Tuesday, January 10, 2012

The Nordstrom Way To Customer Service Excellence: A Handbook For Implementing Great Service In Your Organization By Robert Spector

The Nordstrom Way to Customer Service Excellence: A Handbook For Implementing Great Service in Your Organization

The Nordstrom Way to Customer Service Excellence: A Handbook For Implementing Great Service in Your Organization
By Robert Spector

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First published in 1995, The Nordstrom Way is a classic guide to great customer service. This new book replaces The Nordstrom Way with an even more practical guide to becoming the "Nordstrom" of your industry. Designed for customer service managers and trainers, as well as business owners, it's an invaluable resource for designing your own programs and initiatives. The authors not only explain the principles of the world's best customer service company, they also show you how to implement them in your own organization. The Nordstrom Way to Customer Service Excellence will help your business make customers its number one concern, and help make your business number one in your industry.

Product Details
  • Amazon Sales Rank: #68764 in Books
  • Published on: 2005-03-08
  • Original language: English
  • Number of items: 1
  • Dimensions: .61" h x 7.54" w x 9.24" l, 1.09 pounds
  • Binding: Paperback
  • 292 pages


  • ISBN13: 9780471702863
  • Condition: New
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Editorial Reviews

From the Back Cover
Service Principles from America's #1 Customer Service Company

Praise for The Nordstrom Way

"For anyone looking to understand customer service at its best, this book bubbles with insights."

"Outstanding customer service and Nordstrom are synonymous. Their standards of excellence are what we all shoot for."
—David D. Glass, former chairman and CEO, Wal-Mart

"American business should use this book as a primer to learn how to make and keep happy, satisfied customers."
—J. W. Marriott Jr., Chairman and President, Marriott International

"The Nordstrom Way takes an unusual look at the direct link between empowering your employees and creating a long-term relationship with your customers. More businesses should follow their example."
—Howard Schultz, Chairman, Starbucks Coffee

The Nordstrom Way to Customer Service Excellence describes how Nordstrom earned its legendary reputation—and reveals the principles behind its phenomenal customer service. If you want to be the Nordstrom of your industry, this is your guidebook. It will help any company put in place Nordstrom-style systems, motivational tools, and a service-oriented culture that leads to delighted, loyal customers.

This comprehensive handbook includes a wealth of new exercises for managers and trainers who work with frontline service providers. Implementation resources include:

  • Questions for assessing and improving your customer service culture
  • Exercises for improving teamwork, motivation, and selling effectiveness among your frontline employees
  • Secrets of Nordstrom's all-time top-selling salesperson

About the Author
ROBERT SPECTOR is a bestselling business book author and international speaker on Nordstrom's principles of customer service. He has spoken to companies such as Cadillac, Dell, Wells Fargo, and the Red Cross. He has written for the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, and Women's Wear Daily. To book Robert as a speaker, visit www.robertspector.com.

PATRICK McCARTHY worked at Nordstrom for more than thirty years and was the company's all-time top-performing salesperson.

Customer Reviews

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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful.
5Great stories of the best Cust. Service around
By J. Martens
I was very excited to read this book after enjoying Spector's book on Amazon.com. The author did not disapoint and I enjoyed this book much more than his last!

The best part of the book are the examples used. In addition to Nordstrom, he has also incorporated examples from another large company, and a few small and midsize companies as well. No matter what industry you are in, or the size of your firm...you will get value out of this book.

It's a fast read and would be great to share with co-workers and/or employee's.

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful.
3A bit simplistic: doesn't examine some of the pitfalls
By L. Baker
I'm a former Nordstrom employee. There are a few things wrong right off the bat with the book: the employee manual is not just one page anymore. Second, the book only examines the pros of Nordstrom. There are a few notations of "competition" but Spector and McCarthy do not examine the reality of cut throat competition on the sales floor. Depending on the management of the store, it can be either harnessed or turned negative. Some of the team examples no longer exist (like nominating employees for recognition). Too much is left to independent departmen managers: and many lack formal training. A good manager may or may not be a good sales person but that is how Nordstrom promotes. I do agree that customer service (be it the sales staff, the buyers, or actual cutomers) is critical in any role but there is little examination of the culture of Nordstrom that can make it a good learning experience but not a good career trajectory.

Spector and McCarthy seem a bit reluctant to take of some of the shine of the silver bagged company: it's too bad. There is a lot of good information for early career types or sales managers but there is a lot of Kool Aid. And don't believe all the heroic tales in the book: it's a problem for Nordstrom employees. They are 100% commissioned and expected to do some of these crazy stunts which is time off the floor and thus out of his/her pocket. Read for the frame work; ignore the mythology.

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful.
5Great Inspiration
By Jason
I loved reading the Nordstrom Way series. I did however, make the mistake of reading the older one first and the newer one had a lot of the same information in it. I work at a store that is a Powerhouse in the world, so I don't necessarily have a lot of control over making changes to the company. I did however, find that there are things in this book I could implement on a store/local level. This book gave me amazing inspiration in the field of Customer service. I recommend it to anyone who is looking to improve themselves in that area.


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