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Three Burning Questions About 'Undercover Boss'

by Joel Keller, posted Feb 22nd 2010 5:02PM
7-Eleven CEO Joe DePinto goes undercover in CBS' 'Undercover Boss'In my cubicle world days as an IT guy, I always wondered if upper management would have a much different picture of what went on among the rank and file if they just took some time to come to the office and do what we did. So the premise of the new CBS reality series 'Undercover Boss' intrigued me; a CEO goes undercover to work with various employees to see what really goes on where the rubber hits the road.

But after three episodes (and seeing the preview of the fourth), a few troubling questions have come up that make me wonder if this show is going to be as illuminating as originally thought:

1. Why so many food service companies? Of the five episodes already scheduled, three involve food service companies (Hooters, 7-Eleven and White Castle). I know these companies have more manual-labor, entry-level jobs than a technology company might have, and seeing the CEO of 7-Eleven struggle to make coffee is fun to watch, but the formula is going to get a little boring after a while, isn't it?

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CEO Gets an American Dream Lesson on 'Undercover Boss' (VIDEO)

by Jane Boursaw, posted Feb 22nd 2010 4:20AM
Undercover Boss, 7-Eleven, IgorIt takes a guy named Igor to clue the CEO of 7-Eleven in on the American dream. Seriously, he's like a character out of a Paul Haggis film.

"America is the best country in the world," says Igor in broken English. "You guys just do not really know how blessed you are ... I came in the U.S. with no English, no knowledge of any culture, fifty bucks in my pocket ... "

The boss is impressed, and so are we. Igor knows what many people take for granted -- the U.S. is the land of opportunity. 'Undercover Boss' is on Sun., 9PM ET on CBS.

Watch the video after the jump.

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The Simpsons is huge money for 7-Eleven

by Anna Johns, posted Jul 26th 2007 3:20PM
the simpsons movie7-Eleven stores are cleaning up on merchandising for The Simpsons Movie, which hits theaters on Friday. Since the beginning of this month, the convenience store chain has been selling millions of Simpsons items such as KrustyO's, Buzz Cola, Squishees, Radioactive Man comics, and Sprinklicious doughnuts. And 12 of its outlets have actually been transformed into Kwik-E-Marts, just like on the show.

The Simpsons merch, by the numbers:
  • 960,000 cans of Buzz Cola
  • 1.1 million Squishees
  • 880,400 Sprinklicious doughnuts
  • More than 3.4 million units of Simpsons swag
I joined the mass consumerism stampede and bought KrustyO's, Buzz Cola, a comic, and a Squishee (man, those things are pure sugar - blech!). I think it might've been the first time I ever went into a 7-Eleven. What did you buy?

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7-Elevens converted to Kwik-E-Marts to promote The Simpsons Movie

by Joel Keller, posted Jul 2nd 2007 12:02PM
Kwik-E-Mart / 7-ElevenEarlier this year, we told you about a possible advertising deal brewing between the producers of The Simpsons Movie and 7-Eleven. Well, that advertising deal is now a reality; to promote the movie, which is opening on July 27, selected 7-Eleven outlets have been changed into Kwik-E-Marts, in what the chain called its "most massive and complex" promotion ever.

AdAge.com details what's been changed in the promotion, which runs until the end of the month. The signs out front will be different, of course, but a series of Simpsons-branded products will be sold in the store, including Buzz Cola and Krusty-Os cereal. Even the Slurpees will be called Squishees.

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7-Elevens may be converted into Kwik-E-Marts to promote Simpsons movie

by Joel Keller, posted Mar 28th 2007 4:22PM
7-11 Kiwk-E-MartNow here's a case of synergy I can get behind: According to the Richmond Times-Dispatch, 7-Eleven is in talks with the producers of The Simpsons Movie to convert eleven of the company's stores into Kwik-E-Marts in a promotional stunt. The converted stores would sell items that Apu Nahasapeemapetilon might sell in his fictional store, like Krusty-Os, Buzz Cola, and Squishies (lucky for the 7-11 folks that they have a very similar product, huh?). Also the images of Simpsons characters would be placed on other 7-11 products on sale, like their deli sandwiches (with Homer going "mmmm... sandwiches," of course).

It's a pretty interesting idea, if they do it for a limited time, like maybe for two weeks before the movie's July 27 opening and maybe for a week afterwards. Any longer, and those temporary Kwik-E-Mart signs are just going to look kinda sad. And, hopefully, they won't sell the Krusty-Os with the free jagged metal O inside. That's just asking for trouble.

[via Netscape. Thanks to sister site Gadling for the funny composite picture.]

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