Convenience Store Decisions » Operations & Marketing http://www.cstoredecisions.com Convenience Store Community and News Wed, 15 Oct 2014 21:06:23 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Pilot Flying J Launches Travel Well http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/10/15/pilot-flying-j-launches-travel-well/ http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/10/15/pilot-flying-j-launches-travel-well/#respond Wed, 15 Oct 2014 15:41:25 +0000 http://www.cstoredecisions.com/?p=54797 Following $100 million in upgrades, Pilot introduces promotion to showcase new amenities. Pilot Flying J has launched a new brand identity, along with food and facility upgrades, at more than 650 travel centers across North America. To bring awareness to this milestone, the company is introducing a “Travel Well” promotion to showcase new amenities and

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Love’s Opens Ninth Travel Stop In Alabama http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/10/15/loves-opens-ninth-travel-stop-alabama/ http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/10/15/loves-opens-ninth-travel-stop-alabama/#respond Wed, 15 Oct 2014 15:05:24 +0000 http://www.cstoredecisions.com/?p=54794 New travel stop debuts in Ozark, Ala. Love’s Travel Stops (Love’s) opened its newest travel stop in Ozark, Ala., at U.S. Highway 231, Exit 12, on Thursday, Oct. 2. Professional drivers have 24-hour access to an Arby’s restaurant, 68 parking spaces, seven showers and a Love’s Truck Tire Care center. The travel stop also offers

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Stripes Raises Over $1.4 Million In Record-Breaking Fundraising Campaign http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/10/15/stripes-raises-1-4-million-record-breaking-fundraising-campaign/ http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/10/15/stripes-raises-1-4-million-record-breaking-fundraising-campaign/#respond Wed, 15 Oct 2014 14:44:22 +0000 http://www.cstoredecisions.com/?p=54788 Donations go to MD Anderson Children’s Cancer Hospital. Stripes Stores is proud of its customers and employees for raising more than $1.4 million for The University of Texas MD Anderson Children’s Cancer Hospital as part of the “Stripes Celebrates Tomorrows” campaign during Pediatric Cancer Awareness Month in September. Stripes Stores raised a total of $1,405,706

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Cumberland Farms Continues to Believe in Youth http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/10/15/cumberland-farms-continues-believe-youth/ http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/10/15/cumberland-farms-continues-believe-youth/#respond Wed, 15 Oct 2014 14:38:35 +0000 http://www.cstoredecisions.com/?p=54786 Announces opening of Believe and Achieve Scholarship Program for High School Class of 2015. Cumberland Farms today announced that for the ninth consecutive year, applications are now being accepted from bright and ambitious high school seniors across its eight state service area for the company’s popular Believe and Achieve Scholarship Program. Since Cumberland Farms began

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Love’s Travel Stops Raises Nearly $2 Million For CMN http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/10/14/loves-travel-stops-raises-nearly-2-million-cmn/ http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/10/14/loves-travel-stops-raises-nearly-2-million-cmn/#respond Tue, 14 Oct 2014 14:56:32 +0000 http://www.cstoredecisions.com/?p=54774 Five-week store campaign benefits Children’s Miracle Network. Love’s generous and dedicated customers donated $1.86 million throughout the company’s annual five-week drive to raise money for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. More than 330 Love’s stores in 39 states raised more money this year than ever before, bringing Love’s total contribution over the past 16 years to

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Sheetz Joins Partnership For A Healthier America http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/10/13/sheetz-joins-partnership-healthier-america/ http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/10/13/sheetz-joins-partnership-healthier-america/#respond Mon, 13 Oct 2014 15:28:41 +0000 http://www.cstoredecisions.com/?p=54762 Commits to delivering more nutritious options to meet the needs of the communities it serves. The Partnership for a Healthier America (PHA), which works with the private sector and PHA honorary chair First Lady Michelle Obama to make healthier choices easier for busy parents and families, announced that Sheetz has made a two-year commitment to

