Virtual Queue

Virtual Queue

Virtual queuing is a concept used in inbound call centers. Call centers use an Automatic Call Distributor (ACD) to distribute incoming calls to specific resources (agents) in the center. ACDs hold queued calls in First In, First Out order until agents become available. From the caller’s perspective, without virtual queuing they have only two choices: wait until an agent resource becomes available, or abandon (hang up) and try again later. From the call center’s perspective, a long queue results in many abandoned calls, repeat attempts, and customer dissatisfaction.

Virtual queuing systems allow customers to receive callbacks instead of waiting in an ACD queue. This solution is analogous to the “fast lane” option (e.g. FASTPASS) used at amusement parks, which often have long queues to ride the various coasters and attractions. A computerized system allows park visitors to secure their place in a “virtual queue” rather than waiting in a physical queue.

In the brick-and-mortar retail and business world, virtual queuing for large organizations similar to the FASTPASS and Six Flags' Flash Pass, have been in used successful since 1999 and 2001 respectively. For small businesses, the virtual queue management solutions come in two types -(a) based on SMS text notification and (b) apps on smartphones and tablet devices like iPad, with in-app notification and remote queue status views.

Read more about Virtual Queue:  Overview, Comparison of Queuing Options, Impact, First In, First Out Queuing Vs. Scheduled Queuing, Applications

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