RTZ Associates and CareKinesis Announce Integration for Improving Medication Management for PACE

Technology solution provides PACE Programs with real-time connectivityto enhance prescription ordering and delivery processes.

MOORESTOWN, NJ, April 7, 2014- RTZ Associates, a leading provider of cloud-based software to community long-term care organizations and CareKinesis, a medication therapy management and pharmacy services firm, have partnered to develop web-based interoperability between RTZ’s PACECare™ Electronic Health Record and CareKinesis’s EireneRx™ pharmacy application to support Programs of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE) organizations.  A streamlined workflow for PACE clinicians and enhanced communication between prescribers and CareKinesis pharmacists will aid in selecting the best medication and managing complex medication regimens.

The solution includes the integration of EireneRx e-prescribing platform within the PACECare EHR.  When ready to prescribe a medication, users will click on an Rx link and are directed into the medication prescribing tool in EireneRx.  Within EireneRx, doctors and nurse practitioners have access to best-of-breed medication risk guidance.  They may also directly message a pharmacist for therapy suggestions in real-time.  Once the e-prescribing is complete, they are seamlessly ported back to the PACECare.

“Our goal with PACECare has always been to provide as many workflow automation and time-saving features for our users as possible, so we’re really excited about integrating EireneRx with PACECare,” states Michael Zawadski, JD, President of RTZ Associates.  “This integration eliminates the need to sign-in to a separate system, eliminates duplicate data entry, reduces the potential for medication errors, and ultimately shortens the amount of time to prescribe and fill medications,” Zawadski continues.

“Improving medication management through technology solutions is a goal of both RTZ and CareKinesis,” added CareKinesis Chairman and CEO, Calvin H. Knowlton, BSPharm, MDiv, PhD. “It makes sense to work together on behalf of our PACE clients to enhance prescription ordering, adherence and results.”

According to Knowlton,PACE programs are uniquely responsible to manage their patient’s health and are financially accountable.  Our goal is to decrease medication-related risk, enhance quality of care and provide improved pharmacotherapy outcomes utilizing leading technology solutions. We partner with organizations that are clinically and economically responsible for persons taking many medications.”

About CareKinesis:

CareKinesis partners with healthcare organizations to provide personalized medication therapy management and pharmacy services for high-risk populations. The results are enhanced medication-related outcomes and greater operational efficiency. The CareKinesis Medication Care Plan Support Center and Medication Adherence Packaging Pharmacy deliver individually customized medicine using unique robotic technology and a proprietary web-based electronic medication management and reporting platform, EireneRx™.  It is the first, national PACE-specific pharmacy. CareKinesis is headquartered in Moorestown, NJ. For more information, please visit www.carekinesis.com.

About RTZ Associates:

RTZ Associates, Inc. (RTZ) is the leading provider of cloud-based software solutions to community long-term care organizations.  The company serves clients of all types and sizes – from state agencies to community-based centers.  By automating workflow and supporting data-driven decision-making, RTZ software solutions reduce operational costs and improve outcomes, fulfilling its motto of, “Systems that work. People who care.”  For more information, please visit www.rtzassociates.com.

Contact:

Michael Zawadski                                                                      Sara Baughn
RTZ Associates Inc.                                                                  CareKinesis, Inc.
510-986-6700                                                                             267-994-1637
mike@rtzassociaetes.com                                                         sbaughn@carekinesis.com

Natural Insight Unveils Major Upgrades at 3rd Annual User Conference

Innovative workforce management vendor enjoyed record attendance at its annual user conference, held in Washington DC

WASHINGTON, D.C. – March 17, 2014 – Natural Insight, a leading provider of cloud based workforce management software to merchandisers, product companies, event marketers and retailers, announced record attendance at its third annual User Conference held on March 13th and 14th at the Washington Hilton Hotel.

The conference included sessions with in-depth learning about Natural Insight’s products, presentations on upcoming software releases, and live voting sessions where clients provided direct feedback on new features and roadmap plans.  Moreover, attendees had on-site access to over 20 Natural Insight staff that were all available to answer questions and demo products.

