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.