National Express Uses Teleopti Workforce Management to Keep Passengers on the Move

Teleopti announced that National Express, the largest operator of coach services in the UK, is using its workforce management (WFM) solution to create schedules for over 160 frontline employees, working complex shift patterns in its customer service centre.

The National Express contact centre supports ticket sales and assistance to customers of its bus and coach services every day of the year. The customer service teams also manage online queries.
The customer service centre handles between 1800 and 2000 calls a day, increasing to 2500 at peak times holiday times or in bad weather. Teleopti’s cloud-based, automated WFM solution enables managers to adjust schedules quickly and easily to meet customer demand.

Golam Rabbani, Performance Manager at National Express, explained, “We looked at several web-based WFM applications and sought recommendations for a new software solution. The feedback on Teleopti WFM was very positive. It has already proven beneficial by enabling us to speed up the scheduling process and build forecasts based on actual call data.

“The biggest difference since using Teleopti WFM is that our staff can see their own shifts on their mobile devices, using Teleopti MyTime. Employees can request shift changes easily without having to get managers involved. Plus as a cloud-based solution it gives us the ability to accommodate peaks in demand by allowing us to contact people if remote working is required.”

Since implementing Telepti’s WFM solution National Express has increased visibility of shift patterns for staff, enabling them to take control of their working hours. Linked to automatically updated call data, it also provides a quick view of incoming calls against the forecast. Shifts can be quickly revised to meet increased customer demand as a result of bad weather, breakdowns or traffic problems.

The weekly resource forecast in Teleopti WFM also enables overtime requests to be planned more cost efficiently. Managers are using metrics from the solution to manage call rates and employee breaks, to monitor adherence to working time legislation while ensuring that service levels are maintained.

Nick Smith, UK Business Manager at Teleopti concluded, “For companies like National Express where the contact centre is the hub of their operations, a high degree of flexibility is required to ensure there is enough staff available at the right time to respond to customer demand. Our cloud-based technology supports automated shift creation, while having the flexibility to make changes if necessary. The ability to build strong forecasts using historical data means it becomes easier to maintain consistent service levels and therefore keep passengers on the move.”

About National Express

National Express operates both bus and coach services in the UK. In Bus, National Express is the market leader in the West Midlands – the largest urban bus market outside of London. It also runs urban bus services in the cities of Coventry and Dundee. In Coach, it is the largest operator of scheduled coach services in the UK, operating high frequency services linking more than 900 destinations across the country. The Kings Ferry and Clarkes of London are long-established providers of private hire and commuter buses.

National Express Group

National Express Group is a leading public transport operator with bus, coach and rail services in the UK, Continental Europe, North Africa, North America and the Middle East. Passengers made 882 million journeys on our services in 2017.

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About Teleopti

Teleopti, a top, global provider of workforce management software, offers a world-class WFM solution that is sophisticated, localized and easy to use. As the largest “best-of-breed” vendor, Teleopti focuses on helping contact centres, back offices and retail stores improve customer service, employee satisfaction and profitability – through optimized, automated forecasting and scheduling with cutting-edge features to empower and engage employees.
Founded in 1992, Swedish-established Teleopti has customers in over 90 countries, numerous offices around the world – from Beijing to Denver – and a comprehensive global network of partners.

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