Attendees also had the opportunity to hear an insightful keynote speech from University of Chicago Professor Nicole DeHoratius, an expert in the effective management of retail supply chains and an industry leader in identifying mechanisms for improving retail performance and operational execution.

“Each year we invite our valued customers, potential clients, and strategic partners to learn about our product roadmap, discuss best practices, and network with their industry peers,” said Stefan Midford, CEO of Natural Insight.  “This year’s event was extremely special due to record attendance and robust feedback on key features including our new interface design scheduled for public release next month at the World Alliance for Retail Excellence and Standards annual conference.”  Parties interested in seeing Natural Insight’s brand new design and latest features are invited to schedule a demo.

Also at the conference, Natural Insight debuted its brand new corporate web site which itself was influenced by feedback and guidance from key customers and prospects.  Launched live today, the new site can be seen at www.naturalinsight.com.

“We love coming to this conference,” said Rhonda Leader, Vice President of Operations at Market Connect Group. “It’s really great to have the opportunity to meet and interact with other customers and see how they are using Natural Insight to optimize retail execution.”

About Natural Insight:
Supporting 40,000 skilled professionals in more than 70,000 locations across North America Natural Insight is a leading provider of cloud-based workforce management software to merchandisers, product companies, event marketers and retailers. Natural Insight is privately held and headquartered in Sterling, VA with offices in Toronto and Birmingham, England. To get a sneak peek at the latest features Schedule a Demo!

 

Contact:  Laura Baugartner, Asylum PR
630-299-9616 lbaumgartner@asylumpr.com

St. Mary Prescription Pharmacy Servicing PACE in California for over 30 years Joins CareKinesis

Moorestown, NJ, February 18, 2014 – CareKinesis, a medication risk management and pharmacy services firm, announced the addition of St. Mary Prescription Pharmacy, San Francisco, CA.

St. Mary Prescription Pharmacy has been servicing the needs of frail elderly PACE (Program for All-Inclusive Care) participants in California for over 30 years. Its focus on participant care and customer service has earned its long-term partnerships. Gary Tom, PharmD, who has been at St. Mary Prescription Pharmacy for over 20 years, purchased the pharmacy practice from the original owner. Dr. Tom is now VP, Client Services and West Coast Operations for CareKinesis. Tom also will continue as Pharmacist-in-Charge at St. Mary Prescription Pharmacy.

“We are delighted to bring in the decades of experience and expertise of Dr. Gary Tom and the St. Mary Prescription Pharmacy Team to CareKinesis. The resources of CareKinesis, including state-of-the-art technology and Medication Risk Mitigation™ systems, and St. Mary Prescription Pharmacy are now available to PACE and other organizations that manage high-risk elderly populations on the West Coast.” said Calvin H. Knowlton, PhD, CEO of CareKinesis.

About CareKinesis
CareKinesis partners with healthcare organizations to provide personalized medication therapy management and pharmacy services for high-risk populations. The results are enhanced medication-related outcomes and greater operational efficiency. It is the first, national PACE-specific pharmacy. CareKinesis is headquartered in Moorestown, New Jeresey and has three two other locations including San Francisco, California, in Boulder, Colorado, and Charleston, South Carolina. For more information, please visit www.carekinesis.com.

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Contact: CareKinesis
Dianne Semingson
DLS International, Inc.
T: 215-870-0829
diannesemingson@comcast.net

 

BA Insight Announces Knowledge Integration Platform 2014 for Rapid Implementation of Search-Driven Applications

Software transforms the way organizations find and access informationBOSTON, Mass. – February 14, 2014 – BA Insight, provider of software and services that significantly improve the implementation of search-driven applications, announces the
BA Insight Knowledge Integration Platform, which enables organizations to rapidly deploy powerful, search-driven applications at a fraction of the cost, time, and risk of other alternatives. With this platform, SharePoint/FAST customers can improve the implementation of search-driven applications, delivering a remarkable user experience, classification, and connectivity to a wide variety of content sources.“Almost every enterprise has some kind of enterprise search (maybe several projects), and almost no one is fully happy with it,” wrote Whit Andrews, VP, Distinguished Analyst and Hanns Koehler-Kruener, Research Director at Gartner in the May 2013 report Four Ways to Rescue Search, Maybe Even Without Spending Additional Money. They go on to write, “Search managers should know more about how to redesign what it’s meant to do, how it does it, and how it looks when it’s done as this might be a search project’s salvation.”

