, Elisa

    2013-01-01

    In the current business environment, the availability of capital goods may be crucial for a company’s operations, with downtime possibly having severe consequences in terms of revenue loss and safety. Often, the users of such equipment outsource system maintenance to a service provider. Outsourced

  3. Modelling customer behaviour in multi-channel service distribution

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    Heinhuis, D.; de Vries, E.J.; Kundisch, D.; Veit, D.J.; Weitzel, T.; Weinhardt, C.

    2009-01-01

    Financial service providers are innovating their distribution strategy into multi-channel strategies. The success of a multi-channel approach and the high investments made in information systems and enterprise architectures depends on the adoption and multi-channel usage behaviour of consumers. We

  4. CUSTOMER SATISFACTION AS AN INDICATOR OF SERVICE QUALITY IN TOURISM AND HOSPITALITY

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    Ana Stranjancevic

    2015-12-01

    Full Text Available One of the greatest challenges for stakeholders is to ensure customer satisfaction, especially in service industries such as tourism and hospitality. The aim of this paper is to show that restaurant guest satisfaction depends on numerous factors as well as to show the connection between satisfaction and loyalty. Customer satisfaction and loyalty are excellent indicators of service quality. For the purpose of this paper, empirical survey was conducted and the results of the research were analyzed by statistical method. Factors which affect customer satisfaction are: kind staff, professionalism, speed of service, food quality, ambience and comfort. This implicates a special need for the introduction of strong Human Resource Management, food safety standards (e.g. HACCP and effective space planning. The study implies that the care for quality of products and services is necessary at all levels and that it is impossible to ensure the customer satisfaction or create customer loyalty without strong management system (including space projecting and without controlling it.

  5. Examining the relationship between service quality and customer satisfaction: A factor specific approach

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    Azman Ismail

    2013-06-01

    Full Text Available Purpose: This research was aimed at examining the relationship between service quality and customer satisfaction with data obtained from Malaysian soldiers who were involved in peace keeping missions in a Middle Eastern country. The results of which would enable the management to improve the quality of service accorded to peacekeeping personnel. Design/methodology/approach: The study employed a cross-sectional research design which allowed the researchers to integrate the service quality literature, the semi structured interview and the actual survey to collect and examine the data for optimum results. Findings and Originality/value: The outcome of multiple regression analysis showed that responsiveness and assurance variables reflected a high correlation with customer satisfaction. On the other hand, tangibility, reliability and empathy variables recorded an insignificant correlation with customer satisfaction. Research limitations/implications: With respect to practical contributions, the findings of this study can be used as a guideline by the management to improve the quality of peacekeeping in areas of conflict. Practical implications: For security reasons, certain information affecting customer satisfaction could not be examined in detail. Originality/value: This paper presents key results on service quality and customers satisfaction research by looking at the niche segment which was not previously studied from the Malaysian perspective.

  6. STANDARDS FOR THE PHARMACY CUSTOMER SERVICE: OPINIONS OF DIRECTORS AND PHARMACEUTICAL PERSONNEL

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    Full Text Available Nowadays pharmacy organizations are actively introducing customer service standards into their activity. Efficiency of their introduction depends from the whole range of factors including the recognition of their significance and necessity by every expert. The purpose of the study is to compare the opinions of directors and pharmaceutical personnel about the use of pharmacy organizations activity standards of customer service. 50 directors and 50 pharmacy organization workers participated in the questionnaire. The study included the revelation of respondents’ attitude towards the service standards, estimation of their positive and negative sides, analysis of the necessary requirements and standards structure, revelation of the most hard- and easy-to-use sections of service standards. We have established that both categories of respondents noted a big number of positive sides of work following standards, including the influence on the goods turnover, service quality, and customer attraction. But some directors and personnel members were negative or neutral about the service standards. We have revealed that the implementation of standard sections about communication with a customer by the phone and conflict situations resolution were the biggest problem for the personnel. There are differences in opinions of directors and pharmaceutical personnel about the necessary structure and content of customer service standards in pharmacy organizations. The results obtained should be used for the management functions realization regarding the service standards.

  7. 48 CFR 1812.7000 - Prohibition on guaranteed customer bases for new commercial space hardware or services.

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    ... customer bases for new commercial space hardware or services. 1812.7000 Section 1812.7000 Federal... PLANNING ACQUISITION OF COMMERCIAL ITEMS Commercial Space Hardware or Services 1812.7000 Prohibition on guaranteed customer bases for new commercial space hardware or services. Public Law 102-139, title III...

  8. 26 CFR 301.6103(l)(14)-1 - Disclosure of return information to United States Customs Service.

