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As a college student, I had the decidedly unglamorous job of overseeing the launch of the Nintendo Wii as a shift manager at GameStop. Due to a variety of supply chain challenges at Nintendo, the Wii launch was notorious for a supply drought that lasted well past my tenure with the company. Several years at least. That first holiday season was brutal, as furious parents took every opportunity that they could to berate the twenty-year-old…

 Sarah welcomes Bobby Lincoln, Supervisor of Customer Care Onboarding at Sysmex America, to discuss how to make onboarding personal – particularly in our now virtual world, how to train without creating overwhelm, and how to retain field service talent by offering career progression paths.     Sarah Nicastro: Welcome to the Future of Field Service Podcast. I’m your host, Sarah Nicastro. Today we’re going to be talking about tips for successful onboarding, training and retention.…

We take it almost for granted now that devices, from mobile phones to industrial equipment, evolve through software updates long after they are released, in order to meet changing needs. Yet while the software can be customised and updated, the hardware stays the same. Manufacturers continue to sell the same products to all customers for many years. What if not only the software, but also the hardware could be updated, to keep products relevant long…

Service businesses and mobile devices are not in any way strangers—I’ve written many articles about the relative maturity of the mobile service market, across a variety of industries. I’ve also spent quite a bit of time recently discussing the various business changes impacting manufacturers, whether they be industrial, medical, or high-tech (and yes, I know that these three groups don’t represent all manufacturers). So let’s smoosh those two things together and think about the unique…

Here’s the second half of our New Year’s two-parter. To celebrate the end of a unique and challenging year, Sarah is joined by podcast producer and fellow website contributor Tom Paquin to discuss their favorite conversations and lessons from the past year. Guests include: Linda Tucci, Global Sr. Director of the Technical Solutions Center of Ortho Clinical Reeve Bunn, President of DSL Klaus Glatz, Chief Digital Officer of ANDRITZ Sonya Lacore, VP of Infight Operations…

Fresh starts always feel good but kicking off 2021 brings a new level of relief. Now obviously challenges haven’t miraculously dissipated, but there is a sense of hope for what’s on the horizon. Let’s build from that and consider how we can use the trials of 2020 to set intentions for 2021 that will lead us to triumph. I do believe that there’s an opportunity for service businesses to come out on the other side…

I’ll spare everyone the cliched overtures about what a year we’ve had. We’ve all been enduring it, but there’s the potential of hope on the horizon. Given that 2020, on the whole, was mired by disruption of business-as-usual, with this wretched year now in the rearview, I wanted to take stock of exactly what it was that I, personally, spilled digital ink over this last year. Sarah wrote a lovely article in which she discusses…

To celebrate the end of a unique and challenging year, Sarah is joined by podcast producer and fellow website contributor Tom Paquin to discuss their favorite conversations and lessons from the past year. Guests include: Jamie Beck, Sr. VP of Field Operations at Peloton Roel Rentmeesters, Director of Global Customer Service at Munters Sae Kwon, VP of Customer Experience at Cisco Henrietta Haavisto, Head of Service Transformation Change Management at KONE Tim Baines of Aston’s…

I came across creative evangelist Debbie Millman’s “Love letters to what we hold dear” a few weeks ago and immediately had the thought to write this piece. I then went on to second guess myself, wondering is “love letter” too much? But I’m going with my gut because, no – I don’t think it is. First, I do love this community. I never thought I’d say that when I entered into it in 2008 not…

Today is Christmas, folks. So Merry Christmas, if that’s your thing. I’ve never been particularly fond of this holiday myself. With a currently-pregnant wife, I have a feeling that I’ll be singing a different tune in 354 days as I’m laying out presents from Santa, but for now bah humbug. I have always preferred January 3rd or so, when everyone else on the planet is just as miserable, cold, and depressed as I am all…