Foodstuffs hosts Foodstuffs North Island Checker of the Year competition

Auckland, New Zealand, 2016-Jun-15 — /EPR Retail News/ — Last night, more than 90 checkout operators from Manawatu New World, PAK’nSAVE and Write Price stores tested their skills against each other onstage at the Massey University Auditorium with the hope of ultimately taking out the title of Foodstuffs North Island Checker of Year.

The checkers were judged by a team of eight senior Foodstuffs staff on their speed, presentation, customer service and accuracy as they scanned 30 items as fast as possible, while also staying friendly and composed.

The top three checkers were Megan McKenzie from New World Levin, Samantha Neemia from New World Pioneer and Ashley Hurunui from New World Levin.

Event organiser Kristie McGregor said it is a fun night for checkers to demonstrate their fantastic customer service skills and engage in a bit of friendly competition with other stores.

“We have been running the Checker of the Year competition for over 40 years and it is a great opportunity to recognise our check out operators for the value they add to the customer experience,” said Kristie McGregor.

New World Foxton owner operator, Jason Davy brought up a bus load of team members from all departments to support their check out operators.

“Apart from the competition side of things where are our check out operators can see how they measure up, it’s a fun night and gives the team an opportunity to interact, bond and enjoy each other’s company outside of work,” said Jason Davy.

The competitors’ colleagues wore costumes in the super hero theme of the night and cheered them on with banners, chants and store mascots.

The top twelve checkers each received a $50 gift card; with the top three finalists winning extra prizes. There were also prizes for the best support team and best team of checkers overall.

There are 10 regional Checker of the Year competitions across the North Island throughout June and July, with mystery shoppers testing each region’s winner to determine one overall North Island Checker of the Year winner and two runners-up, which will be announced at the Foodstuffs North Island Excellence Awards on 26 November.



Foodstuffs hosts Foodstuffs North Island Checker of the Year competition

Foodstuffs hosts Foodstuffs North Island Checker of the Year competition

Jason Davy, Store Owner, New World Foxton: I am extremely grateful to be given the opportunity by Foodstuffs to purchase New World Foxton

Jason Davy left school at 16 to become a full-time trolley boy at PAK’nSAVE New Plymouth. 

Auckland, New Zealand, 2016-May-17 — /EPR Retail News/ — Since then a lot of things have changed, he has been married to Patricia for over 22 years and together they have three children, Chloe, Madison and Zavier. Trish studied law as an adult while raising her family and now works as a lawyer in her own practice.

And, almost 30 years later, Davy is thrilled to be taking on the role of owner-operator of New World Foxton and says buying the store is the realisation of a long-held dream.

“Since I was 16, I’ve wanted to run my own store,” he says. “I love being in the grocery business, it moves fast and no day is ever the same – I’ve been managing PAK’nSAVE Kapiti now for 5 years and what I’ve leant is the heartbeat of a supermarket is quite simply its customers. Making sure we meet, and exceed, our customer’s expectations every day is both challenging and thrilling.”

“I am extremely grateful to be given the opportunity by Foodstuffs to purchase New World Foxton. And I guess it shows that young ones just starting out can reach their goals if they work hard.”

Davy credits Foodstuffs’ internal management development programme, and the mentorship of his long-time bosses at PAK’nSAVE Kapiti, owners Peter Anderson and Glen Taylor, with helping him reach his goal of store ownership.

“I wouldn’t be where I am today without the training, leadership and coaching that I received from Peter and Glen,” he says. “They, along with all the managers and staff at PAK’nSAVE Kapiti, are a large part of the reason I’ve been successful, and I’m very thankful to them all for their encouragement and support.”

PAK’nSAVE Kapiti co-owner and Foodstuffs North Island Board Chairman, Peter Anderson says for hard working, passionate individuals with strong leadership skills these opportunities exist right across the Foodstuffs network – both at store level and in the support centres.

“It is in the Foodstuffs DNA to work hard and have a real passion for the business and Jason really is a great example of what can be achieved through hard graft and dedication.”

“As a cooperative the Foodstuffs business is unique, each store is operated by an owner that lives and breathes the success of their store – part of this success is seeing our people achieve their true potential. And I feel that I speak on behalf of all the New World and PAK’nSAVE owners when I say we take real pride in investing in our people and giving them the chance to grow and develop within the wider business,” says Anderson.

“Jason is a wonderful example of how our people can rise through the ranks by working hard and seizing all the opportunities that are made available to them. Glen and I wish him every success as he takes on New World Foxton, I know he will do a great job.”

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Notes to editors – Jason Davy’s work history at Foodstuffs

2016       Store Owner, New World Foxton

2012       Winner, Wellington Top Shop Award (large format)

2011       Store Manager, PAK’n SAVE Kapiti

2010       Winner, Foodstuffs Emerging Leader Award

1997       Grocery/Hardware/Liquor Manager, PAK’n SAVE Kapiti

1994       Deli Manager, PAK’n SAVE Kapiti

1993       Deli Manager, New World Wellington City

1990       Deli Assistant-Manager, PAK’nSAVE New Plymouth

1988       Deli Assistant, PAK’nSAVE New Plymouth

1987       Trolley Wrangler, PAK’nSAVE New Plymouth