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  • My BIG Opportunity to Help Sourcing Buyers

    Jun 27, 2017, by Vicki Jenkins

      I am excited to be embarking on a new role at NelsonHall, having enjoyed serving as a Customer Management Services industry analyst for almost five years. As the new advisor for NelsonHall’s Buyer Intelligence Group (BIG), I get the opportunity to work more closely with our buy-side clients and broader BIG community, helping them to engage around hot industry topics and to get [...]

  • CSS Corp Chennai: Focused on Premium Technical Support & Agent Advancement

    Oct 25, 2016, by Vicki Jenkins

      NelsonHall recently visited CSS Corp’s contact center in Chennai, India to learn more about its operations and its current focus on developing its premium technical support services. The center opened in July 2010, supports 28 clients (primarily in the high tech and telecoms sectors), and has ~2,200 employees providing customer care, technical support, premium technical support[...]

  • Channel Shift, Analytics & Balancing the Workforce: Initiatives at Convergys Bangalore

    Aug 22, 2016, by Vicki Jenkins

    NelsonHall recently visited Convergys’ contact center in Bangalore to learn more about its operations, and here I reflect briefly on three areas: The center’s ongoing channel shift to webchat An interesting development in the center’s analytics work An initiative to hire more women in an effort to have a more balanced workforce. Background Convergys Bangalor[...]

  • Alorica Acquires EGS to Become Global Top 3 CMS Vendor: Healthcare Business Key to Growth

    Jun 02, 2016, by Vicki Jenkins

    Andy Lee, Alorica founder and CEO, shared with me last summer that his goal was to become the number one CMS vendor (by revenue) serving N. America. Well, now he is closing in on that goal, with Alorica entering into a stock purchase agreement to acquire Expert Global Solutions (EGS). With EGS, we estimate Alorica’s pro forma 2015 North American revenues are ~$1.8bn, closing the re[...]

  • Digital & Video Chat Growth on the Horizon for CMS in High Tech

    Jan 14, 2016, by Vicki Jenkins

    NelsonHall’s latest Customer Management Services market analysis report, ‘Targeting CMS in High Tech’, identifies the need for increased customer service quality as the number one market driver. This is followed closely by cost reduction in second place, with increased revenue generation (through subscription sales, renewals, and paid-for technical support) third. The report a[...]

  • Going Digital & The Shape of Customer Service in 2020

    Dec 22, 2015, by Vicki Jenkins

    I recently presented at the CCA’s annual Convention in Glasgow, Scotland. One of the key themes was ‘The Digital Game’, with sessions examining how organizations are responding to demand for digital customer services as part of the ongoing transition from call to contact centers. The future of customer engagement was illustrated using examples of newer channel usage, including vi[...]

  • Sitel Under Groupe Acticall: Synergies, Sector Diversity & Capital Spending Plans

    Nov 05, 2015, by Vicki Jenkins

    Sitel celebrates its 30th anniversary in a year in which it was acquired by French-based Groupe Acticall, whose controlling shareholder Creadev is the entrepreneurial investment arm of the Mulliez family. Sitel had been looking for an investor for more than a year, while the Mulliez family was planning to build a global platform and saw Sitel as an opportunity to fulfill that goal. At its recent a[...]

  • CSS Corporation Looks to Simplify the Customer Experience

    Oct 05, 2015, by Vicki Jenkins

    At CSS Corp’s analyst day and OneWorld client conference in Santa Rosa, California, the theme was “Let’s Simplify”. CEO Tiger Ramesh opened the analyst day with a story about his own digital experience travelling to the conference, including buying his airline ticket online, and piloting a hotel phone app he used to select his room and take restaurant recommendations. He us[...]

  • Minacs’ Digital Vision for CMS in the Automotive Sector

    Sep 01, 2015, by Vicki Jenkins

    Minacs has a strong tradition of supporting the automotive industry: over six years ago, the sector made up ~70% of overall revenues, and it now stands at ~45% due to diversification across multiple sectors. Consequently, Minacs has a vision for supporting the connected car, aiming to deliver seamless CMS solutions for any wirelessly connected vehicle, over any network. Its clients are mainly orig[...]

  • Alorica Doubles CMS Business & Enters Global Top Ten with West Acquisition

    Aug 06, 2015, by Vicki Jenkins

    I recently had the opportunity to meet with the Alorica executive team for an update on the integration of its recent acquisition, West Corporation’s Agent Services business. In March 2015, privately held Alorica acquired West’s Agent Services business for $275m in cash. In 2014, the Agent Services business generated ~$580m in revenue. Alorica anticipates $1.2bn in combined revenue [...]

