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The Greatness of gapCon – a Remote point of view

What is gapCon?

In short, gapCon is an annual event put on by gap intelligence that is considered to be the company’s “Most Valuable Day of the Year”! As part of the committee, I have gotten a chance to see how truly fun and special this event is for gap intelligence. Each year we pick a theme (this year it was gapConnect), ...

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Connecting the Dots: A gapper Explains It All

Every year gap intelligence hosts its own internal convention, appropriately named gapCon. It’s the most valuable day of the year. This year, the theme of gapCon was Connected. The event focused on becoming even more connected with our coworkers (through an awesome game of gapper-based trivia). It was a gaptastic day and I was ...

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gapGlossary: Get Hip With Our Lingo Yo'

At gap intelligence, it sometimes feels like we are speaking our own language. When you first arrive you will likely hear people throwing around all sorts of crazy words and acronyms like, “Upload your gfd into the gfdb and look out for bfd!” You will probably smile and nod as if you know what they are talking about, all the while ...

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Lessons from the Trail to the Office

As an avid hiker, there are many lessons one learns out on the trail that can easily be applied to office life. Whether you are a manager or leader in your company, these lessons can provide valuable insight to putting your best foot or hiking boot forward.

Life on the trail makes you incredibly aware of yourself and personal surroundings. ...

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gap intelligence Goes Green: A Values-Led Company Commits to Sustainability

As gappers, we pride ourselves on our passion and being inspired by life. We are passionate about each other, our clients, and our community! We live a high five culture – we celebrate both personal & professional successes and most importantly we break for group snack attack every Wednesday morning. Following a successful team ...

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Bigger & Better: The Fifth Annual Drives for Rides

At gap intelligence you see it everywhere, we are a values-led company. It is on our website, our email signatures, our facebook, heck we even have a Value-Sled. Get it? But there is a big difference in saying we are values-led and actually leading by those values. If you aren’t familiar with our core values here at gap they are: ...

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What Makes a Healthy Developer?

I was fortunate enough to attend RailsConf 2017 in Phoenix, AZ. Me and my friend-fellow gapper Eugene spent three days listening to keynotes, attending different sessions and participating in various workshops. While there were many great topics and speakers, one of the most talks I found most impactful was about (surprise) developers ...

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Words with Herbs - Ashley Levy

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Ashley Levy

How did you get to gap intelligence?

It was a dark and stormy night, sheets of rain layered the ground while the wind howled through the leaves and over the ocean, pushing and pulling me from one job listing to the next. Without a second’s notice, a dark figure emerged in the distance from beyond the fog: land. As a ...

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Words with Herbs - Joanna Sullivan

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Joanna Sullivan

How did you get to gap?

After graduating from San Diego State University, I was pretty lost on where and when to start my career search.  All I knew was that I wanted to stay in sunny San Diego and become a part of something significant. Within a few months of soul-searching, I was brought to gap’s website and ...

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50 Things I've Learned Since Becoming a gapper

What follows is a carefully curated and extremely professional list of things I have learned since starting at gap intelligence. Pay close attention, this information is IMPORTANT. Should you ever be lucky enough to someday call yourself a gapper, I am giving you valuable trade secrets, free of charge. Many parts of this list fall into what ...

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Comparing Fitness Trackers: Garmin, Apple, and Fitbit

"Hey! You're wearing an unusually high number of watches," said the tipsy guy at the top of the stairs at the baseball game.  I laughed and agreed without trying to explain. I was on day 7 of my ridiculous-looking experiment and he was the first person to state the obvious instead of just staring awkwardly.

The Experiment

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Words with Herbs - Dwaine Smith

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Dwaine Smith

How did you get to gap?

I was lucky enough to be born and raised in beautiful San Diego. After deciding I needed to finish school and join the “Adult World,” I tried my hand at several jobs that piqued my interest. I was a special education/statistics teacher at High Tech High Chula Vista. After my time in ...

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gapU's February Fitbit Challenge

It was announced at our annual Kickoff meeting in January that gap intelligence had generously purchased Fitbits for the entire office. Yes, we were all to receive a beautiful new Fitbit with the added incentive of a 'friendly' competition amongst the team. To the employee who 'stepped it up' more than any other, goes the ...

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The Importance of the 3Ts

We here at gap intelligence are passionate about our values. We are, after all, a Values-led Company, and we strive to contribute to something bigger than ourselves. One way we do that is through what we call 3Ts – Time, Treasure & Talent. Throughout the year our 3Ts committee organizes events and gives gappers an opportunity to give ...

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Words with Herbs - Nathan Sanfaçon

Gappers are passionate people. We are passionate about each other, our clients, our community, and are inspired by life! To explore more about what drives our team, resident hedgehog, Herbie, sat down with gappers in a series we like to call: Words with Herbs.


Name?

Nathan Sanfaçon

How did you get to gap?

I grew up in Boulder, ...

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Words with Herbs - Andrew Edelson

Gappers are passionate people. We are passionate about each other, our clients, our community, and are inspired by life! To explore more about what drives our team, resident hedgehog, Herbie, sat down with gappers in a series we like to call: Words with Herbs.


Name?

