Contact Centers

3 Ways the Cloud is Transforming Retail Contact Centers — in Time for the Busiest Season
December 16, 2021 at 5:51 pm

Some of retail’s busiest days are coming up fast, and contact centers everywhere are going to be stretched to their breaking point as shoppers log on and call in to ask about offers, seek recommendations, chase packages, and organize returns. Whether it’s Black Friday, Cyber Monday or the first day of January sales, the contact…

Retail Call Centers Get Smart With Intelligent Automation
October 26, 2021 at 12:12 pm

There’s a common misconception that technology in general and artificial intelligence (AI) in particular will disrupt retail customer service the same way it disrupted manufacturing. Fear not. Technology is certainly contributing to contact center evolution, but uniquely human traits like empathy and situational dexterity are so central to the customer experience that robots will never…

The Modern Contact Center: Minimizing the Pandemic's Economic Impact With Advanced Technology
August 3, 2021 at 10:28 pm

The arrival of COVID-19 in early 2020 posed serious challenges for many contact center operations. Safety concerns forced organizations to limit staffing in their physical call centers. Some shut down, some managed to reduce shift sizes or distance operators from one another by repurposing additional space, and others sent agents home to work remotely. While…

Retailers Improving the E-Commerce Shopping Experience Through Resolutions-Focused Customer Service
February 15, 2021 at 8:16 pm

Many national retailers began announcing their 2020 holiday season plans and shopping promotions much earlier than in years past. The holiday shopping season was particularly different considering the COVID-19-induced drastic shift from a traditional brick-and-mortar shopping experience to an even more robust online environment. While stores ponder their physical store operations, retailers understand that 2021…

Retail Call Centers: Improving Efficiency and Productivity
July 6, 2020 at 4:46 pm

Retail call centers are an important step in many customer journeys, and for online customers they may be the only human interaction with the brand. Retailers have multiple ways to operate to fulfill the customer need. Should they be in-house or outsourced? Offshore or home-based? How do you expand capacity for business peaks? Whatever route…

The Future of Customer Support and its Impact on Retail
March 13, 2020 at 1:52 pm

Customer support is evolving at a rapid rate, and many brands are reimagining the impact that a retailer’s support team can have on their customer’s experience and their overall business. However, while there's plenty of change happening today, it’s critical for brands to always keep an eye on the trends impacting tomorrow. Here's a look…

Consumer Experience: Adding a Human Touch to a Digitally Dominated Field
March 28, 2019 at 11:42 am

Digitization is occurring at such a rapid pace that many industries are finding it hard to keep up with how quickly customers are adopting new technologies. The retail industry is no exception. The question retailers must face is how can they keep up with the trend of an ever-evolving technology landscape, while still providing customers…

Is Your Customer Support Team Ready for the Holidays?
November 29, 2018 at 11:09 am

The National Retail Federation has predicted that holiday sales this year will increase between 4.3 and 4.8 percent over the 2017 holiday season. Deloitte's annual retail sales forecast was even more positive, putting the figure at 5.6 percent. This means retailers are looking at between $717 billion and $1.1 trillion in sales this holiday season.…