If you are obsessed with customer-centricity in your organization, it make sense to have some icons that serves as a benchmark for the organization to emulate and live-up to. CRM Buyer has an interesting article on how Lands' End did it:
Motivation can take many forms. At Lands' End these days, it has taken the shape of a London taxicab parked in front of the company's headquarters, its black paint buffed to a mirror-like shine, its grille festooned with a Christmas wreath.
Historic Return Policy
Lands' End, now a division of Sears, has built a reputation for 44 years on customer service. The London taxi, returned by a customer in 2005, has become Lands' End's version of a well-known Nordstrom legend, in which a customer was allowed to return tires even though Nordstrom never sold tires.
However, in this case, Lands' End really did sell the car, back in 1984. The London taxi was featured on the cover of Lands' End's holiday catalog that year as a special luxury item. The cab, complete with a right-side steering wheel, and filled with classic English cashmere clothing and gifts, was sold for US$19,000 to a Kansas native. The woman bought it as a gift for her husband, who was a car collector.
In 2005, the man called Lands' End and invoked the company's unconditional guarantee policy that allows customers to return any item that they are not satisfied with for an exchange or refund of the full purchase price. He got the $19,000 back, and Lands' End got the car.
The taxi would be worth between $10,000 and $12,000 now, according to Richard Lentinello, editor of Hemmings Motor News, a monthly publication for car enthusiasts based in Vermont.
It's more than a cab. McCreight says the taxi is a valuable symbol.
"For thousands of employees, or new employees, to say, if you're designing a product, and you're going to need to stand behind that product 21 years later, how dearly and how much attention do you take to design it," McCreight(President of Lands' End) said.
I personally think this is a lovely quote from McCreight and one that is extremely relevant. Many companies develop products or policies, sell or run it for sometime, only to later revoke it! Companies need to realize that such revoked products or policies leave customers confused, frustrated and miffed. It pays to plan just in case your customer returns after 21 years!