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SaSR Recognized by Staffing Industry Analysts - 2013 List of Fastest Growing Staffing Firms in the U.S.

August 6, 2013 by WorldAlliance Editor  
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Set and Service Resources only Retail Staffing firm making List in 2013
sasr-logo-20104August 6, 2013 - Raleigh, NC Staffing Industry Analysts (SIA), the global adviser on contingent work, recently released their 2013 List of Fastest-Growing Staffing Firms in the U.S. Set and Service Resources (SaSR) posted a 42.7% percent growth rate, which ranked #23 in the nation among surveyed firms. This is the second year in a row that SaSR has been named to SIA’s fastest-growing list, surpassing last year’s ranking of #43.

Of the 92 firms on this year’s list of fastest-growing staffing firms, SaSR was the only Retail Staffing firm making the list. Almost 47 percent of the firms reported information technology staffing as one of their top segments and almost 32 percent reported industrial staffing as one of their top segments.

SaSR CEO Erik Hanvey states “We have and will continue to focus our efforts on becoming the number one provider of retail staffing services in the US. We are constantly improving our business to serve our client and employee needs. With that formula, I believe we will continue to see fantastic growth and maintain our level of service.”

Celebrating its 10th anniversary this year, SaSR provides staffing, consulting and managed solutions to businesses and job seekers exclusively in the Retail Industry. The company’s staffing and recruiting services serve job seekers and employers nationwide in the exclusively in the Retail Industry.

About Set and Service Resources
Set and Service Resources is a leading provider of retail staffing services in the US. We provide temporary labor and permanent placements for Merchandisers, Installers, Project Managers, Sales Associates, Store Managers, Event Marketers and Demonstrators. Set and Service Resources has a national database active jobs seekers local to your retail locations and has filled over 170,000 retail jobs. For more information about SASR’s service offerings, contact David Petrovich at (919) 741-5642 or email at dpetrovich@sasrlink.com. Visit us on the web at http://www.sasrlink.com.

About Staffing Industry Analysts
Staffing Industry Analysts is the premier advisory service about the contingent workforce. Known for its independent and objective insights, the company’s proprietary research, award winning content, data, support tools, publications, and executive conferences provide a competitive edge to decision-makers who supply and buy temporary staffing. In addition to temporary staffing, Staffing Industry Analysts also covers these related staffing service sectors: third-party placement, outplacement, and staff leasing (PEOs). Founded in 1989, acquired by Crain Communications Inc. in 2008, the company is headquartered in Mountain View, California, with offices in London, England.

SASR Celebrates 10 Year Anniversary

July 17, 2013 by WorldAlliance Editor  
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From humble beginnings, SaSR has grown into leading Retail Staffing provider

July 8, 2013 - Raleigh, NC July 1st marked the 10th year anniversary of Set and Service Resources (SaSR). SaSR provides staffing, consulting and managed solutions to businesses and job seekers exclusively in the Retail Industry. Over the last 10 years, SaSR has not only survived the ups and downs of the staffing industry but remarkably has seen growth during tough economic times.

Set and Service Resources was conceived by Erik Hanvey in December of 2002, with the idea of building a national qualified workforce that other companies could use during the peaks of their workloads. SaSR received their first job order on July 1st, 2003 from a MSO (Merchandising Service Organization) company performing resets in a large Home Improvement retailer. SaSR now serves a client roster of major retail product manufacturers, national retailer chains and multiple MSO companies.

Since its inception 10 years ago, SaSR has grown from a small talent pool of 325 names, some with only a phone number and others with an email address, to almost 250,000 detailed profiles including contact information, work history and performance ranking.

In the early days, the staffing process started on manual and cumbersome spreadsheets. Today, all recruiting, hiring, scheduling, payroll and billing is run from Hireflex, the company’s proprietary staffing software. Hireflex provides a comprehensive staffing solution with a flexibility and functionality that is unmatched in the staffing industry.

From a humble beginning staff of two, SaSR has grown to 20+ employees who assist SaSR clients with their retail staffing needs and provide Associates with job opportunities. Throughout the company’s 10 year growth, SaSR employees have stayed true the company mission statement - To serve their clients, associates and team members as they would like to be served and in doing so to ultimately be the number one supplier of temporary labor and recruiting for the Retail Service Industry.

“I am most proud of the team we have built at SASR over the past 10 years. We have great employees that are passionate about serving our clients and associates. We have weathered some tough times in the industry and through those times stuck to our focus of becoming the best staffing service in retail. ” commented CEO Erik Hanvey. “Our business is tough to duplicate and without the individual efforts of the people on our team and each person stepping up time and time again, we have created a business that makes a difference. We love our reps, love our clients and love each other.”