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C-Store Industry Positioned For Growth Through Consolidation http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/10/13/c-store-industry-positioned-growth-consolidation/ http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/10/13/c-store-industry-positioned-growth-consolidation/#respond Mon, 13 Oct 2014 15:23:19 +0000 http://www.cstoredecisions.com/?p=54760 Wells Fargo Securities outlines industry trends. Wells Fargo Securities LLC hosted Wells Fargo’s 2nd Annual Convenience Store Forum in conjunction with the National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS) conference in Las Vegas last week. Wells Fargo listed five key themes for the c-store industry: (1) Industry is ripe for consolidation, which should drive efficiency and

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Steve Loehr Leads NACS Executive Committee http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/10/13/steve-loehr-leads-nacs-executive-committee/ http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/10/13/steve-loehr-leads-nacs-executive-committee/#respond Mon, 13 Oct 2014 12:55:02 +0000 http://www.cstoredecisions.com/?p=54767 2014-2015 executive committee announced during the NACS Show. The National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS) announced the election of its 2014-15 Executive Committee during its Board of Directors meeting at the NACS Show in Las Vegas. Steve Loehr, vice president of operations support at La Crosse, Wis.-based Kwik Trip, was named the association’s 2014-15 chairman.

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Kwik Trip Celebrates Opening of 30th CNG Location http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/10/10/kwik-trip-celebrates-opening-30th-cng-location/ http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/10/10/kwik-trip-celebrates-opening-30th-cng-location/#respond Fri, 10 Oct 2014 13:39:02 +0000 http://www.cstoredecisions.com/?p=54739 Expands fuel offerings using only its own internal resources and expertise. Kwik Trip Inc., the Wisconsin-based chain of convenience stores, celebrated the opening of its 30th compressed natural gas station today with the opening of its Fond Du Lac, Wis. location. Kwik Trip opened its first CNG location in April of 2012 and has since

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CST’s Tony Bartys Named To NACS Board http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/10/10/csts-tony-bartys-named-nacs-board/ http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/10/10/csts-tony-bartys-named-nacs-board/#respond Fri, 10 Oct 2014 13:31:53 +0000 http://www.cstoredecisions.com/?p=54735 Bartys among five retail members named to board of National Association of Convenience Stores. Tony Bartys, chief operating officer for Corner Store’s parent company CST Brands, was named to the board of the National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS) during the NACS Board of Directors meeting at the NACS Show in Las Vegas on Wednesday.

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The Myths and Realities Behind Healthy Eating http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/10/10/myths-realities-behind-healthy-eating/ http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/10/10/myths-realities-behind-healthy-eating/#respond Fri, 10 Oct 2014 11:40:02 +0000 http://www.cstoredecisions.com/?p=54741 Media has demonized c-stores, but retailers have a huge opportunity to play a role in addressing obesity epidemic. If your business has yet to jump on the healthy, wholesome food bandwagon, you aren’t doing yourself any favors. “Obesity is the greatest crisis we’ve ever faced,” said NACS Show Opening General Session keynote speaker journalist David

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CSD Honors RaceTrac At Awards Dinner http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/10/09/csd-honors-racetrac-awards-dinner/ http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/10/09/csd-honors-racetrac-awards-dinner/#respond Thu, 09 Oct 2014 14:32:51 +0000 http://www.cstoredecisions.com/?p=54730 RaceTrac receives 2014 Convenience Store Chain of the Year. Last night, Wednesday, Oct. 8, Convenience Store Decisions honored RaceTrac Petroleum Inc. as the 2014 Convenience Store Chain of the Year at an awards dinner at Paradise Beach South at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. The event drew ore than 200 attendees

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Creating a Positive Workplace Culture http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/10/09/creating-positive-workplace-culture/ http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/10/09/creating-positive-workplace-culture/#respond Thu, 09 Oct 2014 14:02:19 +0000 http://www.cstoredecisions.com/?p=54732 Does your chain tolerate bullies? At the NACS Show on Wednesday, Bob Graczyk, vice president human resources, Quick Chek Corp., spoke about the impact of bullying on employee well being and productivity, and how c-store chains can prevent bullying behavior at their stores in an educational session titled, “No Bullies Allowed: Positive Workplace Culture,” Some

