Convenience Store Kum & Go Adds New Digital Platform to Communicate With Frontline
Convenience store chain Kum & Go is deploying a digital workplace platform to all of its more than 5,000 associates and managers to help with workforce communications and scheduling.
Kum & Go was looking for a solution that could meet several business imperatives. These included connecting its entire organization and communicating effectively at all levels, optimizing labor through streamlined scheduling and staffing workflows, and building culture through public recognition and motivation. After a rigorous selection process, Kum & Go determined that Crew was the ideal solution. The chain, which operates 400 stores in 11 states, selected the solution for its engaging, secure mobile app that transforms how work gets done for frontline teams.
“Kum & Go is committed to building a positive, encouraging, and transparent culture for our Associates,” said Kum & Go VP of Operations, Marty Roush. “Crew is complementary to our existing systems and will enable our associates to manage their own schedules. It will also help our newly established flex pools pick up shifts and manage their own work while supporting the larger team. We are especially excited to be able to share video content and virtual recognition between teams and directly to our associates.”
It was essential for Kum & Go to find a mobile-first platform that could integrate well with its existing technology stack, including UKG (formerly known as Kronos) for Workforce Management (WFM) and Workday for Human Capital Management (HCM). Crew's robust platform capabilities and open APIs made it the ideal solution to seamlessly integrate with complementary solutions.
Kum & Go’s investment is indicative of a broader trend across retail, convenience, grocery, foodservice, healthcare and other industries with large frontline workforces. Catalyzed by COVID-19 and the ensuing operational demands of dealing with a global pandemic, leading enterprises are increasingly investing in technology solutions that better connect and equip their frontline teams. In fact, according to a recent study of more than 500 industry executives, more than 65% of retail companies are actively investing in frontline employee technology. Within that, the largest area of investment is in communication, collaboration, and digital workplace tools.
“We believe that companies investing in digital frontline communication are creating a competitive advantage. Kum & Go is an outstanding example of a company at the forefront of this technological shift,” said Van Brunt. “Providing a modern, digital workplace for frontline teams has taken on increased importance during the pandemic, and this partnership underscores our commitment to working with leading companies to keep teams safe, informed, and productive.”