Andrew Edelson

How did you get to gap?

After about five months of job ...

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Putting Faces to Names: gap intelligence Retail Collectors Come to Visit

Pricing from brick and mortar retail stores is a major part of gap intelligence data that helps us keep our finger on the pulse of timely, accurate, and actionable industry vitals. While many people are somewhat surprised that online and in-store pricing can vary so widely, finding and reporting these differences are of great importance to our ...

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Bringing on New gappers

When it comes to an employee’s first couple of weeks at a new job there can be a lot of names to remember, an overload of information, and let’s face it - confusion as you try to learn the ropes. Although I won’t go as far to say that gap has completely eliminated all these issues that can arise during an onboarding process, ...

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Gappers, Campers, and Dogs, oh my!

Recently, a group of gappers went on a camping adventure in the Laguna Mountains, east of San Diego. We gappers do enjoy getting together outside of the office, and we do love our pets! We’ve petitioned for a doggie day care on site, but unfortunately that has not come to fruition - something about it being against the building code, ...

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Words With Herbs - Olivia Rockeman

Gappers are passionate people. We are passionate about each other, our clients, our community, and are inspired by life! To explore more about what drives our team, resident hedgehog, Herbie, sat down with gappers in a series we like to call: Words with Herbs.


Name?

Olivia Rockeman

How did you get to gap?

I grew up in San Diego and was ...

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Our Passion is our Clients

As part of the gap intelligence sales team, I was so excited to leave my remote office in New York, and head back to my home country of Japan for our semi-annual presentation tour alongside CEO Gary Peterson and printer analysts, Valerie and Keenan. We traveled all over Japan by Shinkansen bullet trains, visiting nine clients and prospects in ...

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Words With Herbs - Kristina Broome

Gappers are passionate people. We are passionate about each other, our clients, our community, and are inspired by life! To explore more about what drives our team, resident hedgehog, Herbie, sat down with gappers in a series we like to call: Words with Herbs.


Name?

Kristina Rae Broome

How did you get to gap?

My brother is a gapper and spread ...

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Words With Herbs - Jonathan Vu

Gappers are passionate people. We are passionate about each other, our clients, our community, and are inspired by life! To explore more about what drives our team, resident hedgehog, Herbie, sat down with gappers in a series we like to call: Words with Herbs.


Name?

Jonathan Vu

How did you get to gap?

It all started with my interest in ...

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Words With Herbs - Julia DeJesus

Gappers are passionate people. We are passionate about each other, our clients, our community, and are inspired by life! To explore more about what drives our team, resident hedgehog, Herbie, sat down with gappers in a series we like to call: Words with Herbs.


Name?

Julia DeJesus

How did you get to gap?

I am originally from northern ...

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Values-Led Hiring

Most companies will say that hiring is the most important thing to ensure their success. gap intelligence is no different. We focus on bringing in good people who will not only be awesome tactical additions but who also align themselves with our core values and beliefs. If you’re reading this blog, chances are you’ve seen those ...

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Words with Herbs - Sarah Swanson

Gappers are passionate people. We are passionate about each other, our clients, our community, and are inspired by life! To explore more about what drives our team, resident hedgehog, Herbie, sat down with gappers in a series we like to call: Words with Herbs.

Name:

Sarah Swanson

How did you get to gap intelligence?

The journey that brought me ...

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The Tash Intelligence Report: Liberty Station

Here at gap intelligence we take pride in being a values-led company. We are passionate about our clients, each other, and our community. Luckily, gap is located in beautiful San Diego and while gap has had offices located throughout the entire city, we have found a home in Liberty Station for the past 5 years. Just like how gap has grown and ...

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To Hide-a-Herbie: A Tale of Mystery and Intrigue... Kind of

A few months back, I was charged with promoting gapCon, gap intelligence’s most valuable day of the year, with a little game called Hide-a-Herbie.  The task seemed simple enough: hide our mascot “Herbie” somewhere in the office, rewarding his discovery with a prize related to the conference.  The game seemed like a ...

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Introducing Our POGs (pets of gap)

My name is Danielle, I work in data ops on the home appliance team, and I am a crazy pet parent. Luckily, here at gap I am surrounded by other crazy pet parents! I should have guessed that people who are so passionate about data and business intelligence would also be equally passionate about their pets.

In addition to providing an introduction ...

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Beats, WODs and a Bassador. What Makes Me, Me.

Hello there, my name is Chris Ortega and I am the newest employee here at gap intelligence. Today I just wanted to introduce myself to everyone by sharing with you what my interests and hobbies are.  This way if you see something that we have a shared interest in we can talk about it or go out and do one of them together.  If we ...

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Being Em(neck)braced by gap

Hello!

My name is Alison LeKander and I started at gap intelligence earlier this year.  I am working in Data Operations for Consumables, specifically for Laser Printer Supplies. The other gappers at the office are awesome and everyone has been friendly from day one. I got the opportunity to truly experience the good nature of my new ...

