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As the COVID-19 crisis grips the world, the impact of AI on the customer experience is accelerating. As customers seek contactless or non-touch interfaces, numerous sectors have stepped up their digital and AI games. Consumer products and retail, for example, have seen the use of AI-powered delivery robots to get groceries and medicines to people subject to shelter-in-place orders.
From using AI for searching or browsing for information about products and services using voice assistants to making payments using AI/biometric scanners, customers are increasingly context-aware and have higher expectations. Consumer products and retail performance lags, with 55 percent of customers feeling unsatisfied. How can companies humanize the AI experience to continue to meet customer demands?
To help answer those questions, we surveyed more than 1,000 industry executives across eight major industries: banking, insurance, consumer products, retail, automotive, utilities, government/public services, and public-sector enterprises. We also conducted in-depth interviews with industry executives. Drawing on that research, this report examines several themes:
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