Payless ShoeSource Selects Kronos® for Retail to Standardize Workforce Optimization in More Than 4,000 Stores

Paul Demery

Workforce management solution selected to increase customer service, productivity, and employee satisfaction

CHELMSFORD, Mass., Dec. 19, 2005 - In an effort to increase productivity among its workforce of more than 20,000 associates, Payless ShoeSource, Inc. has selected the Kronos for Retail offering from Kronos® Incorporated (Nasdaq: KRON). Payless will use the innovative budgeting, forecasting, scheduling, time and labor, and business intelligence solutions within Kronos for Retail to better balance the needs of its customers and employees.

"We chose Kronos for Retail because we believe it can help optimize store schedules for customer service, productivity, and employee satisfaction," said Larry Leibach, director of project management for Payless ShoeSource, Inc.

Kronos for Retail is a complete workforce management solution that meets all the requirements of today`s performance-driven retail organization. This comprehensive suite of applications addresses the challenges that are inherent to managing a retail workforce, including budgeting, forecasting, scheduling, time and labor, and business intelligence. Kronos for Retail provides managers with all the tools they need to optimize their workforce and improve store operations and business performance, right from the desktop.

"We have been able to provide Payless with a workforce management solution that they can use enterprise-wide," said John Anderson, director of retail marketing at Kronos. "Kronos for Retail meets Payless` very specific needs and will help them achieve greater standardization, visibility, and optimization of their workforce scheduling."

About Payless ShoeSource, Inc.
Payless ShoeSource, Inc. is the largest specialty family footwear retailer in the Western Hemisphere. As of the end of fiscal November 2005, the Company operated a total of 4,627 stores. Payless stores offer quality family footwear and accessories at affordable prices. In addition, customers can buy shoes over the Internet through Payless.com, at www.payless.com.

About Kronos Incorporated
Kronos Incorporated is the most trusted name in workforce management. Kronos helps organizations staff, develop, deploy, track, and reward their workforce, resulting in reduced costs, increased productivity, better decision-making, improved employee satisfaction, and alignment with organizational objectives. More than 20 million people use a Kronos solution every day. Learn more about Kronos` high-impact enterprise solutions at www.kronos.com.

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