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Ace puts efficiency on the schedule

BY Dan Berthiaume

Retailer-owned home improvement co-op Ace Hardware is recommending its members streamline workforce management with a new tool.

Ace has selected Atlanta-based startup Deputy as its recommended people management and scheduling solution to its network of more than 5,200 stores. The recommendation comes after an independent Ace location in Bluffton, S.C., rolled out the Deputy platform and experienced a 50% increase in efficiency.

The Deputy solution reduces the time store managers need to spend making monthly schedules. In addition, it enables store employees to use their own mobile devices to perform tasks such as swapping shifts, putting in leave requests or sending out messages to the store team.

This minimizes the amount of workforce management activities managers must perform between making monthly schedules. In addition, the Deputy workforce management solution assists Ace store owners in navigating local and state legislation around planning and scheduling hourly employees.

“At Ace Hardware, it is important to streamline operations as much as possible to continue delivering on our helpful promise,” said Andy Enright, VP retail development at Ace Hardware. “Deputy will help by providing an easy-to-use, data-driven approach to optimize schedules, tasks, and ultimately spend more time serving our customers.”

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