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Should we Distribute HR Into the Business?

Should we Distribute HR Into the Business? | My Business $ | Scoop.it
Today we see an explosive change in the world of work: people work remotely with high degrees of connectivity, companies are globalized and organizations are flatter, employees are less engaged than ever, and talent markets are rapidly changing.

 

Is it time for a whole new model for HR? Josh Bersin think the answer is yes.


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Craig Slepsky's comment, February 25, 2013 10:14 AM
As society changes the business world must adapt.
Tony Brugman (Bright & Company)'s curator insight, February 26, 2013 6:08 AM

Research by Bersin shows that the current HR model isn't working, due to:

- Lack of necessary skills
- Lack of authority HR Business Partners or HR Generalist
- Lack of time to reach out into the outside world
- High variation of roles HR Business Partners

 

Josh Bersin does not want to reveil their 'secret' yet, but gives some hints of what (HR) organizations should do differently. Such as distributing more authority and intelligence into HR teams within the business, and creating  "networks of expertise" instead of "centers of expertise".

 

More in the full article. Good read!

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Card Advantages

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English 11-  These cards are examples of savings and advantages that Sheetz offers to its customers that other food and beverage companies do not offer.

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Interview Answers

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Craig –

 

Thanks for the interest in Sheetz.  I answered your interview questions below.  Please feel free to get back to me if there is any follow-up needed.

 

Thanks,

 

Ryan Sheetz

 

 



1. What was the inspiration behind Sheetz?  Bob Sheetz (my uncle) started the company in 1952 in Altoona, PA.  Prior to Sheetz, the family business was Harshbarger Dairy (a wholesale operation that would buy milk from local farmers and process/pasteurize/package for retail).  Bob had a tremendous work ethic and entrepreneurial spirit that drove him to want to create something meaningful.  In 1952, Bob purchased one of our Dairy store locations and turned it into Sheetz – a local corner store that sold milk, eggs, bread and had a lunch counter.

2. How did the first established Sheetz run?
The “Sheetz Run” concept is a social meme that organically formed from our loyal customers (who we call Sheetz Freakz).

 

3. Who were the first employees?
Bob and other family members pulled together to operate the first Sheetz.  Bob was blessed with a big family (brothers, sisters, aunts, uncles, etc) so he had lots of free labor at hand!  John Mickle was the first employee that Bob “hired”, and we are proud to say that John is still working for the company today.

 

4. When did MTO hit the scene?
1986

 

5. Who takes create for the innovative MTO?

Earl Springer was a store manager for us in Williamsport, MD.  He created the MTO and still works for us today.  Earl is our Manager of Employee Programs.


6. How does technology play a role in Sheetz?

Technology plays a big part of who we are today.  We embrace technology early on and try to leverage it in ways to better serve our customers.  The best example of this is that we were the first to introduce touch screen ordering.


7. What are some of the new innovations being introduced in Sheetz stores? In the next year?
Near future? Future?

The future is all about Food and Beverage.  New menu items and new drink platforms are always on our mind.  We will be testing a “Fuel Free Store” (sheetz store without gas) in the near future.  Alos we will be building a distribution center/kitchen facility in Burlington, NC later this year.


8. I have noticed Sheetz has begun selling products marked as a Sheetz brand, what products are being sold as Sheetz brand?

We have many Sheetz branded products in our store today.  MTO, Sheetz Brothers Coffee, MTgo (ready to eat food), and Gasoline are the heavy hitters.  We also have Sheetz Water, Candy, Nuts, Coffee Drinks, etc.  When looking at private label, we like that we can control the product to ensure the highest quality but still deliver a great price point for our customer.


9. What is the most profitable aspect of Sheetz? (ex: gas, MTO food, fountain drinks, car wash, convenience store products)

We definitely make our profits on the inside of the store.  Retailing gasoline is not a very profitable business (average profit range on a gallon of gas can be between 2-7 cents).  Car wash has been a good business for us, but again our future is all about Food and Beverage.


10. What are the regulations or limits set on alcohol sales?

This is a very complex question – probably would take a real attorney to answer, but I will try my best!  Today, the regulatory environment in PA is very comprehensive and yet extremely confusing.  At the basic level, you cannot sell gasoline and alcohol out of the same business.  Additionally anyone who sells beer in the format that we would like to do so today needs to hit certain criteria.  A sample would be: separate your gas sales on a different register, have seating (and associated parking spots) for at least 30 people, allow for consumption on site, etc.  Of course, a necessity would be to fully train and support your staff to responsibly sell alcohol in a professional manner – something that we take very seriously and currently do in 5 of the 6 states we currently sell beer and alcohol in today.  Like I said, it is a very complex discussion.


