Interview Questions That SOAR

By Mel Kleiman, president, Humetrics It will make life easier for both you and your job applicants if you tell them what you are looking for in their answers to your questions. I like to use the SOAR formula: Situation: “Tell me about a time when you had to deal with a difficult co-worker and things did not

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What Did You Teach Your Employees Last Week?

By Mel Kleiman, president, Humetrics If you want your best people to stay with you, you need to help them learn and grow. Do you challenge and stretch them? Do you share information? Are you giving them increased responsibilities and patiently teaching the skills and procedures needed to be successful? I’ve actually had business owners

VP Racing Fuels Remains Official Fuel of CARS Tour

VP Racing Fuels is a solid marketing partner for the CARS Tour and will help the series grow. VP Racing Fuels has committed to remaining the “Official Fuel” for the Championship Auto Racing Series (CARS) Tour through the 2018 season. Under the agreement, CRT, VP’s proprietary race fuel blend for exclusive use by all CARS

New “Super” Wawa to Open in Hamilton, N.J.

Wawa begins new store openings for 2016.  Despite traffic concerns and the highly contested location, Jan. 22, 2016 will mark the opening of the first 2016 Wawa location. The new “super” Wawa is located along route 130 in Hamilton, N.J. According to a report from NJ.com, the new store is slated to open at 8 a.m.

Grand Opening To Celebrate Rutter’s 62nd Store

New convenience store location offers new job openings with competitive wages. A grand opening ceremony is slated to take place on Jan. 29, 2016 to welcome the newest Rutter’s store to Lancaster County, Pa. The new location marks the addition of the chain’s 62nd store, and it is located at 370 West Main Street Leola,

GPM Investments Signs Expansion Agreement

At the deal’s close, GPM will acquire 67 c-stores.  An agreement to acquire 42 convenience stores with gasoline and 25 dealer-operated stores in Virginia and Kentucky has been signed by GPM Investments LLC, further developing GPM’s existing portfolio of stores in the Southeast. The acquisition is expected to close in the first quarter of 2016.

Weigel’s Opens New Tennessee Location

Weigel’s latest c-store addition takes convenience to a whole new level. The 63rd Weigel’s convenience store will open soon in Clinton, Tenn., at 2409 Charles G. Seivers Blvd. Along with the state-of-the-art, full-service convenience store, this busy interstate location off I-75 features four wide diesel fuel bays. Long drive-thrus on entrance and exit make access

Walmart Folding Express Concept

Walmart abandons its small-format concept, turning its attention back to its supercenters and Neighborhood Market locations. Just a handful of years into its Express concept Walmart announced Friday, Jan. 15, it plans to close all 102 of the small-format stores, amid a larger announcement that it was shuttering 269 total stores this year. According to

Wawa Raises Company Wages

In a competitive labor market, companies are focusing on attaining and retaining quality employees.  Wawa convenience stores has announced that it will be raising its starting wages, as well as increasing the wages of its current employees. According to a report from The Morning Call, the convenience chain is raising wages for its customer service associates

H-E-B Opens New C-Store

Grocery operator, H-E-B, is trying its hand in convenience retail. Grocery store operator, H-E-B, which operates 370 grocery locations in Mexico and Texas, has announced that the company will soon begin construction of a new mini-mart location, and construction is expected to be completed in March. According to a report from mySA, this new mini-mart will

Mondelēz Commits to Cage Free

The Humane Society has applauded Mondelēz International’s efforts to make a difference for animals. Following years of progress in sustainable and responsible sourcing, Mondelēz International has committed to transitioning to using cage-free eggs in the U.S. and Canada by 2020 and in Europe by 2025. “With the ambition of being the global leader in well-being

Love’s Opens New Oklahoma Location

New Love’s offers two dining options and other services to customers along in Texhoma, Okla. A new Love’s Travel Stops location has opened for business along U.S. Highway 54 in Texhoma, Okla.. The new travel stop provides drivers in the Oklahoma Panhandle a new place to purchase fuel, snacks and more. The new store offers

Swisher International and Drew Estate Appoint Vice President of Corporate Tobacco Procurement

Swisher International supports Drew Estate’s goals and helps to propel the company forward with the creation of a new position. Nick van Olden has been hired by Swisher International and its sister company, Drew Estate, to fill the newly established position of vice president of corporate tobacco procurement. In this new role, van Olden is responsible

