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Top 10 Characteristics of Effective Performance Reviews

Top 10 Characteristics of Effective Performance Reviews

Performance reviews are an important element of employee development, growth, and advancement. These reviews can sometimes be dreaded by both managers and employees alike, but it’s time for that to change. Reviews don’t have to be difficult or awkward. As a...

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What Are Your Training Goals?

What Are Your Training Goals?

Think back on your last training session. Did you just talk about the new product promotion, or did you explain why it’s important? Did you mention customer service or just remind employees to smile? Did you tell team members exactly what you expect from them and how...

Customer Service Under the Canopy

Customer Service Under the Canopy

Tens of thousands of people fuel up their cars every day, and most of those sales take place in a convenience store just like yours. With the convenience of pay-at-the-pump, many of your fuel customers never walk into your store, but that doesn’t mean they don’t...

5 Benefits of Virtual Interviewing

5 Benefits of Virtual Interviewing

​Virtual interviewing has been around for many years, but recent events have normalized it in industries that may have never tried it before. Although you will need to meet your future convenience store employees face-to-face eventually, there are many benefits to...

The Who, What, Why, & How of Category Management

The Who, What, Why, & How of Category Management

​Category management for convenience stores is a multifaceted concept that involves many moving parts. Let’s break it down: Who: Category managers at a corporate level are responsible for determining what products your store will carry and how those products will be...

Be Our Takeout Guest

Be Our Takeout Guest

​Convenience stores have traditionally competed with quick-serve and other restaurants for a fair share of food service business. As the demand for takeout meals continues to boom, your strategy to attract takeout guests must adapt to changes in the growing market. As...

Who Is the Most Important Person in Your Store?

Who Is the Most Important Person in Your Store?

You’ve probably heard this one before – “The customer’s perception is your reality.” What does that mean for convenience stores? It means that it doesn’t matter how great your processes are, how well you’ve merchandised, or where you set your prices. What matters to...

The Importance of Store Visits at Night

The Importance of Store Visits at Night

​Store visits give convenience store district managers and other multi-unit managers a glimpse into challenges store-level employees face on any given shift. If your convenience store is open 24 hours or late into the night, it’s important to conduct store visits at...

Promoting from Within to Control Staffing Costs

Promoting from Within to Control Staffing Costs

You’ll decrease turnover, reduce hiring costs, and improve morale when you implement a staff development policy that focuses on promoting from within. Developing employees to build a career at your company – rather than just clock in and out every shift – will...

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