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Primitives by Kathy Chooses NE Time Systems

NE Time Systems, a technology services company, is proud to announce that Primitives by Kathy has automated its time and labor management processes by utilizing the NE Time Systems solution (powered by NOVAtime).

"Oh my gosh! You guys are awesome!

Your response time blows me away."

Within the last 20 years, Primitives by Kathy grew from 1 product to over 8,000 with a team of over 150 talented and passionate industry experts – and is ranked as one of the top 25 fastest-growing women owned businesses. 


Their website explains the ideas behind their success, “We create product that is ahead-of-the trend, uniquely designed and constantly evolving. We embrace the unexpected, set the trends and challenge ourselves to create décor and gifts that are memorable and one-of-a-kind.”


In 2014, Primitives by Kathy outgrew their time and attendance system. Lori Horn, Controller, recalls, “Our old system was not user-friendly, and it had limitations on the number of employee records. Paid time off and short term disability balances were difficult to track, and data did not export very well into Excel. While we started looking for a better provider, we discontinued support and implemented a number of manual workarounds for issues that arose in the interim. This was frustrating for everyone involved, because we didn’t have everything in one place. Certain requests for information required the involvement of two to three people from the IT department, and it was a real challenge when we needed this information right away.”

That is when Primitives by Kathy engaged NE Time Systems

"I think the service is outstanding"

Describing the difference, Ms. Horn says, “Everything is now at our fingertips. We are now able to perform productivity analysis and time study analysis. We can generate reports at the touch of a button and drop the results into Excel. A lot of people have a lot of faith in the system. It is user-friendly and easy to undo anything you do wrong. If flows naturally and accommodates our reporting needs and the configuration changes that we require. Processing payroll used to involve an extra half day of effort, because we keyed everything in manually. Now we run a report into a pivot-table, and send it to payroll in a format that they can use immediately. It has really streamlined things.”

"Every time I have called in, every single one of you is willing to help in any way.  I have never detected frustration or condescension, and everyone is happy to answer my questions."

Ms. Horn continues, “Our supervisors like running reports as well to run their own analysis. What is most compelling about the software is that it is easy to use.”


When NE Time Systems asked Ms. Horn for feedback on their service, “she replied, “Oh my gosh! You guys are awesome! Your response times blow me away. Jack Reed has been absolutely awesome and has been patient with customizing PTO rules for some unique scenarios. I think the service is outstanding, and you are local too, so that is nice. Every time I have called in, every single one of you is willing to help in any way. I have never detected frustration or condescension, and everyone is happy to answer my questions.”


NE Time Systems is honored to have Primitives by Kathy as a client and is committed to serving them for the long-term to help them do more of what they do best, adorning millions of households with decorative items that feature a combination of perfect sentiment and fresh design that never goes out of style.

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