Top 10 self-service technologies that we all love to use!
Self-service technologies (SST) allow customers to get a service without interaction with service providers. It is a big part of our lives, regardless you are 6 or 60 years old. Some of these technologies are already well established in the market, while others still fight against resistance.
The truth is that self-service technologies bring many benefits to both customer and business. Customer gets what they want faster and easier; business sells more, reduces costs and improves customer satisfaction, creating a loyalty bond between them.
Even if you don’t love SSTs like I do, you can not deny its presence. And if you are a business owner, you should definitely consider having this technology, if possible, to increase your revenue and make your clients happier.
Here are my top 10 self-service technologies that I just love to use and that I think that might help you and me on a daily-basis.
1. Airport self-service
Airport self-service kiosks speed up formalities and take away a lot of the stress involved in the airport environment. With a plane to catch, we don’t want the possibility of missing our flights. We just want to get to our gate fast.
So buckle up and have a nice flight!
ATMs have made our life much easier. They can be placed in a musical festival or in any street. Nowadays, we take them for granted, hardly considering a time when they didn’t exist. But it took them some time to get our trust.
Yes, we all love a cash machine (when our bank account is not in the red)!
3. Hotel automated service
Slowly but surely, the hotel industry is adopting self-service technology. Many hotels have check-in and check-out kiosks to make guests‘ arrivals more pleasant and less turbulent. More convenient, digital self-service can not be neglected in the modern world.
Another way that self-service is being incorporated in hospitality is through automated FAQs (chatbots) on hotels’ websites. Pre-stay is a crucial part of guest experience and can benefit a lot from self-service. Less stress for hotel staff otherwise overloaded with questions and more convenience for the tired guest who has just arrived.
Just get your key room and enjoy your stay!
4. Self-ordering technology in restaurants
McDonald’s is one of the big names that already adopted self-service technology. Their kiosks have been in test since 2003 in the United States and as of 2020 they will be implemented at all U.S. locations.
So from now on, you may take your own order and add yourself that extra-fries!
5. Self-service gas station
There are many economical and social aspects to this subject. I prefer to take Andrew Clark’s funny (and superficial) analysis of this feud: full service gas stations are for lazy people; self-service for desperate people who are looking for an excuse to get out of their cars!
Full service or self-service: which one are you?
6. Self-service parking
Specifically to air passengers, the quicker the process to get to the gate is, the better their experience becomes. Making it simple to park the car, passengers feel less stressed and their journey is off to good a start!
No more traffic on the parking plot!
7. Post office technologies
I’m not sure if letter mail and post stamps will disappear forever (I do love the nostalgic feeling that they bring), but is undeniable that service experience is changing in the post office world. It is great not to have to stay in line just to send a normal package or to be able to track a product that you bought on e-commerce.
Mr.Postman, you don’t need to check if there is a letter for me anymore!
8. Supermarket kiosk
Supermarkets have also started to introduce technology for customers to scan and pay their shopping. Self-service checkouts are more efficient and clients like it! Besides, they have language options which is great for foreign customers.
Furthermore, these kiosks save time for both customer and employees. Employees can focus on other important tasks, like stocking shelves, and customers skip the chatting with strangers while shopping.
Read the code bars, pay and prepare your dinner!
9. Museum and art gallery kiosks
Furthermore, the kiosks should be placed in the right spot, to get maximum traffic flow and to be an integrated part of the exhibition. If people don’t understand its purpose, it will be a waste of money.
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10. Ticketing kiosks
Ticketing kiosks are especially great for people that are always late, like myself! In a matter of a few minutes, you can select the movie, the showtime, the seat and pay for your ticket. There is no more need to arrive early to guarantee the perfect spot to watch the movie.
Skip line and grab your popcorn!
Self-service technology: fast but not furious!
Global Self-Service Technology Market is expected to garner $31.75 billion by 2020. It’s increasingly difficult to find retail shops, restaurants and public spaces that don’t utilise self-service technologies in some form.
We all want to get things done fast, without having to stress over how the service will be done. That is why more and more frequently, businesses are implementing self-service applications to improve their customer service and reduce costs.
Besides, if you are still not totally convinced that self-service is the best way to be served, many companies are adopting the combination of self-service technologies with human service. That way, they satisfy both needs: speed and personalized service.
One thing is for sure: do things fast, but don’t turn your customers furious!