RedPrairie Corporation, a supply chain, workforce, and all-channel retail solutions, announced it has just acquired Vortex Connect, a provider of mobile workforce management solutions that strengthen business-to-employee (B2E) communications and operations.
The integration of RedPrairie Enterprise Workforce Management (EWFM) and the Vortex mobility platform will provide enterprises with a single mobile enabled solution that manages the workforce across operational disciplines including stores, warehouses and distribution centers.
“As the consumerization of technology pushes further into the business world, RedPrairie believes that the adoption of a mobile platform is increasingly vital to our customers’ success,” said RedPrairie chief technology officer John Kopcke, in a statement.
“Vortex’s track-record of providing tools to mobilize people, automate paper processes and connect organizations using mobile technologies made it the clear choice for RedPrairie,” Kopcke added. “We will embed mobility across our solution footprint ahead of others in the market and to the advantage of our customers.”
RedPrairie will also embed RedPrairie Enterprise Workforce Management with new capabilities such as mobile shift management and bidding, mobile communications and operations management, and employee self-service. The acquisition will enable companies to streamline operational processes, maximize employee productivity, reduce costs and enhance efficiencies by communicating data in real-time through multi-channel touch points.
The companies also leverage the partnership to establish a Mobility Center of Excellence in Toronto. The Center of Excellence will put Vortex mobility experts at the center of RedPrairie’s research and development, product strategy and mobile solutions groups to promote continuous innovation, thought leadership and mobility integration for existing and emerging RedPrairie solutions.
“The acquisition by RedPrairie allows us to apply that passion at the next level,” said Vortex chief executive officer Adrian Schauer, in a statement. “We see game changing opportunity for mobile technology across the EWFM product line as well as the rest of RedPrairie’s solution suite and look forward to the challenge of realizing that potential together.”
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