▲ When I joined, we had a big story to tell about the new and improved products we’d been introducing from 2004, our improved customer service and availability, and more competitive prices. Here I am promoting our important Try Something New Today campaign message, and with a familiar face from our marketing campaigns at that time. Journal 03 A special and important time... As I prepare to leave after what’s been an amazing decade with Sainsbury’s, I’ll be taking with me so many memories of the things we’ve achieved together. Most importantly, I’ll always remember the fabulous customers and colleagues who’ve made this such a great place to work for me. Here are just some of my favourite moments from the past ten years, which have proved to be the most special and important years of my career. ▼ It was a year like no other, and this was a moment like no other – the day we turned the Olympic Park orange. Five thousand colleagues cheered on the wheelchair basketball during the London 2012 Paralympic Games. We were proud to be the official partner for such an historic national occasion – and I even got a chance to shoot a basket! ▲ Today, we have more than 160,000 colleagues helping to deliver great service and drive sales every day. But perhaps none more so than all the long-service colleagues I’ve met, both at our awards dinners and instore. Colleagues such as John Bulbrook, pictured with me here on the occasion of his 50 years’ service. Their loyalty and dedication have played a huge part in making it happen across so many parts of our business. And finally... When I joined Sainsbury’s in 2004, I was determined to take the business back to where it truly belonged. Here we are today, having opened more than 600 Local stores – bringing our total number of stores to more than 1,200 – and dealing with around 23 million customer transactions every week. But it’s our colleagues – and the values we share – that make Sainsbury’s such a special place. My thanks to every single one of you for all you’ve done, both for me personally and for the company. I wish you and your families the very best for the future. Look after this great business! ▼Since 2004, we’ve been on a journey to make this a place where customers love to shop. I’m proud of so much of what we’ve achieved, such as becoming the first major retailer to stop selling eggs from caged hens, opening food colleges to train our colleagues and delivering excellent value for customers through campaigns such as Brand Match.
Sainsbury's Journal July 2014
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