NEW YORK, April 7, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- The health pandemic brought about a large number of business challenges when it became apparent that Covid-19 was going to be more than a short-term global interruption. It prompted companies to reassess priorities and react to the changes going on around them. This observation is also true of the customer service industry, as experienced first-hand by Atento (NYSE: ATTO) when providing support to many of its global clients over the past few months.
An example of one such business challenge can be illustrated by the situation with Texas-headquartered Fortune 500 Company, and Atento client, GameStop (NYSE: GME), who had to deal with an unexpected situation early on in the pandemic.
"In April, we were suddenly left without a considerable number of our customer service agents, who were unable to access their place of work due to the pandemic. Our service provider at that time could not find a workaround, meaning that we needed to find an alternative solution rapidly", recounts Mark Qualls, VP US Operations, GameStop. Faced with this unexpected happening, GameStop approached Atento to see if it could help.
"In just a few weeks, we were able to get the project up and running by moving it to Guatemala, where the pandemic was not yet so prevalent", explains Wesley O'Brien, VP of Sales, Atento. Indeed, although initially starting with customer service over email, the project was quickly expanded in scope to include chat, and by the end of the year it encompassed voice capabilities, as well, offering GameStop's customers a quicker way to receive customer service.
"The nature of the pandemic, and the rate at which we began to see that digitalization and seamless customer experience were becoming a key requirement for the end-customer, made us look at more innovative and effective ways of connecting with consumers. Atento advised and guided us throughout that journey", adds Mark.
"What we are seeing is that in the wake of the pandemic, companies are looking for service providers that can guarantee flexibility, agility and security. This is a tendency we can only believe will continue over the coming months and years," concludes Wesley.
About Atento Atento is the largest provider of customer relationship management and business process outsourcing ("CRM BPO") services in Latin America, and among the top five providers globally. Atento is also a leading provider of nearshoring CRM BPO services to companies that carry out their activities in the United States. Since 1999, the company has developed its business model in 13 countries where it employs approximately 140,000 people. Atento has over 400 clients to whom it offers a wide range of CRM BPO services through multiple channels. Atento's clients are mostly leading multinational corporations in sectors such as telecommunications, banking and financial services, health, retail and public administrations, among others. Atento's shares trade under the symbol ATTO on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE). In 2019, Atento was named one of the World's 25 Best Multinational Workplaces and one of the Best Multinationals to Work for in Latin America by Great Place to Work®. Also, in 2021 Everest named Atento as a star performer Gartner named the company as a leader in the 2021 Gartner Magic Quadrant. For more information visit www.atento.com
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