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“All I have learned, I learned from books [that I read in the gap Book Club]” - Abraham Lincoln

I’ve always heard that the human brain is like a muscle--the more you work it out, the stronger it gets. And no matter how weak or strong it is, there’s always room for more growth. On the flip side, it seems the latter is also true. The more we use our brains for mundane and passive activities, the more they atrophy and become increasingly ...
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Now & Then - A Month of Innovation

What do Benjamin Franklin, born in January 1706, and the Consumer Electronics Show 2015 have in common?BFranklin

Benjamin Franklin is known for a lot of different things…he is among the Founding Fathers of the United States, a politician, postmaster, inventor, scientist, and much more. While he may be most known for inventing the lightning rod and ...
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Making a Difference One Trail at a Time

Purpose. Everyone thinks about what their purpose is whether for themselves or for their business.

I just read Roy Spence’s book It’s Not What You Sell, It’s What You Stand For and why businesses should be driven by purpose. When that purpose is strongly believed by the leader of a business and believed and supported by employees that purpose is ...
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Fantasy Football: An Unpredictable Statistical Fiasco

In my blog post this week, I will show my findings from a regression analysis done on the correlation between Rushing Yards in a given game vs Defensive Rushing Yards Allowed. Fantasy-Football Contrary to popular belief, Fantasy Football is not a game of complicated stats, but a game of simple choices made in your initial draft and the subsequent lack of ...

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Haaave you met Charlie?

Hey All! My name is Danielle Regello, I have been working at gap for a few months now in the Laundry and Home Appliances categories, and I am loving it!


Outside of work, I enjoy cooking, snuggling my adorable dog and practicing yoga. Most nights you will find me at home, glass of wine in hand, trying out recipes and testing them on my guinea ...

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Introducing the Weekend Warrior!

To kick-off the summer season ahead, we here at gap intelligence are unveiling a brand-new component to our blog series...the Weekend Warrior! As a company and as collective individuals, we each strive to contribute to something bigger and better than ourselves day in and day out. Within our office walls and out into the world, our passions, ...
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What Did I Sign Myself Up For?

Since my first blog here at gap Intelligence (roughly 6 months ago) you could say that I have acclimated to life in the office. The subtle hum of the air conditioner vent above my head, the bright gapU calander behind me keeps me up to date on all the cool goings on, and the 4 coffee machines in the kitchen (I LOVE coffee) yep it is definitely ...
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wellness the gap way

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Last week San Diego Business Journal recognized gap Intelligence as one of the top 3 ranked companies in its Healthiest Companies Competition!

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Huge shoutout to Cesar and Keenan, the wellness directors of gapU, who have really amped up the wellness program within the last couple of months. gapWellness now offers the following:

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The Power of Why: Values-led & Navigating Families

gap intelligence is a values-led company, but what does that mean? By being a values-led company, it means that we care. We care about our clients and the research that we provide them, which makes us an industry leader in market intelligence. We care deeply about each other and have built a culture-comes-first work environment that cherishes ...
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SCIENCE (and the healthcare industry)

Anyone who knows me will tell you that I’m a huge science goober. My time is generally split between the lab and here at gap. While busy, I absolutely love both of the things that I do. My research ventures into neuroimmunology, where I focus primarily on immunotherapy to combat glioblastoma multiforme, the most common form of brain cancer. ...

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The Pursuit of gappyness

Hey there blog readers! My name’s Matt and I’m one of the new(er) gappers here at gap intelligence, although I’ve been working in Data Operations for almost 9 months now. That being said, I’m not going to give you the standard biographical introduction you may have come to expect from newbies, I’ll just keep that part brief… I am a native ...
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second annual Drives for Rides golf tournament!!

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gap intelligence is a values-led company. We care. We care about our clients, about each other, and about our community. Our Time, Talent, and Treasure committee (3Ts) is driven to inspire community impact through charitable opportunities. On May 2, 2014, we will be hosting the second annual Drives for Rides golf tournament to ...
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What's With the Hedgehog?

If you follow this blog or gap intelligence on Facebook, it may take you five minutes to realize that we are hedgehog crazy.  We have pictures of Herbie the Hedgehog, gap university’s mascot, from locations all over the world.  Herbie is pictured at company events, on the road in Haiti, eating food, and even driving cars! ...

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Thanksgapukah

With Thanksgiving fast approaching and everyone gearing up for the feast-ivites, I decided to poll the gap office on things that they are thankful for. Responses ranged from funny to family, but it seems as though everyone is getting in the holiday spirit and has a lot to be thankful for overall. Here are some of the responses from the office ...
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Hi! I'm Melissa

Hello all! My name is Melissa and I am the latest rookie, resident whovian, and general fangirl at gap intelligence. I have been with the company just shy of a month and am part of the TCO project. “How did I find my way here to this awesome company?” you may be asking yourself. The story is quite short. I was born and raised here in San Diego, ...
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Lamborghinis and Vans

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On Friday, November 15th, I was blown away by the Make-a-Wish Foundation Greater Bay Area and the citizens of San Francisco. They managed to make a 5 year old leukemia survivor, Miles Scott, dream of being Batkid in Gotham City come true in a grand fashion. I was moved to tears at the outpouring of love and support to make one little boy’s wish ...
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Returning to gap With Another Man in My Life

After four months off from work and blogging, I’m back at it. I think I’ll wait until my next blog to continue with my Retail Data Collector blog series, and instead tell a little about what I’ve been up to during my four months off (also known as the best four months of my life!).

