OK I am doing the seashell gas shops on Sassie and takes 1/2 hour or more to do the report

I have not performed any Shell gas station shops in quite some time (2 - 3 years). Now, I'm seeing some nicely bonused.
I'm inclined to snap one of them up. However, they are miles away.
So, my question to any of you who have been doing these recently, is: Has anything changed from a few years ago?
When I last did these shops, I always took photos of the forecourt, each pump, the ID, the overall the storefront, the products, food offered, the interior, the restrooms and a selfie.
Are there more now? The description is not very descriptive.
Thanks for anyone's assistance.

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They haven't really changed over the last couple years, since they started requiring photos of each pump and the interior store/product selection.
Shell gift card display fully stocked? Credit card apps? Employee and front counter.

Every infraction. All posted POPs, either expired or current. Both sides MID.

Be absolutely certain none of your photos is taken from inside your car.

I hate these; truly. They are the most nit-picky, difficult, time consuming audits I have done -- and I'm sure I've done thousands, over multiple brands, in the past 12 years.

Just one example: Guidelines said "take a photo of the front counter". I did. Very crowded, small store, I stood back as far as possible and took the photo. They (editor) said not acceptable, I didn't get the "front" of the front counter. Phooey. Instructions said get a photo of the front counter, not "get a photo of the FRONT of the front counter". I ended up driving 120 miles to retake the stupid photo.

Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 06/21/2021 03:21PM by ceasesmith.
I agree with Cease. When they first added all the inside(food) photos, I started to stop doing them, but I decided that the fact you only had to photo the pump you fueled at even them out with the other brands. The next thing you know they added all the pumps, but did not take anything away. That's when I said never again.
So, it appears the nit pickiness of the editors is still a concern.
I always went with my own "rule of 4".
Take 4 shots of the interior from each corner. Take 4 shots of the forecourt from each corner. And on and on. I started doing that because no matter what was submitted, it always seemed the initial photo was not quite what they wanted. I thought that it might be for the reason that the editor needed to justify they're work.
So what did I do? I started my rule of 4.
Then, when I submitted, I submitted my second or third best photo, keeping my best for submission when they requested a better one. Still, every photo I submitted should have been fine, in my opinion.
Those editors are probably reading this - I don't care.

Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 06/21/2021 06:43PM by French Farmer.
For this period, there is a specific element of POP that you have to check for, in three separate locations of the store, and provide pictures of it either in the correct spot/area or if it is missing from that spot/area.
Everything almost exactly the same, except for the three items mentioned by KA047. The requirement to take multiple photos is gone. Only one narrative.
I haven't had trouble with the editors as I did a several years back. It used to be about half of my gas station reports for the old company were put on hold, most of them due to editor error (poorly trained) when it seemed that they were outsourcing the editing. For example, at stations without pay at the pump they would keep deleting the gas receipts because they didn't understand that the register receipt was the gas receipt.

The base pay on these is truly pitiful and insulting, but no one in my area takes any of them at base.
I suggest they have to do at least one shop to see what it is like to take a perfect picture at a busy truck stop. The skill in dodging cars and keeping people out of the photo might make them better editors.
I am having a lot of problems for some reason this round of shops. I have 10 to 20 pumps on each shop and it is taking 1/2 hour or more from the start of editing the pictures till the submit button is pushed for each shop. I need something to speed this up for it is taking 1 day to do 10 shops and then another day to get them filed. I need input, please for I still have 80 more to do by July 8, 2021

Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 06/29/2021 02:01AM by bmttinman.
Ummm...don't sleep, stop to eat, take a shower?

Sorry, I couldn't help it. I WISH I could do those reports in half an hour!

I wish I could help you (I would never, ever attempt 10 shops in a day -- I do merchandising on an app, and have managed to do 8-12, but then there's no additional reporting, it's all done on-site on the app). My limit is usually 5 unless they are unusually quick and simple.
But then, I often have to drive 100 miles to get to the first one....

Best of luck. I do hope others pitch in with helpful suggestions!

