Co-op revamps staff management with Kronos

The Co-operative group is to use a new workforce management system in a major project to enhance operational...

The Co-operative group is to use a new workforce management system in a major project to enhance operational efficiency in its 2,200 UK food stores.

The Kronos system will record the working hours of 55,000 staff using biometric data collection terminals, which will be installed in stores in a rolling programme over the next two years.

The fully automated time and attendance system, which uses finger scan verification, will replace the current system used by the group's food retail operation that requires some information to be keyed in at store level.

The key benefits of the new system include faster and more efficient management of store staffing requirements, which can help reduce costs, as well as giving managers in the field and at head office easier access to important information on longer-term staffing trends and patterns.

The system will also reduce the time spent on manual activities such as time capture, employee scheduling and absence management, and ensure compliance with legal requirements on break rules, maximum weekly hours and minimum rest times.

Mark Hale, the group's director of food retail information services, said, "We wanted a system that would be able to handle efficiently and accurately the huge amount of information that needs to be processed, and the Kronos system fitted the bill."

The Co-operative group is currently half-way through a multi-million pound food store refurbishment programme.


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