RedPrairie's Vortex Connect Acquisition Expands Mobile Capabilities
Jessica Binns, Contributing Editor
Supply chain technology provider RedPrairie has acquired Toronto-based Vortex Connect, a vendor of mobile workforce management solutions. The marriage of RedPrairie Enterprise Workforce Management and Vortex’s mobility platform creates the industry's first single provider of mobile-enabled solutions that manage the workforce across operational disciplines including stores, warehouses and distribution centers.
The Vortex acquisition enhances RedPrairie's market leadership in workforce management by embedding RedPrairie EWFM with new capabilities such as 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.
RedPrairie also plans to open a Mobility Center of Excellence in Toronto. The facility will focus on incorporating mobility effectively throughout the extended supply chain as well across RedPrairie's entire solution footprint.
"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 RedPrairie chief technology officer John Kopcke. "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."
Building upon Vortex's heritage, 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.