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PERSONALIZATION
complicated for intermodal with so many touches from a factory
in China to a [distribution center] in the U.S."
Using a sports reference to describe quick decision changes,
McDuffie said, "There is a lot of information available, but if you
have to call an audible, the shipper doesn't want to
call that audible. They want the 3PL to do that. That is more than
a tactical, operational choice. It is on a strategic level as well. It
is about coming up with a solution the customer does not think
of."
"Relationships still count as much as they ever have," said
industry veteran Richard Metzler, CEO of LSO Shipping Services.
"However, technology has changed the way we interact. It [interaction] is much more fact-based, more often and in some ways
makes the fewer personal interactions better."
"People still want to work with people they like, can relate
to and can count on," said Metzler, whose career has included
executive positions at XPO Logistics, uShip and Xpress Global
Systems.
Chris Spears, chief marketing technology officer at Arke,
a business consulting firm, explained another facet of how
customer relationships are changing - their growing complexity.
"Today the customer's end-to-end experience involves
multiple touchpoints that blur the physical and digital worlds.
That involves thoughtful alignment of all your touchpoints -
channels, devices, applications and more - to make the overall

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It is especially important, he said, to maintain personalization
with customers, citing the finding in a 2017 study by consultant
Accenture that found 41 percent of U.S. consumers ditched companies because of "poor personalization and lack of trust."

Personalization Matters
Effective personalization helps to keep customers and attract
new ones, said Spears. Personalization can be achieved by
aggregating data across multiple attributes such as a business
contact's role, location, purchase history and browsing history. A
transportation management system, as well as mobile apps, can
be important tools to aid in collecting that information.
"Personalization builds a foundation for success in today's
multi-touchpoint, multichannel, hypercompetitive markets," he
said, by converting that information into data that can be tailored
to a more individualized approach without a substantial financial
investment.
Van Kirk believes several other factors are at work to change
customer relationships, which he believes have weakened in
recent decades. In the past, seasoned managers explained the
value of building meaningful relationships to younger workers.
The result was a reputation for trustworthiness that served a
worker well.
"I've always coached the sales teams that have worked for
me that it is important to physically meet with our customers in
order to develop a relationship," Van Kirk said.

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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Insights - May/June 2018

IANA News
Operations & Maintenance Business Meeting 2018 Recap: Creating the Future of Intermodal
Intermodal Is on a Positive Path in 2018
Chassis Market’s Evolution Blends Promise, Challenges
Identifying the Missing Link in Chassis Maintenance
ELD Mandate Lessons: Opportunity, Compliance, Tech Issues
ELD Mandate Effect: Opportunity Beckons for Intermodal
Ocean Carrier Realignments Trigger Significant Change for Intermodal
Freight Report
Build Awareness of Intermodal to Attract Job Candidates
3PLs Adopt Technology to Enhance Customer Relationships
As Technology Changes Business Relationships, Personalization Still Matters
Voice of the Shipper
Government News
New Members
People News
Intermodal Calendar
Insights - May/June 2018 - Cover1
Insights - May/June 2018 - 2
Insights - May/June 2018 - 3
Insights - May/June 2018 - IANA News
Insights - May/June 2018 - Operations & Maintenance Business Meeting 2018 Recap: Creating the Future of Intermodal
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Insights - May/June 2018 - 8
Insights - May/June 2018 - Intermodal Is on a Positive Path in 2018
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Insights - May/June 2018 - Chassis Market’s Evolution Blends Promise, Challenges
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Insights - May/June 2018 - Identifying the Missing Link in Chassis Maintenance
Insights - May/June 2018 - ELD Mandate Lessons: Opportunity, Compliance, Tech Issues
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Insights - May/June 2018 - ELD Mandate Effect: Opportunity Beckons for Intermodal
Insights - May/June 2018 - Ocean Carrier Realignments Trigger Significant Change for Intermodal
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Insights - May/June 2018 - 3PLs Adopt Technology to Enhance Customer Relationships
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Insights - May/June 2018 - As Technology Changes Business Relationships, Personalization Still Matters
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Insights - May/June 2018 - Government News
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