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    ... employees of the United States Customs Service return information (as defined by section 6103(b)) with.... Disclosure of return information by officers or employees of the Internal Revenue Service as provided by.... (f) Use by Customs Service. Return information disclosed under this section may be used by the...

  9. Quality management of airport services – An analysis of the multifactor structure of customer satisfaction

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    Josip Mikulić

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    Full Text Available The purpose of this paper is to get an insight into the multifactor structure of satisfaction of the customers of a Croatian airport. Based on data from the primary research (n=1053, an importance-performance analysis was conducted that resulted in the categorization of airport services into the satisfaction factors according to Kano’s model of quality. Basic factors, performance factors and excitement factors were identified. The results of this analysis enrich the standard information basis which is obtained through customer satisfaction surveys. Furthermore, they represent a valuable resource for decision-making within the domain of service quality management.

  10. Assessing the Value Dimensions for Customers in Knowledge Intensive Business Services

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    Sole, Francesco; Carlucci, Daniela; Schiuma, Giovanni

    With the rise of knowledge economy, the importance of Knowledge Intensive Business Services (KIBS) has gradually increased as well as their overall impact on economy. However, in comparison with the manufacturing sectors, KIBS sector remains poorly studied. Especially little prior research has been done about the description and assessment of service value dimensions from a business customer's perspective. This paper, on the basis of a literature review, identifies and describes eight different value dimensions. These dimensions represent the building blocks of a conceptual model proposed for assessing the value created by KIBS for business customers. Moreover, the paper describes an application of the model in a real case.

  11. Persuasive Evidence: Improving Customer Service through Evidence Based Librarianship

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    2006-03-01

    Full Text Available Objective - To demonstrate how evidence based practice has contributed to informaing decisions and resolving issues if concern in service delivery at Bond University Librray. Methods - This paper critically analyses three evidence based research projects conducted at Bond University Library. Each project combined a range of research methods including surveys, literature reviews and the analysis of internal performance data to find solutions to problems in library service delivery. The first research project investigated library opening hours and the feasability of twenty-four hour opening. Another project reseached questions about the management of a collection of feature films on DVD and video. The thrd project investigated issues surrounding the teaching of EndNote to undergarduate students. Results - Despite some deficiencies in the methodologies used, each evidence based research project had positive outcomes. One of the highlights asn an essential feature of the process at Bond University Library was the involvement of stakeholders. The ability to build consensus and agree action plans with stakeholders was an important outcome of that process. Conclusion - Drawing on the experience of these research projects, the paper illustrates the benefits of evidence based information practice to stimulate innovation and improve library services. Librarians, like most professionals, need to continue to develop the skills and a culture to effectively carry out evidence based practice.

  12. An examination of the effects of service brand dimensions on customer satisfaction

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    Krystallis Krontalis, Athanasios; Chrysochou, Polymeros

    service, feelings and self-image congruence to be the most important dimensions of a service brand which, in turn, impact significantly on consumer satisfaction. Except price, these attributes are intangible components of the service brand that can only be assessed by the customer during the use stage......The present study intends to examine how consumers evaluate service brands. Building on past literature, several causal relationships are examined between key brand dimensions and consumer satisfaction using the airline industry as an exemplary branded service category. Results reveal price, core...... of decision-making. Besides these brand components, controlled communications are also found to strongly influence customers’ overall dispositions toward the brand....

  13. An examination of the effects of service brand dimensions on customer satisfaction

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    Krystallis Krontalis, Athanasios; Chrysochou, Polymeros

    The present study intends to examine how consumers evaluate service brands. Building on past literature, several causal relationships are examined between key brand dimensions and consumer satisfaction using the airline industry as an exemplary branded service category. Results reveal price, core...... service, feelings and self-image congruence to be the most important dimensions of a service brand which, in turn, impact significantly on consumer satisfaction. Except price, these attributes are intangible components of the service brand that can only be assessed by the customer during the use stage...

  14. Exploring the relationships among service quality features, perceived value and customer satisfaction

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    Azman Ismail

    2009-07-01

    Full Text Available The purpose of this paper is to explore the relationships among service quality features (responsiveness, assurance, and empathy, perceived value and customer satisfaction in the context of Malaysia. The empirical data are drawn from 102 members of an academic staff of a Malaysian public institution of higher learning using a survey questionnaire. The results indicate three important findings: firstly, the interaction between perceived value and responsiveness was not significantly correlated with customer satisfaction. Secondly, the interaction between perceived value and assurance also did not correlate significantly with customer satisfaction. Thirdly, the interaction between perceived value and empathy correlated significantly with customer satisfaction. Thus the results demonstrate that perceived value had increased the effect of empathy on customer satisfaction, but it had not increased the effect of responsiveness and assurance on customer satisfaction. In sum, this study confirms that perceived value act as a partial moderating variable in the service quality models of the organizational sample. In addition, implications and limitations of this study, as well as directions for future research are discussed.

