REAL ESTATE

KFC opens eco-friendly restaurant in Indianapolis

BY CSA STAFF

Indianapolis — KFC is looking to earn LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification for its newest restaurant in Indianapolis. The building is designed to use 25% less energy and water than a conventional KFC restaurant. It features energy-efficient cooking equipment, LED lighting, locally sourced building materials, recycling for cooking oil and plastics, fixtures designed for lower water use, and parking preference for hybrid vehicles.

“The restaurant is part of KFC’s E3 initiative, which seeks economically responsible ways of saving energy and being environmentally aware,” said Roger McClendon, chief sustainability officer for parent company Yum! Brands.

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C-store chain GasAmerica deploys JobApp Network to improve hiring

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Bloomfield Hills, Mich. — Convenience-store operator GasAmerica is utilizing JobApp Network’s automated hiring management solution for c-stores. Following a phased approach, the Indiana-based chain has now completed rolling out the solution to all of its 86 locations.

According to GasAmerica, hiring success starts with JobApp, which makes it easy for people to apply around the clock.

“There is competition for applicants,” said Jim Haddock, COO of GasAmerica. “By allowing people to apply from their phone or the web, we make it easier to apply with us rather than our competitors.”

After building the talent pool, the chain is able to identify the top 20% of their applicants immediately.

“This simple-to-use prescreening ensures that we are only interviewing candidates that meet our requirements and can excel in the stores,” Haddock added.

At the store level, the solution is allowing GasAmerica general managers to get ahead of the hiring curve.

“Before JobApp it was hard to catch-up on hiring. Our store is now completely staffed with better than ever employees and if someone leaves, we have a queue of prescreened candidates to call,” stated Corey Barry, store manager of a GasAmerica location in Greenfield, Ind.

JobApp also offers integrated background checks and a paperless onboarding solution. It includes seamlessly integrated electronic I-9 management with over 150 built-in compliance rules, optional E-Verify integration, electronic forms management, Work Opportunity Tax Credit forms management and EEO/OFCCP Reporting, as well as payroll/HRIS integration.

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A.S. Cooper & Sons goes live with POS/retail system by JDS Solutions

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New York City — A.S. Cooper & Sons, one of Bermuda’s signature retailers, continues its recent trend towards modernization and innovation by upgrading its POS retail system. The chain has gone went ‘live’ with JDS Solutions’ point of sale/retail management system.

“We know that consumers today are looking for differentiation when choosing where to shop," said Somers Cooper, managing director of A.S. Cooper & Sons. "Our new POS retail system deployed in all our locations, including our Astwood Dickinson stores, allows our staff to be effective and efficient, which means improved customer service levels and a higher level of satisfaction.”

JDS Solutions, based in Carlsbad, Calif., offers best-of-breed software solutions for mid-size retailers.

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