Report: Locating A Store On The Phone Is Not Always Easy

We just published a new Temkin Group report, Locating A Store On The Phone Is Not Always Easy.

The report examines the experience of using phone self-service applications to find a nearby store or branch.

Here’s the executive summary:

When traveling in an unfamiliar area, calling a store’s toll-free number can be a convenient way to locate the closest branch or store location. How user-friendly are these phone-based store locators? We used Temkin Group’s SLICE-B methodology to evaluate the experiences at five large banks (Bank of America, Chase, Citibank, USBank, and Wells Fargo) and five large retailers (Home Depot, Kroger, Target, Walgreens, and Walmart). Target was the only store to receive an “Excellent” overall rating, with 23 out of a possible 24 points. Citibank and Walgreens, on the other hand, scored in the “Poor” range. Stores lost points for offering voice-activated search without touch-tone support and for accepting only one criteria to search by, usually a zip code.

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Here’s one of the figures that shows the overall results:

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The bottom line: What’s it like when your customers call you?

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I am a customer experience transformist, helping large organizations improve business results by changing how they deal with customers. As part of this focus, I examine strategy, culture, interaction design, customer service, branding and leadership practices. I am also a fanatical student of business, so this blog provides an outlet for sharing insights from my ongoing educational journey. Simply put, I am passionate about spotting emerging best practices and helping companies master them. And, as many people know, I love to speak about these topics in almost any forum. My “title” is Managing Partner of the Temkin Group, a customer experience research and consulting firm that helps organizations become more customer-centric. Our goal is simple: accelerate the path to delighting customers. I am also the co-founder and Emeritus Chair of the Customer Experience Professionals Association (, a non-profit organization dedicated to the success of CX professionals.

2 thoughts on “Report: Locating A Store On The Phone Is Not Always Easy”

  1. It took me fifteen minutes to find a physical address for your business and that included scouring your site, using phone reverse lookup on Google which resulted in an old press release that contained an address with no city/state, and then taking that information and Googling further to figure out you were located in MA.

    I stumbled on your website for a research paper on service innovation and was very excited and then not-so-excited when I couldn’t find out where you are located. Hopefully, this is something that can be easily fixed on both your blog and website contact pages.


    1. Hi Belinda: Hopefully we’ve made our email address and contact forms easily accessible. Since we don’t have any “retail” presence, there hasn’t been a need to provide pur physical address; it only seems to attract sales pitches and junk mail. Since you are interested, we are in the Boston area. Let me know how we can help ( and I’ll be happy to give you our address…

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