How Rite Aid, ALDO Group, and Cinemark are Unlocking Employee Engagement and Labor Efficiency 

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Christopher Frey

Director, Workforce Management

Sanish Mondkar 

Founder and CEO
Legion Technologies

Jim Malafronte

Director Workforce Management and Labor Optimization, Rite Aid

Francois Paquin

Senior Operations Manager
The ALDO Group

In the ever-evolving landscape of retail, understanding the delicate balance between employee engagement and labor efficiency has become paramount. In this session featuring industry pioneers from Rite Aid, ALDO Group, and Cinemark, hosted by Legion Technologies, shed light on this dynamic. Sanish Mondkar, the founder and CEO of Legion Technologies, facilitated a rich discussion, unraveling how these top-tier retailers are navigating the challenges and opportunities presented by modern workforce management systems.

Unlocking Efficiency and Engagement:
Christopher Frey, the Director of Workforce Management at Cinemark, opened the dialogue with a narrative on the necessity of user-friendly technology for improving employee experience. "The idea behind technology is it's supposed to make things easier," Christopher explained, emphasizing the impact of scheduling flexibility and accessibility on team morale and efficiency. He highlighted how Cinemark, a leading movie theater chain, has embraced digital transformation to enhance the working environment for its employees, ultimately benefiting the customer experience.

Jim Malafronte, Director of Workforce Management and Labor Optimization at Rite Aid, shared an example of how Rite Aid leveraged Legion's forecasting and scheduling tools to improve employee morale and reduce stress. By ensuring that labor accurately reflects the needs of the business, Rite Aid has seen a notable improvement in employee engagement and efficiency. Jim underscored the importance of having an accurate forecast and labor model refresh to achieve these results.

Francois Paquin, the Senior Operations Manager at the ALDO Group, discussed the deployment of Legion Instant Pay and its profound impact on schedule flexibility and employee satisfaction. He noted that since introducing this feature, there has been a 70% improvement in clocking performance among associates, demonstrating a direct link between financial well-being tools and operational efficiency.

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The Importance of Early and Engaging Implementation:
The speakers collectively emphasized the significance of early pay options, the commitment to putting schedules out three weeks in advance, and the vital role of store managers' buy-in for successful implementation. As Francois shared, "We were happy to be the first one to embark on this adventure," reflecting on the smooth adoption of Legion Instant Pay at the ALDO Group.

Leveraging Technology for a Better Tomorrow:
Across the board, the utilization of artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) for optimizing workforce management was a recurring theme. The integration of these technologies has not only streamlined operational processes but also significantly improved the employee experience by providing flexibility and immediate access to earnings.

Insights for the Future:
Looking forward, the panelists discussed the potential impact of generative AI on workforce management and retail operations. The consensus was clear: while automation and AI hold immense potential for efficiency and innovation, human intervention and the "human touch" remain indispensable for addressing the nuances of labor scheduling and employee engagement.

Concluding Thoughts:
The session concluded with a unanimous agreement on the need for a strong cross-functional implementation team and the criticality of manager buy-in for project success. As Sanish Mondkar eloquently summarized, "Keys to success include buy-in from store managers and cross-functional teams."

In essence, the insights shared by Christopher Frey, Jim Malafronte, and Francois Paquin not only illuminate the current state of workforce management in retail but also offer a roadmap for other retailers striving to harmonize employee engagement with operational efficiency. Through intelligent, automated, and employee-centric strategies, retailers like Rite Aid, ALDO Group, and Cinemark are setting new standards in retail excellence, proving that the future of workforce management is both bright and within reach.

APRIL 2024