The employee scheduling and workforce management solution provider Planday partners with The METRO GROUP, Wholesale & Food Specialist Company (W&FS Co.) which is a leading international player in wholesale and foodservice distribution.

In 2014, Planday received investment from Creandum, and in 2015, they received another investment from former global Just-Eat CEO, Klaus Nyengaard. In 2016, Planday received a $14 million series B investment led by Idinvest, Creandum, SEB Private Equity, and Angel Investor Arthur Kosten, co-founder of Now METRO has invested in Planday and Dr. Flesner will be joining the Planday Board.

METRO has committed to acquire a minority stake in Planday and will expand its ability to digitally transform the hospitality sector through carefully selected investments into best-in-class digital solution providers. Planday provides a solution that enables business owners to take employee scheduling from pen and paper to a streamlined, digital process — saving managers significant time and resources. Planday grew out of a simple idea: scheduling and communication should be simple and straightforward for both managers and employees.

“METRO is committed to offering its customers the best digital tools available, allowing them to run their businesses more efficiently and successfully,” said Dr Hansjörg Sage, Managing Director of METRO’s digital business unit. “With Planday, METRO can now offer its customers a world-class, cloud-based employee scheduling and management system. Planday easily convinced us that they were the most robust and easy-to-use solution”

Planday CEO, Christian Brøndum, commented on the announcement:

“We are determined to help hospitality and retail businesses move away from outdated, complicated, and cumbersome tools and processes. This means businesses are sufficiently staffed for busy periods, maximizing sales and customer loyalty, while not over-staffing quieter periods, which reduces unnecessary costs”.

With its sales lines METRO Cash & Carry and Real as well as its other associated companies, METRO GROUP W&FS Co. operates in 35 countries and employs more than 150,000 people around the world.