SPAR celebrates employees in supply chain

February 23, 2023 IN THE CATEGORY: People

At SPAR, our people are a significant success factor in our business. In the highly competitive retail environment, operational efficiency is critical to support retailers who are meeting the needs of their local communities. Today, we highlight several people in the distribution and warehouse sections of the international SPAR business who have been especially recognised for making a difference.

Local heroes

Daniel Doherty, a warehouse operative in one of SPAR UK’s regional partner’s warehouses began having difficulty breathing and went into sudden cardiac arrest. Whilst waiting for the ambulance to arrive, emergency first aid was provided by colleagues Martyn and Adam who administered CPR and used a defibrillator. Thankfully, Daniel has in the meantime returned home to complete his recovery. The timely actions of Martyn and Adam are understood to have saved Daniel’s life, reflecting the importance of health and safety training within AF Blakemore.

Through a program called Partners for Possibility, Thato Letsoalo, a supply chain manager working in SPAR South Africa became a mentor to the principal of the local high school. Through the partnership, sessions to motivate Grade 12 pupils were developed featuring a variety of speakers highlighting opportunities for future careers. Pupils’ needs such as stationary for the year were identified and support was provided, a real example of SPAR having a heart for the local community.

Thokozani Mdaka has been working since 2013 in SPAR South Africa’s warehouse in Gauteng Province. Having a real passion for providing excellent service to the independent retailers in the SPAR network led to him being called out by his colleagues for our employee recognition day. Not only does he show newer colleagues a great example by utilising the best operating procedures and processes formed by SPAR, but he also ensures consistent service delivery levels which is vital for the retailers.

The resilience and sense of solidary and collaboration which lie at the heart of the SPAR network are strong.  SPAR distribution and wholesale colleagues around the world play a pivotal role in securing supply for the independent SPAR retailers that rely on them, for which we thank them.

Read about the heroes in our retail network called out on Supermarket Employee Day.