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Del Taco adopts Benefitfocus HR solution

BY Dan Berthiaume

Charleston, S.C. – Del Taco LLC has selected the Benefitfocus HR InTouch Marketplace to support benefits administration and address relative requirements set forth by the Affordable Care Act (ACA). HR InTouch Marketplace provides a single online portal that integrates benefits-related employee data and information in one place, allowing Del Taco to efficiently manage benefit eligibility, enrollment and education for its whole workforce.

With a large hourly workforce population, Del Taco anticipates an increase in benefit-eligible employees along with the new challenge of determining eligibility of variable hour employees as a result of the ACA. Through HR InTouch Marketplace, Del Taco can gain access to reporting and analytics tools to calculate eligibility of variable hour employees and monitor the enrollment status of those full-time employees for whom they are required to provide coverage. Administrators can leverage the event-driven messaging framework within the portal to notify newly eligible employees or send reminders to employees who have not enrolled in their benefits.

"It was important to find a solution that allowed us to look beyond just full-time benefit-eligible employees," said Jeanne Graves, VP of HR for Del Taco. "We were impressed with the overall design of HR InTouch Marketplace and its ability to simplify increasingly complex functions of benefits management. Having access to accurate reporting and analytics will help our team be more strategic in addressing compliance needs and communicating with our whole workforce."

Del Taco plans to complete implementation of HR InTouch Marketplace in time for its open enrollment in the fall.

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MarketLive integrates with Amazon payment capabilities

BY Dan Berthiaume

Petaluma, Calif. – E-commerce platform provider MarketLive has entered a strategic agreement with Amazon Payments, offering the ability for MarketLive retailers to help streamline the login and checkout process and increase conversion numbers. The integration of login and pay with Amazon with the MarketLive platform allows shoppers on MarketLive retail shopping sites to leverage their existing Amazon account to quickly login and select their shipping and payment information that they use for Amazon.

By making this option available to customers, retailers can help reduce the cart abandonment rate and provide an additional option for their customers to finish the transaction. The MarketLive Amazon Payments integration will be available for MarketLive merchants in third quarter 2014.

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Fuel cell provider touts Walmart deal

BY CSA STAFF

Walmart’s sustainability efforts are benefitting fuel cell provider Plug Power Inc., which said a contract it secured with the retailer earlier this year has already been expanded.

Plug Power said it received an order from Walmart for a seventh on site hydrogen fuel cell power solution branded as GenKey.

Plug Power entered into a contract with Walmart back in February for six of its GenKey solutions consisting of GenDrive fuel cells, GenFuel infrastructure construction and hydrogen fuel supply and GenCare on-site maintenance.

The additional site in Sterling, IL consists of 286 GenDrive fuel cell units and is planned to deploy in the third quarter of 2014. The order the company received in February 2014 involved 1,783 GenDrive fuel cells in the forklift fleets at six sites across North America. The first of these sites, in Pottsville, Pa., was brought on line during the second quarter of 2014. Plug Power deployed almost 300 GenDrive fuel cell units in Walmart’s class-2 and class-3 electric lift trucks.

Additionally, Plug Power built and commissioned Walmart Pottsville’s outdoor and indoor GenFuel infrastructure.

"The original contract deployments are proceeding, and the timely completion of the first GenFuel build helps validate our turnkey capability," said Andy Marsh, CEO at Plug Power. "We are excited to help Walmart realize the positive impact of GenKey in so many locations in 2014."

GenDrive fuel cell units are currently powering electric lift truck fleets at four Walmart distribution centers in North America, consisting of two sites in Canada and two sites in the U.S. Walmart’s second Plug Power GenKey site, located in Johnstown, New York, is in the final stages of GenDrive deployment, and is already supported by an on-site GenFuel hydrogen infrastructure.

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