Thursday, 28 July 2016

Locals shine in Checker of the Year competition Bay of Plenty

Last night, more than 120 checkout operators from Bay of Plenty New World and PAK’nSAVE stores tested their skills against each other onstage at the Baycourt Centre 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 Ainsley Meynell from New World Gate Pa, Holly Fillipo from New World Brookfield and Eden Arkwright from New World Brookfield.

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 Brookfield Checkout Manager Sade LeMon said that their team has a mock Checker of the Year event in-store to select the team and to give them a taste of what the pressure will be like on the night.

“The Checker of the Year competition raises our team’s spirit and morale. It is great torecognise and reward our checkers’ who consistently work hard.” 

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.


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