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HR HERO:  Kathy Jones, K-VA-T Food Stores, Inc.

Elevating HR, Payroll, and Talent Management for 13,000-Employee Company

K-VA-T Food Stores, Inc. is a privately owned grocery chain that employs almost 13,000 associates in more than 100 locations. The company decided to advance its HCM capabilities by activating state-of-the-art technologies to replace its previous systems, which included a customized AS400 solution and spreadsheets.

Kathy Jones, HRIS technologist for K-VA-T, worked diligently with her team to roll out the new solution and to transform the way the HR team, company leaders, and employees manage information and interact among each other.

After having educated employees and managers about how everyone would benefit from the change, Jones and her team are now helping K-VA-T management glean critical HR metrics using customized reporting available via UltiPro's business intelligence tools.

For tasks that previously required cumbersome paperwork, like associate reviews, supervisors now manage the processes online without contacting HR and without being constrained by office hours or time zones.

K-VAT associates can print their own payroll records, reprint W-2s, set up and change their direct deposit, change their benefits selections based on life events, and update their personal information using the UltiPro portal — a significant change in culture and processes for the company.

Today, tasks that used to take days now take only seconds and without any paper involved.

“I want to thank my team for helping me orchestrate this broad shift for K-VA-T,” said Jones. “Because our people have adopted UltiPro as the hub of their workforce activities, K-VA-T is reducing its carbon footprint, elevating and accelerating our HCM, and enabling HR and leadership to function more strategically and effectively. I think our hard work is benefiting everyone across our business.”