10/23/07

RedPrairie Empowers Food Service Operators and Streamlines Restaurant Operations with Its Execution Management Solution

Don Davis , Editor in Chief

Only Execution Management Software to Increase Top Line Growth by Maximizing Sales Opportunities and Increasing Employee Productivity

FSTec - Annual International Foodservice Technology Exposition, Atlanta - October 12, 2007 - RedPrairie Corporation, a world leading consumer driven optimization company, today unveiled its Execution Management solution for Food Service, at the International Foodservice Technology Exposition in Atlanta.

Popular and widely-used by leading retailers such as Best Buy, CVS, Borders, JCPenney and Lowe’s, RedPrairie’s solution is now available to food service operators for the first time. Execution Management closes the gap between corporate sales strategy and restaurant program execution, by providing task strategists, gatekeepers and managers a comprehensive view of chain-wide operations and workloads to enable customization and optimization of projects and tasks.

Execution Management is the latest addition to RedPrairie’s Retail Productivity Solutions, which provide the most comprehensive and well-integrated suite of applications available today for managing retail, hospitality and food service operations. Together, these solutions address a full spectrum of site and headquarters operations, including workforce management, inventory management, operations management, learning management and performance management.

“We are building additional features and functionality at a rapid pace to keep up with the high demand of food service operators excited to capitalize on the visibility and granular control that execution management provides,” said Kim Eaton, President RedPrairie Retail Productivity Division. “Our restaurant customers will experience the same rapid operations improvements and immediate ROI that our retail customers have already achieved.”

Execution Management can be used to address the following business problems:

• New menu launches
• Standard operational procedures
• Preventive equipment maintenance
• Facilities maintenance
• Location remodeling / conversion

Features of RedPrairie Execution Management
RedPrairie’s Execution Management application consists of two interconnected modules, each a key function of successful execution management:

Task Manager
The Task Manager turns communication, task execution and monitoring into a manageable, completely controlled process. Using templates configured specifically to meet a food service chain’s needs, managers fully describe interactive projects online. Each process includes milestone dates, personalized task assignments, time estimates for each task and diagrams of key task information to assist staff. The module’s best practices templates offer a simple and effective way to share ideas that are working in top performing sites.

Task Manager keeps every task under control, down to the smallest detail. The Task Calendar gives users a view of all initiatives by month, by week or by quarter. Each project is color-coded for easy identification, and the calendar is personalized to focus on the issues of importance to each user’s role in the organization. The module’s dynamic scheduling ability allows users to analyze labor requirements by site, identifying potential overload situations.

All RedPrairie users - from the frontline server to the district manager - receive a personalized task list each day, so they can quickly identify all duties and which are most critical. As each task is completed, the employee checks it off the list. Drill down screens with the Task Manager reveal task execution details including:

• Information required for completion of the task
• Links to best practices that may be applicable to the task
• Feedback comments
• A place to record exceptions and raise issues

Monitoring and Compliance screens track the status of each task within a process. Managers can view who completed each task, and if it was completed on schedule. The District Manager’s view of the Monitoring and Compliance screen gives a summary view of the status of all processes assigned to sites in the district. The District Manager can drill into any of the processes to proactively identify issues and assist the specific site. The screen view gives a clear indication if certain sites are experiencing multiple problems meeting schedules.

Feedback Manager
The Feedback Manager gives managers a way to gather information about sites, competitors and employees. Depending on the type of feedback response selected, a graph or a listing will display results that can be printed or shared. Types of reports include:

• Root cause analyses
• Site rankings
• Real time compliance reports
• Audit results
• Employee job satisfaction surveys

These reports help managers identify gaps in performance, and best practices that can be applied across the entire chain.

Pricing and Availability
RedPrairie Execution Management is available immediately. Contact RedPrairie at info@redprairie.com or 877-733-7724 for pricing.

About RedPrairie Corporation

RedPrairie is a world leading consumer driven optimization company. Built on an advanced Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) developed over the past 10 years, the RedPrairie integrated suite of solutions offers on-demand capabilities to over 25,000 sites worldwide for many of the world’s largest companies.

RedPrairie’s E2e™ solutions synchronize people and products throughout the customer buying cycle to ensure goods reach the right place at the right time. At the point of sale, this means consumers have access to desired products and that the store is staffed with the right people to help them make their purchases. In the production cycle, it means suppliers and manufacturers time and synchronize shipments and production based on demand signals from the retailer. And in the back room of the store, it means having the least amount of inventory, solving the “last yard” problem of the retail supply chain.

With 20 global service sites and standard service methods that have been validated over the last 30 years, RedPrairie provides unparalleled service and support. For additional information, call 1.877.733.7724, or access www.RedPrairie.com.

RedPrairie is a registered trademark of RedPrairie Corporation. E2e is a trademark of RedPrairie Corporation.

© 2007 RedPrairie Corporation. All Rights Reserved.

RedPrairie Public Relations Contacts:
North America
Renee Truttmann
+1 262-317-2517
Renee.Truttmann@redprairie.com

UK
Sam Henniker
+ 44 (0) 1494 486555
Sam.Henniker@redprairie.com

Europe and Asia Pac
Nathalie Vanden Houwe
+32 (0)54 31 86 93
Nathalie.vandenhouwe@redprairie.com

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Information technology management, Management, Project management software, Service, Standards

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