Bronco Baby

To start, I had a baby, thus the reason for the four months of ...
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Not Always Right, But Never In Doubt

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Hello, friends! I’m Jen (aka Boots, Jenny, or Baylor; the list has gotten quite long at this point), a rambunctious little Texan who loves research, baguettes, boots, and impromptu adventures (see also: The Adventures of Boots and Baguettes, Summer ...
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TCO: Total Cost of Oawesomeness (O is Silent)

Good afternoon loyal fans,

I’ve been slogging on my blogging. My apologies. I blame my bum knee. You see, a couple months ago, I tore my ACL for the SECOND time. The first time it happened, the culprit was a (perhaps overly enthusiastic) double-back-handspring into side-split-kick into my keyboard. What you might not know, is that the famous ...
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The Sports Gap

Hello!! My name is Lisa and I'm one of the newest additions to gap intelligence. I've been with the company for almost a month and am part of the consumables group; tracking data for paper, ink and toner products. It's been quite inspiring as I learn the ins and outs of these intricate items that I now view in a whole new light. I’m very happy ...
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NFC Gains Support in Inkjet Industry

It’s no secret that mobile device usage is directly impacting the inkjet industry. Vendors are looking for new ways to differentiate their inkjet AiOs with added connectivity capabilities to complement a growing market for smartphones and tablets. Vendors are also adjusting to a shift in content consumption and productivity from PCs to mobile. ...
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A gap Life

Hello all, Hayley Johnson here! I’m one of the new kids on the block, fresh out of UCSD to a fully furnished desk (complete with bamboo plant) across from the aromatic kitchen in the gap office. I graduated after playing four years on the soccer team with a degree in Environmental Systems and minor in Marine Sciences (random? Kind of, I guess, ...
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What’s an Equestrian?!

Hey Everyone! My name is Laura Mashburn and I’ve been working at gap intelligence for around two weeks now. If you’d like an idea of who I am, two big parts of my life are riding horses (I’ve been doing it since I eight) and it’s probably helpful to know that I have an identical twin sister named Julie.

A little story of how I got into riding ...
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Padres Season Ticket Awesomeness

1Two years ago at our gappy Holiday party our founder and CEO, Gary Peterson, made a very exciting announcement: gap intelligence purchased Padres season tickets! I am a huge baseball fan. This news brought me an overwhelming amount of joy. I could hardly contain my excitement.

2My experience with baseball began when I was a small child in San ...
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gapCon 2013

gapCon SchwagEach year, gap intelligence hosts gapCon, a conference that celebrates the people of gap intelligence, our work, and shares our unique culture with the outside world. If you would like to know the multiple benefits of hosting your own conference, check out this wonderfully written column on Forbes.com, the author is truly brilliant.

Though ...
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gap intelligence: Winner of the 2013 Heilbron Award

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“gap intelligence is avalues-led corporation. We strive to deliver the highest quality of research and service to our clients, expand opportunities and professional growth for our team members, and operate a company that recognizes the central role that business plays in our ...
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Retail Data Collector #8: Toni from Denver

Just in the nick of time, I am publishing one more blog for my Retail Data Collector series before I take off for a while. This time, it’s featuring Toni from Denver. Toni and I have been best friends for quite a while now and I knew when we were looking to hire someone in Colorado that she would likely be up for the task. Toni and I played ...
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Gappy to be Here!

Hey everyone!

My name’s Valerie, but just about everyone calls me Val.I started working at gap intelligence in September 2012 and I’m super excited to be here!

To my surprise, I’m one of the few gappers that is actually from San Diego.I graduated from San Diego State University with a degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in ...
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Retail Data Collector #7: Vanessa from Newark

The latest edition of the Retail Data Collector blog series features Vanessa from Newark. Vanessa has been with gap for a long time and although she is technically our Newark collector, she also braves her way into the big NYC for us every week to collect at a few stores there.

Location: New Jersey(Jersey Shore)

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gapCon is in the Air

It’s that time of year again.

The days are getting longer, the flowers are starting to bloom, and the people of gap intelligence are hard at work putting together a new round of presentations to share with our friends and family.

That’s right. gapCon is back, hitting Liberty Station on Friday June 7th!

 

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The third annual gapCon promises ...
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An Elementary School Recess Sport turned Competitive

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It’s an idea that’s been thrown around the office for a while, and after months of talking about it, we’re now competing in a Vavi Kickball league under the name gapUniversity Fighting Hedgehogs. A bunch of us are very excited about it, and the 3 games we’ve played ...
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HP Officejet Pro X Set to Battle Office Laser Printers

Like a boxer in the beginning rounds of a fight, throwing jabs at his opponent to break down his defense and set up for an ESPN Top 10 haymaker, HP’s traditional inkjet Officejet Pro series has reportedly done a good job of weakening ‘laser-bias’ in recent years. With the Officejet Pro line’s successful penetration into micro businesses, it is ...
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#gapproblems

If you have read any of the other blogs for gap intelligence, you will see that we have it pretty good. We have fun days at the Del Mar races, gapU events, golf tournaments and so much more! However, life isn't all beaches and sunshine all the time here in San Diego. Here are a list of hardships we face in our Liberty Station office, or as us ...
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Retail Data Collector #6: Jamie from Omaha

My latest blog in the Retail Data Collector blog series features Jamie from Omaha. I had known Jamie for several years before I started working at gap and when we needed to hire a collector in Omaha, I knew that she would be a great fit.

