Top 10 Challenges for Employers in 2016

Employers are expected to face a number of challenges in the coming year. According to an annual report from XpertHR, same-sex marriage, lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) protections, accommodating a diverse workforce, paid sick leave, workplace wearables and independent contractor rights are among the biggest employment issues. Court cases, legislation and regulatory actions have called

Gas Under $2 Per Gallon Becomes A Reality

Inspired by low gas prices, more than 91 million Americans opt to drive 50 or more miles during the holiday season. U.S. average gas prices fell below the $2-per-gallon mark on Monday, Dec. 21, just in time for holiday travel. Today’s national average is $1.998 per gallon. Gas hasn’t been this inexpensive since March 25,

NOCO Supports The Salvation Army

NOCO employees and customers help to raise money for those most in need. In this spirit of the holiday season, NOCO Express has donated $13,000 to The Salvation Army of Buffalo, N.Y. Each of NOCO Express’ 35 locations sold paper kettles for $1 each, throughout the month of November to raise money for The Salvation Army.

Retailers Concerned With Internal Theft

Internal theft is one of the greatest concerns for retailers, and it is on the rise. The U.S. Retail Fraud Survey 2015 has revealed that employee theft, of both stock and cash, is now one of the top three concerns for retailers. The survey reveals that alongside online fraud and return fraud, internal theft is

CPD Energy Supports St. Jude

Fundraising efforts made throughout the year by CPD operated c-stores and fueling stations raise $96,000 for St. Jude. Results of CPD Energy Corp.’s Annual Charity Drive, on behalf of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, have been revealed. At an annual recognition meeting for company managers on Dec. 16, 2015, CPD Energy Corp. presented a check in

New Oklahoma Love’s Location

There is a new resting place for drivers in central Oklahoma. Union City, Okla. is home of the newest Love’s Travel Stops, which has opened its doors for business along U.S. Highway 81 and Southwest 59th Street. Drivers in the central part of Oklahoma now have a new place to rest and access to driver

2016 Packaging Trends

Consumers will soon make purchasing decisions based on packaging when choosing between similar products. Mintel has revealed six key trends that are set to impact the global packaging markets in 2016. These trends hold implications for both consumers and brands. “There’s a parallel path between brands striving to engage consumers on a more personal level

Eskimo Hut Debuts New Location in Lubbock, Texas

The new convenience store offers wine and beer on tap. Eskimo Hut, a chain of drive-through convenience stores specializing in frozen daiquiris and margaritas to-go, has introduced a new store in southwest Lubbock, Texas. The new store is located at 54th Street and Slide Road, near Garcia’s Mexican restaurant, Wild Oats and Melrose clothing store.

VP Racing Fuels to Compete in 2016 Monster Jam Tour

VP Racing Fuels will use its new monster truck in its marketing in order to drive product sales. VP Racing Fuels’ new Mad Scientist Monster Jam truck will be competing in the 2016 Monster Jam tour. The truck will make its debut on Jan. 8 in Charlotte, N.C. The truck’s design was inspired by VP

New Kum & Go Opens in Williston, N.D.

New Kum & Go location offers a large variety of food and fuel options to consumers. Last week, Kum & Go opened its newest convenience store location in Williston, N.D. On Thursday, Dec. 17, 2015, at 6 a.m., the new 5,000-square foot convenience store opened its doors at 910 11th Street East. In celebration of the

Skills, Experience and Even Talent Are No Match for Attitude

By Mel Kleiman, president, Humetrics The race  to hire for either skills or experience is over. Today, it’s all about hiring attitude and talent. So, what is the difference? A skill is the ability to do a particular task, like the ability to drive a truck, design a building or cut hair. Experience hones those

What If You Used This Ad to Recruit Your Next New Hire?

By Mel Kleiman, president, Humetrics A   NOTICE TO ALL JOB APPLICANTS FROM THE OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT: We expect 100% accountability. All of our employees accepted employment here knowing we expect them to be 100% accountable, 100% of the time. We only pay for results! We will not pay for excuses! We will not pay for blaming! We

Are You Refusing to Help Your Employees Grow?

