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After more than a decade of running restaurants in some of the world's top hotels, Gordon Ramsay knows the crucial importance of surpassing guests' highest expectations. In this series Ramsay travels across the country to fix horrid hotels, awful inns and just plain bad bed and breakfasts. To come to grips with the problems, Ramsay will endure hotels at their worst. After he has uncovered the issues, Ramsay will put the hotel owners and employees to work as he attempts to turn around these failing establishments. With reputations on the line, one thing is certain: if they can't meet Ramsay's high standards, they will never check out of Hotel Hell.
Professional secret shoppers are put to work across the country, documenting just how bad customer service can be.
Poor service is one of the economy's new challenges. The recession prompted many businesses to cut back on service support but what was the real effect on the bottom line? It turned out that poor service cost the supplier more than the customer. Reporter Howard Green investigates companies like Cadet, Delta Hotels and Federal Express. In fiscally strained times these companies invested extra money in people and technology to better personalize their services. The results were high customer satisfaction and a boost in profits while other companies withered.
We are in a customer service crisis. Overseas call centers, long wait times and ineffective representatives have left customers angry, frustrated and confused. What ever happened to the good old days of the personal touch? Has it been replaced by automated voices and self-serve machines? Can service providers and customers get back on track, mend the strained relationship and take customer service to the next level?
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