Location: Omaha, NE

Q: How long have you been working with gap?

A: 1 Year

Q: How did you get involved with gap? ...
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A friendly hello from a new gapper!

Lance

Hello! I’m Lance. I'm gap intelligence’s newest research assistant and am very excited to be here. My first week at gap intelligence was perfectly timed, as it concluded at gap intelligence’s 10th anniversary party at the Prado in Balboa Park. Two weeks later, I spent my Friday serving as a green marshal for the Emilio Nares Foundation’s Drives ...
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New gapper Alert

Have you visited the gap intelligence offices recently? Perhaps you noticed the n00b sitting right up front smiling, hoping she’ll get a chance to sign for another exciting UPS delivery, well, that’s me, Stacey!

Stacey

I’m one of the new Research Assistants here at gap working with Deirdre on the Television services. I fiddle with the ecom data that ...
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Secret Shopper Feature #1: The Beginning of a New Series

We recently launched a new project here at gap Intelligence and are over-the-moon excited about it!! You may have read a little about the project already herewhen we were looking to hire the perfect candidate to ask retail store representatives what they think is the best brand on the market for certain consumer electronics.

Similar to our “Meet ...
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We're Hiring! Mystery Shoppers!

Job Description:


gap intelligence is currently hiring sociable candidates to help with our Ongoing Recommendation Tracking project.

Contractors will be required to visit six (6) retail chains once a month ongoing. Each visit is expected to take as long as 15 minutes and contractors will be required to visit different parts of the store. We are ...
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Retail Data Collector #5: Minda from Tampa

In 2013 I am continuing my series of blogs that feature gap’s retail data collectors and for my first one of of the year, I move from our husband and wife duo in Seattle, to Minda, our collector in Tampa, FL. Minda has been fun to work with, and from what I can tell, and as you can probably tell from her picture, she seems like she has a very ...
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2013... we made it Mayans!

It's the time of year again... the beginning! And with the beginning of the year comes excitement, resolutions, and a goal for this year to be better than the last.

Personally, I totally forgot it was a new year and have been carrying on business as normal. However, after I realized I had to start writing 2013 on my checks instead of 2012 I have ...
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gap Fantasy Football 2012 Playoff Teams

For the second year running, gap intelligence has been participating in a little friendly competition revolving around fantasy football. With eight returning gappers, the league consisted of fourteen total gappers this year compared to last year’s ten. The season has been competitive and surprising, with playoff teams being announced only this ...
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The ENF Holiday Toy Drive is Here!

gap intelligence’s 3Ts is proud to take part in the ENF Holiday Toy Drive this year. 3Ts, gap’s community service committee which stands for Time, Talent and Treasure, have hosted numerous events throughout the year, but this event is extra special. Why? The deserving recipients of the toys collected are the children in the Oncology/Hematology ...
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Retail Data Collector Feature #4: Jim and Jeane from Seattle

Continuing my blog series about our retail data collectors around the country, I now move from our collector in Boston, to our husband and wife team of Jim and Jeane in Seattle, Washington. Jim and Jeane are our only current tandem team and have found a great balance in working together to get us accurate data!

Q: How long have you been working ...
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gap intelligence: Two Time Inc Magazine Top 5,000

gap intelligence is proud to announce that we have been listed as one of Inc Magazine’s Top 5,000 privately owned companies in America. This is our second consecutive placement on the list and in 2012 we kept a place with the top half of those companies at #2,052.

While some may frown at placing #2,052 on any list, the ranking is another proud ...
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Retail Data Collector Feature #3: Tim from Boston

 

As a part of my continuing Q&A blog series about our retail data collectors around the country, I am moving from our collector in Chicago, to Tim, our collector in Boston. Tim was the first person I hired when I moved to the retail manager position at gap, and I am happy to say that it has been an excellent fit!

Q: How long have you ...
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gap intelligence: San Diego’s Best Places to Work Finalist

For the second consecutive year, gap intelligence was a finalist as one of San Diego’s Best Places to Work, a recognition given by the San Diego Business Journal. Being a great place to work has become second nature to us here at gap intelligence (kind of like breathing) and being recognized for our efforts is always fun.

While it may be easy to ...
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gap Stands for Get Active People

My name is Adam Gajo and I am one of the newest additions to the gap intelligence family. I join the market intelligence firm as a desktop research analyst, and come from a number of sales roles within the IT industry. I also recently completed my MBA in marketing in 2011, and I’m looking forward to providing insights into what is happening in ...
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For the last time, I’m not into competitive eating…

 

Hi Everybody! My name is Nick Jordan and I just started working here at gap intelligence just a couple of months ago. Apparently I wasn’t present for a short company meeting recently, so my boss/trainer/go-to-analyst-for-any-camera-related-questions, Scott Peterson, stood up and introduced everyone to “who Nick Jordanis.”

