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Businesses are weighing up the costs of queuing and using innovative ways to do away with queues, or at least make the perceptions of waiting less painful. Michal Parzuchowski/Unsplash

Fed up with always being in the slow queue? That’s why queues are being ‘designed out’

Businesses are weighing up the costs of queuing and using innovative ways to minimise these costs by doing away with queues.
The study examined more than 100 interactions and found that when airline staff were effusive in their apologies it actually diminished their ability to be efficient problem solvers. Mark Hodson/Flickr

Customer service staff need to be problem solving not apologising

Traditional customer service is struggling as consumers solve problems online and expect options in person.
Companies with no-tipping policies can affect customer satisfaction. Pra Chid/Shutterstock.com

How the war on tipping harms customers

Some observers say we should eliminate tipping in restaurants because of the negative impact on workers. But how do customers feel about that?
Some restaurant-owners are grappling with abolishing tipping. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz

With the holidays upon us, is it time to end tipping?

Restaurant tipping came to North America in the early 20th century and has become well-established here even as the practice is less common in the U.K. and Europe. Is it time to rethink it?
Customers who arrive on foot, by bicycle or by public transport contribute significantly more to the restaurant trade than the business owners realise. Mik Scheper/flickr

Parking isn’t as important for restaurants as the owners think it is

A new study shows that restaurateurs would be better off advocating for better public transport access to their precincts rather than for more parking.
Customer-facing roles may soon be taken over by cheaper, friendlier and more knowledgeable robotic retail assistants. Thomas Peter/Reuters

Business Briefing: when robots and customers meet

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Customers might prefer digital robots who don't judge for now but physical robots with empathy may be the customer service workers of the future.
The smiling face of the person serving you is an important part of the retail experience that makes customers want to come back for more. Shutterstock/Ikonoklast Fotografie

Why business suddenly cares about staff being happy

A more likely reason for businesses' current interest in happiness and wellbeing has to do with cold hard economics and shifts in the labour force. Happiness, in short, is good for business.

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