Guest Column | March 8, 2012

Timeclock Technology: Changes Shaping Retail Workforce Analytics, Guest Series - Part 1

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A Q&A with Larry Dawson, vice-president, marketing, Accu-Time Systems

Human capital is both the greatest asset and the greatest expense that a retailer deals with on a daily basis. Being able to access and control access to this information becomes critical as the management of this asset becomes more important. Recently there have been major developments in biometrics and wireless technologies that affect Workforce Management and have reshaped how retailers and other industries approach this part of their business.

Q: Having seen the demonstration of ATS’ Airtime enabled timeclock at NRF this year, I was impressed with the flexibility of being able to locate the timeclock nearly anywhere. I definitely see an opportunity with kiosk, pop-up retailers, and even stores undergoing space re-allocation. How do you think this will benefit retailers specifically?

A: There are three main benefits a retailer will receive from our Airtime cellular timeclock module, which can be added to our Prodigy and Maximus timeclocks. The primary benefit is that the user has the flexibility to locate the timeclock wherever they would like. Traditionally, when installing a timeclock, a retailer or their systems integrator goes to the employee entrance and looks around for an Ethernet connection closest to the door. Sometimes they get lucky and there’s a line drop from the ceiling right by the door. Or if they’re really lucky, there’s an electrical box next to the door with an Ethernet jack in it. Most of the time, though, the building’s developer did not include this type of connectivity in its design, forcing the retailer or integrator to run an Ethernet cable to the location where they want to locate the timeclock.

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