During my first ...
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The 2012 gap-lympic Games

It's summer 2012... And it really has been an awesome San Diego summer! The weather has been great and everyone at gap intelligence has been taking full advantage. Friday afternoons (and actually, other weekday afternoons) are full of people's talk of plans. Most plans consist of beach, BBQ, family, friends, and just good ole fashioned fun. I ...
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Retail Data Collector Feature #2: Continuing a Series

Back in April I started a blog series featuring our data collectors from around the country. For the next several blogs I write, I will highlight another collector. I am excited because this will give us the opportunity to get to know a little bit more about the people we work with every week but never see, and to put a fac

This month, my blog ...
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gap intelligence Wins the Helibron Award

Its award season and gap intelligence is in line for a lot of great accolades for our successes. While we cherish everything that we are recognized for, acknowledgement for our work with the local community has made us particularly proud. The Helibron Award is given to San Diego companies that have made the biggest impact to the local ...
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Herbie's Geology Trip

For my last big geology camping field trip I got to bring along a very special guest, the gap intelligence mascot and geologist in training, Herbie the hedgehog. Herbie was so excited for the field trip that he spent days reading up on the field trip area, the Inyo Mountains, so much so that he was much more prepared for the field trip than ...
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Welcome Uzie Team!

Until recently however, I had little cause to interact regularly with our folks in the Uzbekistan office. Sure, I work with the developers, but even that interaction is limited to weekly meetings over Skype, discussing our latest project. Nothing beats interpersonal communication and interaction! During my 2-week stay in Uzie-land, I would like ...
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Ping Pong Tourney 2012

As part of gapU’s commitment to office revelry, we thought a company-wide ping pong tournament would be just the ticket for springtime.

Athletics Director, Keenan created a bracket system that gappers enthusiastically played through over the course of a few weeks. Finally, two champions were left: Notebook analyst, Deron Kershaw and digital ...
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Herbie’s Big Adventure: A Trip to a San Diego Padres Game



Many of you already know me since I am kind of a big deal. For those of you living under a rock, my name is Herbie the Fighting Hedgehog and I am lucky enough to be gap intelligence’s company mascot. I live a pretty sweet life. I rarely leave the office though so you can imagine my excitement when Product Analyst, Erin Vogelsanger, offered to ...
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We're Hiring! Senior Software Project Manager

Job Description:


13gap intelligence is a values led company. We care about each other, our clients, and recognize that business plays a central role in our community.

Accountability and willingnessare extremely important to us.

gap intelligence is searching for a very special candidate to lead our software development team. We are constantly ...
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Top Ten Things Placed on My Dog's Head

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gapUniversity’s Masters of Business Administration

gapUniversity MBAI never did get my MBA. The day I graduated from Texas A&M my father shook my hand and made a scissor sign with his free hand – cut off! When we returned home, my 1985 Oldsmobile Delta 88 was donated for a tax right off and I was on my own. Not complaining by any stretch, but in 1995 I needed money and two more years of school were not ...
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The New Kaur-Dashian: Gurpreet Kaur is a Media Rock Star

When history's most popular product gets a refresh at the biggest launch event of the year, who are going to call for some insight and a sound bite?

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Gurpreet Kaur, that's who.


Easily the most sought after color commentator / analyst in San Diego this week has been Gurpreet Kaur, gap intelligence's Industry Analyst who covers the Tablet market. ...
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MP3 and Company Culture

Shortly after finishing up my most recent reading assignment, I prepared a book review and executive summary for a fictional board of directors in my non-profit business class when I remembered the words said to me by Gary Peterson that day at gap intelligence, “just gimme.” This of course was in reference to the blog of mine that is about a ...
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Rubbing Elbows



Our President, Gary Peterson, is a very busy man. So busy in fact that he often times does not have enough time to squeeze in all of the events that he is invited to into his hectic schedule. When the demands of running gap intelligence keep him tethered to his desk, it often comes with major benefits to the rest of the company because he will ...
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gap couture?

Hi there! Another new gapper here. My name is Deirdre and I've been at gap for three months now. I'm a transplant from Minneapolis and I'll be the first to admit that I have gotten spoiled by the great weather down here in San Diego. Mid-60s in the middle of January? I'm freezing, but I'll take it!



It's a good thing that when I'm not ...
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Newest gapper from Tebow town!

Nicole Tebow here… oh wait, did I say Tebow? I meant NicoleTeiffel! I was born and raised in Colorado, so needless to say I love the hype that is surrounding Tim Tebow and my Broncos. I am the newest gapper here at gap intelligence and here’s my story.

I graduated from Colorado Mesa University with a degree in Business Marketing. I played for ...
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Bring it on, 2012

2011 is SO last year, am I right?

Here at GapU we're super stoked to start planning all the fun/educational student activities for the duration of the new year. To kick things off, we've invited gap intelligence camera analyst extraordinaire, Scott Peterson to join our Board of Directors. Scott was voted People's Choice at the 2011 Gappy Awards ...

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On Page 569....

