Multi-Billion Dollar Convenience Store Chain, The Pantry, Selects Deploy Solutions to Stock its Stores with Top Notch Employees

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1,458-store retailer chooses Deploy’s hiring management system.

The Pantry, Inc. a leading convenience store operator with 1,458 locations in 11 states across the southeastern U.S., has selected Deploy Solutions, the premier provider of talent management solutions for market-leading corporations, to improve workforce quality with Deploy’s hourly recruiting and talent management solutions. The Pantry’s primary operating banner is Kangaroo Express (SM).

Based in Sanford, N.C., with 2005 sales reaching approximately $4.4B and a workforce of 11,000, The Pantry, like other C-store chains nationwide, is locked in a race for hourly talent in a growing service sector, facing constant threat of employee turnover. The Pantry selected Deploy’s convenience store solution to help the company realize its growth goal, reduce turnover, enhance career opportunities for employees, and drive a paperless employment process.

Using Deploy’s industry expertise and product flexibility offered in the Deploy C-Store Advantage™, The Pantry can better position itself in front of active and passive job seekers, and streamline the process of identifying and hiring high-quality candidates. Applicants can use a kiosk and/or Web solution to apply for an available position, which helps achieve consistency and compliance in the application process. Then, using assessments for traits such as dependability and customer service, the system can automatically provide C-store managers with the candidates most likely to perform at a high level of customer satisfaction.

“We are excited to be embarking on a partnership with Deploy utilizing technology to leverage our position in the employment market,” says Bob Reale, VP of Human Resources for The Pantry. “The benefits of this electronic application process will positively impact our operators, applicants, customers, and support staff as well as our bottom line.”

“We’re delighted to be working with The Pantry and to extend Deploy’s leadership and expertise throughout the convenience store industry,” explains Deirdre Aubuchon, Chief Operating Officer for Deploy Solutions. “High employee turnover is a constant challenge and the efficiencies created by our C-Store Advantage can significantly reduce hiring time.”

For more information on the Deploy C-Store Advantage, visit http://www.deploy.com/solutions/industry.aspx.

About The Pantry

Headquartered in Sanford, North Carolina, The Pantry, Inc. is the leading independently operated convenience store chain in the southeastern United States and one of the largest independently operated convenience store chains in the country. The Pantry's stores offer a broad selection of merchandise, as well as gasoline and other ancillary services designed to appeal to the convenience needs of its customers. Visit http://www.thepantry.com for more information about The Pantry, Inc.

About Deploy Solutions

Deploy Solutions, Inc. provides companies with a competitive advantage in the marketplace by optimizing performance in recruiting, hiring, and retaining top employees. The Deploy Enterprise Talent Suite™ is a proven solution that improves the quality and performance of the workforce, reduces the cost of talent acquisition, and supports regulatory compliance. The company draws upon flexible technology, deep domain experience, and a comprehensive approach to HR metrics and analytics to drive measurable results for its customers. Deploy provides talent management solutions to a diverse and prestigious list of customers, including: Hess, Sheetz, Flying J, Wakefern (ShopRite Stores), Tire Kingdom, Century Theaters, FedEx, Bristol-Myers Squibb, American Electric Power, and many more. For additional information, call 877-GO-DEPLOY (877-463-3756) or visit http://www.deploy.com.

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This press release was distributed through eMediawire by Human Resources Marketer (HR Marketer: http://www.HRmarketer.com) on behalf of the company listed above.

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