Category Archives: Service economy

Flights of fancy

It’s time to ‘head home for the holidays’, as they say, which means it must be time for another airport nightmare. I’ve commented before about how abysmal it is now to have to fly. What gets me is that each … Continue reading

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Why is the US Postal Service going bankrupt?

On a wintry Saturday morning, while I wait to have my breakfast, what else should be on my mind but the future of Saturday mail deliveries in the US? The economist part of my brain understands well enough that the … Continue reading

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Don’t promise what you will not deliver

I will keep this short and try not to rant. I keep getting rankled by people making promises that they then fail to keep. I am not concerned about the lofty ideals or lowly commitments that come from politicians, but … Continue reading

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You, the customer, deserve good service

The service economy is one part of an economy that most people can experience and understand. Today, I got another chance to see how it works from up-close. I had noticed that we had stopped receiving mail from about 10 … Continue reading

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Happy in the feat

Service workers have different ways of making the most of their brief contact with customers. Yesterday, the man who came to check the security system on my house did it his way. I recall that when he came a year … Continue reading

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Transports of delight?

Having spent a few days travelling to and from London, I could not help coming away yet again with a feeling that the use of technology is making travelling more complicated and that we are victims of so-called time-saving systems, … Continue reading

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What makes it tick?

As I mentioned earlier this week when I wrote ‘Making connections’, I would get back to some of the conversation topics that struck me from being with a group of traders the past weekend. It is perhaps fitting to try … Continue reading

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Water, anyone?

When I first noticed several weeks ago that water was coursing through a channel next to my house, my first concern was that we had had a dry spell and I could not figure out what might be the source. … Continue reading

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Keeping an eye open for the goodness

By necessity, blogs do not have to be where people put their views about what is wrong. On the contrary, positive stories should find equal space. However, it may be that writers feel that problems are being less addressed than … Continue reading

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Losing power

No sooner had I written the title of this post than a friend in Barbados sent me a message on Skype: ‘Bloody power went off so I missed the whole thing’. He was referring to activity today in financial markets. … Continue reading

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