Crown Ace Hardware

The Facts:

52 Locations

300 Employees

100 Paper Checks Eliminated / 100 Payroll Cards Implemented

West Coast Ace Hardware franchise

SOLE Client Since 2012

About Crown Ace Hardware:

Ace Hardware is a nationally trusted hardware store specializing in friendly customer service. Crown Ace is a franchise of Ace Hardware with locations throughout California and Arizona.

The Situation:

Issuing paper checks to 30% of its workforce was a logistical nightmare for Crown Ace Hardware. Every two weeks, paychecks were delivered to all of Crown Ace’s store locations. When an employee misplaced a paycheck, a new check had to be delivered via overnight air mail, and a stop-payment issued to cancel the original check.

Simple Onboarding

When Crown Ace's HR team decided to replace paper checks with payroll cards, they turned to a trusted source—their payroll processor, Paycom—who referred Crown Ace to SOLE. After a few quick conversations, Crown Ace was issuing paycards to their employees.

Going Paperless: Priceless

Alana Scott, Crown Ace HR Support Specialist, said, “using SOLE Paycards for the past 5 years has allowed us to achieve paperless payroll, saving the company money and reducing the environmental impact of paper checks. We now have a grove of trees planted in Crown Ace Hardware’s name—priceless!”

Financial Access for Employees

With payroll cards, employees are “able to manage their money through SOLE’s online account or mobile app, similar to a bank account,” said Scott. Employees are also able to use their paycards for online bill pay and get cash back at the grocery store instead of paying check-cashing services.


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