E-commerce spending is expected to continue going strong even as consumers return to brick-and-mortar stores, according to reports. Expectations for fast and convenient customer support from retail brands will also continue, making it essential that retailers attract and retain talented employees. A key retention driver for employees in retail and many other industries are flexible and supportive work environments.
The new digital retail landscape
The effects of pandemic-driven online shopping are still being felt with consumers expected to further increase their e-commerce spending. In Australia, “online retail sales remain high despite the fall in Covid-19 infection numbers and the end of lockdown measures bringing consumers back to physical stores,” reports research firm Fitch Solutions. Online sales rose by 7.9% in January 2022 after falling consecutively since October 2021.
Worldwide, e-commerce sales are expected to reach $5.5 trillion in 2022 and $6 trillion by 2024, according to eMarketer and Insider Intelligence. “Prior to the pandemic, we did not forecast e-commerce reaching this milestone until 2024,” according to the report.
Consumers have grown accustomed to online shopping for many of their purchasing needs. Along with the ease of online shopping, consumers expect 24/7 customer service from online retailers. However, the retail industry has been greatly affected by the “Great Resignation.” So, how can retailers overcome these headwinds and deliver a great customer experience?
At-home is here to stay
While remote contact centre work won’t solve all labour challenges, it will go a long way in mitigating staff shortages. There’s no need for retailers to lose the expertise of long-standing experienced employees just because those workers don’t want to return to in-person work. For instance, with the right training, a customer support specialist could shift to a remote or hybrid work option.
This is where TTEC’s Retain 2.0 solution can help. This highly secure, compliant, and scalable solution lets companies transition previously in-person employees to TTEC’s proven @Home model. This means retailers from e-commerce brands to department stores can retain top talent that may otherwise leave simply by migrating them to TTEC @Home. Even better, the customer and employee experience will not be disrupted: customers continue to get the great experiences they expect from knowledgeable employees who have experience serving them and employees get the flexible work environment they crave.
Get faster results with an experienced CX partner
For many companies, the move to work-from-home marks a big operational shift. That’s why partnering with experts is key. TTEC has the knowledge and people to make the transition seamless for employees.
With Retain 2.0, TTEC works with retailers every step of the way through – and beyond – the employee transition process. One of the biggest benefits of Retain 2.0 is that it produces fast results. Employees are efficiently transitioned in less than 12 weeks to TTEC @Home and set up for success starting on Day 1. Onboarding ambassadors ensure workers are fully supported and have everything they need to jump directly into the work they do so well – delivering seamless customer experiences.
It’s always crucial that retailers scale quickly when volume surges hit, such as during the holiday season. TTEC can help there, too. We are an industry leader in surge capacity, with associates ready to help companies during volume spikes. With thousands of work-from-home employees of our own, TTEC has the expertise and experience to make remote-work successful for retailers.
As consumer expectations increase, it’s crucial for retail brands to deliver the right experience that turns one-time shoppers into loyal customers. Employee retention is a key part of that strategy, starting with the training and flexible work environment that employees demand—and deserve.