12 Tips to Reduce Customer Hold Times

| Barbara Burke

Reducing the amount of time your customers stay on hold will not only result in shorter handle times, but it will make them more satisfied and your agents a lot happier. Here are 12 tips to reduce the amount of time your customers wait on hold in your contact center.

An Innovation Checklist for Direct to Customer Operations

| MCM Staff

The recent Executive Operations Forum at Operations Summit 2017 generated many ideas and cost-savings tips. What improvements, best practices and innovations have you implemented in your contact center, fulfillment and inventory management? Here are 27 innovations that six direct to customer companies attending the forum have implemented.

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eBags On the Importance of Consistent Brand Communication

| Mike O'Brien

Catherine Harrison, director of operations for eBags, talks about her company’s approach to keeping its customers in the loop and satisfied. eBags is a finalist in the category of brand communication for the third annual Excellence in Customer Experience Awards, to be presented at a March 29 luncheon ceremony at Operations Summit 2017 in Pittsburgh.

5 Ways Call Center Outsourcing Can Help Increase Profitability

| Curt Barry

Outsourcing your call center functions to a qualified call center company gives management more time to focus on developing products, customer acquisition, marketing campaigns and other growth initiatives. See what other benefits you can gain from an outsourcing arrangement.

5 Surefire Ways to Improve Your Customer Service

| Curt Barry

You expend big sums of money to launch websites, acquire customers, put contact centers and fulfillment in place, but how do you actually monitor customer service performance? To avoid the kinds of issues that can cause even loyal shoppers to vote with their feet, here are 5 tried-and-true ways to improve your customer service.

5 Steps to a Better Third-Party Logistics Relationship

| Curt Barry

Outsourcing fulfillment and customer care operations is not for everyone, and many merchant companies feel they can keep costs low by maintaining control. But for those who do use a 3PL, here are 5 ways to get the most out of the relationship, helping them deliver value while improving your results.

5 Ways to Alleviate Frustration after a Tough Customer Interaction

| Angie Stocklin

It’s often a challenge to shrug off a difficult customer interaction. We’re all human, after all! To stay efficient and keep quality up, here are 5 tips from the “customer happiness team” at One Click Ventures to help your agents release tension, alleviate frustration and move on after a challenging exchange.

Gaining Perspective on Your Operational Performance

| Mike O'Brien

Meeting the demands of today’s always-on shopper has never been more challenging. So how can you gain a window into how you’re doing compared to others in the industry as you set your investment priorities? Multichannel Merchant’s exclusive benchmarking project with F. Curtis Barry & Co. will help you gauge your operational performance across key functional areas.