Definition of "self-service" [self-service]

  • Being a retail commercial enterprise or a service in which the customers or users help themselves: a self-service market; a self-service elevator. (adjective)

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Use "self-service" in a sentence
  • "IVR telephone systems are part of the broader segment of the customer service industry called self-service, which includes any kind of customer help besides live human assistance."
  • "Large supermarket stores: at least 1,500 sq. meters of floor space with at least 50 percent of sales classified as "self-service.""
  • "Bike sharing systems are automated, self-service bicycle rental systems that allow people to rent bikes, usually for a short period of time."