Oh no! Maritz's easy gas shops are changing for the new year.

Newbie here. I see that a lot of the gas station shops have Q1 in their title, does that mean new shops will come out every Quarter from these companies or not necessarily?

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Ok, so I tried this new setup. Not much different from before and pics are only needed for non-compliant issues. Of course, I cherry-picked locations that, over many years, have been well kept and uniformed!

sestrahelena
I just completed my first Maritz mystery/reveal gas station audit. Based on the descriptions I’m seeing in this thread, I think there must be varying degrees of complexity. I had to take a pic of the clerk no matter what. He wasn’t thrilled but agreed when I told him it was neck down. I showed him the picture after I took it.

The total site inspection, though, took me TWO HOURS. The survey is structured so that you have to revisit each pump at least 3 times. I had a large gas station with 13 pumps, so I got my exercise. I got a $7 bonus for doing the inspection in the evening and an extra $1 for the diesel pump (whee). They pay $5 toward your gas and $1 toward your in-store purchase, but you lose money on the latter because even a 20 oz. bottle of Coke costs almost $2.

I won’t take the daytime stations at the base pay they’re offering. I want to earn more than $6 an hour.

Experienced evaluator and auditor available for consulting in Hampton Roads, Virginia, and eastern North Carolina. Active member of North Carolina bar.


Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 01/27/2020 06:15AM by BlueDev93.
Blue dev, the "easy" shop we've been talking about is a different brand than the one you're talking about.

Yours is more complicated, yes, but you will find that after you've done a few you will developed a more efficient flow and they will take much less time. Keep with it, you will see. And, heck yeah, get those darkness dollars!

sestrahelena
Also, to stay under $1 in store, look for any of the following: single pack of non-Planters peanuts (.59), off-brand trail mix (.99), some Little Debbie cakes (.59), cheese crackers (.59-.99), small coffee ($1 when on sale). Options get slimmer each year!

sestrahelena
BlueDev, Small tissue packs are between $.59 and $.99 usually. I like to get them or a bottle of water, or cup of coffee sometimes. Two hours is too much time for those shops. You will get faster. I have to stretch it to get to 20 minutes most times.

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Maybe it is a regional thing but I stock up on Arizona ice tea products priced at $.99. And 2 hrs is way to long, 20 to 30 minutes is average. A detailed work sheet will keep you in a repetitive rhythm and cut your time way down.
@LIJake wrote:

Maybe it is a regional thing but I stock up on Arizona ice tea products priced at $.99. And 2 hrs is way to long, 20 to 30 minutes is average. A detailed work sheet will keep you in a repetitive rhythm and cut your time way down.
Arizona Tea is now in plastic bottles in CA (most stores) and went to $1.59 plus CRV $0.05. I usually get nuts and donate them to Operation Gratitude to send overseas to the Troops. They sometimes have fresh fruit for $0.99, which is pretty outrageous for one banana. Although, I will pay $4 for an apple at the hotel all the time.
Oh, thanks for the tip and the encouragement! I am pretty relieved the one I’m doing wasn’t the “easy” one...I thought, “Wow, I definitely have a lot of catching up to do compared to this group!” Of course, that sentiment still holds true. ;-D

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More great suggestions, thanks! Although, I was going to get bottled water on my first shop, and it was $1.29. Highway robbery!

I’ve now completed 3 gas stations, and you’re right, once you’re familiar with the setup and the current OSA, it gets much faster. The fact that I had a huge station and store for my 1st shop didn’t help.

Experienced evaluator and auditor available for consulting in Hampton Roads, Virginia, and eastern North Carolina. Active member of North Carolina bar.
CSR refused the photo, and I forgot to take a picture of the payment counter. Wonder if I'll get penalized/not paid?
You shouldn’t be. The employee didn’t want you to take a picture. I think it’s a little bold to expect us to whip out our cameras and take one in front of him anyway!

Experienced evaluator and auditor available for consulting in Hampton Roads, Virginia, and eastern North Carolina. Active member of North Carolina bar.
I took a few gas stations from the board. After reading the guidelines (40 pages) plus all the other pdfs attached to the assignment, I refused all of them. Each one is at least 90 minutes work, not worthy.
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