Some great news to celebrate across Co-op.
Drinks Buying Team of the Year
Our Beers Wines and Spirits team have scooped this award at the annual Drinks Retailing Awards. It comes after a successful year which saw an innovative range of member-designed wine, beer and spirits going into stores. Judges were impressed with our unique approach of talking to members to help us develop new products. They also praised the team’s focus on being ahead of trends (eg, how we’ve brought in premium spirits and new regional beers).
It’s great recognition for the hard work the team have put into our ranges.
Leading in learning
Our Leadership, Talent and Learning team have won the ‘Innovation in Technology’ HR Distinction Award for the My Co-op Career, Shopfloor virtual reality training module. This brings our shopfloor standards off the page and into a virtual world that colleagues can explore to understand what a great store looks like. Adding to the reality was Katie Corless, our store manager from Wigan Road, who guides colleagues through the store.
This experience is now being used in inductions to let new colleagues see what’s expected from the word go, and stats show that it’s also being used many times as people come back to it again and again.
A real example of doing something different and using technology to help us achieve.
Well done to everyone involved in both award wins.