About Set and Service Resources

Set and Service Resources is a leading provider of retail staffing services in the US. We provide temporary labor and permanent placements for Merchandisers, Installers, Project Managers, Sales Associates, Store Managers, Event Marketers and Demonstrators. Set and Service Resources has a national database active jobs seekers local to your retail locations and has filled over 170,000 retail jobs. For more information about SASR’s service offerings, contact David Petrovich at (919) 741-5642 or email at dpetrovich@sasrlink.com. Visit us on the web at http://www.sasrlink.com

SaSR Promotes Brandon to Payroll Administrator

June 18, 2013 by WorldAlliance Editor  
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sasr-logo-20103June 18, 2013 - Raleigh, NC Set and Service Resources (SaSR) is proud to announce the promotion of Darlene Brandon to Payroll Administrator. During her past seven year tenure with SaSR, Brandon has served in various capacities including Interviewer and Staffing Manager to name just a few. In her new role, Brandon will report to Cynthia Thomas and handle all timesheet approvals for payroll processing.

“Darlene’s proven communication skills along with her ability to see the big picture will be welcomed strengths in this role.” commented Cynthia Thomas, Accounting Manager at SaSR.

Brandon commented, “I am very honored to accept my new position as Payroll Administrator. While I will miss introducing our new reps to SaSR, I welcome the opportunity to serve them in a new way.”

About Set and Service Resources
Set and Service Resources is a leading provider of retail staffing services in the US. We provide temporary labor and permanent placements for Merchandisers, Installers, Project Managers, Sales Associates, Store Managers, Event Marketers and Demonstrators. Set and Service Resources has a national database active jobs seekers local to your retail locations and has filled over 170,000 retail jobs. For more information about SASR’s service offerings, contact David Petrovich at (919) 741-5642 or email at dpetrovich@sasrlink.com. Visit us on the web at http://www.sasrlink.com

SaSR promotes Warstler to Staffing Support Specialist

June 18, 2013 by WorldAlliance Editor  
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sasr-logo-20102June 25, 2013 - Raleigh, NC Set and Service Resources (SaSR) is proud to announce the promotion of Kendra Warstler to Staffing Support Specialist. Warstler joined SaSR in 2012 as a Staffing Coordinator. In her new role, Warstler will be handling all of the SaSR new hire interviews and monitoring rep morning check-ins.

“I am truly excited about this promotion for Kendra. She has strong interpersonal and organizational skills and will do exceptionally well in her new role.” commented Trish Thorpe, Director of Operations at SASR.

“I feel very blessed and honored to be given this opportunity, and very fortunate to work with such a great group of people.” Warstler commented. “I look forward to assisting in the onboarding process. ”.

About Set and Service Resources
Set and Service Resources is a leading provider of retail staffing services in the US. We provide temporary labor and permanent placements for Merchandisers, Installers, Project Managers, Sales Associates, Store Managers, Event Marketers and Demonstrators. Set and Service Resources has a national database active jobs seekers local to your retail locations and has filled over 170,000 retail jobs. For more information about SASR’s service offerings, contact David Petrovich at (919) 741-5642 or email at dpetrovich@sasrlink.com. Visit us on the web at http://www.sasrlink.com

SaSR Announces Satisfaction Survey Results

May 14, 2013 by WorldAlliance Editor  
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Survey Results Show Clients and Associates Highly Satisfied with SaSR

May 21, 2013 - Raleigh, NC Set and Service Resources (SaSR) recently completed a Satisfaction Survey of their Clients and Associates. The survey results revealed that overall both Clients and Associates are highly satisfied with the SaSR Retail Staffing services.

At a 100% favorable response, SaSR Clients stated they would recommend SaSR to others. Clients have the highest levels of satisfaction with the responsiveness and urgency of SaSR Account Managers. Approximately 98% of Associate survey respondents said they would recommend SaSR to others. Associates have the highest levels of satisfaction with respect and timely communication (mostly through phone calls) with SaSR staff.

Some additional highlights collected through the surveys include:
• 100% of Clients responded SaSR Account Managers were effective/highly effective in driving for results, work with a sense of urgency and have a working knowledge of the clients’ needs and expectations in regards to job specifics.
• Many Clients complimented SaSR Account Managers and described them as “quick to respond”, “professional” and “great partner”.
• 89% of Associates agree/strongly agree that they are treated with respect by SaSR schedulers and 74% agree/strongly agree SaSR schedulers available and answer questions in a timely manner.
• The majority of Associates (77%) were assigned their first job 1-3 months after creating their SaSR profile.
• Associates complimented SaSR staff by saying they are “helpful and enthusiastic” and “go the extra mile”.

“We want our Clients and Associates to know we care about them and want to hear from them” said CEO Erik Hanvey. “This is a great format to get feedback from them as we strive to be the #1 supplier of temporary labor and recruiting for the Retail Service Industry.”