The BAI Knowledge Integration Platform turns enterprise search engines into knowledge engines by transforming the way information is found to get the right information to the right people at the right time. It has the flexibility to function as a comprehensive solution or be implemented in a phased approach to meet growing organizational needs. The platform consists of three robust engines:

  • User Experience Engine – drives remarkable user experiences for finding and exploring knowledge or experts via an extensible engine and a library of powerful components
  • Content Intelligence Engine - increases findability using automated classification, metadata generation, and text analytics
  • Content Connectivity Engine - provides secure connectivity to a wide variety of content systems, enabling unified views of all knowledge assets

Numerous Global 5000 enterprises have deployed the BA Insight Knowledge Integration Platform to transform the way they find and access information, helping them increase innovation, improve productivity, grow revenue, and reduce costs. Apache Corporation, an oil and gas exploration and production company with operations in the United States, Canada, Egypt, the United Kingdom North Sea, Australia, and Argentina has used the platform to improve the search experience for its users.

“We have adopted BA Insight as part of our architecture for delivering information,” commented Travis Osborne, Director, Information Management at Apache. “The combination of Apache’s existing technology with BA Insight’s connectivity and user interface components is helping our IT organization quickly deliver efficient, powerful tools that match the way the business would like to see their work performed. The solution is blending our ‘structured’ transactional systems with our ‘unstructured’ content in a single experience. This technology is changing the way our business looks at search.”

The BAI Knowledge Integration Platform has the breadth and depth of capabilities needed to provide enterprises with a quick time to value while leveraging their existing infrastructure. It enables IT agility and unifies the presentation of information to provide a single, integrated view of knowledge assets.

“We are thrilled to see our customers become successful with search using our Knowledge Integration Platform,” said Jeff Fried, Chief Technology Officer at BA Insight. “As a result of our research, along with our experience with hundreds of search projects that have facilitated best practice implementations, we have developed the first comprehensive platform that uses the search core that organizations already own. Those using SharePoint/FAST in particular can leverage their existing infrastructure and skills, radically reducing their risk and time to value.”

Learn more about BA Insight and the Knowledge Integration Platform at the SharePoint Conference 2014, March 3-6, 2014 in Las Vegas. BA Insight is a Silver Sponsor of this event and will be located in Booth #1829.

About BA InsightBA Insight provides software that enables organizations to rapidly implement powerful search-driven applications at a fraction of the cost, time, and risk of other alternatives. With our Knowledge Integration Platform, our customers deliver a remarkable user experience, classification, and connectivity to a wide variety of systems. It can function as a comprehensive solution or be implemented in a phased approach to meet growing organizational needs. We serve visionary organizations such as Accenture, Australia Department of Defence, Bayer, Exxon Mobil, Ford Motor Company, Franklin Templeton, Green Mountain Coffee, Harvard University, Pfizer, Rio Tinto, The Procter & Gamble Company, U.S. Army, and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Visit www.BAinsight.com for more information.

Natural Insight 2.0 Extends Value of Labor Forecasting for Retailers

Store Managers Benefit from Built-in Schedule Compliance and Task Management

New York, NY STERLING, VA, January 14, 2013 — Natural Insight, a leading provider of cloud based workforce management solutions for the retail industry, unveiled today at the 103rd National Retail Federation Conference a major upgrade to its workforce management cloud.  The newest version of Natural Insight includes an out-of-the-box API for integrating planned labor into a simple scheduling interface so store managers can easily create schedules that are aligned with the defined labor plan.  Specifically, as store managers schedule shifts in Natural Insight, they are presented with real-time compliance alerts enabled through the API.

