Supply Chain Management Blog

Product Knowledge 101: How a Strong Contact Center Can Boost Your Returns Management Operations

A major component of a successful business operation for both retailers and manufacturers lies within the returns process. As e-commerce orders continue to be shipped out at increasing rates day after day, it is important that your returns management processes are fully optimized to take on the brunt of whatever volume may come its way in the event of a product mishap – and a strong contact center will be instrumental to that process.

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The Customer Contact Center: More Than Just Answering Questions

Often when people think of the words “contact center” they immediately think of a bank of cubes, featuring people wearing headsets, lined up and answering calls, texts and e-mails from irate consumers looking for help with a particular product. From the business side, it’s often not seen as valuable work – more of a “have to have” requirement of doing business.

Well, those views couldn’t be more outdated.

Contact Center Conundrum: The Ins and Outs of Outsourcing

The contact center is a critical component to every business. After all, it is as close to a face-to-face interaction a customer will have with a company outside of an in-store purchase, and any poor experience could have your customer walking away for good. Despite the importance placed on the contact center, managers are constantly pressured to cut costs in this area.

The Start of a New Season

In my previous blog I shared some insight into my way of approaching contact centers from a soccer perspective. Let’s continue down that road by looking back at the past “season” and forward to the one that’s in front of us.

Our Contact Center on the Pitch

While many of you may be familiar with my blogs on contact centers; you are probably not familiar with my love for soccer. I’m a loyal supporter of FC Utrecht. The club was established in 1970 from a merger between Elinkwijk, DOS and Velox. It plays in the Dutch Eredivisie competition and every now and then plays European competitions.

You may be saying, “That’s great, but what does that has to do with his job as Global Director CRM Solutions at ModusLink?”

Contact Centers: Can I Have Ten Minutes of Your Time?

In a recent article, the Belgian Metrotime magazine claimed that on a weekly basis, a person spends around 10 minutes in contact with a contact center. While that is the average amount of time, it is much higher than I initially expected. That was until I broke the ten minutes down to all the different ways customers can be in touch with companies today. 

Customer Engagement Center- A Journey Through The Years, Part 3

Customer Engagement Center: A Journey Through The Years, Part 3

For a strong—and above all loyal— customer relationship, today’s organizations need to have an excellent customer engagement center staffed with highly trained, internationally oriented people who can effortlessly switch between customers’ preferred communication channels, whether it be website, telephone, Twitter or Facebook.

Customer Engagement Center: A Journey Through The Years, Part 2

In my last blog, I discussed how the customer service journey has changed through the years, from customer loyalty as the spearhead of companies’ agendas, through a phase of cost-cutting and the current state where social media is involved in our daily communications.

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