While much of the data collected was positive, SaSR also gained some valuable insights. In response, SaSR has reacted positively and stated their commitments to further improve efficiencies, communication and customer service with Associates and Clients.

About Set and Service Resources
Set and Service Resources is a leading provider of retail staffing services in the US. We provide temporary labor and permanent placements for Merchandisers, Installers, Project Managers, Sales Associates, Store Managers, Event Marketers and Demonstrators. Set and Service Resources has a national database active jobs seekers local to your retail locations and has filled over 170,000 retail jobs. For more information about SASR’s service offerings, contact David Petrovich at (919) 741-5642 or email at dpetrovich@sasrlink.com. Visit us on the web at http://www.sasrlink.com

Apollo Retail Specialists Acquire Action Retail Services of Fullerton, CA

May 14, 2013 by WorldAlliance Editor  
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Tampa, FL – April 1, 2013,
Apollo Retail Specialists is pleased to announce that they have acquired Action Retail Services of Fullerton, California. This acquisition strengthens both organizations and increases our excellence at retail for our clients. Action brings Apollo the merchandising leadership of John Gillis, along with his team of additional experienced professional merchandisers to the Apollo team. Apollo also will add support to the Action team with its field organization of over 4,000.

All members of the Action team will join Apollo and the team will continue to operate out of its current offices in Fullerton, CA. Apollo Retail Specialists is the leading retail service agency for retailer remodels and resets. The addition of Action and John Gillis allows us to accelerate the growth of our merchandising division to become a leader there as well.

In combination with Apollo, Action will now be able to serve its clients nationally with the same quality service they have been providing in its current market.

“I am very excited about adding John Gillis and his team to the Apollo family. This is an important step in the continual development of our commitment to excellence at retail,” Mike Sunderland, President and CEO, Apollo Retail Specialists. As part of this transaction, John Gillis will assume the role of Director of Merchandising and Client Services of Apollo.

“We see Apollo as the perfect fit to allow our team to grow and have full national capabilities, and to offer an exciting future to our clients and our associates. Apollo shares our passion for retail excellence and we are proud to partner with Mike Sunderland and his team,” John Gillis, Action Retail.

About Action Retail:
Action Retail Services, Inc. is an efficient, reliable Merchandising Services Organization headquartered in Fullerton, California. We offer expanded retail services and specialized functions that personify all aspects of your retail driven initiative; this includes remodels, category resets, merchandising projects and ongoing retail coverage of over 1000 stores monthly. We offer our quality retail service solution in all classes of retail trade. Our customer base consists of Brokers, Manufacturers, Distributors, Wholesalers, Chain Grocery, Drug, Mass Merchandisers, and Convenience Stores. In addition to having full reset crews and top-notch field service reps available, we are fully capable of handling blitz needs for multiple projects in multiple retailers.

About Apollo Retail Specialists:
Apollo Retail Specialists is a national retail service organization supplying third party retail services to leading retailers and leading consumer brands throughout the United States and Canada. The Apollo team is supported by its corporate team in the Tampa, Florida office as well as field offices in Dallas, Texas; Atlanta, Georgia; Mooresville, North Carolina; and now Fullerton, California.

SaSR Joins the American Staffing Association

March 25, 2013 by WorldAlliance Editor  
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SaSR becomes Newest Member of the American Staffing Associationsasr-logo-20101
March 25, 2013 - Raleigh, NC Set and Service Resources (SaSR) has joined the American Staffing Association (ASA), the trade organization that represents the U.S. staffing industry. Millions of Americans go to work for U.S. staffing companies every business day. For more than 45 years, ASA has promoted the legal, ethical, and professional practices for the staffing industry.

“We want our employees, clients, and colleagues, current and future, to know that we are dedicated to providing the best staffing experience possible,” says Erik Hanvey, CEO of SaSR. “Joining ASA demonstrates our commitment to legal, ethical, and professional practices.”

Headquartered in Alexandria, VA the ASA is the voice of the U.S. staffing industry. They offer members staffing news and information, legal and legislative resources, education, networking, and more.

About Set and Service Resources
Set and Service Resources is a leading provider of retail staffing services in the US. We provide temporary labor and permanent placements for Merchandisers, Installers, Project Managers, Sales Associates, Store Managers, Event Marketers and Demonstrators. Set and Service Resources has a national database active jobs seekers local to your retail locations and has filled over 170,000 retail jobs. For more information about SASR’s service offerings, contact David Petrovich at (919) 741-5642 or email at dpetrovich@sasrlink.com. Visit us on the web at www.sasrlink.com

About the American Staffing Association
The American Staffing Association and its affiliated chapters advance the interests of staffing and recruiting firms of all sizes and across all sectors through legal and legislative advocacy, public relations, education, and the promotion of high standards of legal, ethical, and professional practices. ASA members provide the full range of employment and work force services and solutions, including temporary and contract staffing, recruiting and permanent placement, outplacement and outsourcing, training, and human resource consulting. More information about ASA is available at americanstaffing.net.