“In an effort to accurately forecast in store labor needs, retailers have invested significant time and money on planning software with vendors such as Kronos, Workplace and Workbrain,” said Stefan Midford, CEO of Natural Insight.  “The newest version of Natural Insight compliments and extends the value of these labor forecasting solutions by giving store managers not just a simple way to schedule workers, but also a built-in way to monitor compliance with plan, and simultaneously assign and track store level tasks.”

“The primary benefit of this new API is that retailers will get more value from their labor forecast because store managers will be more aligned with the plan,” said Scott Knaul, CEO of SMK Workforce Solutions.   “The secondary, but still significant benefit of this API is that store managers can easily layer tasks on top of the schedule so little things are sure to get done, which ultimately makes a big difference in terms of store profitability and helps to inform future labor forecasts.”

The importance of retail task management is well documented in research published in the Harvard Business Review stating that completion of non-selling tasks improves store profitability by as much as 7%.  The finding emphasizes why Natural Insight 2.0 is a perfect fit for innovative retailers seeking workforce management solutions that incorporate labor forecasting, shift scheduling and task management as part of single integrated process.

About Natural Insight:  For specialty retailers with constrained IT budgets, Natural Insight is the world’s best cloud for workforce management and in-store execution.  Visit us at booth #3475 to see why 40,000 professionals in 70,000 stores count on us for integrated scheduling, task management, and store communications. www.naturalinsight.com

 

Media Contacts:

Laura Baumgartner, Asylum PR
630-299-9616
lbaumgartner@asylumpr.com

Dr. R. Sam Niedbala of TB Biosciences

Keystone Edge — January 9, 2014

His company is close to a revolutionary tuberculosis test that could solve one of global medicine’s oldest riddles.

Every minute, someone in the world dies of tuberculosis (TB). Eradicating this killer disease is a major goal of the World Health Organization, but up until now, there has been no quick, accurate and affordable way to test for active TB.

But if all goes as planned, TB Biosciences — co-founded by Dr. Sam Niedbala of Lehigh University, Drs. Suman Laal and Susan Zolla-Pazner of the New York University School of Medicine, and Drs. Daniel Malamud and William Abrams of the NYU School of Dentistry — will be able to provide just such a test to populations in the most dire need.

Niedbala, a chemistry professor at Lehigh, is a co-founder and former CSO of OraSure Technologies, which manufactures oral fluid diagnostic and collection devices, including rapid tests for detection of the HIV virus.

Now he and his partners are working on a blood testing device that can identify biomarkers for TB, proteins discovered by examining the TB bacteria genome. These markers are only present when TB is active and communicable. They will conduct clinical trials in Kenya and India this year.

What inspired you to start TB Biosciences?

There are probably two infections in the world that are most prevalent. One is HIV, and the second, which is even more impactful in many ways, is tuberculosis. We took on the first (in founding OraSure), and now we’re taking on TB.

Unlike HIV, TB behaves differently in different parts of the body. When it’s latent, it doesn’t show itself very much, but when it becomes active it behaves differently. Researchers have never been able to find a set of markers that show that TB is active, so it’s been impossible to develop a very reliable and rapid test. It has plagued humanity for centuries.

About two-thirds of the world has TB, but it’s latent TB. When it progresses to active TB, you spread it by coughing. In countries where TB is widespread, they need to find out who has active TB, so they can stop the transmission. The treatment methods for TB are actually very inexpensive, so if you can find the people who are positive, you can cure many of them. But you can’t give those drugs to an entire country, because then they can develop drug-resistant strains of TB.

If you take a billion or more people with an infection that they can’t find, it could wreak havoc on a society. TB is endemic in Brazil, Russia, India and China — the world’s fastest-growing economies.

How does your product work?

It’s a small foil pack that contains a little plastic cassette; in that is a test strip. (The clinician) will use a lancet to prick the patient’s finger and get a drop of blood, put it on the test strip, and add a few drops of liquid. In 15 minutes, if there’s a line, it will be positive; if there’s no line, it’s negative.

Where are you in your commercialization process?