My motivations when starting gap intelligence nearly 10 years ago were unorthodox and not easy to explain at the time. Friends and colleagues would often stare in disbelief that the answer to their question “Why did you start your own business?” was not “To make lots of money.” From the very beginning, we have strived to create a wonderful ...
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Thank you, 2011. That was fun!

2011 will be chalked up as one of the best years in the history of gap intelligence. We turned eight years old in 2011 and to me companies are like people in their development. At eight years old we can run and jump and solve long division problems. We can take care of ourselves, feed ourselves, even tie our own shoes, but we know that our best ...
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Tis the Season

Now that Halloween has passed and Starbucks now serves up tasty beverages (ie peppermint mocha) in their cliché “winter-themed” cups, it’s officially time for the holiday season! With Black Friday in the past and the hint of snow in the air.... well maybe not snow in San Diego… I thought I would catch up with my fellow gappers to see if they ...
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Happy holidays are coming up fast!

Wow, I can’t believe it’s already November. How the time flies when you are having fun.

With this time of year comes several things:

  • The holidays are in full force and all of us here at gap intelligence are anxiously awaiting the holiday parade in Ocean Beach where we will participate with our very own retro Christmas themed float.

  • We had a ...
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Gunga galunga...gunga- gunga lagunga.

I love Holiday Cards. Holiday Cards are the one time in the year to take breathe from the day to day rat race of compiling data, writing reports, and putting together a presentation on the industry and just say "Thank You". Thank you for your support, thank you for being there, thank you for you continued kindness, and looking forward to ...
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Walking for our Future...

Recently, Gap Intelligence has been voted in the top tier of local companies for several categories (beating a certain well known North County brewery in at least two), one of San Diego's healthiest companies among them. To that end, there are two important upcoming 5k's in November that many employees are walking/running in, some are even ...
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We are on an Award Tour....

Our culture is our greatest asset. gap intelligence is a special place that encourages professional growth and development in a truly inspirational environment. We have our own conference (gapCon 2012 - June 8th), our own gapUniversity (gapUniversity.net), and a realization that our business has an inherent responsibility to give back to our ...
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gapDataCenter R4

I feel for Bill Gates and his Windows development teams and I especially hurt for Leo Apotheker and HP's team of WebOS developers.

Software is a stinker.

gap intelligence's latest Data Center (DCv3.) is one of the very first software projects taken on by the company. Before the platform's launch last April, I was one of the millions of people ...
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Meet our Data Collectors!

I have the pleasure of directly working with all of our nationwide field of data collectors and know just how wonderful and hard working each of them are. In wanting to share the experience with each of you, I figured what better way than to feature a data collector Q&A!

For our first introduction, I am featuring Susie in Las Vegas. Susie ...
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And away they go...

A couple weeks ago, gap made an appearance at the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club to enjoy the San Diego summer and bet on some ponies. People’s experiences with the race track ranged from first timers to experienced betters (Josh!). Luckily, Josh held a gapU class the day prior to the races and filled us in on the rules of fashion, etiquette, and ...
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Opening Movie Credits



We have finished the opening credits to a movie that we are not going to make....
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A Love Story.

I'd like to tell you a story. It's a story of passion and love, of heartache and sorrow. There are laughs and smiles, as well as some tears. It all started 4 years ago, in September of 2007. At the time, I was just enjoying a summer of all sorts of activities, vacations, friends, and family. It was a glorious time in my life and a summer I will ...
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Geekfest 2011!

This year on July 22-23, I was among the nerds, geeks, vampire lovers, TV junkies, and internet addicts who joined together and united at the yearly San Diego geekfest known as Comic-Con International at the San Diego Convention Center. Fandom is a strong addiction and an insatiable urge! And let me tell you, having been lucky enough to grow up ...
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Herbie

Hi. My name is Herbie. I am short. Like, really short. I am covered in hair. I have the pleasure of being gap intelligence’s company mascot. My hobbies include curling up in a ball when the going gets tough and playing hide and seek throughout the office. I am a hedgehog and I am totally awesome! Whenever one of the humans in the office finds ...

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gap intelligence: the documentary

by Rebecca Erbe.

gap intelligence from Rebecca Erbe on Vimeo.

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All I Need to Know in Life I Learned from My First Year at gap intelligence

1. Save your work frequently!!!

2. Always read the fine print. Especially when dealing with Fry’s Electronics’ ads ($390 BEFORE savings…)

3. Don’t procrastinate!

4. Be wary of leaving useful items at your desk, as there’s a good chance someone at work will use your pen/scissors/tape and forget where they belonged.

5. If you drink all the coffee, ...
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New Kid on the Block

Hi Everyone! I'm Lyndsey Love-Blue, I'm kind of a big deal so I need two last names. No actually I recently married about six months ago and couldn't bear to give up Love as my last name. I am very excited to join the Gap Intelligence team and will be working in the desktops category as a Research Analyst. Who wouldn't want to work for Gap ...
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gap intelligence: 2011 San Diego Best Places to Work Finalist!

gap intelligence is proud to announce that the company was a Finalist as this year's San Diego's Best Places to Work, a program hosted by the San Diego Business Journal. This was our first year to enter the program and we finished within the top 10 small sized companies in San Diego County.


