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Bad Service as a Business Strategy?

20.10.12 03:30 AM Comment(s) By doug_mcrae

How rational is it that a national retailer would actually build poor service into their business plan, in order to minimize staff costs and maximize profits?

Is this a viable strategy or does it eventually backfire? 

I recently experienced this in three locations of the same national retailer and have to believe that poor service is part of their plan.

My first thought had been that they either have a hiring issue or a training issue, both of which we could help with.  The staff tends to be on the younger side and I assume on the lower end of the wage scale.  If the willingness is there, it is neither very difficult nor expensive to improve hiring / selection processes nor to better train those with who have decent retail attitudes but no training.

My guess is that the store operators and regional managers blame Walmart or some other major competitor for poor business results when it is their own issues, within their doors, that kills business advancement.

Too bad.

By the way, I found what I needed at a Home Hardware store in Haney and got just the right kind of service.

What do you think?

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