To understand the distinction between traditional service and Omotenashi, let's explore some compelling case studies:
Case Study 1: Aeon Mall - Summer 2019
During a sweltering summer, visitors sought refuge at Aeon Mall Long Bien, often sitting on the ground to cool down. Sensing their discomfort, the mall management arranged chairs and tables to provide a more comfortable seating area. This act of kindness received widespread praise on social media, highlighting the humanistic nature of Omotenashi.
Case Study 2: Uniqlo Vietnam - A Tale of the Pandemic
When the Covid-19 pandemic resurfaced, supermarkets required customers to wear masks before entering for shopping. Let's examine the contrasting approaches of Vinmart and Uniqlo:
Case Study 3: A Personal Experience
During her shopping experience, our guest speaker, Hanh, shared an encounter that exemplified Omotenashi. She received personalized recommendations for additional items that complemented her purchase. When the shop accidentally shipped the wrong size for her child's dress, they promptly apologized and included an extra dress of the correct size as compensation.
Omotenashi encompasses five levels of service: Moral, Manner, Service, Hospitality, and Omotenashi itself.
Omotenashi: It stems from a genuine sense of gratitude and sincere reception, leaving customers deeply touched without any predefined standards or monetary expectations.
Customer experiences are built upon understanding and anticipating their desires, resulting in actions that surpass their expectations.
What originates from the heart has the power to touch the hearts of others.
Customers progress through various levels of experience, ranging from the unsatisfactory to the extraordinary:
"Sin": An experience that falls short of expectations.
Basic: Meeting the minimum expectations without notable highlights.
Excellent: Delivering exceptional service that goes beyond expectations.
Surprise: Delighting customers with unexpected moments of joy and amazement.
Unbelievable: Creating an extraordinary experience that surpasses imagination.
Paying Attention to Small Details: Omotenashi emphasizes the importance of paying meticulous attention to even the smallest details. By observing and understanding the subtle preferences and nuances of customers, we can create personalized experiences that cater to their individual needs and preferences.
Anticipating the Needs of Others: Omotenashi goes beyond fulfilling the immediate requests of customers. It involves anticipating their needs before they even express them. By proactively identifying potential requirements and offering thoughtful solutions, we can exceed expectations and provide a seamless and effortless experience. Anticipation demonstrates a deep understanding and empathy for customers, ensuring that their needs are met before they even realize them.
Going Above and Beyond: Omotenashi encourages going the extra mile to exceed customer expectations. It involves surpassing the standard level of service and delivering remarkable experiences that leave a lasting impression. Whether it's a surprise gesture, an unexpected personalized recommendation, or resolving a problem with utmost dedication, going above and beyond showcases a commitment to exceptional service and a genuine desire to create moments of delight.
Last but not least, the sense of refinement is an innate talent, but it can also be acquired through training.
In conclusion, embracing Omotenashi in customer service is not just a transactional exchange; it is a heartfelt commitment to going above and beyond for our customers. By embodying the principles of Omotenashi—serving with genuine care, exceeding expectations, and adding value to the community—we can create remarkable experiences that leave a lasting impact. Let us strive to cultivate the spirit of Omotenashi in our interactions, recognizing that the ability to deliver extraordinary service lies within our own efforts, dedication, and sincere passion for serving others. Together, we can transform ordinary moments into extraordinary memories and elevate the standards of customer service to new heights.
Let's visit our blog to learn more from The Friday Morning of Tubudd
TUBUDD - THE LOCAL POINT OF VIEW
➖ Instagram: @yourtubudd
➖ Tiktok: @yourtubudd_
➖ Hotline: +84 896 684 588
Our services included:
➖ Local buddies: https://www.facebook.com/tubudd
👉 Find us on