To a company, each has heightened concern about brand loyalty. Across all durable goods categories, time to market has hastened, providing customers more options. Churn is real – organizations must be prepared to protect their turf while gaining opportunistic market share.
Connected Customer Experience
Many Warranty Managers that we at Mize work with often share that field service operations are the most labor-intensive part of their warranty process and are a significant cost driver. The primary reason for this extra cost is due to the field service not being fully integrated into the overall digital warranty processing systems.
In my last blog, I discussed the importance and impact of high First-Time Fix rates for the field service industry. (If you have not already read it, catch up here.) Knowing that a high First-Time Fix rate leads to greater customer satisfaction, higher renewal rates, and lower costs for your company encourages management teams to want to improve this Key Performance Indicator (KPI). And making those changes does not have to be difficult or costly. On the contrary, making this KPI a priority will increase profitability and can make your organization flow more smoothly.
One of the most pressing concerns among field service executives is the impending shortage of skilled workers. These concerns are well-founded. The U.S. labor market is expected to face a shortage of approximately 8.2 million workers by 2027, reports Thomas Lee, head of research at Fundstrat Global Advisors.
Durable goods manufacturers and their service partners rely on skilled field service technicians to provide installation, inspection, repair, and maintenance services at customer locations. Many companies are currently managing the field service touch-points through multiple systems and department silos; using phone calls, emails, shared files, sticky notes and paper forms. The inefficient field service processes and systems result in increased customer churn, unproductive service technicians, and missed revenue opportunities with customers.