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Gertrude Hawk Chocolates teams with Kronos for HR system

BY CSA STAFF

Chelmsford, Mass. Kronos said Tuesday that Gertrude Hawk Chocolates is using Kronos for time and attendance, human resources and payroll.

Gertrude Hawk Chocolates is a manufacturer and retailer of fine chocolates with 74 retail stores in New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania, and more than 1,700 employees in its retail stores and manufacturing plant.

According to Kronos, the chain was using manual systems for time tracking and human resources. With the new system in place, Gertrude Hawk now has access to all labor-related information in real time. As well, Gertrude Hawk’s IT department spends significantly less time supporting the Kronos system than it spent supporting legacy systems, enabling it to focus on other companywide IT initiatives.

The company said it expects to save $100,000 in the first five years with Kronos and then $100,000 each subsequent year.

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Churchill China introduces Jamie Oliver collection

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NEW YORK Churchill China unveiled a new tabletop line from celebrity chef Jamie Oliver at the International Home and Housewares show last week, according to reports.

The collection features dinnerware designed for easy use by the home cook, reports indicate. Items in the collection are reported to be multi-functional, easy to store and durable.

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Easter costs (a little) more this year

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Target’s Easter circular this year featured virtually all of the same categories and weighed in at 36 pages, but prices were increased in select areas including bags of Easter candy featured on the cover at $2.69 versus $1.99 last year. Candy may cost more, but the price of small bamboo baskets (75 cents), Easter grass (25 cents), 12-count unfilled plastic eggs (65 cents) and Peeps ($1.49) stayed the same.

Price increases were evident on asparagus, $1.99 versus $1.49 last year, Sutton Dodge bone-in roast, $6.99 versus $5.99 last year, Market Pantry frozen turkey at 99 cents versus 78 cents last year and Campbell’s cream of mushroom soup at 75 cents compared to 66 cents.

Prices on other directly comparable advertised food items that were featured both years remained constant and included strawberries ($1.99), Philadelphia Cream Cheese (99 cents), Archer Farms bread ($2.99) and a complete Easter feast ($59.99). Prices declined in a few cases, including whole pineapple at $2.50 this year versus $2.99 last year and Kraft jet-puffed marshmallows at 96 cents this year versus 99 cents last year.

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