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Increased sales conversion rates by over 50 percent for lastminute.com

Acquired by Travelocity in 2007, lastminute.com, the leading Internet-based travel and leisure retailer, was undergoing a metamorphosis. lastminute.com was transforming itself from a provider of holiday information to an ‘enabler,’ helping customers to visualize and realize their dream holidays. lastminute.com’s challenge was to manage its sales operations more efficiently in a growth environment in order to increase revenues. Although it was partnering with two onshore contact center partners to deliver its customer care services, lastminute.com wanted to improve the productivity of these processes. The goal was to achieve a higher rate of conversion while reducing the cost of customer care. lastminute.com decided to transfer the contact center processes from these two onshore providers to WNS.

 

The engagement with lastminute.com began with a pilot project focused on managing the contact center for Europe-centric airlines business. Given the success of the pilot project, the WNS team was given the contract to manage 28 lines of business across lastminute.com’s four business verticals i.e., airlines, hotels, dynamic packages and lifestyle experiences.

 

- The partnership commenced with a Full Time Employee (FTE) pricing model and gradually move to a Unit Transaction Pricing (UTP) model. This allows for greater flexibility for the client as its business volumes fluctuate; for example, volumes can surge by as much as 30 to 40 percent during the holiday season. This requires meticulous planning between both the client and the WNS Team to manage fluctuating volumes.

- WNS implements Six Sigma and Kaizen projects to boost agent productivity. The WNS team identifies opportunities to embed process efficiencies in order to focus on up-sell and cross-sell of products

 

– The WNS team developed sales training modules to create a compelling, relevant and customized training program. This includes an intensive 13 week online training program.

 

The lastminute.com team at WNS has helped lastminute.com significantly reduce its operational costs by delivering process efficiencies while handling larger volumes of customer inquiries and increasing sales by enhancing conversion rates. According to Rob Hartley, senior sales and customer service manager, lastminute.com said, “You are delivering sensational customer care.”

Increased conversion rates

For airlines from 12 to 20 percent

For hotels from 20 to 30 percent

For dynamic packages from 20 to over 22 percent

For lifestyle bookings from 20 to over 24 percent

Increased revenues from GBP 0.8 million in Q2 2007 to an estimated GBP 4 million in Q2 2009
Managed double the call volumes in 2008-2009 without deploying additional staff
Delivered consistent levels of service even during promotional offer period which witnessed a surge in business volumes.

 

WNS is a leading global business process outsourcing company. Deep industry and business process knowledge, a partnership approach, comprehensive service offering and a proven track record enables WNS to deliver business value to the world’s leading companies. WNS is passionate about building a market leading company valued by our clients, employees, business partners, investors and communities.

 

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