We have the technology and we’re developing the test. It will take a couple of years to go through clinical trials and approvals in the various countries. Our goal is to do all the developmental work here in Pennsylvania, and then we’ll decide where we’re going to do the manufacturing. We expect part of it to be done here in the Lehigh Valley, but we may have requirements to do it in other parts of the world. One of our goals is to create jobs in Pennsylvania.

We have hired our first several employees, who are working at the Firehouse and also on campus at Lehigh University. We also sponsor researchers at Lehigh and NYU, who are helping with some of the background work.

Have you taken advantage of any resources to help launch the company?

The Northeastern Pennsylvania Ben Franklin Technology Partners have provided funding to go to the next phase. (OraSure also started in the Ben Franklin incubator). We received grants from the National Institutes of Health, and we’re also partially funded by Originate Ventures and the NYU School of Medicine venture funding.

How will the clinical trials be conducted?

There are two main phases: The first is to collect samples, bring them back to the lab, test them with prototype devices, and show that you get accurate results. The second phase is demonstration studies, where you go to various sites, give the people who will actually perform the test your product, and have them read the instructions and use it. We’ll be testing thousands of people.

What is your biggest challenge in getting TB Biosciences off the ground?

There are few people who believed that we would have a technology capable of detecting active TB. This is like a ‘Holy Grail’ kind of project. For years, they would say in the textbooks that detecting TB this way doesn’t happen. This is something people have been searching for for a long time. We have a lot of work to do yet, but the biggest problem we have is skepticism. We’re either going to be really successful because we have an answer, or we will fail very quickly. If it works, it will impact a lot of people.

Will there be a market for your product in the United States?

There will be a market in the U.S. and the Western world for a second-generation product that’s already on the drawing board. It’s a different kind of market, because we’re looking for much earlier detection of people who are transitioning from latent to active TB. The trials here will be designed differently, and if successful will save a lot of people here from taking unnecessary drugs. It would be at a much-reduced cost from current tests. TB for us here is something the CDC keeps its eye on, because if it gets a hold in the US population, it would wreak havoc. For people with compromised immune systems, like those with HIV, TB is what they most often die of.

Natural Insight Named Finalist for NVTC Mobile Innovation Award

Sterling, VA-Based Retail Technology Company Nominated As Industry Pioneer  Having Significant Impact On Customers In The Marketplace STERLING, VA, September 27, 2013 — Natural Insight®, a retail technology company providing a platform for cloud-based workforce management, has been selected as a finalist for Northern Virginia Technology Council’s Mobile Innovation Award.  The award finalists are noted for their leadership positions in this innovative and fast-growing sector of technology.  Finalists and winners will be celebrated at the NVTC Annual Banquet on October 30, 2013.

“Considering that NVTC is one of the most highly regarded technology organizations in the country, we are pleased that Natural Insight has been nominated alongside other leading mobile innovators such as AirWatch,” said Stefan Midford, President and CEO of Natural Insight.

During an interview on the nomination, company Sales & Marketing executive Matt Howard provided a look at why the Natural Insight mobile solution has gained the attention it has:

Q:  Tell us more about Natural Insight’s technology.

Delivered via the cloud with a rich yet simple mobile optimized HTML5 interface, Natural Insight is a workforce management platform loved as much by end-users as it is by IT administrators.  Just as Salesforce disrupted the CRM market, and Workday disrupted the ERP market, Natural Insight is delivering new easy-to-implement innovation disrupting the $500 million+ market for WFM in the retail vertical.

Q:  How has the market received your solution?

In less than a year, our cloud platform has delivered service to retail workers equipped with more than 500 different types of mobile devices.  During the same period, the percentage of mobile traffic on Natural Insight has increased from 17% to 40% — and soon more than 50% of our traffic will be originating from retail workers equipped with mobile devices.  This translates to tens of thousands of unique visits.  As smartphones and tablets continue to proliferate into the retail work environment, enterprise customers will insist that cloud-based solutions be fully optimized for any and every type of mobile device and be elegantly designed for end-user satisfaction.

Q:  How is Natural Insight unique to clients?

