Tom Jachimczak from Logistics won the Jack Shewmaker Scholarship for 2013, for improving the new store ordering process. Tom took what was a manual process of ordering stock for new stores and used technology to create those orders. Through this new process our On Shelf Availability has improved while significantly reducing inventory.
Vishal Sisodiya from Group Financial Services. Vishal is working on mobile payments for our customers.
Matt Cronan and Shaun Elliot from Woolworths Supermarkets. Matt and Shaun overhauled the Long Life AutoStockR process with great results in stores.
Congratulations to our winners and finalists!
Joe Berry was born in England and came to Australia in 1919 where he worked with Brisbane Cash & Carry. Joe was constantly looking for new ideas, many of which took him on overseas study tours, particularly the United States. His ideas and innovations dramatically affected the Australian retail industry and include the introduction of the supermarket trolley, open topped refrigeration and the common "twist-tie" which was used with pre-packed fruit and vegetables.
This national award offered by the Association of Sales and Merchandising Companies Australasia is a tribute to Joe Berry and recognises retail talent from across the industry. It is an opportunity for candidates to share their knowledge and ideas regarding the retail industry. The finalists of this award are chosen based on their written submission on an area of retail significance. They then progress through the competition by giving a presentation on their chosen topic to a panel of business experts. The prize for this award includes an overseas study tour.
The Paul Simons Award is an annual award aimed at encouraging the development of trainees within Woolworths. Paul Simons, a former Woolworths trainee, was asked to return to the Company as Executive Chairman during a period of poor performance, where he was instrumental in steering Woolworths Limited back to successful times.
The Award is a tribute to Paul Simons and recognises and rewards outstanding trainees, and graduates in our organisation, with development and learning opportunities.