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WorkPlace Systems and Axsium to Provide Cloud-Based Workforce Management Services to Rite Aid
Thursday, January 26, 2012

Liz Roth
Marketing Manager
Axsium Group Inc.
Phone: 416.849.5400 ext. 5442
lroth@axsiumgroup.com

WorkPlace Systems And Axsium To Provide Cloud-Based Workforce Management Services to Rite Aid

Chicago, IL, January 26, 2012 — WorkPlace Systems Inc., the leading supplier of Retail Workforce Management solutions, and Axsium Group, the world’s largest independent workforce management consulting firm, announced today that Rite Aid, one of the nation’s leading drugstore chains, will use WorkPlace OnLine, a cloud-based Schedule and Attendance Management service, at all Rite Aid stores. Rite Aid has approximately 4,700 stores across the United States.

The cloud Workforce Management (WFM) solution will enable Rite Aid to improve the visibility, efficiency and control of pharmacy schedules and associated data such as labor costs and open shifts at all of its stores. This will provide improved labor utilization, reduced schedule administration time and improved compliance with all schedule-related processes. An additional strategic goal is aimed at improving work-life balance for pharmacists through the use of the associate portal for viewing and confirming schedules, making time off requests and shift bidding, all available anytime, anywhere.

WorkPlace OnLine is being implemented quickly by WorkPlace and Axsium using the WorkPlace proven Rapid Implementation Approach, which is in part facilitated by the service being provided in the “cloud” and accessed via a web browser, eliminating the need for any installation. As a true cloud solution, Rite Aid benefits from reduced upfront costs, regular system updates and improvements from the product roadmap. Implementation of WorkPlace OnLine at all Rite Aid stores is expected to be completed by March 2012.

“Rite Aid selected WorkPlace based on their expertise on scheduling associates across multiple locations, user friendliness and their rapid implementation strategies,” stated Dave Markley, vice president of financial and labor analysis at Rite Aid.

"We are absolutely delighted to be working with Rite Aid,” said James Freshwater, vice president of WorkPlace Systems. “This implementation is another indication of how important Cloud Workforce Management is to retailers looking to quickly improve productivity and efficiency through the all-important visibility and control that WorkPlace OnLine delivers.”

”Rite Aid is a recognized retail pharmacy leader committed to finding ways to continually grow their business and improve internal processes,” said Bob Clements, senior principal, Axsium. “By selecting WorkPlace’s cloud-based workforce management solution, Rite Aid is trail blazing and setting a course for other retailers. We are thrilled to be involved in the project and feel that our deep retail and workforce management domain will help to expand the scope of cloud-based solutions.”

About WorkPlace Systems
WorkPlace Systems is a World leader in the development and supply of cloud workforce management solutions. With 25 years experience, WorkPlace Systems has more than 400 deployments worldwide in major corporate and medium sized organizations, managing some of the largest and most challenging work environments including many in the retail sector.
WorkPlace’s clients include some of the premier retail companies in the world, including: Argos, Clas Ohlson, Iittala (Fiskars), Glassons, Guthy-Renker, H&M, IGA Champions & IGA Progressive, Metro Group, Next, Nike Shop, Ozmosis, Past Times, Sigma, Stockmann, Wickes and World Duty Free.

About Axsium Group
Axsium Group, a division of Knightsbridge Human Capital Solutions, is the leading workforce management consultancy. With a singular focus on workforce management, our clients gain access to trusted business advisors, industrial engineers, and technology experts with unmatched experience. Axsium Group has delivered world-class workforce management solutions for clients such as American Eagle Outfitters, Ahold, Dixons, Bank of America, Boots, Jumeirah, Kroger and Sterling Jewelers.

About Knightsbridge Human Capital Solutions
Knightsbridge helps organizations strengthen the capability of their people to deliver results. Our seamlessly integrated teams of experienced specialists in Organizational Capability, Talent Search & Selection, Organizational Productivity and Career Transition provide customized solutions to deliver on your human capital needs. Knightsbridge has the people and services you need when you need stronger people.

Knightsbridge is Canada’s fastest growing human capital company, with 26 offices and 240 employees across Canada the U.S and the U.K. including Toronto, Montreal, Ottawa, Calgary, Vancouver, as well as Halifax, Moncton, and St. John’s through our strategic alliance with Robertson Surrette. We serve our clients globally through strategic alliances with Lee Hecht Harrison for career management services and Amrop for global executive search. For more information, visit www.knightsbridge.ca.