  15. THE EFFECTIVENESS OF CUSTOMER SERVICES IN THE ELECTRICAL AND ENERGY INDUSTRY

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    2012-06-01

    Full Text Available The objectives of this paper are to determine the service quality perceptions and the effectiveness of electronic services and the relationship between training and competencies. Two data collection methods which are questionnaire and observation were used to collect the data for this study. A total of 80 sets of questionnaires were distributed among the users of such services in Melaka, Malaysia. The study indicates that there is a significant positive relationship between training requirements and effectiveness. It can be implied that training of employees in the electric and energy company is a necessity for them to increase their effectiveness. Future work suggested that customer service survey should be conducted among all government and private firms especially Government lead Companies (GLC so that they can improve their customer services.

  16. Quality of services as a determinant of customer satisfaction in the hotel industry

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    Sekulić Dejan

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available The specificity of hotel products is reflected in the inseparability and complexity of the services and products. This specificity can be observed in two ways: the services are in connection with the hotel facility and can not realize by itself, such as in connection with the material products. Thus, we can say that the hotel product is mix of tangible and intangible attributes, that satisfy needs and preferences of hotel guests. Quality of services is one of the most important factors that influence the customers' satisfaction. The aim of this paper is to highlight the importance of service quality on customer satisfaction in the hotel industry. The paper presents a new model developed based on the previous models of service quality measurement. The survey was conducted on a sample of 124 respondents. Findings of the research indicate the factors that impact consumer satisfaction in the hotel, where the intensity of the impact of each individual factor is established.

  17. Structural relationships between work environment and service quality perceptions as a function of customer contact intensity: implications for human service strategy.

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    Scotti, Dennis J; Harmon, Joel; Behson, Scott J

    2009-01-01

    This study assesses the importance of customer-contact intensity at the service encounter level as a determinant of service quality assessments. Using data from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, it shows that performance-driven human resources practices play an important role as determinants of employee customer orientation and service capability in both high-contact (outpatient healthcare) and low-contact (benefits claim processing) human service contexts. However, there existed significant differences across service delivery settings in the salience of customer orientation and the congruence between employee and customer perceptions of service quality, depending on the intensity of customer contact. In both contexts, managerial attention to high-performance work systems and customer-orientation has the potential to favorably impact perceptions of service quality, amplify consumer satisfaction, and enhance operational efficiency.

  18. Wellness Tourism among Seniors in Taiwan: Previous Experience, Service Encounter Expectations, Organizational Characteristics, Employee Characteristics, and Customer Satisfaction

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    2015-08-01

    Full Text Available This study aimed to investigate the influence of the service encounter expectations of senior customers during wellness tours on customer satisfaction. The organizational attributes of hotels, organizational characteristics and employee characteristics, were adopted as mediating variables. A total of 346 valid questionnaires were retrieved from 50 year-old and above seniors in Taiwan. The results showed that the service encounter expectations of seniors had an indirect influence on customer satisfaction and the organizational attributes mediated the service encounter expectations of seniors and customer satisfaction. The moment of truth in the interactions between service staff members and seniors represents the pivotal management implication of this study.

  19. Practice makes perfect: an Rx for healthy customer service.

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    Manfredi, Jodi

    2006-01-01

    Evaluating the health of your practice is about much more than clinical skills or Occupational Safety and Health Administration regulations. It's about how your patients feel emotionally when they leave your office. When they've been treated with professionalism, kindness, and respect, they'll not only return--they'll refer. Happy patients are the key to a successful practice, especially for fee-for-service practices that rely heavily on referrals. In this article, the concept of the use of "mystery shoppers" in the medical practice, which has recently been featured on ABC News and in the Wall Street Journal, is discussed.

  20. Cooperation Aims at Customer-Tailored & Value-Added Services

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    2004-01-01

    @@ Greatwall Drilling Company Limited (GWDC),established in 1993 at the time when the domestic drilling market started dwindling, has walked a long way of striving to realize the strategy set up by CNPC to expand the international drilling market,and has made rapid and great developments since its establishment. To date, GWDC has established 3 joint ventures and 19 project management offices in 22 countries with rigs more than 100 and employees around 4,700 providing drilling services for 38 oil companies.