Video | Agriculture | Confidence | Economy | Energy | Employment | Finance | Media | Property | RBNZ | Science | SOEs | Tax | Technology | Telecoms | Tourism | Transport | Search

 


Taranaki checkout operators compete for Checker of the Year

Media release

20 August 2014

Taranaki checkout operators compete for Checker of the Year

Last night, checkout operators from Taranaki New World and PAK’nSAVE stores had their moment to shine in the spotlight at the Hollywood-themed Foodstuffs Checker of the Year regional competition at the Theatre Royal in New Plymouth.

More than 30 New World and PAK’nSAVE checkers were judged by a team of six senior Foodstuffs staff on their speed, presentation, customer service and accuracy as they scanned 30 items as fast as possible, while staying friendly and composed.

The top three checkers were Kelly Hopkins from New Plymouth New World, Emily Short from Stratford New World, and Kim Madden from Stratford New World.

The Taranaki winners will now head to the regional final in November to compete for the title of Customer Service Superstar.

The competitors’ colleagues dressed up to cheer them on with banners, chants and store mascots. Stratford New World dressed up in costumes from Harry Potter and New Plymouth PAK’nSAVE won best supporting team with their PAK'nSAVE stick men posters.

“Checkout operators are the face of our stores, and a competition that encourages them to excel helps ensure New World and PAK’nSAVE customers are getting the best customer service,” said event organiser Kristie McGregor.

“The Checker of the Year competition has been going for over 40 years now, and it is a fun way to keep staff motivated. All the stores put up a big contingent of supporters, so even the people not competing get involved in the team spirit,” Kristie McGregor said.

Representatives from Foodstuffs’ national charity CanTeen were there to hand out prizes and join in the fun.

There are three other regional heats in Manawatu, Wellington and Hawke’s Bay. The top 12 checkers at each event win $50 gift cards, and the top three from each event win extra prizes and go on to compete for the overall regional title of 2014 Customer Service Superstar at Foodstuffs’ Training Excellence Awards on 22 November.

-Ends-

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Business Headlines | Sci-Tech Headlines

 

Half Full: Dairy Payouts Steady, Cash Will Be Tight

Industry body DairyNZ is advising farmers to focus on strong cashflow management as they look ahead to the 2015-16 season following Fonterra's half-year results announcement today. More>>

ALSO:

First Union: Cotton On Plans To Use “Tea Break” Law

“The Prime Minister reassured New Zealanders that ‘post the passing of this law, will you all of a sudden find thousands of workers who are denied having a tea break? The answer is absolutely not’... Cotton On is proposing to remove tea and meal breaks for workers in its safety sensitive distribution centre. How long before other major chains try and follow suit?” More>>

ALSO:

Scoop Business: NZ-Korea FTA Signed Amid Spying, Lost Sovereignty Claims

A long-awaited free trade agreement between New Zealand and South Korea has been signed in Seoul by Prime Minister John Key and the Korean president, Park Geun-hye. More>>

ALSO:

PM Visit: NZ And Viet Nam Agree Ambitious Trade Target

New Zealand and Viet Nam have agreed an ambitious target of doubling two-way goods and service trade to around $2.2 billion by 2020, Prime Minister John Key has announced. More>>

ALSO:

Scoop Business: NZ Economy Grows 0.8% In Fourth Quarter

The New Zealand economy expanded in the fourth quarter as tourists drove growth in retailing and accommodation, and property sales increased demand for real estate services. More>>

ALSO:

Scoop Business: RBNZ’s Wheeler Keeps OCR On Hold, No Rate Hikes Ahead

The Reserve Bank has removed the prospect of future interest rate hikes from its forecast horizon as a strong kiwi dollar and cheap oil hold down inflation, and the central bank ponders whether to lower its assessment of where “neutral” interest rates should be. The kiwi dollar gained. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Business
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news