Control Module and Tomax Announce Partnership to Bring Retailers Powerful Workforce Management Solutions

Use of Open Standards, Web Based Solutions Provides Easy to Use Interface for Meeting Retailers' Complex Needs

ENFIELD, Conn., May 30, 2006 (PRIMEZONE) -- Control Module, the leading biometric workforce management and data collection technology provider, and Tomax, the leading provider of real-time retail solutions and services based on, today announced an agreement to provide retailers with complete solutions to meet their complex workforce management needs.

CMI's Genus terminals are Java programmable and serve as Internet appliances, instantly connecting terminals to the server via Web services. Further, administration of CMI's terminals, as well as employee time and attendance, payroll and scheduling reports can be managed through an easy-to-use, Web-based interface.

Similarly, Tomax's offers a single view of the retailer's businesses, and delivers simplicity and effectiveness across the retail continuum, from planning, in-season merchandising and merchandise management to store execution with workforce management, store operations and customer management.

"CMI and Tomax have a synergistic approach to delivering customers the technology they need to run their businesses: our companies offer a centralized view of the enterprise based on the use of open standards, enabling solutions that are both easy to develop and easy to deploy," said Jana Moak, President and CEO, Control Module. "By combining CMI's workforce management terminals with the solution, retailers will benefit from reliable, quality and easy-to-use workforce management technology and services that meet their unique needs."

CMI's Genus terminals are Java programmable, providing the greatest flexibility to create customized applications for a variety of workforce management needs. By combining these highly programmable terminals with Tomax, companies have access to solutions to increase efficiencies and cut costs around:

 -- Time and Attendance: Capturing time and attendance data, including 
    employee start and stop times, measuring absenteeism, and 
    eliminating "buddy punching" 
 -- Schedule Optimization: Providing a variety of options, including 
    demand-based, skills-based and availability-based scheduling to 
    increase efficiencies and customer satisfaction
 -- Activity Management: Measuring the effectiveness of in-store 
    operations to ensure that sufficient labor is available to execute 
    required tasks
 -- Employee Self Service: Capitalizing on Genus's large display 
    screen to provide retail employees a battery of personnel data, 
    including upcoming schedules, salary accruals, 401K updates and 
    FMLA leave balances; without the need to provide every employee 
    with a personal computer

"For retailers, ensuring customer satisfaction, streamlining operations and maximizing productivity, is an extremely complex endeavor. By capitalizing on a combined and CMI solution, retailers have the opportunity to leverage the most powerful technology on the market for managing the largest cost they likely incur: labor," said Doug Draughan, Vice President, Store Execution Solutions. "Tomax is pleased to partner with Control Module to deliver retailers sophisticated technology, based on open standards and an easy to use interface, to help them maximize profitability."

About Tomax

Tomax is the leading provider of realtime merchandising and execution solutions and services that connect the dots across the demand-driven retail continuum. The Tomax suite is a comprehensive set of components that help retailers integrate people and processes, improving results by providing timely, relevant, actionable information Tomax customers include over 100 retailers, among them Air Terminal Gifts, Balducci's, Benjamin Moore, Coach House Gifts, Deseret Book, Franklin Covey, Kelly Moore, Kroger, LA Weight Loss, Raley's Supermarkets, Safeway, ShopRite, Snyder's Drug Stores, Sportsman's Warehouse, Trader Joe's, Travel Traders, TJX Companies (Marshall's and TJ Maxx), United Supermarkets, Winn Dixie and 24 Hour Fitness. Visit for more information on Tomax customers, products and services.

About Control Module

Control Module is the leading biometric workforce management and data collection technology provider, offering leading edge solutions for enabling the secure automation of time and attendance and access control. Control Module is one of the only workforce management technology providers that is ISO 9001:2000-certified, ensuring and reinforcing the company's commitment to quality and delivering the most reliable technology for enabling workforce optimization. With over 30 years of experience, an installed base of over 200,000 data collection devices world-wide, continuous financial growth and a strong history of innovation, Control Module delivers workforce management technology to companies around the world, including 160 of the Fortune 500 and major retailers such as Best Buy, Safeway, The Gap, Marshalls, May Company, Nordstrom, TJX Companies and Office Depot, as well as small-to-medium sized enterprises across a variety of industries. Visit for more information on Control Module customers, products and services.


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