Legacy retail workforce management solutions have been designed to meet corporate IT requirements — NOT end user requirements.  Natural Insight does the exact opposite.  We combine persuasive design and gamification into an elegant HTML5 interface that literally makes it easy for in-store employees to do their job.  As a result, our retail customers collect better data from in-store employees, leading to better business decisions and improved profit margins.

Q:  How is Natural Insight unique to your industry?

Natural Insight gives merchandisers, retailers and product companies an unprecedented ability to create, assign, execute and measure tasks across a vastly distributed workforce — and with the highest quality results.

The NVTC’s nomination of Natural Insight for mobile innovation comes on the heels of the company announcing record revenues, unprecedented customer growth and the addition of senior executive talent to further scale the business.

About Natural Insight

Natural Insight is a private retail technology company with outstanding user loyalty to the product.  Supporting 40,000 skilled retail professionals in more than 70,000 store locations across North America, Natural Insight® is a leading provider of a cloud-based workforce management platform that aligns retailers, merchandisers and product companies with mobile teams in stores. Visit www.naturalinsight.com.

Media Contacts:Matt Howard
Vice President, Sales and Marketing
mhoward@naturalinsight.com
(800) 961-5203

BA Insight Awarded 2013 Trend-Setting Product by KMWorld

Unified Information Access Provider Recognized for Innovation for the Fourth-Consecutive Year

Boston, MA – September 11, 2013BA Insight announced today that it has been selected for the Trend-Setting Product of 2013 award by KMWorld magazine for the fourth-consecutive year. BA Insight’s Knowledge Integration Platform enables organizations such as Accenture, Exxon Mobile, and Pfizer to deploy powerful search-driven software applications rapidly, at a fraction of the cost, time, and risk of traditional alternatives.

“We are delighted to receive this recognition from KMWorld and it is a direct result of our continuing success with our customers,” said BA Insight’s Chief Technology Officer, Jeff Fried. ”In the last year we’ve grown our portfolio of connectors, added powerful metadata generation, released our SearchParts toolkit, and made all of our software work well with SharePoint 2013. We’re proud to have created an award winning platform that connects to content wherever it lies, enriches it for great findability, and then presents it in a compelling unified view.”

Published annually for the past ten years, KMWorld’s Trend-Setting Products are assessed by a panel, which consists of editorial colleagues, analysts, system integrators, vendors themselves, line of business managers and users. All products selected demonstrate clearly identifiable technology breakthroughs that serve the vendors’ full spectrum of constituencies, especially their customers. The full list is available in an article posted online at http://www.kmworld.com.

“BA Insight’s products were selected by the panel because it demonstrates thoughtful, well-reasoned innovation and execution for the most important constituency of them all: the customer,” said Hugh McKellar, KMWorld Editor-in-Chief.

 

About BA Insight

BA Insight enables organizations to deploy powerful search-driven applications rapidly, at a fraction of the cost, time, and risk of traditional alternatives. The BAI Knowledge Integration Platform provides automatic classification and metadata generation, to help bring context to information, connectivity to a wide variety of content systems, provide unified view of all knowledge assets, and deep and broad set of capabilities that enable development of very rich user experiences when searching for knowledge or experts with knowledge. KIP helps turn enterprise search engines into knowledge engines by getting the right information to the right people at the right time. It can work as a comprehensive solution or be implemented with a phased approach to meet the growing needs of your organization. We serve visionary organizations like Accenture, Australia Department of Defence, Bayer, Exxon Mobil, Ford Motor Company, Franklin Templeton, Green Mountain Coffee, Harvard University, Pfizer, Rio Tinto, The Procter & Gamble Company, U.S. Army, and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs helping them surpass their expectations.

Knowledge Strategies for Better Collaboration Article Published in Peer-to-Peer Magazine

September 10, 2013 — BA Insight’s Chief Technology Officer, Jeff Fried, authored an article in the International Legal Technology Association’s quarterly magazine, Peer-to-Peer.

In this article, Jeff discusses how technology has altered the way professionals collaborate, and provides best practices for law firms to adapt to this new era by leveraging information with search-driven technologies.

