Archive for October, 2010


Posted on October 31, 2010. Filed under: cultural, educational, Kindergarten, Social Networking, teaching and learning |

Well I honestly can’t believe it’s November already, but Halloween was today which must make tomorrow November 1st! I am extremely excited to start a new unit in Kindergarten called Children around the World. I don’t have a ton of parameters around this unit, so I’m excited to see where the kids take it. I am trying to schedule lots of skype dates with other classrooms around the world, to give the kids a feel for some of the cultures and traditions that are different and similar to the ones they are familiar with. If you, or someone you know has an international class that would like to skype with us, let me know so we can set it up!

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Rona’s Customer Service

Posted on October 16, 2010. Filed under: House hunting, renos, Social Networking, Technology | Tags: , , |

Despite the trouble and hassle I have had with Rona Regina while shopping for a new bathroom vanity, I have to give them credit for their customer service. On August 14th of this year, my husband and I went to Rona and picked out a cute modern bathroom vanity we wanted for our new house. There were no more in stock so we purchased the vanity and were told our order would be in in a couple of weeks.

We waited patiently while working on the many other projects we needed to get done on our house. After about 3 weeks of not getting a phone call from Rona, we went to the store and asked about the vanity. We were told that they hadn’t come in yet, but they should be in soon. We waited a little over week and while my dad was going to Rona to pick up some baseboards for us, I gave him the receipt to pick up the vanity if it was in. It wasn’t yet, but we were told it was backordered and should be here soon. 2 weeks later, we were told any day, and about 2 weeks ago I decided to call and complain/ask what was going on. I called the store’s customer service and was told by a nice young lady that they were still back ordered and weren’t in yet. I asked to speak to the store manager, and though he wasn’t in, I was put through to another manager. I explained the story and he told me he was busy with another customer at the moment but would call me back in 10 minutes. 10 minutes later when he still hadn’t called, I decided to go on Twitter and see if there was a Rona representative I could tweet and get a quicker response.

No such luck.  There was nothing for Rona on Twitter. (Read Dean’s story about how Roger’s on Twitter saved him money.) I decided to look on their website and try and call the head office to see if they had a customer service rep that could help me. (Read my engagement ring story about calling People’s head office customer service.) No luck there either because it was Saturday and the head office was closed. I chose the next best thing in my mind, clicked on contact us on the Rona website, and filled out a general form explaining the situation. I sent it off to whoever reads the Rona contact us emails and hoped for the best.

About 15 minutes later, the manager from Rona called back and I reviewed the story with him. I asked for compensation because we were just about ready to move into our house and we still didn’t have the vanity. He was good and offered us a $100 gift card, but this was the least of our worries considering the mirror we bought, that fit perfectly over the Rona vanity, was over $50. We just needed a vanity. The problem is that in Regina there are next to no options for places to go for vanities. Rona, Costco or Home Depot are pretty much it. I told him that I was going to keep shopping for other vanities and I wanted him to call if our vanity came in.
That Monday I got a call from another manager, Rob, who apparently had been forwarded the email I sent. I explained the situation again and he apologized. He assured me he wasn’t making excuses, but he explained that it was the manufactures fault the vanities weren’t in. I completely understand that, but again, our problem was we didn’t have a vanity. He called the manufacturer and was told the vanities were leaving the Calgary warehouse on Thursday evening. I asked if we could have the display model. (Even though we were told earlier that they couldn’t sell those because they belong to the manufacturer, not Rona.) Rob agreed and on Thanksgiving Sunday we picked up the display model vanity and took it to our new house. Rob even guaranteed that if the vanities came in that Tuesday, they would have a new one delivered to our house, and they would take out the old one. On Sunday, when we were waiting in the ridiculously busy customer service line, we decided to ask a Rona worker to page Rob. He came right down so we could bypass the line, he helped us get our 100 dollar gift card, and he even printed off a new receipt for us since we didn’t have ours on us. He also decided to take 10% off the price we paid originally because this was the display model. He continued to apologize and was extremely nice.
I have to say, Rob Frank from Rona Regina saved Rona 2 customers that were very close to not shopping at Rona anymore. I can’t imagine the hassle it would have been had we kept going back to the regular customer service desk trying to get help. I guess there is a reason why there are managers!

3 reasons why I will continue to shop at Rona Regina:
1) I know I can ask for Rob if something goes wrong again.
2) They are willing to take responsibility for issues caused by their manufacturers.
3) They have some of the best selection when it comes to product.

3 things I think Rona needs to work on to improve as a company/store:
1) Hiring a couple people to represent Rona on Twitter and/or
2) Have a better web service to handle customer questions/complaints whether that be a weekend phone number, or more specific contact information.
3) Have a person who is the liaison between manufacturers and Rona. They would be notified when things are backordered and could let the customer know promptly what the time frame looks like.

As I finish this post, I am glad that I can say I am happy with the way things turned out. I promised/”threatened” Rona’s customer service that I would be tweeting and blogging about my Rona bathroom vanity experience, and I am happy to encourage those who read this post to continue to shop at Rona. You will be treated with respect, and your needs will be dealt with, even if it wasn’t in the time frame you first expected! 🙂

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