Winners Announced in 17th Annual Stevie® Awards for Sales & Customer Service

World’s Top Customer Service and Sales Awards Were Presented in Las Vegas

FAIRFAX, Va., March 06, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Winners in the 17th annual Stevie® Awards for Sales & Customer Service, recognized as the world’s top customer service awards and sales awards, were unveiled on Friday night at a gala ceremony in Las Vegas, Nevada USA, attended by more than 400 executives from around the world.

The complete list of Stevie Winners by category is available at http://www.StevieAwards.com/Sales.

DP DHL, with 46 Gold, Silver, and Bronze Stevie Award wins, was the most honored organization this year, earning the top Grand Stevie Award trophy. This is the 11th year in a row in which the multinational package delivery and supply chain management company, headquartered in Bonn, Germany, has won a Grand Stevie in the program, and the ninth year of the 11 in which they placed first on the list of most honored organizations.

Other Grand Stevie Award winners, in descending order, include IBM, Sales Partnerships, Support Services Group, ValueSelling Associates, UPMC Health Plan, PowerSchool Group, GoHealth, TalkDesk and Michael Kors.

More than 2,300 nominations from organizations of all sizes and in virtually every industry were evaluated in this year’s competition. Finalists were determined by the average scores of more than 170 professionals worldwide in seven specialized judging committees. Entries were considered in more than 60 categories for customer service and contact center achievements, including Contact Center of the Year, Award for Innovation in Customer Service, and Customer Service Department of the Year; 60 categories for sales and business development achievements, ranging from Senior Sales Executive of the Year to Sales Training or Business Development Executive of the Year to Sales Department of the Year; and categories to recognize new products and services and solution providers, among others.

Sales Partnerships, Inc. won 12 Golds, the most in the competition. Other winners of two or more Gold Stevie Awards include: Alight Solutions, Blackhawk Network, ClearSource BPO, DP DHL, EFG Companies, Genpact, GoHealth, IBM, ICW Group, Janek Performance Group, JK Moving, LivePerson, MetTel, Michael Kors, MONAT Global Corp, Optima Tax Relief, LLC, Optum, Paradigm Marketing and Design, PREMIER Bankcard, Rapid Phone Center, Sales Partnerships, Inc., SAP, SoftPro, Splunk, Tata Consultancy Services, TELUS Smart Security & Automation, TIM Brasil, TransPerfect, Turkcell Iletisim Hizmetleri A.S., UPMC Health Plan, Perceptyx, Veeam, and WNS (Holdings) Limited.

Winners in one special category, the Sales Partnerships Ethics in Sales Award, were also announced on Friday. This award recognizes organizations for best practices and achievements in demonstrating the highest ethical standards in the sales industry. The Gold Stevie winner in this category is Greater Prairie Business Consulting. The Silver winner is Belkins, and the Bronze Stevie Winners are Cal Dental USA and Integrity Solutions.

The presentations were broadcast live via Livestream and are available to watch online.

Nominations for the 2024 edition of the Stevie Awards for Sales & Customer Service will be accepted starting this July.  The entry kit may be requested at http://www.StevieAwards.com/Sales.

The awards are presented by the Stevie Awards, which organizes eight of the world’s leading business award shows including the prestigious International Business Awards® and American Business Awards®.

About the Stevie Awards
Stevie Awards are conferred in eight programs: the Asia-Pacific Stevie Awards, the German Stevie Awards, The American Business Awards®, The International Business Awards®, the Middle East & North Africa Stevie Awards, the Stevie Awards for Women in Business, the Stevie Awards for Great Employers, and the Stevie Awards for Sales & Customer Service. Stevie Awards competitions receive more than 12,000 nominations each year from organizations in more than 70 nations. Honoring organizations of all types and sizes and the people behind them, the Stevies recognize outstanding performances in the workplace worldwide. Learn more about the Stevie Awards at www.StevieAwards.com.

Sponsors of the 17th annual Stevie Awards for Sales & Customer Service include Sales Partnerships, Inc., Support Service Group, and ValueSelling Associates, Inc.

