With COVID-induced limitations around shopping, most Australians have become comfortable with the concept of moving seamlessly between physical and online channels for their shopping experience. Retail has responded by blurring the lines between physical and online stores, so they are not viewed in isolation anymore – the hybridisation of retail. This looks to be a change that is here to stay.
2020 was a challenging year for everyone. Yet it was also a period of opportunities to fuel innovation and turn over strategies in a matter of days or weeks rather than setting monthly or annual plans. According to Precisely, almost 90% of organisations have updated their customer experience (CX) strategies in response to the pandemic.
As we approach the 2020 Christmas shopping season, questions around the impacts of COVID-19 on shopper behaviour abound. What will be the same as 2019? What will be different? What do we, as retailers, marketers and brands, need to be thinking about as we enter into the most important retail season of the year?
Over the last two decades, a range of factors have led many Australian businesses to offshore their contact centres. Unsurprisingly, COVID-19 has had a significant impact on this offshoring model, with the pandemic presenting both threats and opportunities to Australian businesses as they are prompted to reassess their external dependencies and risks.
Collectively, we are facing an unprecedented situation. With COVID-19 we are experiencing something that no one has seen before in our lifetime. It is affecting everyone from our families to our businesses and communities.
Since Fiona Whelan’s appointment as Managing Director in 2016 of CPM’s International Contact Centre in Barcelona, the company has gone from strength to strength. During this time, CPM Barcelona has experienced 300% growth and secured a multi-million investment to fuel business expansion into an additional site, creating over 1,000 new jobs for the region.
In conjunction with Swinburne University’s CXI Research Group, we recently held a breakfast seminar in Sydney & Melbourne on how brands can amplify their CX deliver.
At our recent CXI Inspiration Breakfast Series with Swinburne University, one of our keynote speakers – Associated Professor Sean Sands, CXI Co-Director – shared his latest thinking surrounding Australia’s CX state of play and explored “What does best practice look like?”.
Customer experience is the new battleground for consumer-facing brands across Australia. Last week, in conjunction with Swinburne University’s CXI Research Group, we held a breakfast seminar in Sydney & Melbourne on how brands can amplify their CX delivery.
By Andrew Potter, Managing Director, CPM & Retail Safari
As a business who has been deploying merchandising services on behalf of national and multi-national clients for over 20 years, we’re always trying to challenge the status quo and ensure we are leading best practice. Continue Reading…
We are pleased to announce that we have partnered with public relations agency FleishmanHillard to support their new data-breach management offering. This involves helping current and future clients manage the new mandatory data breach notification scheme in Australia. CPM Australia’s contact centre will assist FleishmanHillard with our crisis hotline centres. Continue Reading…
Last year we lost a client – something I am not used to, something I take personally and something that bothers me. Since then I have spent time reflecting on what went wrong and how we need to be better next time. Continue Reading…
Today’s consumers are faced with more choices than ever when considering how they want to reach a brand. They’re more digitally connected, socially networked and better informed than ever before.
Consumers are saying it’s still so hard to navigate and resolve customer service issues. These growing number of touch-points has had the negative effect of widening the gap between brands and consumers.
‘A world class service that will empower any customer’ says John Ford from Microsoft International of the experience that Microsoft has promised to deliver at their new flagship store on Pitt Street in Sydney.
Customers are being invited to step inside The Lodge and be transported to a welcoming cabin in the snowy mountains, decked with vintage skis, sledges, Christmas trees and twinkling lights. Brand ambassadors wearing George fairisle jumpers are offering tastings of key Christmas quality lines.
This year’s theme centred on the idea of ‘Transforming retail today, tomorrow and beyond’ to survive in an age of disruption. Retail leaders – Dr. Sean Sands and Dr. Violet Lazarevic – thoughtfully took to the stage and shared their global perspective on these interruptions and trends affecting our industry. Their presentation included key findings from the Global Retail Index plus learnings from their attendance at the 2015 Congress in Rome.