Re-wiring Human Interactions in Manufacturing

Vaishali Dialani - Senior Customer Experience Strategist

28 Feb 2024

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Manufacturing, once dominated by manual craftsmanship and physical labor at every touchpoint, is undergoing a seismic shift. The transition from traditional methods to automation and digitalization is not just a change in tools but a re-wiring of the manufacturing process at various interactions. This revolution is transforming everything from production techniques to customer interactions. 

Today, customer experience in manufacturing has taken a giant leap forward with digital order portals, enhanced user experiences on brand sites, detailed content pages, and more visually appealing and informative marketing assets. These digital interactions and holistically connected sites offer real-time tracking, seamless communication, and a level of convenience that was unthinkable in the era of fax machines. This shift has not only streamlined the ordering process but also enhanced transparency and trust between manufacturers and their clients. 

Direct Digital Interaction 

The traditional chain of wholesalers and agencies is being reshaped by direct digital interactions between manufacturers and end-users. This supply chain revolution facilitates a more accurate understanding of customer needs, leading to better product customization and reducing the likelihood of errors in customer experience. Digital platforms allow manufacturers to receive feedback directly from customers, enabling quicker adaptations and improvements in products and services. From requesting a change of billing address to getting updated inventory stock lists, these changes automatically reflect the industry’s transformation. 

Integrating Automation 

The integration of automation in manufacturing processes represents a significant leap from the manual, labor-intensive methods of the past. Automated machinery and AI-driven systems are not just about efficiency; they are about precision and consistency, qualities that are paramount in today's competitive market. 

However, despite the surge in automation, the human element remains central. The role of the human workforce is evolving to more cognitive tasks such as overseeing automated processes, quality control, and strategic decision-making. This shift is creating a new breed of manufacturing professionals who are as comfortable with technology as they are with traditional manufacturing processes, thereby enhancing employee experiences. 

Training and Adaptation 

To make the most of these technological advancements, ongoing training and adaptation are essential. This includes not just technical skills to operate new machinery but also training in digital literacy, data analysis, and problem-solving. From having FAQs and self-help designed experiences to reference materials or digital handbooks with instructions - CX and EX have evolved significantly over the years in the heavy-lifting industry. The future of manufacturing lies in the hands of a workforce that is as agile mentally as it is skilled technically, helping businesses grow effectively while defining better human interactions. 


In conclusion, the evolution from manual mastery to automated efficiency in manufacturing is a journey from traditional manual processes to a digitized, customer-focused future. The transformation intertwines the evolving role of Employee Experience (EX) with the sophistication of Customer Experience (CX), highlighting their pivotal roles in shaping the industry. As EX evolves with technological adoption, empowering a more skilled and adaptable workforce, CX simultaneously advances, offering more personalized, efficient, and responsive interactions. This synergy between EX and CX is setting new benchmarks in manufacturing, pushing the boundaries of what is possible. 

The future of manufacturing holds a landscape where technological innovation continues to drive significant changes in how we work and serve. It is a future that promises more integration of AI and automation, yet with a strong emphasis on human insight and creativity, balancing efficiency with empathy. This duality of progress and human-centric approaches will not only redefine manufacturing processes but also sculpt a new narrative for the industry's growth and sustainability. 


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Vaishali Dialani

With over 8 years of experience as a data-savvy experience designer, research specialist, and strategic change-maker, she passionately advocates for integrating emotions and efficiency through customer experience research, product insights, and communications.

Recognized as a CXPA Emerging leader, CX Leader of The Year 2023 Finalist, and ranked among the top 11 CXMStars worldwide, she believes in the power of knowledge sharing to foster growth and awareness within the CX community.

Vaishali’s commitment to knowledge sharing extends to podcasts, blogs, guest lectures, speaking engagements, and training programs. Simultaneously, conducting leadership training workshops for low-literacy level professionals, making a positive impact through collaborative efforts across diverse spheres.

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