  • STARTEK Looks to Reduce Dependence on Telecoms Sector with Accent Acquisition

    May 29, 2015, by Vicki Jenkins

    STARTEK is to acquire Customer Management Services (CMS) BPO provider ACCENT Marketing Services, LLC ("Accent") from MDC Partners Inc. for $16m in cash plus working capital adjustments. Founded in 1993 and headquartered in Jeffersonville, IN, Accent has 2.3k employees and delivers services from six locations in the U.S. and J[...]

  • HGS’ London Center Focused on Broad Language Coverage & Bespoke Customer Support Services

    Apr 30, 2015, by Vicki Jenkins

    During a recent visit to London I had the opportunity to visit the HGS contact center in Chiswick. The 500-seat center is focused on supporting accounts with broad language capability needs and it also provides specialist client programs beyond traditional customer care support. The industry sectors supported from the center include automotive, consumer packaged goods (CPG), government, and health[...]

  • Convergys & Stream Prove the Right Fit, One Year On

    Mar 27, 2015, by Vicki Jenkins

    By Vicki Jenkins and Mike Cook A year ago Convergys acquired fellow contact center vendor Stream, making it the second largest CMS BPS provider by revenue behind Teleperformance. NelsonHall CMS analysts Vicki Jenkins and Mike Cook caught up with key members of Convergys’ leadership team on the anniversary of the acquisition to discuss how the new organization is shaping up. The importa[...]

  • STARTEK: Margins Improving, Looking for Growth in Healthcare Sector

    Feb 23, 2015, by Vicki Jenkins

    STARTEK has announced results for Q4 2014 and full year 2014. Q4 2014 Revenues were $64.2m, up 1.2% y/y LBIT was $1.5m, a negative margin of 2.4%, down 98 bps y/y. Full year 2014: Revenues were $250.1m, up 8.1% LBIT was $4.9m, a negative margin of 2%, up 72 bps. Q4 revenue contribution from largest clients was: T-Mobile: 30.6% AT&T: 19.6% Comcast 15.7%. [...]

  • Honduras Making Strides as a Contact Center Delivery Location

    Jan 12, 2015, by Vicki Jenkins

    I recently visited San Pedro Sula, Honduras, with CMS vendor Alorica. This nearshore America delivery location offers a low cost, educated workforce with strong native neutral Spanish delivery, as well as emerging support for English and Portuguese. The country is in the process of making English its official second language. Honduras, and specifically the city of San Pedro Sula, have battled n[...]

  • Event Note: Sitel Focuses on Talent Development and Margin Improvement

    Oct 08, 2014, by Vicki Jenkins

    NelsonHall recently attended Sitel’s analyst day and client advisory board meeting in Las Vegas, where I had the opportunity to discuss CMS market trends. Click here to view a brief video. Sitel wants to be known for creating great experiences, and its focus now is ‘people first’. It recently hired a new chief HR officer, Elsa Zambrano, who has created a new executiv[...]

  • Healthy Industry Growth for TeleTech

    Sep 10, 2014, by Vicki Jenkins

    TeleTech recently briefed NelsonHall on its growing healthcare sector business. A few years ago, TeleTech shifted its go-to -market strategy from being capability-led to sector-led. One of its key target sectors is healthcare, where TeleTech’s focus is U.S. tier 1 health insurance payers, providers and life sciences companies, also the personal health products sector. [...]

  • Call Center Week: How Analytics, “Personal Emotional Connection”, and Video Chat Can Help Improve Customer Experience Management

    Jun 17, 2014, by Vicki Jenkins

    NelsonHall recently attended Call Center Week in Las Vegas. 2014 was the 15th year of this event, which had 1,800 attendees and 120 booths. It’s hot in Las Vegas in June - and the event covered some hot topics! Using Analytics to Improve CSAT I participated in two well attended sessions on analytics, which took different approaches to the same topic. The session sponsored [...]

  • Convergys Announces First Earnings Since Acquiring Stream

    May 22, 2014, by Vicki Jenkins

    Convergys closed the acquisition of Stream on March 3, 2014. Its Q1 2014 reported results include contributions from Stream for the month of March. Revenue wsas $606m, up 23% y/y. Excluding the four week contribution of ~$86m from Stream, revenue was u- 5% y/y EBIT was $22m, an EBIT margin of 3.6%, down 376 bps y/y End of Q1 2014, combined footprint of contact cent[...]

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