RETAIL SERVICES

ARGO’s Retail customer experience solutions are designed to deliver customized, end-to-end services to positively impact your CX, CSAT/NPS scores and revenues, while reducing overall costs to serve. Our contact center operations provide robust resources across people, processes and technology that reduce costs and deliver lift and expand services to your customers. Most of our clients realize that there is a better way than going it alone when it comes to the expanding demands to serve their customers, distributors and retail partners – this is where ARGO can help!

A RETAIL PARTNER FOR MEANINGFUL RESULTS

Expertise that delivers impact:
ARGO helps improve customer experience and your revenues while reducing the overall costs to optimize your business outcomes.

WHY ARGO AS YOUR RETAIL PARTNER?

We help our clients improve the customer experience (CX) and business operations.

ARGO can help assess your current customer operations and business needs. We can identify and address gaps to improve your customer experience (CX), back office efficiencies, culture and brand to better serve your customers and win in the marketplace. We then collaborate with you to bring the right people, best practices and innovation that complement your operations and deliver superior results to exceed business goals!

Making it easier for you. The ARGO team offers your organization a breadth of innovative customer management and back office capabilities leveraging our technology and diverse U.S. and global resources, including:

UNPARALLELED EXPERIENCE

The depth of Retail industry experience to collaborate craft, deploy and enhance customer experience, expand access and optimize back office operations for more meaningful results.

CUSTOM BUSINESS APPROACH

Boutique, customized solution design for each client leveraging proven business practices to achieve strategic goals.

RIGHT INNOVATION

Beyond the buzz of AI, bots, omnichannel and analytics, ARGO works with our clients to determine the best of technology that elevates the more important human touch for improved customer experience (CX), first contact resolutions, better processes and optimal impact to revenues.

TRANSPARENCY

A promise and construct of open transparency and proactive communication throughout our business relationship.

VALUE THROUGH VALUES

Business is about people. We treat each other, our clients and their customers with compassion, genuine care and high ethics in every interaction; we believe this is a cornerstone to ARGO, to good business and to any good human engagement, every day.

ARGO PARTNERED ADVANTAGES

ARGO employs our deep Retail Experience, custom Business Approach, meaningful Innovation, Transparency and Values to provide measurable business impact to our Retail clients:

ENHANCED CUSTOMER EXPERIENCE – ARGO focuses on key metrics of customer experience (CX/NPS), first contact resolution (FCR) and other drivers like revenue per contact or lifetime customer value that enhance every customer engagement with optimal results

COST SAVINGS – Typical reductions of 15-40% of fully-loaded costs versus in-house operations, while offering redundancy, technology and continuous improvement approaches for positive overall impact

QUALIFIED WORKFORCE – ARGO representatives are compliant, well-trained, computer savvy, performance-driven and bilingual in most nearshore operations; U.S. Escalation Desk options are available

OPERATIONAL & COMPLIANCE CONTROL – You maintain control of the processes, technology, system security and data, allowing you to measure performance in real-time and ensure compliance standards

STRATEGIC LOCATIONS AND INFRASTRUCTURE – U.S., Nearshore and Virtual locations, with innovative, cloud-based platforms & infrastructure

CARE FOR BRAND VALUE AND LOYALTY – Many companies can offer outsourced services, but ARGO applies our depth of experience to improve not only each customer experience, but to enhance our clients’ brand perception and loyalty

RETAIL CAPABILITIES & CORE SERVICES

The ARGO team offers deep experience in customer sales, care and product support – having worked with many of the top consumer goods and retailer brands to improve their customer experience. Our service complements your in-house contact center teams with our own, and offers 3 meaningful values:

PEOPLE with deep skills and flexibility for impact at a lower rate than adding in-house employees
PRODUCTIVITY Improvements that we can bring to increase production and key results
INNOVATION and TECHNOLOGY to enhance CX, sales and support at lower costs

Core Services

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What certifications does ARGO hold?
Certificate of PCI DSS Merchant Compliance; Contact Center Platform is Level 1 PCI Compliant and SOC2 certified; HIPAA Compliance.

Where are your agents located?
ARGO is headquartered in Lewiston, ME. We also have a center in West Point, GA. ARGO’s managed services alliance includes center in Central American, Mexico, Philippines, and across Europe with the ability to invest in new locations in collaboration with client needs.

Does ARGO have a remote workforce?
ARGO has virtual agents across ten (10) U.S. states for flexible hours of service and skillsets. We have built, for all intents and purposes, what can be viewed as a hub and spoke model; Our remote workforce is strategically located within close proximity to our physical U.S. locations to enable one site team meetings, team building, training, etc. We also utilize innovative technologies to conduct meetings, coaching and training sessions virtually. The Work at Home solutions are facilitated with the use of SingleComm’s PCI Cloud ACD and Order Management System. SingleComm’s Level 1 PCI Compliant Platform uses the AWS Worldwide Platform and is accessible anywhere. This platform allows for a small footprint for both PC and networks requirements allowing for great flexibility.

