Quality Service Awards NZ winners announced
If deciding where to turn for excellent quality service has you flummoxed, then rest easy as Reader’s Digest has the answers.
The results of the annual Reader’s Digest Quality Service Award (QSA) are out, offering a great guide for Kiwi consumers keen to know which businesses are nailing customer service.
The survey suggests, for example, that
if pizza’s on the menu tonight then Dominos is a great
bet, while Liqourland’s the liquor outlet to visit for an
accompanying cold one. With school exams underway, the
results suggest you turn to educational tutors Kip McGrath
for an excellent endorsement…or if you’d rather escape
the stress then have a chat to cruise company P&O Cruises.
If furniture shopping and gardening are on the weekend’s
agenda then Harvey Norman and Palmers (or even Smith City
and Oderings Garden Centre) are the respective places to go,
while Harcourts is the go-to for house shopping. SpecSavers
will sort your eyes, Bay Audiology your ears, and Spark your
The QSA survey offers 40 gold (plus 40 silver) recommendations with categories as varied as insurances, retirement villages, loyalty cards, campervan rentals, department stores and internet providers.
It’s the sixth consecutive year for these awards which, Reader’s Digest editor in chief Louise Waterson says, recognise how exemplary customer service can be delivered and how people should be treated. This is something Reader’s Digest is happy to celebrate on an annual basis, she says.
The awards move with the times, with new categories added each year. Meal Plan Delivery is a new category, for example, with My Food Bag and Bargain Box (two brands under the one “My Food Bag” umbrella) taking out the gold and silver awards. Also introduced this year are Manufactured Certified Used Car Sales category (won by Toyota Signature Class); Used Vehicle Dealerships category (won by Turners Cars); and Home Design & Build Service category (won by G.J.Gardner).
While there are businesses and organisations who have enjoyed QSA medal success in previous years, there are new-comers to the podium too. First-time winners celebrating this year are The Tile Depot (winner in the Tiling Stores category) and Smith City (winner in the Furniture Stores category).
The 2020 results celebrate many examples of businesses delivering consistently excellent customer success. Those who received gold or silver accolades last year and are back for more again are: AA Insurance, Mitre 10, Carpet Court, Bay Audiology, AMI, BestStart, Resene, Specsavers, Harcourts, Ryman Healthcare, Countdown, Southern Cross Travel Insurance, and Bridgestone. In fact, Bridgestone is an example of a company that doesn’t appear to drop the excellent customer service ball, having been either a silver or gold medal winner every year since the awards began.
Catalyst Market Research was commissioned to conduct the survey, which involved 1,500 New Zealanders of a mixed demographic, who were asked to rate their opinions of a range of service-providers. Those surveyed were first asked which companies they previously had experience with, so that a brand list - reflective of today’s market - could be established. Data was then captured to establish which companies provide the highest levels of customer service.
The results are as follows:
Category Gold Winner Silver Winner.
|Car Insurance||AA Insurance||AMI|
|Coffee Shops & Cafe||Robert Harris||Muffin Break|
|Cruise Company||P&O Cruises||Royal Caribbean|
|Department Store||The Warehouse||Farmers|
|DIY Home Improvement Store||Mitre 10||Bunnings|
|Hearing Services||Bay Audiology||Triton Hearing|
|Electrical Appliance Store||Noel Leeming||Briscoes|
|Flooring Store||Carpet Court||Flooring Xtra|
|Furniture Store||Harvey Norman||Smiths City|
|Gas & Electricity Provider||Contact Energy||Genesis Energy|
|Health Insurance||Southern Cross||NIB|
|Educational Tutors||Kip McGrath||Number Works ‘n Words|
|Home & Contents Insurance||AMI||AA Insurance|
|Home Loan Supplier||ANZ||ASB|
|Home Design & Build Service||G.J. Gardner||Signature Homes|
|Internet Service Provider||Spark||2degrees|
|Kindergarten Centre Operator||BestStart||Central Kids|
|Life Insurance||Southern Cross||AA Life|
|Liquor Outlet||Liquorland||Super Liquor|
|Loyalty Card||New World||AA Smartfuel|
|Mobile Phone Service Provider||Spark||Vodafone|
|Manufacturer – Certified Used Car Sales||Signature Used
|Honda Certified Used Cars|
|Meal Plan Delivery Service||My Food Bag||Bargain Box|
|Campervan Rentals||Jucy||Maui Rentals NZ|
|Paint & Decorating Store (exc DIY/Home Improvements)||Resene||Guthrie Bowron|
|Pet Insurance||Southern Cross Pet Insurance||AA|
|Pizza Franchise||Dominos||Pizza Hut|
|Real Estate Sales||Harcourts||Ray White|
|Retirement Village||Ryman Health Care||Bupa NZ|
|Roadside Assistance||AA Roadservice||AMI|
|Used Vehicle Dealerships||Turners Cars||Buy Right Cars|
|Stationery, Books, Gifts||Warehouse Stationery||Whitcoulls|
|Tiling Store (exc DIY/Home Improvement Stores||Tile Depot||Tile Warehouse|
|Travel Insurance||Southern Cross Travel Insurance||AA Travel Insurance|
|Tyre Retailers||Bridgestone/Firestone||Tony’s Tyre Service|