Preparing for a pandemic that lifts or redescends is top of mind for retailers that must navigate increasing foot traffic in stores and in malls with a large retail footprint. To mitigate economic headwinds, customer retention is key. Malls and retailers need new ways to entice pandemic-weary customers, and retailers must find the optimal mix of digital and brick-and-mortar, making both equally compelling and open to hybrid phygital experiences.

This is the third year Frost & Sullivan has tracked the changing retail contact center landscape and is a follow on to a study published in September 2022. This growth opportunity report incorporates data from Frost & Sullivan research and other secondary sources.

Digital transformation was a central component of Frost & Sullivan’s 2021 and 2022 reports and remains a central theme in 2023. This fits well with consumer predilection for self-service options, researching and getting feedback on goods and services before they engage with a business, and wanting that information flow to continue when they move from an online to in-person experience. We are moving into an enhanced era of phygital experiences that fluidly move between online and in person.

This study is valuable for solution providers to better understand what each industry seeks in delivering excellent customer experience and healthcare organizations to benchmark themselves against the competition and other industries.