OPERATIONS

A|X Armani Exchange implements Assess Systems pre-employment solution

BY CSA STAFF

Dallas — Human resources solution firm Assess Systems said Thursday that A|X Armani Exchange has chosen Assess to provide pre-employment testing of all stock and sales associates for both the retailer’s Canadian and U.S. operations.

According to Assess, A|X Armani Exchange chose to implement pre-employment testing to improve candidate fit and to ensure that it sources and hires candidates that are customer-driven and sales-focused. Assess worked with A|X Armani Exchange to identify what success looks like for its retail team, then determined which critical capabilities contribute to that success.

“We are always looking for qualified associates that can provide top-level service to our clients. Working with Assess Systems helps guide us through the process with good pre-employment screen, personality assessments, and sales aptitude assessments,” said David Kosten, executive VP of human resources for A|X Armani Exchange.

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D.Spencer says:
Mar-20-2013 02:03 pm

With all the globalization
With all the globalization and the permission to work abroad for so many nations of people, I can acknowledge the necessity of screening with a higher frequency as well as all the measures embassies take in order to provide all CBC inputs for high employers. So, in order to make it on a job market as a grand career aspirant, you don`t only have to give up on outdated resume advice, but also stay informed upon the latest working legal requirements.

D.Spencer says:
Mar-20-2013 02:03 pm

With all the globalization and the permission to work abroad for so many nations of people, I can acknowledge the necessity of screening with a higher frequency as well as all the measures embassies take in order to provide all CBC inputs for high employers. So, in order to make it on a job market as a grand career aspirant, you don`t only have to give up on outdated resume advice, but also stay informed upon the latest working legal requirements.

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REAL ESTATE

Cogent Group acquires 12 c-stores

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Dallas — Real estate investment firm The Cogent Group said Thursday it has acquired 12 convenience stores & gas stations in the Charlottesville, Va. market.

The properties are leased to Charlottesville-based Virginia Oil Co. and feature food partnerships with McDonald’s, Blimpie and Dairy Queen.

Cogent’s real estate purchase was part of a simultaneous transaction among The Cogent Group, VPS Convenience Store Group and Virginia Oil Co.

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FINANCE

Report: Pay increase budgets steady for service companies

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Kansas City, Kan. — A report released Thursday by Compdata Surveys found that although the economy is still struggling to make significant strides towards recovery, small improvements are starting to become more evident.

The 2011 Compensation Data Services survey results found pay increase budgets remained relatively stable at 2.4%, reflecting a slight increase from 2.2% in 2010. Pay increase budgets are projected to continue slowly increasing in 2012 to 2.5%.

"There appears to be a level of cautious optimism within the industry in regard to the economy," said Amy Kaminski, director of marketing for Compdata Surveys. "Employers are taking a conservative approach, and we expect only a gradual increase over the next few years."

More than 70% of service organizations are allocating a portion of their budget to make market adjustments. Just over half are offering merit increases, while 29% are making cost of living increases. Only 11.3% of survey respondents are utilizing their pay increase budget for promotional increases.

The rate at which these increases are used varies by industry. Merit increases, for example, are being offered in retail at a rate of 45.5%.

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