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It’s a well known fact: More companies focus on customer service effectiveness during a downturn than when sales are buoyant and the economy is on the boil. The approach is right. Customer retention becomes a key focus area during a downturn, as it is 10 times more expensive to create a totally new customer than selling some more of your existing product portfolio to existing customers. Most companies lose some 20-25% of their customer base annually for a variety of reasons. An effective retention strategy will in fact be able to squeeze growth out of arresting attrition! Many companies will also take the approach that the existing customer base is an asset worth protecting and what better way to keep customers than by providing exceptional customer service!
Lean-Six Sigma may conjure up visions of a complex production / logistics based initiatives designed to improve industrial processes and drive costs out. Little is in fact known about lean-Six Sigma applied to the customer service environment. In this paper we will explore some approaches and find some pretty good arguments why lean-six sigma based programs are particularly effective in the customer service environment.