We believe there are plenty of reasons for us to be a ...
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Bump, Set, Spike!

The sand was hot but the Gap University Fighting Hedgehogs were hotter. They proved their athletic prowess in the Vavi 4v4 co-ed Beach Volleyball league in Ocean Beach. Although the competition was tough (for a social league), the Hedgehogs were able to extend their winning streak by 2 games, putting their overall record to 2-0-0. The Hedgehogs ...
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New to Gap and excited to be here...

Hello! My name is Karen Thies…oh wait, sorry, Karen Hartzman! I got married just 3 months ago and I am still getting used to my new last name. After getting married in February, I had almost everything I could have hoped for: a wonderful husband, a new house, a cute puppy, a great family, etc, etc. But one thing was missing…an enjoyable job ...
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Expected Schoolwide Learning Results

I am delighted to inform you that after careful consideration by the Office of Admissions you have been accepted into gap University’s class of 2011.

I could weep with happiness. In-line with the goals and plans outlined in this year’s company kickoff, gap intelligence has created its own university in hopes of building a strong and united ...
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Guilty Pleasures with Mike Broome

Hey there! My name is Mike Broome and I have been a part of the Sys-Ops team here at Gap

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Intelligence since last August. Instead of professing my love for Gap Intelligence and the people I work with, or sharing with you all that I have found an Excel ...
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Always Learning….

I am not a chef.

If there’s one thing you should know about me, it’s that.

Cooking seems to be a talent learned when a child and I seemed to missed. It’s not that my parents never wanted to teach me, it’s more like I never saw cooking as entertaining enough to attempt more than once or twice. In fact, as a kid I even remember having the most ...
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The Wonderful World of Retail

Hi, my name is Christine and although there are a couple of newbies to the gap family, I believe I am officially the newest gapper (perhaps by a mere couple of days) and I couldn't feel more honored. I joined gap intelligence in the midst of our move from downtown to <<beautiful Liberty Station at the start of the year. Unlike any company ...
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Printers, printers, printers...

Natasha Belak-Berger is a new employee here at gap intelligence and here is a quick Question and Answer session with her:

Q: Give me a little background about yourself.

A: I was born and raised in southern California and don’t think I could ever leave! I recently graduated from UCSD from Thurgood Marshall with a degree in Human Biology. More ...
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Back to School...

Going back to school is typically associated with the end of summer: warm days, fond memories, and back-to-school shopping. In the Gap office however, we have the heater going, excel memories, and we write about back-to-school shopping. We are going back to school, but we’re not exactly packing our bags…though brown-bagging is encouraged. ...
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So Much to Learn About Desktops...

Hi! My name is Adam Wagner and I am one of the newest Gappers. About two months ago in the midst of the holiday season I started as a Research Assistant at Gap Intelligence. I look forward to being able to support the computers team, in particular Keenan, the desktop analyst!

I am so excited to be at Gap! In my two months here, we have moved ...
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Truth Alone Triumphs

One week after returning home from my trip to India, I find myself sitting on my couch watching Slumdog Millionaire. Paying more attention to the background details and scenery than to the dialogue and storyline, I easily get lost in my thoughts and reminiscence of my recent adventure. Now, prior to visiting the country, I will admit that my ...
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Health Insurance Up 58%

Almost one year ago today I wrote a blog piece about gap intelligence’s new experiment on health insurance. gap intelligence, like millions of other small companies across the country, kept a very close eye on expenses as the global economy came to a grinding halt.


Health insurance was one of our biggest expenses and we were challenged to find ...
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Happy Birthday Gap!

Gap turned 7 last month!





When I was a kid, turning 7 meant that I got my first pair of roller blades and a new ninja turtles VHS. But most importantly, it meant I was allowed to invite friends over for all-you-can-eat pizza, fruit snacks, juice boxes, and a trip to the arcade! As it turns out, there is an arcade for “grown-ups” today and we got ...

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Trisha Weinberg Starts PR Internship at gap intelligence!


Hi everyone! My name is Trisha Weinberg and I just joined the gap intelligence team as an intern. I’m so excited to have found an opportunity like this to work in the field of public relations. I am currently a communication major hoping to transfer to UCSD this fall. If there is one thing I’ve learned so far about finding the perfect career, ...

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New Intern Adrienne Akre Joins gap intelligence!



Hello everyone, my name is Adrienne Akre and I’m the newest intern here at gap intelligence! I’m excited to be here and looking forward to sinking my teeth into this PR thing. I just started my final quarter at UCSD, where I am majoring in sociology. I know, it seems strange that I’m a sociologist interning for a marketing intelligence ...

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Spring Intern Program Blossoms at gap intelligence!






With the official onset of the spring season and semester, gap intelligence’s internship program is in full swing again!


The department consists of two new enthusiastic and bright interns, Adrienne and Trisha (check out their blogs!), who will help to manage the public ...



As proclaimed many times on this blog, we don’t have huge reserves of marketing and advertising funds at our disposal. You won’t see television ads about gap intelligence, you won’t see our amazingly detailed market intelligence databases touted on the back of the New York ...

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