WINTER HAVEN, Fla. – Local staffing firm KB Staffing has set the bar for human resources efficiency with a new custom software program by ePolk, Inc. The program allows KB Staffing personnel working in a client’s place of business to clock in and out using a single iPad. A cloud-based server allows administrative staff immediate access to the data for real-time reports.
“We are very excited about this function,” said Kelly Braaten, owner of KB Staffing. The new process replaces handwritten time cards which required manual verification. The system also automates the payroll procedure, saving administrative man-hours. “Yesterday payroll was done by noon instead of four o’clock,” Braaten continued.
Before commissioning the project, Braaten consulted with ePolk president Mike Kingham about the time clock, and the payroll and reporting needs unique to a large staffing firm. With hundreds of employees simultaneously working in various sites, Braaten wanted a centralized timekeeping program. The software was written to meet her specifications, with a cloud interface which allowed Braaten to place an iPad on location. Kingham, a custom software specialist, summed it up with “nothing gives us more satisfaction than helping to make a process more efficient.”
WINTER HAVEN, Fla. – ePolk, Inc. President Mike Kingham hosted Leadership Winter Haven’s Technology Day on Wednesday, March 6. Leadership Class 33, consisting of 23 professionals from a variety of firms, made an in-depth study of how technology drives business in Polk County.
The day began with a tour of the Inland Fiber & Data facility in downtown Winter Haven. Naomi Boyer of Polk State College said, “It’s amazing that we have that kind of data infrastructure right here” about the carrier grade technology center. A visit to Publix headquarters in Lakeland gave the group a chance to learn about the grocery chain’s IT infrastructure from Laurie Douglas, Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer.
A firsthand look at the Southern Wine and Spirits warehouse provided a view of the use of technology in moving products through the supply chain. The Lakeland facility uses both voice recognition and label driven software in fulfilling orders, as well as a vast IT network supporting operations control and security.
The group then proceeded to Polk State College’s Winter Haven campus to visit Collegiate High School’s Robotics class. Seeing the next generation of innovators in training impressed Luke Diruzza of TECO’s Winter Haven office. After ending the day with a reception hosted by Kingham at ePolk’s downtown office, Diruzza summarized the experience with, “Leadership Winter Haven opens us up to the variety of industries in the community we serve.”
WINTER HAVEN, Fla. – Phoenix Industries has unveiled a new look with a redesigned logo and Web site by ePolk. The new site streamlines information about the supply chain management firm with a focus on temperature controlled storage and distribution for perishable shipments. Phoenix Industries’ customers can still access the Phoenix-on-demand Web portal to track shipments.
A local company with nationwide reach, Phoenix Industries maintains over 400,000 square feet of climate controlled warehouse space in Winter Haven. Maintaining the only Hotroom in the country, designed for bacteria-controlled thawing, Phoenix Industries’ focus on food safety continually receives outstanding results from both government and independent audits.