Press Release

Talkdesk Announces CX Innovator Awards 2021 Winners

Highlighting companies who have championed and reshaped their customer experience using Talkdesk technology

SAN FRANCISCO – June 16, 2021 –  Talkdesk®, Inc., the global customer experience leader for customer-obsessed companies, announced today at Opentalk 2021 the winners of its second annual CX Innovator Awards, which recognize companies who have leveraged Talkdesk technology over the past year to reshape their customer experience (CX) and gain a competitive advantage. 

The CX Innovator Awards 2021 winners include:  

  • CX Innovator Award – Sysco
  • CX Rookie of the Year Award – Gant Travel
  • CX Business Impact Award – EmployBridge
  • CX Integrator Award –  PowerSchool
  • CX Digital Transformation Award – Parcel Pending by Quadient
  • CX Revenue Leader Award – Tucows
  • CX Social Impact Award – Aspiration
  • The CXcellence Award – Debbie Pierro and Robert Del Villar (Gant Travel); Hannah Enright (woom bikes)
  • The Talkdesk People’s Choice Award – Glovo

“Every customer interaction within the contact center is an opportunity to shape and build trust,” said Kieran King, chief customer officer, Talkdesk. “The companies featured in our CX Innovator Awards are using their contact centers as a strategic resource – helping to drive better outcomes for their customers in resourceful and creative ways.”

The winners and honorable mentions are as follows: 

CX Innovator Award

Winner: Sysco 

Honorable Mentions: PowerSchool and Tuft & Needle 

This is the second year Sysco has won a Talkdesk CX Innovator Award. Its CX vision is to leverage leading-edge technology and intentionally designed processes to allow agents to focus on caring for customers. With the global COVID-19 pandemic dramatically impacting the restaurant industry, Sysco turned to innovation to redefine both the employee and customer experience by focusing on technology, operational efficiency, and supply chain effectiveness. 

New initiatives included: 

  • Sysco CARES for economic relief to restaurants
  • A customer self-serve program called “Where’s My Truck” using Talkdesk Connections to proactively provide delivery information to uniquely identified callers
  • A pilot program using Talkdesk Agent Assist to listen to calls, and serve up the appropriate knowledge base article to agents
  • A Talkdesk/Salesforce integration to manage emergency messaging updates

The company’s dedication to improvement is evident, with several customer-reported metrics including net promoter score (NPS) increasing, and internal support team customer satisfaction (CSAT) at an all time high. 

CX Rookie of the Year Award

Winner: Gant Travel 

Honorable Mentions: Thompson Gas and Krucial Staffing   

Gant Travel’s CX vision is to “become our customer’s last best experience.” Since moving to Talkdesk in June 2020 with a go-live in August 2020, Gant Travel has improved their interactive voice response (IVR) experience for customers through enhanced recordings, tips and tricks, streamlined IVR flow (moving from 25 call flows to one), an improved call back system, and automated notifications for potential fraud callers. Gant Travel has seen an increase of NPS score by over 20 points in addition to significant cost savings of several thousands of dollars a month since implementing Talkdesk. 

CX Business Impact Award 

Winner: EmployBridge

Honorable Mention: PowerSchool  

EmployBridge is also now a two time Talkdesk CX Innovator Award winner. Its CX team is critical for connecting over 400,000 job seekers a year to the right employer. The team’s CX vision is self-service as a differentiator and using technology to increase efficiencies. EmployBridge optimized its contact center using data, automation, an integration with Microsoft Dynamics, and AI to provide a better experience for agents and customers. Since implementing Talkdesk, the team has increased the speed and efficiency for agents screening job seekers – increasing the likelihood of a good candidate match. Average handle times are also more efficient by offloading calls that can be automated, and human-assisted contact has been reduced by 20% while supporting service levels of at least 90%.

