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Thorntons Saves Thousands by Automating HR Practices

LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Convenience store chain Thorntons Inc. achieved a significant return on investment by using PeopleMatter human resources software.

According to PeopleMatter, its HIRE software helped Thorntons save 83 hours in onboarding alone at its 165 locations.

"PeopleMatter's solutions combine the elements of motivation and employee-focus that we embrace," said Mike Woerner, Thorntons' vice president of human resources. "With similar team-based, high-performance cultures, working with PeopleMatter takes our philosophies of 'Hire for Attitude' and 'Train for Success' to the next level."

Thorntons began implementing PeopleMatter software in Feb. 2012. Prior, the c-store chain manually hired new employees via a paper-based process.

"By using PeopleMatter, we have the ability to understand the applicant traffic that is coming into our stores, as well as conduct anticipatory hiring," said Woerner. "Our managers are able to be more proactive now."

With all hiring paperwork incorporated into one online platform, Thorntons saves 45 minutes per new hire from the first day of employment, PeopleMatter stated. In fact, the software company added that approximately $40,000 in administrative or managerial time has now been reallocated to new hire training.

Louisville, Ky.-based Thorntons Inc. operates c-stores, car washes and travel plazas in Kentucky, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio and Tennessee.

Charleston, S.C.-based PeopleMatter's platform of human resources software tools handle hiring, scheduling, learning, recognition and platform management.

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