Dequeuing your queues
Regardless of all the latest retail pharmacy challenges and opportunities …. ERx, Covid vaccination, generic prescribing, et al …. nothing changes the importance of maximising the customer experience. Especially so, as the new world order forces retailers of all walks of life to find new ways to excel. All visitors to retail pharmacy will be exposed to many different manifestations of the customer experience elsewhere. Your customers will, at least subliminally, be making comparisons and benchmarking accordingly.
An oft neglected element of the retail pharmacy customer experience is found in the queue, at script in, script out, OTC. Some pharmacies pride themselves on how quickly they acknowledge and greet customers arriving to queues or occupied waiting chairs. Sorry …………… not good enough. Too many pharmacy’s floor staff are so task focussed, facing up, filling up, ticketing up that they don’t even see the customers in the queue. Sorry ……….. not good enough. A golden customer “wow” experience presents in the way you could (should!) de-queue the queues.
Appropriately selected floor staff or the retail manager should be on the constant lookout to dequeue. Don’t be afraid to place a desk bell at the dispensary for the dispensary staff to “call for” dequeuing, if the nominated de-queuer doesn’t see the new queue forming………….
- At script in queue, take the script from the queuing customer, ask if they need anything else, serve them , submit their script and relieve them from queuing
- At OTC queue, serve them , pulling them out of the queue to do so
- At script out, ask their name if you don’t know it and go check if their script is ready for pick up now. If the tray has no peg signifying that the BPharm must speak to this customer, deliver their meds and send them happily on their way