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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7 Responses to “Rona’s Customer Service”

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I found RONA in brampton with worst customer service. The manager behaviour i could not believe who ask me to leave the store, this was his just second senternce coming out of his mouth,
i did a big mistake by going to RONA as they did not return anything without a reciept last time i tried,

My wife and myself went to Rona at 7.05 pm (Argentia Mississauga). Entered the store from exit door because it was closer to my parking spot. Spotted by one of the employee, Noel. He was extremely rude to us by raising his hand towards the main door and letting us know that the store is closed. We requested him that we just want to check something which should not take us more than 5 minutes and even we assured him that we would not buy anything. But still he was very rude as if we are thiefs, and chased us out. Very very rude.

I complained over a week ago gave them my phone number e-mail ,copy of receipt etc and still waiting on response,
no more shopping at rona not surprised they are closing some stores
apathy and indifference is unbelievable.
Martingrove and Belfield store, they should close that one as well

Yes, I believe that more and more Rona stores will be closed in the future. I do have bad experience with them, Keele branch. I got a quote about 4 windows about $ 3000 at the store, but they charged me 45 dollars for in home assessment , then, they changed the final quote to $7000, which is higher than any other windows company more than $4000. No one replied my phone calls and messages about 1month. They answered me that this manager or that supervisor were sick or on vacation. Horrible customers services skills I have not met before. It sounds that they just want to play game or rob to get 45 buckets from me. No detailed measurement and windows type on the final measurement quote. My decision is that I am not going to go to Rona in my rest of life.

My wife and I will never shop at Rona again we r renovating R bathroom we found vanity wee liked at Rona magog quebec it was $525.00 we decided to wait for a sale 2 months went buy the. We receive a sales promotion so we went back to Rona Magog to R suprise the Vanity had gone up to $704 when I asked sales person what happen why did it go up he said he did not set the prices ???? What a scam they promote sale prices and prices go up and they give you a discount on in increase scam scam scam shame on Rona from a passed 20 year Rona customer

I found Rona/Millwork in Oshawa horrible. We are still waiting for a 3 day job to be finished. They are deceitful and their contractors are not good in their field of expertise. Numerous serious mistakes and no one takes responsibility to correct it. I am in the process of talking to Consumer Protection about taking them to small claims court because of their lies. Customer service is the worst I have ever experienced anywhere. Having been in a retail business myself I know how important this quality is to a store.

I went in to Rona to have the kitchen designer in Leamington to help me with my new kitchen she wouldn’t even give me the time of day or even an appointment gave me her card and said she would call. Never called was very rude. So guess what I went to Home Hardware got excellent service will not ever go back to. Rona don’t need to be treated like I don’t matter

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