This is a great thought leadership piece that demonstrates how BA Insight is redefining search to improve enterprise efficiencies and empower knowledge workers.

Click here to view online; Tweet and share the link @bainsight, @jefffried, #ILTANet.

Workplace and Natural Insight Announce Strategic Partnership

Partnership Will Deliver New Efficiencies in Workforce Management

Chicago, IL and Sterling, VA (August 6, 2013)—Workplace, an industry leader in cloud-based workforce management software, and Natural Insight, a private retail technology company providing retail task management solutions, today announced they have entered into a strategic partnership that jointly delivers powerful new workforce efficiencies for store operations. The partnership was officially announced by Workplace CEO, Barney Quinn, and Natural Insight President and CEO, Stefan T. Midford.

Workplace is now able to provide current and prospective clients Natural Insight’s task management software in conjunction with its own cloud-based workforce Natural Insight CEO Stefan Midford & Workplace CEO Barney Quinnmanagement software. Similarly, Natural Insight will now offer Workplace Online, the cloud-based workforce management and labor forecasting solution. This partnership provides retailers with access to a new integrated suite of premium workforce management solutions, each of which would prove beneficial to retailers that want to use state-of-the-art cloud based solutions to increase efficiency, lower costs and most importantly improve customer loyalty and increase sales.

“This is an especially exciting and important partnership for Workplace,” said Workplace CEO, Barney Quinn. “The similarities between our two companies are significant and by combining our innovative Workplace Online solution with their excellent task management solution, we can further support our clients looking for cost-effective solutions on the WFM front. There’s natural synergy between the product offerings of each company and we fully anticipate this partnership will generate significant cross-selling opportunities for both Workplace and Natural Insight, while providing significant benefits to our customers.”

Stefan Midford, Natural Insight President and CEO, related that “this partnership is a classic example of how the joining of two best-of-breed solutions creates exponential benefits to customers. For the first time, retail store operations have the opportunity to access a comprehensive and progressive technology solution that results in immediate savings and newfound efficiencies.”

Workplace Online is a cloud-based workforce management software solution, designed to enable retailers to forecast labor demand based on KPIs such as traffic and point-of-sale data. The forecast is used to produce optimized schedules that meet forecasted labor demand. With Workplace Online, retailers can be sure they have the right associates in the right place at the right time to maximize customer service and sales.

Natural Insight’s task management software enables retail managers to track ongoing projects and view real-time status updates across their organizations. With Natural Insight, retailers can improve store communication, gather task data (including photos for visual verification) and focus on addressing the exceptions, instead of continually contacting stores for a status.

About Workplace Systems

Workplace is the leading supplier of workforce management solutions in the cloud. With over 26 years’ experience in scheduling, forecasting and time and attendance, it is dedicated to making its clients’ workforces simpler to manage. Workplace’s cloud-based solutions enable organizations to create competitive advantage through improved productivity, visibility and control of costs, sales growth, more engaged associates and better customer service. Workplace’s rapid implementation approach combined with its industry expertise and highly intuitive cloud-based solutions delivers a faster return on investment to its clients. With offices in the US, UK and Australia, Workplace clients include: Rite Aid, H&M, Next, Subway, Coral, Chelmsford Star Co-op, Metro Group, Wickes, Wireless Vision and World Duty Free. For more information please visit: www.workplacesystems.com.

About Natural Insight

Natural Insight is a private retail technology company with an innovative, cloud-based platform that significantly improves sales, reduces overhead and provides real-time workforce activity feedback that motivates high performance. The solution improves an organization’s ability to make superior business decisions and provides real-time task management capabilities with extensive tools for workforce communication and remote data collection. Natural Insight customers experience rapid work verification, improved accountability and increased accuracy that empowers managers to coordinate the activities of a larger number of workers with significantly less effort. Visit www.naturalinsight.com.

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MEDIA CONTACTS:

Workplace- Kate Pitney                                                      Natural Insight – Rich Moore
Southard Communications                                               Rich Moore Inc.
kate@southardinc.com                                                     rich@richmooreinc.com
(212) 777-2220                                                                    (703) 999-8141

 

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