Bag Ban Opposition Mounts

Opposition to AB 1998, “bag ban bill,” is growing rapidly across the state of California. Hundreds of businesses, many of them small grocers and retailers have joined forces with manufacturing associations, chambers of commerce and plastic bag makers statewide to send a clear message to the state government: start focusing on the real problems facing

Atlas Oil Among 101 Best & Brightest Companies

As Atlas Oil Co., a provider of round-the-clock petroleum products and services, has yet another reason to celebrate this year. Not only is the company celebrating its 25th Anniversary this year, but it has been listed on the “Metropolitan Detroit’s 101 Best and Brightest Companies to Work For” list just announced by the Michigan Business

VERC Enterprises Achieves Workplace Goal

VERC Enterprises, an independent chain of gasoline stations and convenience stores throughout the region, has reached its goal of having a workforce made up of 15% disabled/challenged individuals within their stores, dBusinessNews reported. Leo Vercollone, CEO of VERC Enterprises, said his company has long believed in the value of reaching out to individuals who have

Rally in Wholesale Gasoline Prices Hits Wall

By Brian L. Milne, Refined Fuels Editor, Telvent DTN When gasoline prices at the pump spike, consumers should realize that theses daily and weekly changes are muted when considering the extraordinary volatility in the wholesale market. This risk is primarily borne by wholesalers and retailers that look to more gradually pass on these costs to

Van Holten’s Announces New Hire

Waterloo, Wis.-based snack food manufacturer, Van Holten’s, welcomes Jon Florin as its new marketing manager.   Florin joins Van Holten’s with an extensive background in marketing and in the retail food business with his most recent position being marketing director at Madison Media Institute. Florin is now responsible for formulating and executing marketing strategies to help support and

The Economic Reality of Recruiting

Just 24 months ago, anyone who wanted a frontline, hourly worker’s job only needed a pulse to get hired. Now, we are faced with staggering unemployment, massive underemployment and tremendous job dissatisfaction. A new report releases from The Conference Board found that just 45% of workers in the U.S. were satisfied with their jobs, the

Retail Fuel Prices Edge Lower in Early June

By Brian L. Milne, Refined Fuels Editor, Telvent DTN The U.S. average price for regular grade gasoline sold at retail outlets dropped nearly 18 cents or 6% from a May 10 multi-month high at $2.905 a gallon to $2.728 gallon on Memorial Day, a time when retail prices have typically surged.  The decline is less

Wholesale Gasoline Prices Plummet After Confidence Shaken

By Brian L. Milne, Refined Fuels Editor, Telvent DTN On the first business day of May, the gasoline futures market which is used as a benchmark in pricing gasoline in the wholesale physical market, spiked to a 19-month high. Three days later on May 6, the gasoline futures contract tumbled 34.57 cents or 14.2% from

Coke Plans New Distribution

Coca-Cola Enterprises Inc. is testing a new method of delivering beverages to 7-Eleven stores in Southern California, using Costco Wholesale Corp. as an intermediary, Reuters reported. Currently, under Coke’s direct-store delivery model, beverages are sent from the bottling facility to a warehouse and then to a distribution center, which distributes the drinks to individual stores.

Walgreens Launches Pilot Program in Dallas/Fort Worth

Walgreens is launching a pilot program in the Dallas/Fort Worth area to broaden its workforce and disability inclusion initiatives. The program aims to hire people with disabilities for 10% of service clerk openings at stores in the area. On average, Walgreens hires more than 1,600 service clerks a year in this area alone. “Once this

Shell CEO Predicts Oil To Become More Expensive

Royal Dutch Shell’s chief executive predicted Thursday that oil will remain the dominant energy source for decades, and one that will become more difficult and thus more expensive to obtain, MarketWatch reported. Shell’s CEO Peter Voser, gave the prediction as he spoke before an audience at The Wall Street Journal’s ECO:nomics conference in Santa Barbara,

Anheuser-Busch Eliminates 90 Positions

Anheuser-Busch InBev NV’s U.S. division cut about 90 jobs in its sales division Thursday, including several vice presidents, some 350 other layoffs are occur in the coming months as part of the company’s restructuring, The Wall Street Journal reported. The job reductions linked to the reorganization are intended to help the world’s largest beer maker

Maintaining Faith in America

With jobs being transferred overseas and business burdened with new financial challenges, more and more employees are struggling to survive. Now I’ll be the first to admit that I don’t have a great understanding of the global economy, but there’s a disturbing trend of outsourcing jobs overseas, while at the same time hamstringing American business

Love’s Welcomes New Employee

Oklahoma City-based Love’s Travel Stops & Country Stores has named Lawrence Mantin manager of application development. In this position, Mantin will be responsible for support of back office applications, primarily .NET development for Love’s, which operates more than 200 locations in more than 30 states. Mantin joined Love’s with more than 18 years experience in

Six R’s and One C Spell Retention

The 2009 EDGE Report published by Robert Half International and CareerBuilder, offers a great overview of the job market today and what it looks like in the near future. The survey was conducted in the second quarter of 2009 and the results are based on the responses of 500 hiring managers and 500 workers age

Frontline Reversal of Fortune

EDITOR’S NOTE: CSD AND HR CONSULTANT MEL KLEIMAN WILL PRESENT THE SECOND ANNUAL HR STUDY, FEATURING EMPLOYEE TRENDING DATA AND A STORE EMPLOYEE SALARY OVERVIEW, IN THE JANUARY 2010 ISSUE OF CONVENIENCE STORE DECISIONS. Just a short 18 months ago, most convenience retailers were desperate for frontline workers and, on most days, priority one was to

The Power to Turn a Life Around

While this troubled economy lingers, there might never be a better time than right now to increase your efforts to make a positive difference in the lives of your employees. As I reflected on gracious words attributed to a motivational speaker, the late professor Leo Buscaglia, I was both struck by his gentle touch, and

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