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Promotions, Awards and other Advancement
- Call Experts has promoted Elliot Thompson and Stephanie Wells to team leaders at the company’s Charleston call center.
- Jessica Ballotta was promoted to VP and customer care manager with Kennebunk Savings in Maine, where she will oversee the call center team.
- The winners of this year’s Stevie Awards for Favorite Customer Service have been announced. Congrats to all who made it!
- Terri Maxwell has been hired as SVP of sales and marketing at Texas-based Working Solutions, an at-home provider of contact center services.
Openings, Hirings, Closings &…Layoffs
– Openings and Hirings –
- Livingshield, an insurance service contract company, is establishing a new call center in Bluefield, West Virginia in a move that looks to bring new 150 sales positions to the town.
- ACS is opening a new call center near the Nashville International Airport, according to the company.
- Sitel is looking to fill 100 new full-time positions at its Erwin, New York call center.
- As part of a new strategy, Time Warner Cable will be moving its outbound call center operations from Albany to Raleigh, thought the resulting layoffs will be offset by the opening of a new inbound call center in Colonie, New York later this year.
- Amazon.com is looking to open a new call center in Tennessee, according to comments from a state senator this week.
- Convergys Corp. plans to add dozens of customer service support jobs to its Charlotte call center, according the company.
- A Vangent call center in Virginia has been given a second chance after a change in the HHS’s bidding process. Read more about it here.
- West Business Services will be hiring 60 agents for B2B sales and account management at its Wasau, Wisconsin location.
- Alorica is looking to add 100 new employees at its North Sioux City call center.
- HomeServe USA, the “AAA of the housing industry”, is looking to hire 130 agents over the next 18 months in Chattanooga.
- Alorica has announced that it will be hiring 400 full-time customer service reps at its El Paso location.
- AT&T will be bringing approximately 30 call center jobs to Florida after signing a new contract with the Florida Public Service Commission.
- Adecco is looking to fill over 200 customer service positions in the Texarkana area.
- A company called Collaborative Consulting is looking to open a new center in Wasau.
- Conn’s Department Store is relocating 50 call center agents from its corporate office in Beaumont, Texas to its San Antonio site.
- Consumer Cellular, a wireless carrier that serves the seniors market, announced plans to hire up to 300 agents when it opens a second call center in Phoenix in the next 2 years.
- Auto and home insurance provider Unitrin Direct is relocating a call center from Chattanooga to Scranton, in a move that will result in the layoff of 30 employees.
- StarTek has warned that its Jonesboro, Arkansas site could face closure if it does not find new business in the next 60 days, a move that would result in the layoff of 223 employees. It has given its Decatur, Illinois location the same notice, which would affect a further 258 employees in addition to the 100 that were set to lose their jobs there this week.
Mergers, Acquisitions, Partnerships & Corporate Reports
- Portfolio Recovery Associates announced 4th quarter earnings today with record-breaking results.
Trends Macro & Micro, International & Domestic
- Mutual of Omaha is pioneering the use of mini-treadmills at the desks of its call center employees. For more on this interesting story, check out this link.
- Article on iQor: “Someday, I hope to work at a call center”: a behind-the-scenes look at iQor, one of the world’s biggest.
- Ireland-based HCL BPO Services is laying off 425 at its Belfast contact center, citing economic conditions.
- Agent productivity and customer satisfaction are the top call center challenges, as Jacada CEO Gideon Hollander points out in this piece.
- A newly introduced bill, SB1331, threatens to uproot the award-winning Safelite call center from its location in Chandler, Arizona. For more, check out this report. (As an update, this bill has since been withdrawn.)
- Interesting article here on the use of outsourced call centers for startups.
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