Thank you for your time and consideration,
Craig Slepsky

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Craig Slepsky's comment, April 25, 2013 8:42 AM
English 11- This is an interview from Ryan Sheetz, the Director of Brand Strategy. This is a credible source and will be used to show the, better service, technology, and efficiency that Sheetz has.
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What it is like to work at Sheetz

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Take an inside look at working for Sheetz as told by real employees. Find reviews, frequently asked questions and open jobs on Indeed.com.
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Sheetz appeals to the customer with many convience opportunities.

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Craig Slepsky's comment, April 25, 2013 8:49 AM
English 11- This explains some of Sheetz innovative strategy for growth in the food and beverage market. This is a job search website and a detailed background is given about Sheetz.
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ServiceMaster Clean Home

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Service Master offers a variety of services at many different locations.

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Sheetz® Official Site :: History of Sheetz

Sheetz® Official Site :: History of Sheetz | My Business $ | Scoop.it
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The legacy of Sheetz, one of the most innovative companies out there.

 

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Wawa or Sheetz? A Matter of Convenience

Wawa or Sheetz? A Matter of Convenience | My Business $ | Scoop.it
Two popular convenience stores in the Northeast, Wawa and Sheetz, have loyal followings that hew closely to their geographic range. At left, locations for both chain stores in the region.
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Sheetz has strategic building placement.

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7 great reasons to embed a storytelling culture in your business

7 great reasons to embed a storytelling culture in your business | My Business $ | Scoop.it

Storytelling brings clarity and cohesion to your communications and for leaders in business the art of capturing and telling stories is one worth developing and nurturing. Stories connect on an emotional level, are memorable and are, therefore, one of the most useful forms of communication in business today.


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Craig Slepsky's comment, February 25, 2013 10:17 AM
Having an inspirational backstory to how your business started or what your motivation was, can help connect with the consumer.
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How Mobile is Changing Business - Infographic - KISSmetrics

How Mobile is Changing Business - Infographic - KISSmetrics | My Business $ | Scoop.it
More people are shopping on mobile devices than ever before. Is your business prepared to satisfy these mobile bound customers? Click here to learn more.

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Craig Slepsky's comment, February 25, 2013 10:31 AM
Mobile shopping is becoming more frequent, businesses must make adjustments to satisfy costumes.
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The 5 Employees Every Small Business Needs

The 5 Employees Every Small Business Needs | My Business $ | Scoop.it

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Craig Slepsky's comment, February 26, 2013 10:16 AM
Know what you want in your employees, formulate you interviews around the traits you seek.
Sigrid de Kaste's comment, February 27, 2013 4:04 AM
Agree Craig!
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It's critical to make sure each employee fulfills the right role needed for your company's overall success. Visit our Employee Solutions section at www.nuavasolutions.com

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The Top Ten Challenges in Time Management

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Daniel Watson's curator insight, February 19, 2013 10:05 PM


Time management tips abound everywhere, yet dispite the volume of advice made freely available, business owners as a whole, still seem to struggle to make more effective use of the time they have available to give to their business.


Obviously, tips alone are not enough change behaviour, and what appears to be needed is a clearer understanding of the challenges one faces and must overcome, to be better placed to make more effective use of time.


This excellent article, avoids providing the usual time management tips, and instead, it provides a list of 10 challenges business owners must work to overcome, before they can successfully make better use of their time.

donhornsby's curator insight, February 20, 2013 7:59 AM

(From the article): Challenge 1: I don’t know what I want. The best way of overcoming this problem is to set aside a little time every day just to think. The most successful people in the world recognize the need for think time, and make a conscious effort to set that time aside. For many it becomes a kind of ritual.

Craig Slepsky's comment, February 26, 2013 10:18 AM
Time management must always be a first priority.
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Sheetz Upgrades Lighting : Convenience Store Decisions

Sheetz Upgrades Lighting : Convenience Store Decisions | My Business $ | Scoop.it
Sheetz goes LED, cuts energy costs in half.   More than 130 Sheetz locations now feature state-of-the-art LED lighting by Cree Inc. The installation of...

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Craig Slepsky's comment, February 26, 2013 10:19 AM
Going green is big in today's world. Just another company satisfying costumers with its many convenient perks.
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Our Culture | Sheetz Jobz

Our Culture | Sheetz Jobz | My Business $ | Scoop.it
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English 11- Sheetz goes above and beyond to satisfy customers and build lasting relationships.

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FAQS

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English 11-  These frequently asked questions are one example of Sheetz excellent service to customers.  It is directly from Sheetz official website.

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ServiceMaster Clean | ServiceMaster

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ServiceMaster also offers products of it's own for sale.

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Sheetz® Official Site :: The Sheetz Family

Sheetz® Official Site :: The Sheetz Family | My Business $ | Scoop.it
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Sheetz is a private owned company, run within the Sheetz family, with five members positioned as executives.

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Sheetz® Official Site :: Frequently Asked Questions

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This link has many frequently asked questions, as well as many answers to the privateness of Sheetz locations.

