Natural Insight Announces 2015 Scholarship for Future Retail Professionals

WASHINGTON, D.C. / MADISON, WI – November 25, 2014

Natural Insight, a leading provider of labor management software to the retail industry, announced today the establishment of a new scholarship program. The program will recognize young students dedicated to leveraging technology to enhance store operations and consumer experiences in modern retail.

Developed in conjunction with the Kohl's Center for Retail at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, the Natural Insight scholarship will provide funding to four finalists to attend the annual Retail Merchandising and Marketing Conference (RMMC), hosted by the World Alliance for Retail Excellence & Standards, in Las Vegas, Nevada on April 25-28, 2015. The winner will be announced and formally recognized at the RMMC annual luncheon.

In announcing the scholarship, Stefan Midford, President and CEO of Natural Insight said, “We created this scholarship to identify the best young minds committed to improving the future of retail operations through the use of technology, and we’re pleased to enable deserving finalists to attend the RMMC where they can learn and interact with relevant industry professionals.”

Tom Caddell, Executive Director at World Alliance for Retail Excellence and Standards stated, “We are excited to have members like Natural Insight who are investing in the future of retail merchandising and marketing. This is a great opportunity for these students to learn from retail professionals and further their education.”

Jerry O’Brien, Director of the Kohl's Center for Retail Excellence at University of Wisconsin-Madison, stated, “This scholarship will give students the chance to gain real life experience and make connections with industry professionals. Having this experience will help launch their careers once they graduate.”

About Natural Insight

Supporting 50,000 skilled professionals in more than 75,000 locations world-wide, Natural Insight is a leading provider of cloud-based workforce management software to merchandisers, product companies, event marketers and retailers. Natural Insight is privately held and headquartered in Sterling, VA with offices in Toronto and Birmingham, England. Visit www.naturalinsight.com or read the blog post for more information.

About University of Wisconsin-Madison, Center for Retailing Excellence

Our mission is to nurture a synergistic relationship between the retail industry, its partners, and the world-class faculty, staff, and students at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. This relationship is to be built on the highest ethical standards and dedicated to improving the lives of consumers, productivity of the industry, and elevating the status of retail by fueling innovation and competition in the market place.

About World Alliance for Retail Excellence & Standards

World Alliance for Retail Excellence & Standards (WARES) is an alliance of at-retail companies committed to delivering exceptional sales, marketing and service support to B2C manufacturers and retailers across all channels and countries. Its members are retailers, manufacturers, distributors/wholesalers, food and non-food brokers, retail service providers and support service providers working collaboratively in the retail space.

 


Natural Insight Helps Brand Momentum Deliver Superior Services

WASHINGTON, D.C. / MISSISSAUGA, ON - July 1, 2014

Natural Insight today announced that Brand Momentum, an innovative experiential marketing, sales and merchandising services agency is using its cloud-based workforce management software to organize, schedule and deliver superior marketing services that connect brands with consumers.

Brand Momentum is led by an experienced and talented team of creative sales and marketing minds with a passion for operational excellence and delivering outstanding results on behalf of clients.

“It’s a unique blend of talented people, expert processes and innovative technology that separates Brand Momentum from our competitors and enables us to consistently deliver sales and marketing programs that strengthen brands and increase sales” said Hesham Shafie, CEO of Brand Momentum. “We use Natural Insight’s technology to automate our scheduling, task management, data collection and reporting processes which enables our management team to focus 100% of our energy serving clients and delivering tangible ROI.”

“Hesham Shafie and his team are proven leaders in the marketing and merchandising industry and together they have an impressive history of producing great results for clients,” said Stefan Midford, president and CEO of Natural Insight. “We’re honored that Brand Momentum is utilizing and benefitting from our world-class workforce management technology as they continue to grow.”

About Natural Insight

Supporting 50,000 skilled professionals in more than 75,000 locations globally, Natural Insight is a leading provider of cloud-based workforce management software to merchandisers, product companies, event marketers and retailers. Natural Insight is privately held and headquartered in Sterling, VA with offices in Toronto and Birmingham, England.

About Brand Momentum

Brand Momentum Inc. provides clients such as Bell, General Mills, Red Bull, Reckitt Benckiser, and Volkswagen with a range of services including experiential marketing, sales and merchandising and workforce automation. The Brand Momentum team has executed and managed world-class programs in multiple channels for companies in such industries as retail, health and beauty, food and grocery and food services. The company is one of Canada’s Best WorkPlaces, and was recently named one of Canada fastest growing companies and ranked 18 in PROFIT Magazine’s 14th annual PROFIT HOT 50. www.brandmomentum.ca.


