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January 12, 1990 | Jane Applegate
Computerized catalogues and multiline cordless telephones are two new products designed to help small businesses improve customer service in the 1990s. Xentek, a Vista, Calif.-based power supply maker recently launched its catalogue-on-a-disk as a way to encourage computer designers and engineers to include Xentek power supplies in their new computers and accessories.
November 7, 1994 | HOPE HAMASHIGE
Kenny Klingele has not yet seen the movie "Clerks," but he insists that he is nothing like its character Randall, the twentysomething slacker who works in a video store, never arrives on time and, when he is there, refuses to help the customers. "Everything runs pretty efficiently around here," said Klingele, one of the managers in the video department at The Wherehouse on 17th Street in Costa Mesa. Making customers happy, he added, is extremely important because it keeps them coming back.
October 13, 1989 | S. J. DIAMOND
Suddenly everybody wants to pay us for our inconvenience. The pizza place offers a discount if your food is not delivered in 30 minutes. The restaurant provides free desserts if entrees don't come in 10 minutes. The bank gives out $5 bills if customers wait more than five minutes in line. Not everyone wants gifts and rebates. Many want shorter lines and better service, routinely, and they watch the promotions warily.
December 24, 1997 | Times Wire Services
AT&T Corp. agreed to sell its customer services unit to Cincinnati Bell Inc. for $650 million as part of a continuing effort to slim down and focus on its telecommunications business. AT&T said in October that it planned to sell its Solutions Customer Care business. As part of the deal, Cincinnati Bell's Matrixx Marketing Inc. unit would handle customer inquiries and employee services for AT&T Solutions for eight years.
February 24, 1998 | From Bloomberg News
The Internal Revenue Service is facing difficulty in improving its customer service even with a new performance measure system, a General Accounting Office report concluded. While the IRS defined successful customer service as "an accurate response to a call or resolution of a case," the agency is unable to measure how long it takes to resolve an issue or how courteous and professional IRS agents are in dealing with taxpayers, the report said.
July 14, 1995 | DAN MARGOLIS
Unisource Corp. announced it will expand its customer service operations next month and move them from Long Beach to Huntington Beach, creating more than 100 new jobs for Orange County. The wholesale paper distributor cited Huntington Beach's reputation as a safe city and the high number of professionals living in the area.
June 29, 2000 | From Bloomberg News
Airlines were put on notice by angry U.S. senators that customer service must improve or Congress will reconsider legislation setting rules for the handling of flight delays and other passenger inconveniences. Last year, 14 of the nation's largest air carriers, including AMR Corp's American Airlines Inc., Delta Air Lines Inc., Continental Airlines Inc. and UAL Corp's United Airlines Inc., signed a commitment to customers to forestall legislation creating a "passengers' bill of rights."
September 3, 1995 | SCOTT HARRIS
A memory flickers: I am a child, a tyke of age 3 or 4, and my mother has taken me out shopping. We are in a huge place with a long staircase, black and silver, and the stairs move, as if by magic. Holding hands, we take an exciting step and soar upward. It's like something at Disneyland, and as we near the top I am mesmerized watching the steps recede and disappear. Mom's voice: "You have to step off." Last week, I returned to Montgomery Ward.
August 15, 2008 | Alana Semuels, Times Staff Writer
Nobody likes waiting on hold. If it's not the jazzy elevator music that drives you up the wall, it's the repeated "your call is important to us" message that serves not to calm you but instead to remind you that it's been a really long time and you're still on hold. Wireless companies seem not to have gotten the memo. According to a J.D.
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