July 2, 2002, 12:00 AM

360Commerce and Kronos to integrate POS and store labor management

360Commerce Inc. has entered into a marketing agreement with Kronos Inc. that will give 360Commerce’s customers direct access to labor management functionality from Kronos. Kronos provides a browser-based interface to its workforce management software.

The web is becoming ever more important in managing the dispersed workforces of retailers and is attracting a growing cadre of vendors. The latest: 360Commerce Inc. has entered into a marketing agreement with Kronos Inc. that will give 360Commerce’s customers direct access to labor management functionality from Kronos. Kronos provides a browser-based interface to its workforce management software.

Kronos and 360Commerce will develop a standard interface to allow retailers to access Kronos’ Workforce Central suite of applications from 360Commerce’s Point-of-Sale, Back Office and Central Office applications. This is Krono’s first relationship with a POS vendor.

“Our goal is to continue to enhance and enrich our product offering to provide the best solution available to our customers,” said Christine Lowry, 360Commerce’s chief marketing officer. “To be able to offer a comprehensive set of Back Office features, it made sense to partner with the recognized market leader in labor management. Seamless integration between labor management and POS data will be a tremendous value-add for our current and future customers.”

The new workforce functionality fits 360Commerce’s strategy to provide systems that allow retailers to operate in multiple channels, including such features as order on the web/pick up in the store and cross-store inventory lookup. Kronos’s Workforce Central Suite helps organizations to plan, track and analyze their workforce, as well as provides managers with tools to measure and improve labor productivity. Workforce Central is comprised of employee scheduling, leave management, time and attendance and labor analytics applications.

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