Reynolds American Sells Rights to Natural American Spirit Brand

Nearly all of RAI’s cigarette trademarks are now owned by international tobacco companies. The international rights to the Natural American Spirit brand name and associated trademarks have been sold to the Japan Tobacco Group by Reynolds American Inc. (RAI) in an all cash transaction valued at approximately $5.0 billion. The sale also includes the international

Sheetz is Raising Employee Wages

Sheetz’ competitive wages and employee benefits makes it one of the best places to work in retail. Sheetz has announced that, to further its commitment to offer employees a great place to work and a competitive total compensation package, the company will invest more than $15 million to raise the wages of store employees across

The United Family Celebrates 100th Anniversary

The United Family will kick off the year-long birthday celebration on Jan. 16, 2016, by giving away 100,000 free cupcakes to customers. In 2016, The United Family will celebrate the 100th anniversary of United Supermarkets. In 1916, the company began as the United Cash Store in Sayre, Okla., and has since grown into a multi-banner, Texas-based

Rutter’s Demonstrates Committment to Charitable Giving

Rutter’s has donated over $5 million to worthy causes over the last 12 years. Throughout 2015, Rutter’s donated over $235,000 to Central Pennsylvania charities. The donations made over the past year have elevated the company’s charitable giving total to over $5 million the last 12 years. “We believe that our donations to community organizations, primarily

Speedway, Eby-Brown Renew Supply Agreement

Eby-Brown commits to meeting Speedway supply chain initiatives. Speedway LLC has reached an agreement for a multi-year contract renewal with consumer products distributor, Eby-Brown Co. LLC. This long term agreement states that Eby-Brown will remain the exclusive supplier to Speedway’s Midwest locations. Throughout the past several decades, Eby-Brown has developed core strategies and reengineered multiple business

Thorntons Breaks Ground on Store Support Center

Thorntons has plans to add 110 jobs in the next 10 years. On Friday, Jan. 8, 2016, Thorntons broke ground on the construction for their new Store Support Center. Matt Thornton, CEO, Thorntons, Tony Harris, president, Thorntons and mayor Greg Fischer, of Louisville Metro were all present at a groundbreaking ceremony held on Jan. 8,

NASM Elects New Chairperson

NASM appoints former chairman’s daughter as the 2016 chairperson. Valerie Kelley Amsden of Shakopee, Minn.- based Kelley Fuels, has been appointed as the 2016 chairperson for The National Association of Shell Marketers (NASM). Amsden carries on a long family tradition of service to NASM and other industry associations, following in the footsteps of her father,

What Did You Learn From Your Employees Last Week?

By Mel Kleiman, president, Humetrics If your answer is: “Not a thing,” you must not be asking any questions and that’s the biggest mistake a manager can make. Your people are the ones in the trenches and they know exactly what’s going on, but they’re not going to tell you unless you ask. Here are

Core-Mark Enters Amendment to Expand Credit Facility

Core-Mark expands credit facility to support company growth. North American marketer of fresh and broad-line supply solutions, Core-Mark Holding Co. Inc., has entered into a seventh amendment to its credit facility, which is expected to mature in May 2020. The amendment increases the size of its credit facility from $200 million to $300 million. The

7-Eleven Seeks U.S. Veterans For Franchise Operations

Operation: Take Command from 7-Eleven will award one qualified military veteran a fee-free 7-Eleven franchise. 7-Eleven has something in store for veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces who are looking to open a franchise and be their own boss. Dallas-based 7-Eleven is recruiting qualified men and women who have been honorably discharged to enlist in

Ted Cruz Partakes in NACS In Store Event

Ted Cruz reaches out to the community through the NACS In Store events program. As a part of the National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS) In Store events, Republican presidential candidate from Texas, senator Ted Cruz, took a break from campaigning to spend a day working at the Casey’s convenience store in Manly, Iowa. According

McDonald’s Announces Brand Makeover

In keeping with the company’s progressive views, McDonald’s has launched a worldwide company makeover. In an attempt to create a new atmosphere for consumers, McDonald’s has given its brand packaging a major makeover. According to a report from NBC Chicago, McDonald’s has opted to use colors outside of the brand’s traditional red and yellow for

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