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AmeriPride Uses UltiPro to Consolidate North American HR and Payroll Operations

Date: April 12, 2017 2:00 PM EDT

Ultimate Software (Nasdaq: ULTI), a leading provider of human capital management (HCM) solutions in the cloud, announced today that AmeriPride, one of the largest uniform-rental and linen-supply companies in North America, has chosen UltiPro to unify and more effectively manage its U.S. and Canadian HCM, migrate to a more people-centric approach to human resources, and drive HR and business improvements.

Headquartered in Minnetonka, Minnesota, AmeriPride’s nearly 6,000 employees are spread across 115 production facilities and service centers throughout the U.S. and Canada. The company provides linen, uniforms, floor mats, and restroom and cleaning products to nearly 150,000 customers every week.

Prior to UltiPro, AmeriPride had to rely on completely separate solutions for its U.S. and Canadian payroll, resulting in redundant effort, the need for reconciliation, and data integrity challenges. Canadian employee information was stored on the company’s U.S-based platform, while payroll had to be issued from a different, antiquated system. To address these challenges and improve the employee experience, AmeriPride sought a single consolidated HR and payroll platform for its North American operations, with direct access for employees and managers. The company selected UltiPro as its solution of record and went live in January 2016.

“UltiPro gave us the opportunity to unify our HCM for the U.S. and Canada,” said Cheryl Heimer, Director of Compensation, Benefits, and HCM for AmeriPride. “With UltiPro, we increased the speed and efficiency of our payroll and significantly simplified the process. We no longer need to manually input data to run payroll, and all our employee information, from the U.S. and Canada, is always readily available for reporting and analysis.”

With a unified cloud solution, AmeriPride has been able to change to a people-centric approach. Today, AmeriPride’s workforce is able to view, update, and manage HR-related information and choices online. UltiPro’s availability through a desktop or mobile device gives employees, managers, and executives flexible, anytime access to a consistent set of data. In addition, AmeriPride has established kiosk computer stations at every branch to allow ‘non-networked’ employees to access their information online.

“We have transformed our people operations with UltiPro’s role-based access,” said Heimer. “We are creating an environment of transparency, where individuals can update their personal information and managers can access employee information remotely from the office, at home, or while traveling.”

Technology is not only transforming AmeriPride’s approach to its people, but also benefitting the business with efficiencies, communication and speed.

“UltiPro has replaced our paper-heavy and cumbersome activities like recruitment and onboarding with an integrated and automated workflow,” said Heimer. “For example, when a new hire finishes his or her onboarding experience, an email notification is sent automatically to specific departments so they know to set up the employee’s work tools—a laptop, telephone or company credit card. This is one of many new processes that not only saves the company time, but also helps build a positive experience for the employee from day one.”

“UltiPro is designed to handle all payroll requirements, including complex payroll computations in U.S. and Canadian dollars,” said Greg Swick, chief global sales officer at Ultimate. “We are pleased that AmeriPride is leveraging UltiPro to increase business efficiencies and maximize productivity.”

About Ultimate Software
Ultimate is a leading provider of cloud-based human capital management (HCM) solutions, with approximately 33 million people records in the cloud. Ultimate’s award-winning UltiPro delivers HR, payroll, talent, and time and labor management solutions that connect people with the information they need to work more effectively. Founded in 1990, Ultimate is headquartered in Weston, Florida, and employs more than 3,700 professionals. In 2017, Fortune ranked Ultimate #1 on its list of the 10 Best Workplaces in Technology, Ultimate’s second year to top this list, and Brandon Hall Group honored Ultimate with a Gold Award in Technology. In 2016, Fortune ranked Ultimate #15 on its 100 Best Companies to Work For list, the fifth consecutive year to be ranked in the top 25. Ultimate was also ranked #1 on Glassdoor’s list of 25 Highest-Rated Public Cloud Computing Companies to Work For, #8 on Forbes’ list of the 100 Most Innovative Growth Companies, and ranked #1 in customer satisfaction in G2 Crowd’s Summer 2016 Core HR Software Grid report, based on user reviews. Ultimate has approximately 3,700 customers with employees in 160 countries, including Bloomin’ Brands, Culligan International, Feeding America, Major League Baseball, Red Roof Inn, SUBWAY, Texas Roadhouse, and Yamaha Corporation of America. More information on Ultimate’s products and services for people management can be found at www.ultimatesoftware.com.

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Darlene Marcroft, Vice President of PR and Communications at Ultimate Software
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