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Sheets interview

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Best regards,

 

Karen McCabe

Marketing

 

 

From: Craig Slepsky [mailto: slepskycraig@yahoo.com ]Sent: Tuesday, March 05, 2013 10:37 AMTo: Karen McCabeSubject: Craig Slepsky- senior research questions

 

 

Hi Karen,

I am Craig Slepsky, a senior at Penn-Trafford High School . First I would like to apologize for the lapse in time between our correspondence due to intermittent instructional time spent in this specific project. My senior research paper is focused on business management. There are three main components to my paper. I plan on conducting an interview with a corporation, a franchise, and a family owned business. I chose Sheetz as the corporation I want to interview, this is because, it started locally in Altoona , is rapidly expanding, and is unique compared to its competition. The due date for this project is in mid April, but there is no rush with your response. I would appreciate a reply at you earliest convenience. The questions I have for you are as follows:

1. What was the inspiration behind Sheetz?
2. How did the first established Sheetz run?
3. Who were the first employees?
4. When did MTO hit the scene?
5. Who takes create for the innovative MTO?
6. How does technology play a role in Sheetz?
7. What are some of the new innovations being introduced in Sheetz stores? In the next year?
Near future? Future?
8. I have noticed Sheetz has begun selling products marked as a Sheetz brand, what products are being sold as Sheetz brand?
9. What is the most profitable aspect of Sheetz? (ex: gas, MTO food, fountain drinks, car wash, convenience store products)
10. What are the regulations or limits set on alcohol sales?

Thank you for your time and consideration,
Craig Slepsky

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How to Identify the Best Customers for Your Business

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Many companies pursue growth opportunities without adequately defining who their ideal customers are. That lack of clarity can hamper profitable growth.

 

It’s difficult to start a venture that gains traction with paying customers. In the first decade of the 21st century, fewer than half of all U.S. startups were able to survive beyond three years.1 But it’s even harder to grow a company beyond certain levels of sales. Of the nearly 44,000 companies founded in 2000 and listed in the Capital IQ database — which includes public and privately held companies — fewer than 6% achieved more than $10 million in revenues by 2010, and fewer than 2% grew to more than $50 million.2 Why?


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Craig Slepsky's comment, February 25, 2013 10:30 AM
Finding the right target consumer can make or break a business.
Craig Slepsky's comment, February 25, 2013 10:30 AM
Finding the right target consumer can make or break a business.
Craig Slepsky's comment, February 25, 2013 10:30 AM
Finding the right consumer can make or break a business.
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Advertisers Must Be Inventors | Harvard Business Review

Advertisers Must Be Inventors | Harvard Business Review | My Business $ | Scoop.it

Modern marketing success requires more than great commercials. Outside of live televised events, advertising is easy to avoid. People can skip ads, and 46% of American homes are now equipped with DVRs. The on-demand life is only becoming more on-demand.

 

Dish Network's Hopper with Sling DVR lets you skip ads entirely, and technically won Best in Show at CES this year. Netflix just released David Fincher's new original series, "House of Cards," to much fanfare, and instead of following the traditional release model, made all thirteen episodes available at once: when, where, how you want it, and ad-free.

 

As Mary Meeker pointed out in her presentation on the state of the internet, digital is disrupting virtually every aspect of life — from photography to entertainment to education to transportation to shopping to publishing to the very concept of ownership. You name it. Advertisers have to imagine more and more scenarios in which traditional ads just don't have a place anymore. We need to invent new models and find new ways to connect with consumers around the content they love....


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Jeff Domansky's curator insight, February 20, 2013 2:02 PM

This is a thoughtful post and a good read for marketing, advertising and PR pros.

Craig Slepsky's comment, February 26, 2013 10:16 AM
New ideas in advertising is needed. America's media is ready for the 'next big thing'.
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10 Questions to Ask Before Family and Friends Become Business Partners

10 Questions to Ask Before Family and Friends Become Business Partners | My Business $ | Scoop.it

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Randi Thompson's curator insight, February 21, 2013 9:13 AM

Before you jump into a business with family members or friends...make sure that you answer these questions, and get the response in writing!

Craig Slepsky's comment, February 26, 2013 10:17 AM
This can help guide you with who you can and can't hire to help run a family business.
Central-Business-District's comment, February 26, 2013 5:58 PM
This is a must read if you star a business wit partnership
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Female execs with FedEx, ServiceMaster recognized in 'Profiles in Diversity ... - Bizjournals.com

Female execs with FedEx, ServiceMaster recognized in 'Profiles in Diversity ... - Bizjournals.com | My Business $ | Scoop.it
Female execs with FedEx, ServiceMaster recognized in 'Profiles in Diversity ...Bizjournals.comCleveland-based Profiles in Diversity Journal, a bi-monthly magazine focusing on leadership diversity in all industries, has recognized two female...

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Craig Slepsky's comment, February 26, 2013 10:18 AM
Females making it in the business, makes women proud. Good for them