Someone pointed this out to me. It includes illustrations like "“Well, these computers, they are all . . . krappe. They don’t last. I don’t know why, but they don’t. I am installing a new hard drive. You mustn’t blame yourself.”
Quality product life and assurance from companies when coming to their products will win the market. By my own experience i can say Dell laptop will be sent back to store more times than a Apple may thats the reason Dell has larger number of repair depots. The life time for a product is a key for any company to stay in the market for longer time with profits.
Service is definitely very important. At a time when people can find the products they want from a variety of manufacturers or retailers, it is the service provided that sets some enterprises apart from the rest.
Your team at Accenture got it right, the customer service experience during a purchase and brand reputation play a great role in my decision making for major appliance purchase. What is also important to me is the company's follow up repair support history. Yes, the "Maytag Repairman" context is very important to give the peace of mind I need when purchasing these expensive items.
@Jaden: I agree with you. I purchased high end HP desktop and had blue screen in one week. I spent quite many futile hours with HP support, knowingly misguiding. Very poor standard. I will prefer Dell for very good service. I do not know what is wrong with HP.
@tech4people, that's easy, first of all, a 2-3 year old phone won't have 4G. And Android wasn't as common back then, and even if you do have one of the early Android phones it's very likely that updates for it have stopped. 2-3 years in the cell phone world is a long time, my last phone that I had for 2 years was Windows 6.5 based. Obviously that's been completely abandoned at this point.
If you are at all interested in apps, a 2-3 year old phone probably isn't very useful at this point (maybe the situation is slightly different with iPhones, however).
Yes, you're correct that if you're just looking to talk/text a 2-3-year-old phone is probably going to be OK... but using that logic, you could still use a land line and be just fine.
Phones have dramatically improved in a short period of time. The quality of the camera on that old phone is likely to be pretty poor as well, for example.
EBN Dialogue enables and encourages you to participate in live chats with notable leaders and luminaries. Not only editors and journalists, but the entire EBN community is able to comment and ask questions. Listed below are upcoming and archived chats.
Thailand Stages a Comeback Join EBN contributor Jennifer Baljko on Thursday August 23, 2012, at 11:00 a.m. EST for a live chat on how electronic manufacturers in Thailand have shored up their supply chain to reduce the impact of future natural disasters.
Microsoft Surface: Potential Winners & Losers What are the implications for the electronics industry supply chain of Microsoft Corp.'s decision to launch its own tablet PC? Join industry veteran and EE Times' systems and OEM expert Rick Merritt on Tuesday, July 3, at 12:00 pm EDT for a Live Chat on this subject.
Join EBN contributor Jennifer Baljko on Thursday August 23, 2012, at 11:00 a.m. EST for a live chat on how electronic manufacturers in Thailand have shored up their supply chain to reduce the impact of future natural disasters.
Peter Drucker famously said "Trying to predict the future is like trying to drive down a country road at night with no lights while looking out the back window." Yet in the razor's-edge world of electronics—with a lean supply chain and just-in-time demands—the need to know the future is vital.
While no one really can accurately predict the future, we can take guidance from another Drucker saying which is the best way to predict the future is to create it.
You've heard the saying "the No. 1 supply chain risk is your people." That hasn't always been the case. But today's complex global supply chain requires a new type of multitalented employee. It's one who understands, finance, marketing, economics, is savvy with technology, graceful with relationships and can think analytically.
Where are these people? Are universities properly preparing the next generation supply chain professionals? How do train your existing workforce for these new, demanding positions?
Brian Fuller, editor-in-chief of EBN, will lead a 60-minute Avnet Velocity panel discussion that will ask and answer these and other questions swirling around today's supply-chain talent challenges.