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Kangaroo Express Guests Can Win a Year’s Supply of Chips http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/10/08/kangaroo-express-guests-can-win-years-supply-chips/ http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/10/08/kangaroo-express-guests-can-win-years-supply-chips/#respond Wed, 08 Oct 2014 04:27:49 +0000 http://www.cstoredecisions.com/?p=54712 As part of a brand new product launch, customers can use the free Kangaroo Express mobile app to enter to win Totino’s pizza flavor chips. Kangaroo Express, operated by The Pantry Inc., announced it will award one loyal guest with a year’s supply of Totino’s chips. The giveaway is to celebrate the Totino’s chips product

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Enmark Opens Five New Stores in South Carolina http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/10/08/enmark-opens-five-new-stores-south-carolina/ http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/10/08/enmark-opens-five-new-stores-south-carolina/#respond Wed, 08 Oct 2014 04:10:21 +0000 http://www.cstoredecisions.com/?p=54710 All five stores will have gas and diesel fueling stations, fresh-brewed coffee and other convenience store items. The Savannah based service station and convenience store chain, Enmark Stations, Inc. announced the opening of five new locations in South Carolina. The new convenience store locations include: 125 Mathews Drive in Hilton Head Island, S.C.; 3860 Highway

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Gulf Oil Expands Sales Team http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/10/07/gulf-oil-expands-sales-team/ http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/10/07/gulf-oil-expands-sales-team/#respond Tue, 07 Oct 2014 15:38:34 +0000 http://www.cstoredecisions.com/?p=54695 Christopher Gannon and Careyann Robleski-Chmelik join the Gulf team. Gulf Oil LP, one of the fastest growing branded marketers of energy products in the U.S., announced that two additional industry veterans have joined its team as part of Gulf’s successful national expansion efforts. Focused on the South and Midwest regions, each of these new managers

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Consumer Optimism Holds Steady http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/10/07/consumer-optimism-holds-steady/ http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/10/07/consumer-optimism-holds-steady/#respond Tue, 07 Oct 2014 15:04:24 +0000 http://www.cstoredecisions.com/?p=54693 While unchanged from September, optimism is higher than this time last year. Economic optimism held steady in October, with 46% of gas consumers saying that they were optimistic about the economy, according to the latest NACS Consumer Fuels Survey. A majority of consumers ages 18-34 (53%) say that they are optimistic about the economy. While

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CST Brands, Lehigh Gas Partners Complete Acquisition http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/10/06/cst-brands-lehigh-gas-partners-complete-acquisition/ http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/10/06/cst-brands-lehigh-gas-partners-complete-acquisition/#respond Mon, 06 Oct 2014 14:18:26 +0000 http://www.cstoredecisions.com/?p=54665 Lehigh Gas Partners to change its name to CrossAmerica Partners LP. CST Brands Inc. and Lehigh Gas Partners (LGP) announced CST’s completion of the purchase of 100% of the membership interests of Lehigh Gas GP LLC, the general partner of Lehigh Gas Partners LP from Lehigh Gas Corp. and all of the outstanding IDRs of

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NOCO Express Acquires Buffalo Mobile Mart http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/10/03/noco-express-acquires-buffalo-mobile-mart/ http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/10/03/noco-express-acquires-buffalo-mobile-mart/#respond Fri, 03 Oct 2014 14:26:26 +0000 http://www.cstoredecisions.com/?p=54605 Store to undergo renovations this fall. NOCO Express, a family-owned and locally-operated gasoline convenience store chain, has purchased the Mobil Mart located at 585 Elmwood Avenue, at the corner of Lexington Avenue in Buffalo, N.Y. The store is now open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Both the canopy and store will remain

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Lightning Mart Supports Local High School http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/10/03/lightning-mart-supports-local-high-school/ http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/10/03/lightning-mart-supports-local-high-school/#respond Fri, 03 Oct 2014 14:20:27 +0000 http://www.cstoredecisions.com/?p=54603 Local CITGO retailer raises nearly $40,000 to benefit school athletic department and lunch programs. Representatives from CITGO Retailer Lightning Mart in Lafayette, Ind. joined more than 250 golfers and 50 volunteers for a day of golf and prize raffles to benefit the Lafayette Jefferson Golden Broncho Birdie Bash. The event, held on Aug. 23, raised

