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Logile, Inc., an Irving, Texas-based provider of enterprise workforce planning and execution management solutions for the retail industry, yesterday launched its Labor Master Data interface to help retailers leverage their existing labor standards to build and maintain an enterprise-wide, store and sub-department specific labor model.
“Even progressive retailers, who have made significant investments in 5-S, preferred methods, engineered labor standards and task-based labor planning, often use tools that model labor based on a handful of representative stores and historically average weeks to generate a static snapshot of fixed and variable work hours,” said John Connors, president of HR consultancy Connors and Associates, LLC and a former executive at H.B. Maynard and Co. “These archaic metrics don’t generate the appropriate reduction in labor hours.”
The Labor Master Data interface integrates labor standards developed in third-party applications with Logile’s Enterprise Labor Model and supports the development, management, and utilization of store-specific standards in all store departments for use in annual budgeting, period forecasting and weekly schedule planning, according to the vendor, which cites the Schenectady, N.Y.-based Golub Corp. as one of its retail customers.
Logile’s Enterprise Labor Model, with the addition of the Labor Master Data interface, allows retailers to create and manage a dynamic labor model that reflects store and time-specific variations in work content. It interfaces with existing labor standards databases, whether developed internally by the retailer or by a third-party vendor, and also helps manage effective dated labor standards, store characteristics, volumes, shrink and store clusters, said Logile.
With the addition of the Labor Master Data interface, Logile’s Enterprise Labor Model becomes an even more potent strategic business support solution for retailers, according to Logile’s president and CEO, Purna Mishra.
“[The system allows] retailers to efficiently roll out integrated task-based labor management initiatives that increase productivity through enhanced labor planning,” noted Mishra. “Logile’s design makes the solution easy to configure and manage, yet still supports unique standard values for every task, in every department and every store, based on store-specific variables as defined in the standard modeling process.”