SOURCE: Avaya

Avaya

November 28, 2016 09:00 ET

Avaya Japan Partners with LINE on Contact Center Solution

LINE Chat Feature Integrated into Contact Center

TOKYO, JAPAN--(Marketwired - November 28, 2016) - Avaya Japan Ltd. today announced that it has partnered with LINE Corporation on a contact center solution that will integrate LINE's chat feature with Avaya's contact center solution. Businesses that operate a contact center will be able to add the LINE chat capability as a channel for customer inquiries and to centrally manage communications.

With the wide penetration of smartphones, mobile devices, web, and the Internet in recent years, inquiries from customers to businesses use multiple channels including email, chat, and website interaction, as well as voice. While businesses pursue an omnichannel contact center strategy that provides a seamless experience regardless of the channels used, from a system perspective the reality is that real-time coordination is difficult because customer histories and agents are still typically separated by channel.

To address this issue, Avaya Japan supports centralized management of the LINE app within its contact center solution. The two major features are described below:

  • Integration of Interactive Voice Response (IVR) System with LINE App When an incoming call is received, the IVR system can inform the customer that the LINE app is available as one of the options. If the customer selects this option, a message is sent via the LINE app to the customer's smartphone. After the customer approves the company as a friend, a chat can be started in the same way as a normal LINE chat.
  • Real-Time Coordination between the LINE App with Avaya's Contact Center System The integration readily provides a complete customer history to live agents, including any chat-facilitated interactions, eliminating the time and effort needed to pull up histories and coordinate with agents that handled the chat session. Under this new partnership with LINE, chat interactions in LINE can be instantly accessed on an Avaya contact center system. Avaya offers the ultimate customer experience through prompt response to customers and seamless integration.

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"This partnership with Avaya represents a major step for LINE, which has promoted the communication app. This means that chat communication technology developed by LINE can be used not only in marketing to businesses but also in the CRM market. Moving forward, LINE will continue to build new communication platforms for the digital age."

Takeshi Idezawa, President and CEO, LINE

"We are extremely pleased to be able to partner with LINE, which boasts overwhelming superiority in the communication app arena. I want this partnership to be the first step as Avaya moves forward in facilitating the coordination between various channels and Avaya's contact center system. From the perspective of both increased customer satisfaction and contact center operational efficiency, we will continue to offer a contact center solution with true omnichannel support."

Hideki Wachi, Country Managing Director, Avaya Japan

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