RedPrairie Acquires Vortex Connect

Mobile workforce management capabilities and Mobility Center of Excellence established to expand RedPrairie’s solution footprint


AtlantaAug. 13, 2012—Global supply chain and retail technology provider RedPrairie Corp. acquired Toronto-based Vortex Connect, a mobile workforce management solutions provider, to strengthen business-to-employee (B2E) communications and operations. The combination of RedPrairie Enterprise Workforce Management (EWFM) and the Vortex mobility platform provides mobile-enabled solutions to manage 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 John Kopcke, Chief Technology Officer, RedPrairie. “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. We will embed mobility across our solution footprint ahead of others in the market and to the advantage of our customers.”

Workforce management capabilities now embedded in RedPrairie EWFM include mobile shift management and bidding; mobile communications and operations management; and employee self-service. The combination of features enables companies to streamline operational processes, maximize employee productivity, reduce costs and enhance efficiencies by communicating data in real-time through multi-channel touch points.

Additional to the new capabilities, RedPrairie will also establish a Mobility Center of Excellence in Toronto to focus on utilizing mobility effectively throughout the extended supply chain as well as the application of mobility across RedPrairie’s entire solution footprint. 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.

“Vortex and its employees are delighted to be joining the RedPrairie family,” said Adrian Schauer, Chief Executive Officer, Vortex. “We are passionate about the potential for mobile software to solve business problems and redefine the way that work is performed and tracked. The acquisition by RedPrairie allows us to apply that passion at the next level. 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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