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

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

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

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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Kyambogo University invites applications for graduate studies

KAMPALA - Kyambogo University has invited applications for the admission to graduate studies programme (postgraduate diploma, master's and PhD) for the academic year 2023/2024.

Those interested in pursuing the different courses, according to an advertisement published in New Vision on March 6, 2023, shall be required to have the prerequisite academic qualifications.

Procedure of the application

The applicants are expected to apply and submit their applications using the link https//

According to academic registrar Annie Begumisa, on submitting the form, applicants should print out a pay slip and pay a non-refundable application fee of sh50,000. International students, including Kenyans, Tanzanians, Rwandans, Congolese and South Sundanese, are required to pay sh75,000 excluding bank charges.

The applicants are expected to also print two copies of the filled generated biodata form, attached two certified copies of the academic documents, two copies of all other related academic documents, two passport-size photos and three referees’ letters of recommendation.

The different academic programmes are from the faculties of social sciences; arts and humanities; school of education; engineering; science; special needs and rehabilitations; school of management and entrepreneurship; school of arts and industrial design; school of vocational studies and faculty of agriculture.

Source: New Vision

Iron sheets saga: Bugisu leaders unhappy with Kitutu

KAMPALA - Since New Vision first broke the story about how the iron sheets meant for the vulnerable in Karamoja found their way to Namisindwa district allegedly under the watch of the region’s minister, Mary Goretti Kitutu, there have been mixed reactions among leaders and locals across the country.

For Bugisu leaders, the incident was demeaning to the region (Bugisu) and, therefore, set a bad example to the young generation.

Appearing on one of the local radio stations in Mbale city on Saturday, March 4, 2023, Opposition chief whip John Nambeshe, who is also Manjiya County Member of Parliament, said the minister depicts ‘a bad image’ for the region.

“Since this saga started unfolding, I have tried to convince myself that it is not true, but I have eventually failed. The minister receives a big salary, which is collected from us in form of taxes. I think she would have considered the plight of our brothers in Karamoja,” Nambeshe said on Saturday.

Not picking calls

Meanwhile, a section of leaders in Bugisu blames Kitutu for allegedly not picking her calls which they suspect that is triggered by fear of criticism.

According to John Musila (Bubulo East), the minister has disassociated herself from fellow leaders in the region something he said makes it difficult to advise or guide her.

“The minister does not pick my calls. I don’t know whether she picks for other leaders. It becomes so hard to defend her without knowing her side of the story,” Musila said in a phone interview.

On Friday, March 3, 2023, Kitutu apologised while she appeared before the parliamentary committee for inquiries.

Last month, the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM) suspended the distribution of iron sheets across the country after theft and abuse in the process of distribution were detected, leading to the arrest of close relatives of Kitutu.

Source: New Vision

More than 100 million people lifted out of poverty, shows China’s work report

While delivering a government performance report over the past five years, Premier Li Keqiang reported that over the past five years, 100 million people had been lifted out of poverty.

Speaking at the opening event of the 14th National People’s Congress, which was held in Beijing at the Great Hall of the People, Keqiang said that a total of 832 impoverished counties were lifted from poverty, including more than 9.6 million poverty-stricken people who were relocated from inhospitable areas.

According to the report, this milestone was reached through implementing a policy that majorly targeted poverty alleviation, such as providing funding for poverty alleviation efforts on a priority basis, placing counties and villages facing difficulty in poverty alleviation under special supervision to ensure that they met poverty alleviation targets.

In addition, they also provided assistance to develop local industries and boost employment, ecological conservation, education, healthcare, social security, and other fields but most importantly ensuring that they had access to compulsory education, safe housing, and basic medical service.

During the fight against poverty, major poverty relief policies stayed consistent, despite having made major strides in the fight against poverty. This was done to ensure they guarded against being set back into the poverty trap. Hence, establishing monitoring and assistance mechanisms to prevent people who were lifted out of poverty from relapsing

"Policies remained largely unchanged during the transition period following the elimination of absolute poverty; all of the related responsibilities, policies, support, and oversight remained in place," said Keqiang.

Going forward, the government is still in a continued endeavour to stabilise agricultural output and advance rural revitalization by leveraging agriculture, specifically in the production of oilseed crops, and increasing grain production capacity by 50 million metric tonnes.

Among other major announcements, China set a 5% GDP target, compared to last year’s 3% GDP target. A 3% inflation rate was also set, which is higher than the 2% rate as of 2022. The 5% target is going to be very significant in guiding the local government and government agencies on the national level to better plan for and set goals that will help the entire country hit the 5% target.

According to the latest report from the International Monetary Fund (IMF), China’s economy is likely to rebound this year, especially after the lifting of the COVID-19 pandemic restrictions, whereby it is estimated that every 1% growth in China contributes at least 0.3% of Asia’s growth.

The GDP is set over a period of five years and is set to be achieved through an increase in consumer domestic demand, the creation of better policies that favour the private sector, increasing the quality of products on the market, support of science and technology as well as private entities, but also encouraging more international investors into China and encouraging the private sector to venture into infrastructural ventures.

Technological advancement will play a key role in China’s development in the next five years, considering its 60% contribution to economic growth, at least according to the report.

The report indicated that China’s GDP increased to 121 trillion yuan, registering an annual growth rate of 5.2% over the past five years, and 70 trillion at an annual rate of 6.2 %

The Chinese government is not planning on using a flood of liquidity to push the prices, but the 3% inflation rate will be demand driven. According to the reports, this will be achieved through boosting the incomes of urban and rural people as well as stabilising spending on big tickets by citizens.

A total of 12.06 million urban jobs were added, with the year-end surveyed urban unemployment rate falling to 5.5%.

Source: New Vision

What to expect from China’s two sessions

What to expect from China’s two sessions

Thousands of delegates will set foot in Beijing to attend a two-week event commonly known as the 'two sessions'.

The two sessions is an event where both the National Congress (NPC), which is the legislative body, and the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), which is the advisory body, hold their annual meeting to discuss matters of national importance.

This will be the first uninterrupted two session event ever since the COVID-19 restrictions were lifted last year (2022) in December.

The 2020 session was delayed for several months, while the 2021 and 2022 meetings ran for just a week instead of the usual two. This year’s two sessions are an opportunity for China to stir up new policy directions for the Chinese government for the next year.

While speaking at a press conference, Guo Weimin, the spokesperson for the first session of the 14th CPPCC, stated that the advisory body is expected to discuss and deliberate both on the works of the standing committee, and the proposals from political advisors.

In addition, during the first session, there will be elections for the chairman, vice chairman, secretary general, and standing members of the 14th National Committee of the CPPCC.

The 14th CPPCC National Committee's inaugural session political resolution as well as a revision to the CPPCC charter will be discussed and approved during the session.

During the two-week event, the NPC is also expected to review the draft report of the national economic and social development plan of China as well as elect members of various state institutions.

The 2021 two sessions were more concerned with law-based governance, anticorruption, rural-based revitalization, better housing for the Chinese people, and digital lifestyles.

This year’s two sessions, however, will focus more on governance, diplomacy, common prosperity, ecological conservation and green development, technology and innovation, and the economy, where discussions are expected to centre around more on job creation and increasing the purchasing power of the people of China.

The event will be an opportunity for the international community to look into China’s development and witness how China’s democracy works.

Over 2997 deputies from 35 electoral units across the country are expected to attend the event.

Among the elected deputies is Xu Fengcan, China's first female Z-20 pilot. She is one of the first female pilots to be trained by China’s Ground Force.

In general, the two sessions, especially the NPC session, will serve as an avenue to review government reports and discuss government plan for the future of China.

Source: New Vision