SPAR Group Acquires New York-based Merchandising & Audit Business from Market Force Information

March 22, 2013 by WorldAlliance Editor  
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WHITE PLAINS, NY–(Mar 19, 2013) - SPAR Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: SGRP) (the “Company” or “SPAR Group”), a leading supplier of retail merchandising and other marketing services throughout the United States and internationally, today announced that it is expanding its domestic business with the acquisition of general merchandising and certain in-store audit services from Market Force Information, a leading customer intelligence solution provider. Adding these two New York-based merchandising businesses will allow the Company to expand its existing client base while providing an introduction into a new line of in-store audit services. The acquired businesses are expected to generate incremental annualized revenue in the range of $7 to $8 million.
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“SPAR is pleased to announce the addition of these two businesses as they allow us to expand our core management team by adding an excellent group of seasoned professionals while increasing our merchandising services. Most importantly, this addition provides the Company with a strong introduction into another component of the merchandising business anchored around in-store audit services and critical merchandising analytics,” stated, Gary Raymond, Chief Executive Officer of SPAR Group. “In addition to providing us with increased revenue and profitability, we believe this immediately accretive acquisition will allow us to expand our client base and complement our breadth of services. The acquired businesses will expand our clientele in the mass merchandiser, hardware, grocery, drug, toy and other classes of trade. We believe this acquisition will position us for strong revenue growth and profitability within our domestic division and the Company overall.”

The acquisition will enable Market Force to concentrate on its core Customer Intelligence practice, providing customer data and insight to retailers, studios, and manufacturers to help them improve customer experience and their financial performance.

SaSR Completes Payment System Project

February 1, 2013 by WorldAlliance Editor  
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SaSR Ambassadors engage customers and create interest in clients Payment System

Jan. 25, 2013 - Raleigh, NC Set and Service Resources (SaSR) recently completed a Home Improvement store project for a famous payment system now available for in-store purchases. SaSR supplied Ambassadors that engaged with potential customers and created interest in the clients’ payment system.

“This project was a great example of the depth of our pool of associates. These Ambassadors engaged customers as they entered the retail location and successfully informed them about the product and benefits. The client was thrilled with the results of this test program.” said Dave Petrovich, President of SaSR.

Exclusively focused on the Retail Service Industry, Set and Service Resources is a leading staffing service provider of permanent and temporary labor. SaSR offers a total labor solution including recruiting, screening, hiring, associated payroll and insurance requirements.

About Set and Service Resources
Set and Service Resources is a leading provider of retail staffing services in the US. We provide temporary labor and permanent placements for Merchandisers, Installers, Project Managers, Sales Associates, Store Managers, Event Marketers and Demonstrators. Set and Service Resources has a national database active jobs seekers local to your retail locations and has filled over 170,000 retail jobs. For more information about SASR’s service offerings, contact David Petrovich at (919) 741-5642 or email at dpetrovich@sasrlink.com. Visit us on the web at http://www.sasrlink.com.

SaSR Surpasses 6,000 “Likes” on Facebook Page

February 1, 2013 by WorldAlliance Editor  
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Social media continues to play key role in connecting with SaSR Associates and Followers

Jan. 25, 2013 - Raleigh, NC Set and Service Resources (SaSR)has achieved a major milestone in their Social Media effort by surpassing 6,000 “Likes” on their SaSR Facebook Business Page. SaSR launched the Business Page in April of 2010 as a way to connect and engage directly with Associates and prospective employees.

SaSR Facebook Followers have demonstrated an exciting response to the Facebook Page and this milestone is attributable to their support. Followers are finding the Facebook page useful for asking questions about merchandising best practices and keeping up to date with SaSR news.

“We want our employees to know we care about them and want to hear from them” said CEO Erik Hanvey. “This is a great format to get feedback from them and a great forum to answer frequently asked questions.”

As one of the key components of the social media effort, SaSR will continue growing their strong presence on Facebook, and other social media networks including Twitter, Google+, Pinterest and LinkedIn.

About Set and Service Resources
Set and Service Resources is a leading provider of retail staffing services in the US. We provide temporary labor and permanent placements for Merchandisers, Installers, Project Managers, Sales Associates, Store Managers, Event Marketers and Demonstrators. Set and Service Resources has a national database active jobs seekers local to your retail locations and has filled over 170,000 retail jobs. For more information about SASR’s service offerings, contact David Petrovich at (919) 741-5642 or email at dpetrovich@sasrlink.com. Visit us on the web at http://www.sasrlink.com

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