(I did two gas stations today, and I KNOW each report will take 3 hours. Ugh.)
The best way I have discovered to do those is to do the survey questions and save on the mobile website, and then add the pictures from my laptop once I get home or to my hotel. Uploading the photos on-site is too slow. It is unfortunate that they have this brand on this platform, rather than the mobile-friendly platform their other brand uses.
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I am concerned about the cancellation after I have taken all the photos. Please help me get paid for these shops
OTOH, I use (and still do) a digital camera and a laptop.
I could fly through those shops, taking about 20 to 25 minutes. That includes downloading, reviewing and naming each photo into my laptop.
When I would arrive home, I finish the debrief, or report, in about 5 to 10 minutes (in the comfort of home with an adult beverage).
@French Farmer How are you cropping the pumps? I have a Pixel 3 I am using. Download nor a problem but I still have to crop 12 to 20 pumps. Today the shop time at each shop is around 30 minutes Now I have 10 shops I have to crop and file and still make the first shop around 6 to beat the heat here in Phoenix. @thunderdeacon This round $ 36 each normally (Phoenix this route shops within 15 minutes of each other) with a large drive time of $48
I have learned except for the 1 or no picture chevron or the old blue and gold ones with CRI all gas shops are $50 min for me to do and that's assuming local. The Pegasus brand I now won't touch for $100 local and obvious more on travel. They just want to many pictures and details. A 12 pump one takes anywhere from 40 to 60 mins. The easier 4 pump ones still take 25 to 40 mins depending and that is onsite. Then have to go home and spend another 40 mins on report. Yes I am old school digital camera and laptop. my limit is 5 gas shops a day and thats pushing it.

Shopping Western NY, Northeast and Central PA, and parts of Ohio and West Virginia. Have car will travel anywhere if the monies right.
@mystery2me wrote:

Why are you cropping the pumps?

I agree with this. I don't crop anything. As far as how do you do it on a Pixel, take a screenshot of it and then it will open the editing function on the phone.
Don't worry guys, I heard that all their massive profits (the MSC) will trickle down to us. Any day now.

And concerning the longer report time, they care not one little smidge. They have their reasons for what they do but they are all based on maximizing paychecks for the CEOs.

sestrahelena
With so many gas brands in my area competing for so few shoppers, this brand is going to have to pay quite a bit to get anyone to take them.
Maximizing paychecks for CEOs, yes -- unless they are publicly traded. Then they are maximizing dividends/returns to shareholders.

And I can't quite believe anybody really believed in "trickle down" economics. At least, as far as I could tell, it didn't trickle down far enough to reach anyone of my acquaintance!

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@sestrahelena wrote:

Don't worry guys, I heard that all their massive profits (the MSC) will trickle down to us. Any day now.

And concerning the longer report time, they care not one little smidge. They have their reasons for what they do but they are all based on maximizing paychecks for the CEOs.
@bmttinman wrote:

@French Farmer How are you cropping the pumps? 8

I never, ever crop my pump photos. There is no need to do that. Although, I have cropped photos if the editor asks for a specific part of the shop. For that I use the free version of Photoscape.

But, again, I use my digital camera, not my phone for photos. As I was instructed by the old company, just fill your image with whatever photo you take, leave a little background, etc.
Never had a problem.
@ceasesmith wrote:

Maximizing paychecks for CEOs, yes -- unless they are publicly traded. Then they are maximizing dividends/returns to shareholders.

And I can't quite believe anybody really believed in "trickle down" economics. At least, as far as I could tell, it didn't trickle down far enough to reach anyone of my acquaintance!

smiling smiley

I have my own "trickle-down" theory. We get trickled on, and it's gold. But it ain't money.

I learn something new every day, but not everyday!
I've learned to never trust spell-check or my phone's auto-fill feature.
You and Judge Judy! grinning smiley

@BirdyC wrote:

@ceasesmith wrote:

Maximizing paychecks for CEOs, yes -- unless they are publicly traded. Then they are maximizing dividends/returns to shareholders.

And I can't quite believe anybody really believed in "trickle down" economics. At least, as far as I could tell, it didn't trickle down far enough to reach anyone of my acquaintance!

smiling smiley

I have my own "trickle-down" theory. We get trickled on, and it's gold. But it ain't money.

Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass under the trees on a summer's day, listening to the murmur of water, or watching the clouds float across the blue sky, is by no means waste of time. - John Lubbock, "Recreation," The Use of Life, 1894
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Curious...if you take only half an hour to submit a Shell shop, does the MSC send you an email asking you how you were able to complete all the observations in such a short time?
Is there any work you can do as you do them? Literally on your phone where you input as you go, including uploading pictures.

Shopping the Greater Denver Area, Colorado Springs and in-between in Colorado. 31 year old male and willing to travel!
One thing that I will give the company credit for, grudgingly, is the fact that they tend to be more generous with the pay in this project. It's much easier for me to get bonuses in this project than it is for a couple of the easier gas station brands that are in shopmetrics. It's still not as much as I would like usually, but I would say my biggest gas station bonuses have always been in this project.
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