Examining Amazon.Com’s Relentless Customer Advocacy

Bruce Temkin, one of the speakers at the Compete Through Service Symposium, shares his takeaways from the presentation by Mike Gathright, Director of Americas Customer Services at Amazon.com

Customer Experience Matters®

Last week I attended the Arizona State University, Center for Services Leadership (CSL) Compete Through Service Symposium. It was an excellent event. I was impressed by what the CSL is doing to equip future customer service/experience leaders.

One of the speakers was Mike Gathright, Director Americas Customer Services at Amazon.com. He describe Amazon.com as “The Earth’s Most Customer-Centric Company,” or just EMC3. It’s no accident that Amazon.com scores so consistently high in the Temkin Experience Ratings and Temkin Customer Service Ratings. The company works on it.

I really love one of the company’s tenets, Relentlessly advocate for customers. It sounds like something that all companies should strive to do.

Gathright explained that Amazon.com has three key priorities:

  • Empower your people
  • Listen to customers
  • Invent for customers

To deliver on those priorities, the company uses a number of internal quality processes including Kaizen (continuous improvement) and Genba walk (seeing and observing the actual process or…

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About Center for Services Leadership

The Center for Services Leadership (CSL) is a research center within the W. P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University (ASU) and an outreach arm from ASU to the business community and the global academic community. The CSL focuses on advancing service filed through research, education and facilitating collaboration between business and academic communities.

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