Monday, September 28, 2009

Why auto drivers offer the worst customer service ?


Imagine you hail an auto to go a remote residential place from a city hub at 9pm after doing your shopping. The auto driver stops promptly, allows you to get in, and without a word turns the meter on, after asking where you wanted to go. After a smooth ride, you even tell him to get into the small gali which leads to your house. Once you reach your doorstep, the auto driver looks at the meter and calls out the fare. You pay him putting on a thankful smile on your face, as he takes it and drives away.

What is the probability of this happening ? Well.. maybe 5% ! But why do the 95% auto drivers behave this way ? Why do they not offer a good customer service ? Because driving an auto is not a business where you can retain customers. Cmon when have you boarded the same auto which you took last week to go the mall. Even if you did , you wont remember. And that is why an auto driver has no incentive in making a good impression while he is dropping you home. Instead he tries to extract the most out of you by charging a fare over and above the meter, dropping you way before your house and leaving after cursing you. Cos he doesn't care, you are never gonna show up again !

Thursday, September 10, 2009

RedBus.in has God Tech Support

My friend Gavri was trying to book a bus ticket from Bangalore to Pondicherry online via www.redbus.in . I was sitting behind , watching him work his way through the site until we came to a page where we had to enter a phone number. Gavri, after a bit of reluctance, finally entered his cellphone number. At the last very step, where we hit "continue" after entering the credit card details, something bad happened and the website brought us back to an empty credit card details page. Well.. we figured that the transaction had failed.

Clearly annoyed with this, as my friend tried to move away from the computer, his cellphone buzzed with someone from Redbus asking "Hey.. you wanted a ticket from B'lore to Pondicherry, and your transaction failed online rite ??? " . All this happened within 60 seconds of the transaction failure and we were completely surprised by this miraculous customer support call !.

Even though the online application has a long way to go... this nearly God like customer support will surely save a lot of customers from walking away from RedBus.in. They definitely retained one customer right in front of me !