April 2011 Back Rumor

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Anyone else think Paul Miller = the “mayhem” guy from the Allstate commercials?

One Southern chain is revisiting its coffee program. Details to follow.

BR guesses there’s a little “Music Man” in all of us, D.M.

D.F., hope you and the Mrs. enjoyed your well-deserved vacation in Cancun.

Quit hogging all the categories, S.C.

Shout-out to our new single-store friend in W.V.: Hope to see you at a show.

BR is looking forward to trying out the secret nickname from G.M. and K.G. Good luck to K.C. in her training for the Tri-Fitness Challenge! K.M., sounds as if your Big Apple weekend helped you cross quite a few items off your “bucket list.”

BR congratulates Dave Martinson of RaceTrac on qualifying for the Boston Marathon in 2012. A new software module has helped B.H. cut hiring time by 57%, staffing a new store recently in about three days vs. seven in the past. BR wishes good hunting to S.B.

Looks as if DGD Foods is now open for business. Good luck, Greg D.

BR hears folks are still talking about the Hatco-NAFEM ’60s party. Was that Rick A.’s real hair?

A Midwest retailer is excited about the opportunities offered by some sites it’s buying. For starters, the stores don’t even have fountain machines! T.G., hope you get to step on a lot of grapes.

To our new Midwest friend: We’re looking forward to your next land purchase.

One oil company recently launched an online data-security training module.

We see J.B. is collecting a lot of travel miles in his new position at a large pump manufacturer. Welcome to the industry!

What could be the hold-up for one of the new “superjobbers”?

What’s past zero, G.O.? Keep plugging away at those turnover numbers.

BR is glad the wonders of wireless have freed L.R. to take vacations outside of his hometown.

Congrats on your new consultancy, J.S.

BR hears some industry “riders” will bike their way from Seattle to Portland. Good luck, R.D.!

A 16-hour blackout from his transaction processor caused a $40,000 loss for one central U.S. retailer.

Don’t get too used to those pain meds, G.P. Best of luck on your surgery. 

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