7-Eleven originated in 1927 when an employee of the Southland Ice Company, John Jefferson Green, started selling blocks of ice to refrigerate food and also started selling milk, eggs and bread. The manager of the ice plant, Joe Thompson Jr., discovered that they can offer items such as bread, egg and milk during Sundays and evenings where the grocery stores were closed. People do not need to travel long distances to grocery stores for basic items. This business idea satisfied customers and increased their sales and that was convenience stores were born. Thompson bought the Southland Ice Company and changed it into Southland Corporation. In 1946, the name of the stores changed to 7-Eleven to reflect their operation hours from 7am to 11pm. 7-Eleven opened its 100th store in 1952 and was incorporated as a Southland Corporation in 1961. They experimented with a 24 hour operation in Austin, Texas in 1962, due to customer demand. The 24 hour stores established as well in Fort Worth and Dallas, Texas and also in Las Vegas, Nevada. The company suffered bankruptcy during 1980’s and was rescued from bankruptcy by Japanese corporation Ito-Yokado, this is the company’s largest franchisee. In 1991, Ito-Yokado corporation gained the control of shares of 7-Eleven and formed Seven & I Holdings Co. and became 7-Eleven as its subsidiary. By 1999, the Southland Corporation changed its name to 7-Eleven, Inc. 7-Eleven own or operate several brands of food and other concepts such as Slurpee, introduced in 1967 a partially frozen drink and Big Gulp introduced in 1980 which packaged soft drinks in a large cup. 7-Eleven offers each customer a wide variety of prepared fresh and daily delivered of sandwiches, wraps, wide assortment of fruits, and other baked goodies.
Distribution Center Jobs in 7-Eleven
7-Eleven Distribution System plays an important role in the business. The main objective of the center is to carefully track sales of each item and to provide short replenishment cycle to each store. The store manager should accurately forecast sales corresponding to each item.
The company has a total of 45 distribution centers for delivery of rice dishes and 38 distribution centers for refrigerated items. These items are delivered for a total of 152 companies and 201 plants and transportation is provided by Transfleet Ltd. Their distribution system is flexible to alter delivery schedules where supplier immediately receives the order and sends order by truck to the Distribution Center. Deliveries of product are from different suppliers directed into a single truck. Delivery is during off peak hours and one truck delivered to many stores in one trip. Some of the job opportunities provided by the center are as follows:
Product Development Manager
You will be responsible in creating and implementing a plan to develop new products, platforms and packaging for the business unit.
Category Support Coordinator
You will be responsible for coordinating data elements for products in the assortment activities include: new item introduction, test items and communication/coordinating with vendor contacts.
Benefits of Working from 7-Eleven
The company offers a competitive pay and a comprehensive benefit plan for all their hard-working employees. Some of the benefits are as follows: medical benefit of a full-time employee and eligible dependents, dental benefits, profit sharing or 401 (k) plan, life and accidental death and dismemberment, paid holidays/vacations, employee assistance program and other great benefits such as adoption assistance and domestic partner benefits.