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With Mobile Manager Connect, a manager indicates a shift opening over their iPhone. The Kronos workforce tool finds available clerks and automatically sends requests via text, voicemail or email to their personal phones. A clerk can accept the shift request right on his or her own phone by sending a text message back.
Other iOS apps are in the works, too. Crews says he's looking at a bunch of mobile opportunities in areas such as business intelligence, social feedback and reporting. There might even be an app for workers that gives them capabilities beyond mobile texting, such as visibility into their schedules and the ability to not only accept shifts but give up shifts, too.
"The go-forward plan is much broader," Crews says, adding, "Generally speaking, grocery retail is towards the back of the technology curve. But we're a little bit ahead of the curve with how we are utilizing Vortex's mobility solution-and that's exciting."
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