How Can Technology Deliver Superior Customer Service?
Logistics technology can help small businesses connect with their customers in new ways. Kawal Preet shares how healthcare businesses can tap growth opportunities – with a little help from the latest innovations.
In Asia, global supply chains are increasingly driven by emerging markets. By 2050, at least 8 of the top 20 economies will be in Asia, including China, India and Japan. With a booming population, a rising middle class and growth in innovation, our world is changing. And consumer demands are growing, too.
To tackle this, technology is being used to create smarter, digital supply chains that serve customers with specific business needs. All digital innovation must solve a problem. It also needs to be adaptive; ready to respond to volatility and risk. Finally, it should reduce complexity and cost.
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Designing and deploying these innovations require integrated teamwork, from IoT (Internet of Things) specialists to frontline delivery teams working together to meet shifting expectations of convenience and speed.
Connect with customers wherever they are
Customer service today is no longer a transactional, offline activity. Now, logistics companies can talk to their customers before their shipment is even packaged, through online bots and live messaging services.
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Technologies like chatbots and FedEx online virtual assistant help us advise customers on how to ship their goods and handle international imports. Being able to respond right away is essential: especially when the majority of customers expect service within five minutes of making contact online.
The more people use chatbots, the smarter they become. And this space has been transformed with the onset of AI. Companies who are pioneers in AI-driven customer service can potentially provide greater customer satisfaction. Those shipping products can also empower customers to expand their shipping capacity with confidence.
Consistently innovate with intelligence
Growing innovation in logistics means customers have rightly come to expect full transparency on how their packages are being shipped. And they want precise delivery timings, down to the hour.
For our healthcare customers, this level of scrutiny in the supply chain is essential. The need for speed and the highest quality of temperature-controlled shipping takes on critical importance.
Best-in-class sensors and wireless technologies ensure that perishable medicine is shipped and stored within its ideal temperature range at all times. This protects against damage or loss in Asia’s wildly varying climates – from intense tropical humidity and heat to the frigid chill of winter.
For example, a heart patient in Singapore can receive a pacemaker made half way round the world in one night; sensitive biomaterials such as human liver cells can be sent between Japan and the US; custom-designed cranial pieces made in Asia can be delivered for surgery the very next day in the US.
Our SenseAware technology provides real-time monitoring, so customers have a clear line of sight at every stage. Add to that unprecedented delivery times with zero compromise on reliability and you have a happy customer that trusts you.
Prioritize convenience at every step of the journey
Ultimately, technology is an opportunity to make the customer experience more convenient, from start to finish. Delivering superior customer service is of course why the logistics industry exists. But as new technologies emerge, so too will customer expectations. To stay ahead, it’s essential to continuously innovate and improve. No longer a silo, customer experience has become the driving force of logistics – and it’s here to stay.
For more information on our temperature-controlled shipping solutions, visit us here.
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