The Works Selects RedPrairie's Workforce Management Solution

Sydney Australia - RedPrairie Corporation, the world's leading Consumer driven optimisation provider, announced today that The Works, the UK's leading retailer of value books, crafts and gifts, has selected RedPrairie's Workforce Management (WFM) solution to optimise labour management at its Sutton Coldfield distribution centre.

RedPrairie's Workforce Management solution enables organisations to increase productivity, optimise resources and reduce supply chain costs. Its flexible, web-based reporting tool provides real-time performance monitoring to proactively address potential problems before they disrupt the operation. With the resource planning and scheduling function, managers are able to confidently staff the warehouse to optimise resource utilisation.

The WFM programme will provide The Works with a tool to improve service levels and operational efficiency as well as employee morale. Cost savings will be realised through the establishment of preferred work methods and accurate expectations for work tasks, taking into account actual travel distances, product characteristics and environmental factors, and a comprehensive training approach that creates a performance focused workforce.

Diane Smith, Supply Chain Manager at The Work's comments, "One of our key corporate initiatives is the continued expansion and growth of the business. To ensure success, our supply chain must become even more adaptable and responsive to the needs of our end customer. As our people are the backbone of our supply chain, investment in this area was an easy decision." Chief Executive Chris Maddox added, "The RedPrairie solution totally supports our culture of continuous improvement, where we all work together to create a more efficient and effective supply chain."

Martin Hiscox, RedPrairie Managing Director and President - International says, "We continue to experience significant momentum for RedPrairie's Workforce Management solution. Forward-thinking companies are astutely recognising the significant savings and competitive advantage provided by WFM solutions. With more than 40 years of proven practice in Workforce Management and engineered standards, RedPrairie's experience and breadth of functionality is superior in the market and offers customers rapid return on investment."

About The Works
Founded in 1981, The Works is the UK's leading retailer of value books, craft and gifts with a unique and exciting product range that has something for everyone.

The Works Retail mainly trades under its high street brand of The Works, but includes other brands, such as Book Depot, Banana Bookshop, Booksale, Bookends and Art Depot in factory outlets and other out-of-town locations.

Following a management buyout in July 2003, The Works has an annual turnover of £100m plus, with over 270 stores and concessions, and more than 1,800 employees. Earlier this year The Works announced their intention to grow the business to over 400 stores within the next five years.

About RedPrairie Corporation
RedPrairie is the world's leading consumer driven optimisation company. Built on an advanced Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) developed over the past 10 years, the RedPrairie integrated suite of end-to-end (E2eTM) solutions offers on-demand capabilities to over 32,000 sites worldwide for many of the world's largest companies. With 21 global service sites and standard service methods that have been validated over the last 30 years, RedPrairie provides unparalleled service and support.

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