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Nina Moore
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Nina@StevieAwards.com

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Russia Gives Fertilizer to Malawi, Seeks African Support

The Russian government has donated 20,000 tons of fertilizer to Malawi as part of its efforts to garner diplomatic support from various African nations.

Russia will give 260,000 tons of fertilizer to countries in the continent, Russian Ambassador to Malawi Nikolai Krasilnikov said at a handover ceremony Monday at the capital, Lilongwe.

He said he hopes African leaders will press for the abolition of international sanctions against Russia when they attend the second Russia-Africa summit to be held in St. Petersburg at the end of July.

The Russian manufacturer Uralchem-Ukalkali had produced the fertilizer and made the gift to Malawi, said Dmitry Shornikov, head of the firm’s southern Africa branch, who also attended the handover.

The fertilizer should help Malawi achieve its goals of substantially boosting its agricultural production and helping families grow more healthy and nutritious food, said Shornikov.

Malawi’s Minister of Agriculture Sam Kawale said the fertilizer will reach 400,000 farming households and boost their agricultural production.

Also attending the event was a representative of the United Nations’ World Food Program.

Malawi voted to censure Russia at the United Nations last year for its invasion of Ukraine. More than 15 other African countries abstained from the vote.

Source: Voice of America

UNICEF Malawi Humanitarian Flash Update No. 9 (Cholera) for 27 February 2023

Highlights

• As of February 26th, 48,815 cholera cases and 1,5471 deaths have been registered in Malawi. 12,293 children’s cases and 203 deaths among children were reported cumulatively as of February 19th, 2023.

• 3,031 new cases and 79 new deaths were reported during the reporting week. There were 3204 cases and 84 deaths in the previous week. In terms of children, there were 251 new cases and six deaths compared to the previous week’s update.

• The cumulative Case Fatality Rate (CFR) stands at 3.17 per cent, with the highest CFR of 5.17 per cent in Lilongwe and the lowest CFR in the Mzimba North District at 0.42 per cent.

• UNICEF distributed WASH supplies, including plastic buckets, soap, water purification tablets, mobile plastic latrines, and chlorine bleaching powder, reaching 4,000 people at the Malawi-Zambian Border.

• UNICEF prioritized six districts based on consistently high caseload and mortality, and their names are Lilongwe, Mangochi, Blantyre, Balaka, Salima, and Machinga, for more coordinated support.

Source: UN Children’s Fund

Malawi National Logistics Cluster Meeting Minutes, 28 February 2023 [Meeting minutes]

AGENDA

1. Lean Season Response Update

2. Cholera Response Update

3. Access Updates

4. AOB

1. Lean Season Response Update

• DoDMA is finalizing the February maize distributions, beginning the final month of distributions in early March.

• Cash transfers are ongoing; World Bank cash transfers started this week.

• Ongoing challenges with electricity issues affecting distributions

2. Cholera Response Update

• CERF Funding: The Emergency Relief Coordinator has made an initial funding decision and agreed to review a CERF rapid response application to respond to the Cholera outbreak in Malawi of up to $4.3 million to assist about 750,720 affected people. Logistics Cluster is submitting a project proposal for 300,000 USD to provide free to user common logistics services (transport, storage, MSU).

o Free-to-user services will be provided in the CERF priority districts including: Blantyre, Balaka, Mangochi, Salima, Lilongwe, Machinga

• Cholera Pipeline Coordination: UNDP is managing the supply pipeline, please email to report (Joseph Mtenje joseph.mtenje@undp.org)

• Cholera Supply Dashboard is underway!

• Improved tent request process is ongoing with MoH; please report your deployed tents and warehouse stock to the tracking database. Here is the link to the database!

3. Access Updates

• Join the Logistics Cluster Whatsapp group for information on road access.

• WFP VAM team is working to receive regular updates on key road junctions – this information will be shared to the Whatsapp group participants!

3. AOB

• DoDMA presented an Emergency Response Update on households affected by flooding and rain events (670 households in Nsanje impacted). More details included in attached presentation.

Source: World Food Programme