By Mel Kleiman, president, Humetrics You do your organization and your employees a tremendous disservice if you avoid correcting and improving performance, behaviors and processes. If you want to grow the organization, you must grow your people. And, to do that, you cannot be reluctant to share your experience and expertise. While it’s good to “catch

How To Recruit 101

By Mel Kleiman, president, Humetrics Here’s a timely reminder to help you compete for the best of those left in the rapidly evaporating labor pool… Get creative with your recruiting ad headlines; make them fun and exciting. For example:  “Truck Driver” becomes “Master of the Road,” and “Restaurant Manager” becomes “Director of Fun and Food.”

Business First Recognizes CandyRific at Awards Gala

CandyRific’s growth and involvement in the community is being recognized. The 2015 Large Company Award from Business First was recently awarded to CandyRific at an awards gala Dec. 10 in its hometown of Louisville, Ky. Louisville Business First honored outstanding businesses and nonprofit organizations in six categories:  very large company, large company, medium company, small

Pro Food Systems Continues to Grow

Pro Food Systems presents employees with leadership opportunities as the company continues to grow. Over 100 people are now employed by Pro Food Systems Inc. (PFS), best known for its Champs Chicken and Cooper’s Express brands. INC magazine has once again named PFS as one of the ‘fastest growing companies in America.’ This is the

CITGO is Honored For Serving Northeastern Illinois

Team CITGO is being honored for its extensive community service projects from the past year. This past year, three local organizations have honored CITGO Lemont Refinery employees for giving back to the community, in recognition of CITGO Petroleum Corporation’s efforts to fuel good in Northeastern Illinois. Volunteers from the refinery, known as Team CITGO, donated

NOCO Express Finishes Store Renovations

NOCO adds better visibility and a new deli case, among other changes. NOCO Express completed renovations at its convenience store located at 3085 Delaware Avenue, at the corner of Kenwood, in Kenmore, N.Y. The three-week interior and exterior remodel provides an updated look and expanded fresh product selection. “While our customers are always looking for

ExxonMobil and Citi Renew Agreement

Decade old partnership continues to provide value for ExxonMobil and its customers. ExxonMobil and Citi Retail Services have renewed their consumer and commercial credit card relationship. ExxonMobil, the largest publicly traded international oil and gas company, and Citi Retail Services, one of North America’s largest and most experienced retail credit solutions providers, extended their relationship

Millennial Economic Optimism

Packaged Facts has found that younger adults tend to be more optimistic than their predecessors, despite the economic climate. A recent report from Packaged Facts has revealed that Millennials are more optimistic overall than previous generations. No matter what the state of the economy, for the past decade, 18- to 34-year-olds have been  highly confident consumers,

How To Prepare For The New Year

By Bill Scott, founder of StoreReport LLC & Scott Systems Inc. Would you believe it? Another year is sliding down the proverbial tube of history. Here are some things to think about before you start your New Year: I will remove every item in my stores that hasn’t sold in the past 90 days 70% of

J.M. Smucker Rearranges Leadership

J.M. Smucker capitalizes with continuity of leadership. The J. M. Smucker Company has announced the retirement of a corporate officer, along with several executive appointments made by the company’s board of directors. The company has announced that Vincent Byrd, vice chairman, will be retiring on June 10, 2016, following 39 years with the company. Byrd,

A No Brainer

By Tony Huppert, CEO of Team Oil Inc. I recently read an article on the ongoing battle between the brick and mortar stores and online stores over sales tax collection. Services supplied to the State are normally reimbursed financially according to the service rendered. That’s the real issue. The main reason online stores do not want

Stripes To Open in Brownsville, Texas

Stripes to donate $1,000 to local middle school as a part of its newest store’s grand opening celebration. Friday, Dec. 18 marks the grand opening of the newest Stripes Convenience Store in Brownsville, Texas. Stripes Stores is hosting a grand opening fiesta and ribbon cutting ceremony with the Brownsville Chamber of Commerce at 12 p.m.

Sunoco LP Acquires Northeastern Fuel Distributor

A new acquisition will complement Sunoco’s fuel distribution business in the Northeast. A wholly-owned subsidiary of Sunoco LP has completed the purchase of a wholesale motor fuel distribution business from Alta East Inc. The newly acquired distributor serves the Northeastern U.S., and was acquired for approximately $57 million and the value of inventory on hand at closing. The