TimeForge Demos “PlaceForge,” a BLE Beacon Staff Tracking and Asset Management Solution, at RetailNOW Expo

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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. RetailNOW Convention and Expo participants in Orlando, FL, will get a first look at this new app.

TimeForge, provider of leading online labor management software products, is demonstrating a new asset and staff tracking tool called PlaceForge the week of August 3-6 at the RetailNOW Technology Convention and Expo in Orlando, FL. The demonstration invites convention attendees to take part in a ‘scavenger hunt’ to showcase PlaceForge’s capabilities for staff tracking, asset management, and customer intelligence. Here is a brief description of PlaceForge and details about how RetailNOW attendees can participate in the demonstration event.

PlaceForge uses small low-energy Bluetooth® beacons and small networked receivers to track any kind of employee or important asset. PlaceForge then turns this data into clear reports that managers can use to see exactly where their key assets are and have been. PlaceForge makes it possible for managers and supervisors in any industry to be virtually on the floor in every area at all times.

The PlaceForge asset tracking solution is inexpensive and unobtrusive. Staff simply carry small low-energy Bluetooth® beacon “fobs”, shopping carts or other assets get small Bluetooth® beacon “tags”, and all the fobs and tags signal their distance in real-time to small “hub” receivers placed around a store. The PlaceForge web-based application then analyzes the real-time data.

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 for maximum efficiency.

With tagged shopping carts or baskets, store managers can know which areas of a 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.

For more information on PlaceForge, visit http://www.placeforge.com.

The ‘scavenger hunt’ for the PlaceForge asset tracking, staff management, and retail intelligence solution demonstration will be held at the TimeForge exhibit booth (#233) on the Gaylord Palms Resort Exhibit Hall floor. The event will start at ~12noon on Tuesday, August 5.

Afterward, participants will be able to see firsthand how the PlaceForge analytics enables unobtrusively tracking staff or customers in any retail industry for optimized business intelligence and decisionmaking.

For more information about PlaceForge capabilities and applications, simply 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.

About RetailNOW
RetailNOW is the premier convention and expo for all professionals in the retail technology industry. RetailNOW is where the industry meets each year to become educated on new business trends, emerging technologies and best business practices along with exploring a diverse exhibit hall with more than 175 booths featuring the latest products in the retail technology industry.

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