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Last Wednesday, iPlanet E-Commerce Solutions organised
a seminar on e-commerce in Singapore. Registration was by phone,
fax or e-mail. I responded by e-mail early on Monday, the date
of the advertisement.
one replied to my registration request even though I had left my
contact number. On
Tuesday, I phoned their office to find out whether my
registration was accepted and the lady on the line told me
she would get back to me as soon as possible. I left her my
contact number and reminded her the
seminar was being held the next day. When no call came back by
that evening, I went over
to iPlanet's website and filled their feedback form to try to
get an answer.
Today is Monday. The seminar has long gone but no
one from the company has e-mailed or phoned me. My point is
this. Although companies give out their e-mail addresses and
encourage others to use them to communicate with the company, it will take a long
while before some of these companies realise they need to train
their staff to answer promptly
e-mails sent to them.
In my case, I had to use both the phone and the
e-mail to find out whether my registration request was accepted.
I had to go around asking, first through e-mail, then phone and
finally through the company's Internet website just to try to
an answer. In the end, I didn't even get as much as a ring from
these chaps. And I didn't get to attend the seminar.
Should the customer have to do all that legwork? What
has happened to service? Perhaps, the event was so big that the
organisers did not have the manpower to handle everything. That
can't be the case, as iPlanet is owned by two global companies.
Perhaps, as the seminar was FREE, there was no need to give a
high level of service. But, what I got wasn't even service at
all. I am still waiting for their reply. Have you ever been in
such a situation?
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