This story is submitted by my Professional Speaking Association pal and business coach, Claire Boyles.
“I've just had a brilliant customer experience, I was on the search for sourdough bread locally. Unfortunately, not all sourdough breads are equal, many of them are sourdough in name, but also have added ingredients such as yeast. The wheat and added ingredients in normal breads leave me looking 6 months pregnant (Bloaty McBloat Bloat!) and give me a variety of unpleasant digestive symptoms! Genuine sourdough is made using a slow fermentation process which means that my body can cope with digesting it, yay!
This morning I ended up on a trail which included 6 different shops, I asked about the ingredients in the shops which had sourdough loaves, none of them were the real deal. Then I went into Marks and Spencer and the baker noticed I was looking for something on the shelves. She was able to tell me that the (genuine) sourdough was in the oven and would be ready in ten minutes.
I wasn't sure I wanted to wait ten minutes, but I really, really fancied avocado on sourdough toast! So, I came back 10 minutes later for it.
The baker recognised me, greeted me with a friendly smile and we got chatting about what sourdough actually means. She was proud to tell me that the sourdough they made was genuine sourdough from the "starter" which was 27 years old!
Patricia is originally from Galway and she told me stories of being a teenager working in the local baker and the baker sharing with her the sourdough process. As a teenager it wasn't really that interesting to her, but now she's fascinated by the process and quality of bread that comes from sourdough.
She was proud of her job, had brilliant knowledge of the different breads she made, cared about quality and clearly cared about me as a customer.
Patricia the baker is a genuinely lovely person and Marks and Spencer's should be extremely proud to have Patricia as one of their team.”
Thanks Claire for sharing this story. Once again, we see an example of an individual staff member, taking time to provide a great customer experience. Don
Today “The Railways” – tomorrow, the Utilities and on and on….
To be honest, as someone who has been part of the CS/CX movement for over 21 years (and in personal actions, for years before this), I am disgusted at how bad the situation is in UK right now.
Whilst waiting for the next “Heroes” story to come in, I seem to stock pile around 40 – 50 Villain stories. Mostly, thee reflect short-term, short sighted managements, looking for quick profits without regard to customers and certainly not providing a great experience and building long-term relationships.
The Railways are an obvious target but the provide so much ammunition. Recently a report showed that complaints of overcrowding and late trains combined, have risen. Fares rise above inflation and trying to ascertain the best price for long and complicated journeys is just about impossible.
For some months they have been warning us of major revisions to the time-table to improve the service. Despite months of planning and large posters showing smug rail staff, confidently assuring us that all will be well. – the day (and, indeed week, of the introduction of the new time-tables was total chaos. Trains were cancelled (at my station, they cancelled three suitable consecutive trains but put in an extra one that was not going to stop at my destination. Additionally, it emerges that they were selling advance tickets for journeys that would not be taking place, due to the forthcoming changes,
Whilst waiting at the station for delayed trains, I was forced to listen to the inane message “see it, say it, sorted” but real information was scarce.
I look forward to hearing how frustrated passenger, Seph Pochin, gets on with his action against Greater Anglia. Seph successfully took action against the rail operator for 183 delays, totalling 28 hours in a year and was awarded £350 in a County Court. The last I heard he had not received the money – probably just late as normal