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Mind Reading for Managers http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/10/02/mind-reading-managers/ http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/10/02/mind-reading-managers/#respond Thu, 02 Oct 2014 20:50:33 +0000 http://www.cstoredecisions.com/?p=54589 How to fully engage your staff in five easy conversations to ensure that everyone is working together as one team. By Kim Seeling Smith, Contributing Editor Did you know that only about one in five of your staff bring their ‘A Game’ to work every day, according to general surveys conducted by the likes of

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Millennials Seek Healthier Workplaces http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/10/02/millennials-seek-healthier-workplaces/ http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/10/02/millennials-seek-healthier-workplaces/#respond Thu, 02 Oct 2014 20:26:11 +0000 http://www.cstoredecisions.com/?p=54561 Experts weigh in on why smart companies are moving to implement workplace wellness programs—and how to start yours. A CSD Staff Report Much has been written about the impact of Millennials on America’s workforce. And it’s true that young people—those born between 1980 and 2000—have very different skills and values from the Gen-Xers and Boomers who

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Re-Imagining the C-Store http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/10/02/re-imagining-convenience-store/ http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/10/02/re-imagining-convenience-store/#comments Thu, 02 Oct 2014 18:24:49 +0000 http://www.cstoredecisions.com/?p=54550 While the industry’s sales remain strong, the industry faces challenges from competing retail channels. U.S. retailers can learn a lesson from overseas marketers. By Suresh Bharadwaj, Contributing Editor In 2012, convenience stores outperformed grocery stores and drugstores in the U.S. both by dollar sales and volume growth. They netted $708.2 billion in revenue and $77.8 billion

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Negotiating Contracts with Expertise http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/10/02/negotiating-contracts-expertise/ http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/10/02/negotiating-contracts-expertise/#respond Thu, 02 Oct 2014 14:59:28 +0000 http://www.cstoredecisions.com/?p=54544 Everything is open for negotiation—even prices, schedules and product offerings that seem carved in stone. Wharton School of Business professor Steven Blum said no one has to just accept what’s offered, but first you must hone your negotiating skills. A CSD Staff Report Life is a series of negotiations. While we may realize this in

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Sheetz Debuts New Location http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/10/02/sheetz-debuts-new-location/ http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/10/02/sheetz-debuts-new-location/#respond Thu, 02 Oct 2014 14:48:17 +0000 http://www.cstoredecisions.com/?p=54543 Makes a $2,500 donation to the Special Olympics Ohio as part of the grand opening festivities. Sheetz Convenience Store opens a new location in Strongsville, Ohio, to increase convenience for customers in well-established markets. Sitting at 9037 Pearl Road, the store will give people another option for great food and drinks. Employees will cut a

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5 Times to Launch a Business http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/10/02/5-times-launch-business/ http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/10/02/5-times-launch-business/#respond Thu, 02 Oct 2014 14:39:47 +0000 http://www.cstoredecisions.com/?p=54530 Many people want to start or expand their businesses, but feel that “it’s just not the right time.” Business coach Sean Castrina explains why common excuses should be used as motivation to become your own boss. A CSD Staff Report Do any of these scenarios hit home? • Rumors abound that your company is for

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Health and the Hispanic Consumer http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/10/01/health-hispanic-consumer/ http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/10/01/health-hispanic-consumer/#respond Wed, 01 Oct 2014 18:44:56 +0000 http://www.cstoredecisions.com/?p=54460 C-stores that make an effort to understand the health issues, diet dynamics and cultural considerations of Hispanic consumers can develop healthier retail relationships in the community.  By Sylvia Meléndez Klinger, Contributing Editor As a registered dietitian who has practiced for 30 years, working with health issues that affect the Hispanic/Latino population in the U.S., I

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The Essence of Leadership http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/10/01/essence-leadership/ http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/10/01/essence-leadership/#respond Wed, 01 Oct 2014 16:02:50 +0000 http://www.cstoredecisions.com/?p=54451 Developing a service-oriented retail strategy can create highly successful teams for c-store owners. A CSD Staff Report We all know the types of people who make great leaders, right? They’re the talented ‘wunderkinds’ who are poised to change the industry. Or, are they the industry veterans who have done it all and seen it all?