Can you describe your telephony infrastructure?
ARGO provides a robust, cloud-based omnichannel contact center platform, SingleComm, as well as other QA, AI and Analytics platforms to support optimal customer management. Our platform(s) are PCI certified and can seamlessly integrate with our clients’ infrastructure, whether its third-party CRM platforms, multi-channel software integration or providing our telephony and scripting with an in-house CRM via virtual private network set ups.

What are your hours of operation?
24/7/365

What percentage of your customers are high-end apparel/retail/wholesalers?
47% of our current client base is in the Retail/eCommerce industry. Many of these are distinctive luxury / lifestyle brands. We understand the critical factors that go into luxury and lifestyle brands and work with our clients to create the culture and customer experience (CX) that reflects each brand. ARGO commits to offer best practices and collaboration to ensure that every client’s unique culture and customer touch is reflected – and where possible, enhanced – to ensure best possible customer experiences and brand loyalty are reinforced and delivered with each contact.

Are you able to [rapidly] sale up and down agents for seasonality?
ARGO has met rapid and staged workforce ramps based on client needs. As an example, we led our clients through unexpected business continuity ramps (up and down) due to the current COVID-19 impact. ARGO works with each client on scheduled and unanticipated workforce management plans. The ARGO team provides flexible operational models – dedicated, semi-dedicated and shared – which can be blended to suit our client’s operational objective, hours, call spikes, seasonal needs, growth and budget for optimal results.

We have a seasoned analytical staff that operate our Tactical Operations Center (TOC), executing all functions associated with workforce management. The TOC is the hub for all communication across our contact centers, partners and virtual agents. They are in constant communication real-time with the production floor management to effectively harmonize the alignment of agent staffing/skill to customer call arrival patterns. The basis for the staffing plan is historical call data at the interval-level. Using Erlang-C, call data, any client insight on the customer base or product and market conditions, staffing lines are developed. The staffing plan is engineered to meet/exceed client expectations for Service Level Agreements (ex. Average Speed of answer, Abandonment Rate, Talk time). Using real-time telemetry, the TOC manages variations in call arrival and agent staffing, making the necessary adjustments for forward-looking intervals. In addition to the “play-calling” for the call center team, the TOC is the focal point for any center issues, technology/network failures or outages to ensure timely triage and if needed DRC plans are enacted. The TOC team is unique – they go beyond the mathematical gymnastics of traditional workforce management and focus on the customer experience; ensuring each and every contact is expertly aligned with a qualified agent.

The ARGO team collaborate with each client to develop workforce and forecasting methodologies that optimize staffing, costs per contact and deliver effective customer experiences and results.

TESTIMONIALS

Slide Thane Direct Canada PASQUALINA CONTE "Exceptional and dependable service! The Argo Team goes above and beyond the call of service to satisfy its clients. Finally, a call center with all of your needs covered, including service with a smile! – It’s your one stop shop!" Slide Director of Customer Care KEVIN B. "ARGO has proven itself to be a strong and fast performer on behalf of SunSetter. From a revenue generations perspective, ARGO’s sales teams are on pace to surpass $10M in revenue in 2020, with 2 associates passing to contribute $1M in sales this year. There is no magic or luck to our business, we find that ARGO listens to understand our business and our customers, then skillfully offers our products in a way that benefits each customer and SunSetter."

SAMPLE SUCCESS STORIES

A 32-year-old consumer home products firm had used outsourcing for over 10 years for Sales and Customer Service; ARGO won a challenger Sales role in 1Q19​. By mid-year 2019 (after 6 months of operations) ARGO displaced a 10-year provider of Sales services due to consistent outperformance​. In 4Q19, the ARGO executive team led a strategy session with the company’s leaders reviewing innovations to improve CSAT and revenues while reducing costs​. ARGO was recognized in January 2020 as the most impactful new BPO partner in the firm’s history of outsourcing.

 

A developer and marketer of handbags, footwear and foot care products sold in retail stores and online came to ARGO will a small internal phone base that was unable to develop and execute warranty and exchange customers. ARGO developed a sustainable and customer friendly warranty program and steps for use.  ARGO took over all phone and email IB support (catalog orders, returns, exchanges, etc.) for their brands and was able to improve Customer Satisfaction Ratings and CX numbers over 250%. ​

ARGO delivers flexible and meaningful contact center and back office solutions to our Retail clients with a collaborative and results-oriented approach.

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