CX Integrator Award  

Winner: PowerSchool 

Honorable Mention: Memorial Healthcare System

PowerSchool aims to make it easy for customers to easily engage via their preferred channel to help them get support with the least effort. By leveraging the high availability and powerful integrations/connectors Talkdesk has with Salesforce, DOMO, Khoros, Calabrio Workforce Management, and Quality Management, the team has reduced call times, doubled the amount of quality audits per month, improved agent satisfaction, and achieved a three-percentage point increase in phone CSAT. 

CX Digital Transformation Award 

Winner: Parcel Pending by Quadient

Honorable Mention: MEDFAR

Parcel Pending by Quadient strives to treat every package like it is their own to make the process of receiving packages seamless and convenient. The transition to Talkdesk helped support the company’s rapid growth, enabling the team to successfully handle a 40% increase in package deliveries in 2021 without needing to increase staffing levels and with 15% fewer holiday hires. The internal teams now have access to better data on customers with a Salesforce integration that makes their job easier. Customer experience has improved, with call times reduced by 45-90 seconds, average handle time 8% lower year to date, first call resolution improved by 28%, and CSAT scores increased by 5%. 

CX Revenue Leader Award

Winner: Tucows

Honorable Mention: Vivino

Customer experience touches every team at Tucows, and extends well beyond the contact center, with a laser focus on providing a world class service experience. With Talkdesk, Tucows has been able to quickly scale to meet rapid business growth. A Talkdesk/Zendesk integration links data from every action directly to Tucow’s customer relationship management (CRM) solution, preserving context and creating a personalized experience for customers. The results the team are experiencing extend beyond customer satisfaction, directly impacting the organization’s bottom line with a triple-digit increase of return on investment, increased NPS scores, 30% increase in agent productivity, and a dramatic improvement to agent occupancy rates.

CX Social Impact Award 

Winner: Aspiration 

A Talkdesk customer since 2014, Aspiration has been disrupting the finance industry by “turning every transaction into positive action.” Founded in 2013, Aspiration is a financial services provider (and Certified B Corporation) that offers several ways for their customers to positively impact the environment as they spend, save, and invest. From a credit card that triggers a reforestation partner to plant a tree with Plant Your Change, to helping reduce funding to the fossil fuel industry, and giving 10% cash back at socially conscious businesses, Aspiration empowers consumers, and their employees to drive positive change. 

The CXcellence Award


Debbie Pierro, VIP travel consultant, Gant Travel 

Robert Del Villar, team lead, Gant Travel 

Hannah Enright, CX specialist, woom bikes 

These contact center agents were nominated by a supervisor or administrator for demonstrating consistent outstanding customer service and for positively impacting their team and organization.

Talkdesk People’s Choice Award

Winner: Glovo
Glovo’s vision for customer support is to provide an amazing experience, so that it becomes a reason to recommend their service. Proactive actions and self-service solutions are the prefered options, but if a customer cannot solve an issue with self-service tools, they should be able to contact an agent through any channel and get a personalised response immediately. Within the first month of implementing the Talkdesk solution and integrating it with their CRM platform Kustomer, the team saw a reduction of 15% in average handle time and a 25% reduction in transfer rates. This, along with other CX initiatives, has led to an increase in CSAT. 

Learn more about the CX Innovator Awards 2021 and get more details on this year’s winners and honorable mentions. 

Additional Resources 

  • Hear directly from customers on why they selected Talkdesk CX Cloud and the difference it has made in their contact centers

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About Talkdesk

Talkdesk® is a global customer experience leader for customer-obsessed companies. Our contact center solution provides a better way for businesses and customers to engage with one another. Our speed of innovation and global footprint reflect our commitment to ensure businesses everywhere can deliver better customer experiences through any channel, resulting in higher customer satisfaction, cost savings and profitability. Talkdesk CX Cloud™ is an end-to-end customer experience solution that combines enterprise scale with consumer simplicity. Over 1,800 innovative companies around the world, including IBM, Acxiom, Trivago, and Fujitsu partner with Talkdesk to deliver a better way to great customer experience. Learn more and request a demo at

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