Category Archives: Awards

Employee of the Month – May 2013

May’s office Employee of the Month is Customer Service’s very own Returns Coordinator, Denise Russell! Denise has been with the Online Stores family since October of 2008, coming here right after getting her Associate’s Degree in Accounting at Westmoreland County Community College.

As the Returns Coordinator, Denise is responsible for ensuring that customer returns and exchanges are processed quickly and efficiently, in addition to issuing Merchandise Return Labels (MRLs) by the end of each business day. She was nominated for her flexibility in her department, and her eye for detail. Her communication between other members in her department, and with customers is very commendable. Not to mention her attendance record and positive attitude toward the company are top notch!

Thank you, Denise, for your outstanding work!


Employee of the Month – May 2013

Jenni GongawareOnline Stores, Inc. is recognizing Jenni Gongaware from the warehouse for a third time! Jenni has been with the company for eight years this month and is continually putting in the effort to make this company run as smoothly and efficiently as possible.

This most recent award status spawns from Jenni’s outstanding reorganization of our United States Flag Store. It was no easy feat. In addition to the reorganization efforts, her management of the eBay replenishment project was completed in an organized and timely manner so that these items could be listed much quicker for our customers to enjoy.

Jenni is quite known around OLS with her cheerful attitude and “get down to work” ethics. She surely commits to her tasks at hand, and motivates those around her to excel, as well.

Thank you, Jenni, and congratulations!

OLS Makes the Internet Retailer Top 500 List for a 7th Consecutive Time

Online Stores, Inc. is proud to announce that they have again been included amongst America’s top 500 internet retailers in the Internet Retailer Top 500 Guide.  2013 will be Online Stores, Inc.’s seventh year on the prestigious list; the company has received the award annually since 2007.

Online Stores, Inc. first appeared in the highly competitive Internet Retailer Top 500 Guide in 2007, and the company has steadily moved up the list each year since.  The Guide ranks America’s top companies according to the previous year’s annual sales, and it features some of the biggest names on the internet such as Amazon, Apple, and Dell.

Today, OLS can flaunt coming in as the 398th internet retailer in America and 35th in the Mass Merchant area.

Employee of the Month – March 2013

Brenda GregoryOur Warehouse Employee of the Month for March is awarded to Brenda Gregory. Brenda has been with Online Stores since April, 2012, as a Warehouse Associate.

Prior to coming to Online Stores, Brenda worked for U.S. Steel as a Pusher/Operator and Door Coordinator for a total of 15 years! She had chosen to take a buy-out on pension, but decided she’d like to continue working and came to OLS.

When not at work, Brenda spends much of her time in her West Newton area home working on puzzles and word games.

She was nominated for the March Employee of the Month for her dedication toward accuracy in the receiving department. She has been working hard to ensure that returns are up-to-date and that items are being returned to stock in a timely fashion, thus eliminating problems for many of the other departments.  Thank you, Brenda, and congratulations!

In the Top 100 Six Years in a Row

Online Stores ranks in Pittsburgh 100 Six Years Running

Online Stores, Inc. celebrates its sixth consecutive year on the Pittsburgh 100, a list of the fastest growing companies in the Pittsburgh area. Even in this limping economy, Online Stores, Inc. reported 26.84% growth in revenue sales from 2008 to 2010, placing them 64th among other burgeoning companies of western Pennsylvania.

As reported in the Pittsburgh Business Journal on August 26th, Online Stores, Inc. also ranked 6th in the Retail/Wholesale/Distribution category. Owners Lisa and Kevin Hickey started selling American flags from their basement in January 2001 and have since molded their business into an ecommerce powerhouse that yields over $25 million in annual sales. Located in New Stanton, PA, their company is expanding yearly, employing approximately 100 workers and counting.

Vice President Kevin Hickey stated that it would’ve been impossible to rank in the Pittsburgh 100 for six years running without the hard work and dedication of an excellent team of managers and staff.

Online Stores, Inc. currently operates over 20 retail websites, selling everything from flags and flagpoles, safety equipment, and tea to strollers, garden tools, and promotional products.

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