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October 15, 2018

Having your Forecast and Meeting your Labor Budget too – Part 2: Aligning Store Metrics to Business Goals

By Al Asgarian and Luke Muellerleile

In last month’s blog, we discussed the longstanding challenge of aligning “top-down” budgets and “bottom-up” forecasts across your organization, and laid out four steps to bring balance back to your workforce planning process: Align “top-down” and “bottom-up” methodology and planning assumptions Adapt store level metrics and incentives to meet your overall business goals Adopt a […]

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October 15, 2018

StoreForce User Conference: A Fresh Take on Retail Workforce Management

By Bob Clements

Are we entering a retail apocalypse or a retail revolution? This was the question that StoreForce Solutions posed to attendees at its first user conference held in Chicago on September 26-27, 2018. The answer, delivered over the two-day conference by StoreForce employees, customers and industry experts, is that retail is undergoing a revolution. But, that […]

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September 18, 2018

Having your Forecast and Meeting your Labor Budget too — Part 1: Align “Top-Down” and “Bottom-Up” Planning

By Al Asgarian and Luke Muellerleile

Finding the right balance between retail staffing and achieving long-term financial targets often leaves business budget planners off-kilter. As expense pressures continue to rise with minimum wage increases and higher customer expectations, retailers are more motivated than ever to optimize their labor productivity while empowering their employees to the fullest. When annual budget time rolls […]

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September 18, 2018

Machine Learning and the Future of WFM Forecasting

By Bob Clements

Artificial intelligence (AI) or subfields like machine learning (ML) are mentioned in just about every technology-related article these days. More than tech publications are covering the topic. Just last week, major media outlets picked up a story about  Facebook’s plans to use ML to fact check videos and photos posted by users on its social […]

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September 13, 2018

Migrate to Kronos Workforce Dimensions: Now or Later?

By Jay Schwerman

If you’re a Kronos Workforce Central customer, Workforce Dimensions is your future, but that doesn’t mean you have to migrate to Workforce Dimensions today.  When Kronos launched Workforce Dimensions last November, it also announced the release of Workforce Central 8.1, revealed plans to invest $40 million in its development this year, and promised to support […]

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