Sainsbury’s brings SignVideo to its contact centres – revolutionising the way deaf British Sign Language (BSL) users can contact them.
The year-long trial begins this week and enables deaf customers using BSL to contact Sainsbury’s contact centres via a secure video interpreting service.
Sainsbury’s is committed to ensuring the customer experience is as easy as possible and this service means that deaf customers using sign language can now call their contact centres instantly at no cost.
How it works:
- The service allows customers to place a call to Sainsbury’s careline and grocery online contact centres via a free link on the Help Centre.
- It instantly connects deaf customers to a BSL interpreter who phones their contact centres and relays the conversation in real time.
- The service will be available at all times from sainsbury’s contract centres Monday-Friday 8am-6pm and is free to use.
Sainsbury’s already offers Text Relay which is used by many deaf and hard of hearing people. However, for the first time deaf customers will have instant British Sign Language access when calling the supermarket. Previously, deaf BSL users had to rely on hearing friends or relatives to make a call for them. With SignVideo they can do it themselves from the comfort of their own home, with waiting times of less than 30 seconds.
Tim Fallowfield, Company Secretary, Corporate Services Director and Board Champion for Disability and Carers at Sainsbury’s said:
“We pride ourselves on our customer service, and part of this is making sure it’s as easy as possible for all our customers to communicate with us about their shop. We already have induction loops in all our stores for hearing aid users, and we’re pleased to be trialling this innovative solution to make it even easier for our deaf BSL customers to get in touch with us when they need to.”
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Jeff McWhinney, Chairman and Founder of SignVideo, said:
“I wholeheartedly commend Sainsbury’s for implementing this innovative SignVideo service. As one of our key Disability Confident partners, they are showcasing how businesses can use technology to make their products more accessible. I hope others will follow Sainsbury’s lead and recognise the business benefits of supporting disabled customers.”George Selvanera, Director of Policy, Services and Communications at Business Disability Forum (BDF) said:
“We are absolutely delighted that BDF Partner Sainsbury’s is innovating further in meeting the needs of deaf customers through its partnership with BDF strategic alliance SignVideo. It further enhances Sainsburys reputation for leadership in meeting the needs of disabled and older customers.”