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Gulf Oil Expands Into Alabama http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/10/01/gulf-oil-expands-alabama/ http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/10/01/gulf-oil-expands-alabama/#respond Wed, 01 Oct 2014 15:22:18 +0000 http://www.cstoredecisions.com/?p=54449 Bumpers Oil Co. converts to Gulf brand. Gulf Oil LP, one of the fastest growing branded marketers of energy products in the U.S., announced a new partnership with Bumpers Oil Co., a distributor of petroleum products in Alabama. The new relationship returns the iconic motor fuel brand to communities in “The Yellowhammer State” for the

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Recruit the Best (& Skip the Rest) http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/10/01/recruit-best-skip-rest/ http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/10/01/recruit-best-skip-rest/#respond Wed, 01 Oct 2014 15:18:21 +0000 http://www.cstoredecisions.com/?p=54439 If you make the effort to find and recruit the best hourly employees, you will add value to your organization now and in the future because you’re recruiting the kind of people who can give you a competitive edge. By Mel Kleiman, Contributing Editor When it comes to recruiting hourly employees, the sixth annual Convenience

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COGO’s Partners With OpenStore to Drive Customer Loyalty http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/10/01/cogos-partners-openstore-drive-customer-loyalty/ http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/10/01/cogos-partners-openstore-drive-customer-loyalty/#respond Wed, 01 Oct 2014 15:04:40 +0000 http://www.cstoredecisions.com/?p=54442 Launches Web-based and mobile technology. CoGo’s Co., a convenience store chain based in Pittsburgh, embarked on a brand-new marketing strategy with OpenStore by GasBuddy to extend special discounts and offers to their valued customers. OpenStore is a complete digital marketing solution to help convenience store owners and managers concentrate on reaching and rewarding their customers

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MAPCO Installing New Marketing Technology http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/10/01/mapco-installing-new-marketing-technology/ http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/10/01/mapco-installing-new-marketing-technology/#respond Wed, 01 Oct 2014 14:39:15 +0000 http://www.cstoredecisions.com/?p=54440 Partners with Gilbarco Veeder-Root to add marketing technology across 220 sites by the end of 2014. MAPCO recently partnered with Gilbarco Veeder-Root to install the Impulse upselling platform across 220 sites by the end of 2014. MAPCO, which operates 375 stores in the southeast, is using the Impulse platform to drive dynamic digital content at

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Mitigating Risk to Protect Your Business http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/09/30/54431/ http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/09/30/54431/#respond Tue, 30 Sep 2014 20:26:10 +0000 http://www.cstoredecisions.com/?p=54431 More and more companies are investing in cybersecurity insurance, which is designed to mitigate losses from a variety of cyber incidents, including data breaches, business interruption and network damage. By Mark E. Battersby, Contributing Editor The dangers of Internet hacking and cyber thefts continue to make the headlines. This fall, Home Depot discovered a data

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How Can Employees Show Customers They Care? http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/09/30/can-employees-show-customers-care/ http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/09/30/can-employees-show-customers-care/#respond Tue, 30 Sep 2014 19:37:47 +0000 http://www.cstoredecisions.com/?p=54418 It doesn’t take a big-business budget to make customers feel special. All you need is a little creativity and a personal touch. A CSD Staff Report Caring about customers is one of the best ways to differentiate your business and gain long-term consumer loyalty. But how can employers incorporate such a “soft” skill into their operation?

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Are Employees Sabotaging Your Company? http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/09/30/employees-sabotaging-company/ http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/09/30/employees-sabotaging-company/#respond Tue, 30 Sep 2014 18:26:03 +0000 http://www.cstoredecisions.com/?p=54408 Consultants Julie Miller and Brian Bedford share 10 employee types  whose attitudes and actions are sabotaging your company’s accountability,  costing you money, and sending customers running for the hills. A CSD Staff Report We all know what it’s like to be promised, “I’ll get back to you on that question,” only to never hear another

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