Global Logistics Company Enhances Employee Communications and Launches New Service with SWC Partnership
Leveraging automation technology to grow the business
Deploying New Unified Communications Solution Across the Entire Organization
AIT Worldwide Logistics has grown from a four-person startup to an enterprise that spans 37 global locations and over 190 global service centers. With more than 760 employees serving over 5,800 active accounts and vertical markets that include perishables, consumer electronics, home delivery, pharmaceuticals and all branches of the government, AIT also provides value-added services to enhance supply chain efficiencies.
AIT had already deployed Microsoft OCS on a pilot basis for approximately 50 users in the IT department. As the benefits and efficiencies of the unified communications solution became apparent, AIT enlisted the support of SWC to manage the next stage of the project: to upgrade to OCS R2; expand the deployment on a larger scale across the enterprise; and establish additional functionality, including voice conferencing.
Leveraging Automation Technology to Grow Brand New Service Offering
As SWC was overseeing the rollout of Microsoft OCS R2, AIT was working to develop an entirely new service offering: at-home delivery of electronics products from retailers and manufacturers to consumers. Until now, AIT’s business involved commercial freight deliveries to end users.
When the home delivery service was in its infancy, AIT’s team of customer service representatives manually called customers to schedule delivery dates and times. As the service offering and its customer base began to mature and expand, AIT sought an automated solution that would coordinate scheduling and delivery to locations across the country.
omers, SWC delivers new efficiencies to AIT
SWC completed AIT’s upgrade to OCS R2 and integrated it with AIT’s existing telephony system. The OCS solution includes a real-time presence indicator, voice conferencing capability, and integrated voice calling with AIT’s existing telephony system.
For the home delivery service, SWC custom-built a solution that places automated calls to customers who have purchased electronics equipment from AIT’s partner retailers and manufacturers. When the consumer answers the call, he or she is automatically transferred to an available AIT customer service representative who schedules a date and time for delivery.
The OCS infrastructure project resulted in streamlined and enhanced employee communication among more than 400 AIT employees nationwide. It facilitates enterprise-wide instant messaging, voice conferencing and the real-time presence indicator, useful as the system identifies available customer service representatives to schedule the next home delivery call. AIT is able to provide its customers with enhanced levels of service, while employees complete tasks more quickly and effectively.
At the same time, SWC’s custom technology framework allowed AIT to solve a business challenge while successfully launching its at-home delivery service. AIT is now fully prepared to accommodate a high volume of transactions and deliveries with greater efficiency.