Dear Rich Tehrani:
Thank you for your publication!
My name is Frank J. Pupillo. In the next three months my partner and I will be opening
a call center in the city of Thorold, Ontario. Thorold is on the Welland Canal system,
approximately 15 minutes from Niagara Falls and the U.S. border. My background is in the
call center industry. Just recently, that experience brought me to Israel. Together, the
founder of the Messianic Times, an international newspaper, and I developed and
implemented policies and procedures for two call centers, in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv.
Before this period I was employed with TeleSpectrum Worldwide, Inc.
Your publication gives entrepreneurs a great deal to contemplate before advancing
forward. I believe the people involved in this venture will all benefit from a call
center. Our location will be in Thorold for the simple reason that all surrounding cities
have one or two centers. This will be a first for Thorold. We are currently working with
city officials to equal our investment dollar for dollar. The center will eventually house
75 to 100 communicators, management staff and administrative offices.
My partner and I struggle with tapping into markets I have worked with previously, such
as Qwest Communications, Cantel, AT&T, Consumers First, UPS and Canadian Imperial Bank
The original direction for this center was to market our own products and services with
a team of 10 communicators to start with. I still feel this would be a good place to start
and, after reading your article about Lens Direct (High Priority! April 1999,
Customer Relationship Management In Action), we can build a dynasty. What
would be your opinion on this issue and what equipment would you recommend for a team of
Thank you in advance.
Frank J. Pupillo, Founder
The LionHeart Group
Although you havent mentioned it directly, it seems the solution you implement
should be extremely scalable so that you dont have to scrap your equipment along
with your anticipated growth path. The best thing you can do is come to CTI EXPO December 7-9 in Las Vegas
to see all the leading call center vendors in action.
By the way, we will have two state-of-the-art, live, working call centers on the
show floor to help you get a grasp of the latest call center and CRM (customer
relationship management) technologies in action.
In the meantime, here is a sample of some of the companies I suggest you look into.
Perhaps you can set up some appointments with the following companies:
CellIT, Mario Villena,
(305) 639-2243. Leading-edge call center technology from a young and hungry company that I
believe has a great future.
Microlog, David Burd, (301)
428-9100. Again, great technology and great products.
Easyphone, Kelly Bevan,
(408) 965-1780. Same as above.
Vocalcom, David Magidas,
01-55-37-30-50. Same as above. This is a French company that is about to make a big splash
in the U.S. at CTI EXPO in December. They are very large in Europe and are building
a sales channel in the States.
Interactive Intelligence, Joe
Adams, (317) 872-3000, ext. 122. Great technology, hot company, worth a serious look.
There are many, many more to choose from and there are too many factors to consider
for me to just tell you to go out and purchase brand X. You need a solution that is right
for your company and is flexible enough to encompass all your needs today and
We have also put a page on our C@LL CENTER Solutions Web site that goes into
detail about what to look for in next-generation call centers and has links to articles we
have run in the past year covering various aspects of a next-generation call center. The
URL is www.tmcnet.com/cis/nextgen.htm.
I hope this helps. GOOD LUCK!!!
Dear Nadji Tehrani:
How do you write an article on VRM (Publishers Outlook,
September 1999, CRM Cannot Exist Without ERM And VRM) and never clearly
state what VRM is? Its in your head, but not in the article.
Michael St. Angelo
The Standing Stone Group
Dear Mr. St. Angelo:
Sorry we did not spell out the acronym VRM = Vendor Relationship Management, which
means maintaining a first-class, mutually beneficial relationship with those companies you
depend upon for such things as fulfillment, shipping, supplies, etc. In essence, what Mr.
Tehrani was explaining is that every company relies on vendors to provide products or
services that are necessary for the production of that companys products and, if the
relationship between a company and its vendors goes south, then the companys
reputation, quality and profitability will soon follow.
Erik Lounsbury, Editor