TimeForge Releases “PlaceForge,” a BLE Beacon Staff Tracking and Asset Management Service

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PlaceForge uses small low-energy Bluetooth® (BLE) beacons for tracking people and things, applying iBeacon technology to optimize staffing and asset management.

TimeForge, provider of leading online labor management software products, this month is releasing a new staff tracking and asset management tool called PlaceForge. PlaceForge uses small low-energy Bluetooth® (BLE) beacons and small networked receivers to track staff or any important asset. PlaceForge then turns this data into clear reports that managers can use to see exactly where their staff and other key assets are and have been. PlaceForge makes it possible for managers and supervisors in any industry to be virtually on the floor of their store (or restaurant, warehouse, hospital, etc) in every area at all times.

The PlaceForge staff tracking and asset management solution is inexpensive, unobtrusive, easy to install, and user-friendly. Staff simply carry small BLE beacon “fobs”, shopping carts or other assets get small BLE beacon “tags”, and all the fobs and tags signal their distance in real-time to small BLE “hub” receivers placed around a store (or a warehouse, restaurant, hospital, etc). The PlaceForge web-based application then sorts and analyzes this real-time data with simple yet powerful analytical tools. PlaceForge makes it possible for managers and supervisors to easily and unobtrusively keep track just about anything.

PlaceForge has obvious appeal for maximizing staffing efficiency. With PlaceForge, managers can see exactly when the staffing levels in any area did (or didn’t) match what was planned. They can also see where staff are spending the most (or least) of their time. Managers can therefore decide how to schedule staff for maximum efficiency.

PlaceForge also appeals to anyone wanting to better understand retail customers. With tagged shopping carts or baskets, a store manager can know which areas of their store are (and aren’t) being visited most by customers. They can know exactly where and when customer service staff are needed the most. Store managers can therefore decide how to optimize their entire retail space for maximum customer service.

Finally, PlaceForge also appeals to anyone wanting to maximize key capital investments. By tagging key assets (like shopping carts, forklifts, bus carts, portable ultrasound machines, etc), managers can instantly and continuously see not only where equipment is but how often it is actually used and exactly where and when it is most needed. Managers can therefore decide how to optimize their supermarket, warehouse, hotel, hospital, etc, for maximum efficiency.

The PlaceForge asset tracking and employee management solution is currently available to select partner customers in the Texas area. In the coming months, PlaceForge will be available to customers nationwide in any industry where staffing management, customer service, and asset optimization is key to maintaining a competitive edge.

For more information, visit the PlaceForge website at http://www.placeforge.com.

About TimeForge
TimeForge helps businesses in the hospitality, restaurant, and retail industries manage labor and build employee schedules while reducing turnover and improving profits. Used by businesses throughout the world, TimeForge is designed from the ground-up to simplify the complicated process of employee scheduling and labor management. For more information, visit http://www.timeforge.com or contact us at (866) 684-7191.

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