Maritz Gas Station Incentive

Has anyone been successful in getting Maritz to add incentives to jobs that don't have incentives for the sake of completing an entire state for one client? A few of the locations are incentivized but most aren't. If they want me to get the incentivized ones done, they're going to have to let me make a route out of the rest of them, too, but not at $10 each.

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Yup. Picked up 5 more last night at a REAL Bonus each...

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In my area because of the new 30/30 rule the incentives have disappeared. I think they will return because my job board is loaded with unfullfilled bank shops and I am getting calls but no bonuses. Although I realize that the client and not the MSC imposed the 30/30 rule.
30/30 is referring to a bank client. The new limit is 30 shops per month per shopper and they have to be within 30 miles of your home or the same area code.

Mary Davis Nowell. Based close to Fort Worth. Shopping Interstate 20 east and west, Interstate 35 north and south.
I thought we were talking about gas stations. And where did you find this bank rule? I have been offered bank shops in a totally different part of the state.
I don't think it's written down anywhere. If you call and ask, they'll talk to you about it. I don't know how it's going to play out. I haven't received assignment on any of my banks yet and none of them are on the board, either.

Mary Davis Nowell. Based close to Fort Worth. Shopping Interstate 20 east and west, Interstate 35 north and south.
If you try to take a bank that's out of your mileage zone, the system won't let you assign it and will tell you it's out of your 30 mile range. That's how I found out about it. I asked a scheduler and was told it was a client request.

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Sybil, your right - I got off topic. The subject of this post was gas station incentives. As far as I know you can travel as far as you want for these, and do more than 30. Sorry for the confusion.
I think the 30 rule makes sense. If you live in Los Angeles and you are shopping a bank in San Diego, I can see where you would get funny looks.

When I was a newbie shopper, I went into a bank 28 miles from my town and the banker said, "You live in XXXX, why are you in XXXX?" I HAD to think fast. I said, "Oh. (the only think I could think of) I will be moving in this area in 2 months and I was just checking out the area and the bank."

The banker smiled warmly and said, "Welcome to our neighborhood!" smiling smiley

I always use that one and it always works when you are bank shopping out of your area...
I tried to apply for a bank shop well over 100 miles away from me (just as a test) and I did get the following message.

"ViolationReason: Shopper must have be within 30 miles OR Have Same Area Code as visit location"

The same area code rule is strange since so many people who have moved around keep their old cell phone numbers. My area code is not where I live.
@SunnyDays2 wrote:

I think the 30 rule makes sense. If you live in Los Angeles and you are shopping a bank in San Diego, I can see where you would get funny looks.

When I was a newbie shopper, I went into a bank 28 miles from my town and the banker said, "You live in XXXX, why are you in XXXX?" I HAD to think fast. I said, "Oh. (the only think I could think of) I will be moving in this area in 2 months and I was just checking out the area and the bank."

Why on Earth would you tell a banker where you live? I don't give them any personal information. Never show them you driver's license. I use a fake name. I scope out the name of the closest shopping mall or nearby grocery store. If they ask how did you find us, I just say that I am always buying something at ABC Mall or DEF grocery store and then I bring it back to banking business.
I never use my real name or show the banker my ID. My standard answer to "Do you ive in the area" Is 'No, I work in the area". I also have the my answer prepared if the follow up question is "What do you do?" or "Where do you work?"
The combo ones require a phone call and for them to send you info. I can see them asking why did you call a bank so far away.

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I rarely do the combo or phone call ones for that reason, but for the walk-in ones I never tell them my full name or give my address. If they ask if I live nearby I just tell them I live down the street or whatever. That's why I can't understand their logic in restricting the distance for the credit card only or ODP ones. They'll never know where I live. We'll see what happens down the road, but truthfully I'm so sick of them. They were easy money though.

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For the combo shops, you just have to give your real name and address for the mailed materials. Then you become someone else for the in-person shop. And the 2014 guidelines for the combo shops had suggestions/answers as how to handle the distance question. I have not looked at the guidelines for 2015 yet.
Regarding being able to travel as far as you want for a shop. I'm not sure that is the case of some gas shops where a MS plans a route and asks for incentives for each shop along the way. I believe there is a limit on how far you can travel from your zip code to the specific shops and back to your originating location.
Huh? I've done shops 1500 miles from my home before. I'm not sure what you're talking about.

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Mary Davis Nowell. Based close to Fort Worth. Shopping Interstate 20 east and west, Interstate 35 north and south.


Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 03/29/2015 11:43PM by MDavisnowell.
I worked as a scheduler for three years and I know for a fact that when a MS said they would do a route of shops for a certain amount of incentive for each shop, we had to calculate how many miles the route was round trip and submit it to the supervisor for approval. If it was more than a certain number of miles round trip, we were not allowed to assign the further shops to the MS. If the MS was willing to accept the shops that were closer that would fit in the approved number of round trip miles for the incentives offered, we were then allowed to assign the shops to the MS. It really is true that the MSC would prefer the MS to do the shops that are closer to them. The MSC I worked for is one that is mentioned frequently and I have no reason to say something that is not true. I am telling you that as a scheduler, we did not have the authority to do the things a lot of people think schedulers can do.
Your error is in assuming that every company works the same. They do not. I have done shops in Miami (just this past week). I have done shops in Boston (last fall). I am 1000 miles from either of those locations.

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Then that MSC is probably the only one with a restriction. Since there are around 200 companies you can see the restriction is not the norm by any means. We have too many route shoppers whose idea of a route is not just 100 miles round trip. My longest ever doesn't compare to some others and it was around 2,800 miles.

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Marlene -
I second (or third) bg's and Lisa's observations re. the absence of industry-wide route distance restrictions that you experienced as a scheduler. However, assuming that your description indicates the MSC that I suspect, then I believe that this company keeps its schedulers in the dark regarding many things, e.g. actual project deadlines, bonus (incentive) availability, and certainly the amount of bonus (incentive) fund pools (not to mention the existence of email.)
Lol, how would you prove your assumptions that schedulers are kept in the dark about each of these things? Just curious.
I'm sure they MAY be willing to play ball, but you'd have to be lucky to reach the right supervisor, in the right mood, under the right circumstances. We discussed this ad nauseum in another thread, if it's the same MSC I'm pretty sure we're all thinking of.

Somewhere in the Midwest, shopping / auditing full time since 2014. Will use PV-500 for food! smiling smiley
You can always call and ask and they will submit the request for bonus to the supervisor. I have done this in the past and received a counteroffer that was still a substantial bonus but a bit less than I asked for. When I calculated my mileage it was worth it for me to take. I do quite a few base pay gas shops for this company as well and help out a couple of the regular schedulers when I can, so I don't know if that has any bearing on my getting approved, but it can happen.
I find it silly that I have to aim high just so they can have the satisfaction of countering lower and getting it. I've tried in the past saying "I'm not trying to negotiate with you. Here's my number. This is what I'm willing to do it for. If you don't want it, then just decline" and they still counter. If I went higher, would they have countered at what I really would have taken? I've done that, too, and it seems to work.
What a silly game they play.

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I have been able to get incentives for other stations as well. The person I called had to ask a manager and call me back.
In another thread someone mentioned Maritz won't let you see incentives that aren't in your home area or within a reasonable driving distance of your home range.

They are the only MSC with this set up that I am aware of. This matches what the former scheduler said about how they work. More power to 'em if that's how they want to do business.

Somewhere in the Midwest, shopping / auditing full time since 2014. Will use PV-500 for food! smiling smiley
Although they will allow you to see incentives for shops that are out of your area, but that you have performed in the past (perhaps recently only?).
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