Natural Insight Sees Strong Demand for Cloud-Based Workforce Management Software

STERLING, VA - JULY 15, 2014

Natural Insight, a cloud-based provider of workforce management technology, announced record revenue and customer additions continuing its strong growth for the tenth consecutive year.

Financial results and operational highlights for the second quarter 2014 include:

  • June monthly revenue 26% above the prior month, a new monthly high
  • Second quarter revenue 11% over the prior quarter
  • Record new customer contracts for the first half of 2013 bringing total new customers to 25 in the past 18 months
  • Field workers using Natural Insight increased 28% since the start of the year, and now exceed 50,000
  • Year-to-date, Natural Insight’s platform has been used at over 93,000 locations to collect 50 million points of data - including more than 1.5 million photos

In support of this outstanding growth, Natural Insight has recently added Rick Sterrett to its senior management team. Rick is a proven executive with over 25 years of experience working for high growth companies in operations and customer facing roles. As Vice President of Operations at Natural Insight, Rick will lead product management, client services, operations, and customer support.

“Thanks to a solid cloud-based platform that our customers and field workers love, we are experiencing continued strong growth,” said Stefan Midford, President and CEO of Natural Insight. “The addition of Rick is an important step and brings extensive experience and leadership that will help us focus on constant innovation and world class customer support.”

“With its industry-leading technology platform, experienced leadership team, and committed investors who understand the opportunity, it’s not surprising that Natural Insight is experiencing consistent growth,” said Sterrett. “It was an easy decision for me to join Natural Insight and I am excited to partner with Stefan and the team to further scale the business.”

About Rick Sterrett

Mr. Sterrett has lead operations and customer services for several leading edge technology ventures in the Manufacturing, Healthcare, and the Security Industries at companies like POMS (acquired by Honeywell in 1999), eko Systems (acquired by Merge Healthcare in 2008) and CheckVideo (acquired by Kastle in 2013). Prior to that, Mr. Sterrett honed his management skills and client focused mindset with 15 years at IBM providing industry specific consulting services in now what is called IBM Global Services. Mr. Sterrett earned both a Bachelor and a Masters of Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

About Natural Insight

Supporting 50,000 skilled professionals in more than 75,000 locations across the globe, Natural Insight is a leading provider of cloud-based workforce management software to merchandisers, product companies, event marketers and retailers. Natural Insight is privately held and headquartered in Sterling, VA with offices in Toronto and Birmingham, England. Visit www.naturalinsight.com or read the blog post.

 


Workforce Management Software Helps The InStore Group Deliver Superior Retail Execution

WASHINGTON, DC / PINEVILLE, NC (JUNE 18,2014)

Natural Insight today announced that The InStore Group, a national retail advisory and retail merchandising service company, has selected its cloud-based workforce management software to organize, schedule, manage and analyze teams of people executing innovative retail merchandising programs across America.

Founded by Thomas Palombo, the former owner of Merchandising Corporation of America (MCA), The InStore Group is led by an experienced and talented executive team with a passion for operational excellence and delivering outstanding results on behalf of clients.

“I’ve been in the merchandising business for many years and I’ve learned first hand that superior retail execution requires a combination of great people, expert processes and innovative technology,” said Tom Palombo. “We selected Natural Insight because their technology does an amazing job of automating our scheduling, task management, time keeping, and reporting processes – which allows our management team to focus 100% of our energy on satisfying our clients.”

“Tom Palombo and his team are proven players in the merchandising industry and together they have an impressive history of producing great results for clients,” said Stefan Midford, president and CEO of Natural Insight. “We’re honored that The InStore Group chose Natural Insight as their technology partner and we look forward to supporting them with our world-class workforce management platform as they continue to grow.”

About Natural Insight

Supporting 40,000 skilled professionals in more than 70,000 locations across North America Natural Insight is a leading provider of cloud-based workforce management software to merchandisers, product companies, event marketers and retailers. Natural Insight is privately held and headquartered in Sterling, VA with offices in Toronto and Birmingham, England. Visit www.naturalinsight.com or read the blog post.

About The InStore Group

The InStore Group is one of America’s leading a full-service retail merchandising and product demonstrations organization. For over 18 years, we have focused exclusively on providing our InStore services to leading consumer packaged companies and major retailers in multiple channels throughout all 50 states and territories.