A wise old man once preached:
“It’s easy enough to settle the financial issues that come with running a business. What’s hard, unbelievable as it sounds, is keeping the general satisfaction level high. And by that, I mean the most important aspects of a business: the staff and the customers.”
And while the wise old man does get exceptionally lazy (even sleazy) at times, his words don’t get any truer. After all, there’s a reason why there’s the saying:
Customer is king.
Alas, it seems that Grab, following its acquisition of former rival company Uber, seems to understand this notion with their latest move.
After facing growing criticism from not its rival companies, but its own riders and drivers, Grab has taken steps to bridge the ever-increasing gap between both groups.
In an attempt to improve customer experience, the ride-hailing service giant has announced an intention to grant 100 reward points to customers whose rides are cancelled.
The points, which are categorised under Grab’s GrabRewards programme, are exchangeable for discounts on rides, or deals at its partner merchants. In elaboration, users with 2,200 points may choose to redeem S$5 off a Grab ride, for example.
This programme will start from 8 Oct, and last till 31 Dec across all services save for the GrabHitch carpooling service.
Additionally, an automatic re-booking feature, which helps riders locate a new driver after a cancellation, was previously launched in July (oh yes that is soooooo needed).
Grab has also launched a test to let riders change their drop-off point halfway through a trip.
Prices will be updated based on the new drop-off point, and drivers will be notified of the change immediately.
Why This Rules
Chances are, if you’ve taken a Grab ride, you might have been matched with a driver who’s “dropping off a passenger”.
And if that happens, good luck: there’s a possibility that the driver has auto-accepted your ride, and after seeing that you’re going to Mars, he’ll cancel on you.
In other words, you’ve just waited five minutes to be cancelled.
Now, with this reward system, at least you know your wait isn’t in vain.