Co-op looks to bag 1,000 new recruits

The Co-operative Food has announced it is searching for up 1,000 new colleagues as it continues its investment to transform and grow its convenience business across the UK.

The community retailer is boosting staff numbers at peak times to meet demand as shoppers increasingly move away from the big shop to buying smaller amounts, locally, as and when they need to.

In a report, just published, The Co-op has found that over half of consumers (52 per cent) no longer do a big shop each week as they choose to shop little and often.

The Co-op is looking for additional customer team members, team leaders and store managers to ensure that it remains at its best even at its busiest times.

As many of the Co-op’s store workforce are employed for 16 hours or less each week, the flexibility of these positions are also ideal for those studying full-time, working around family needs or, who are semi-retired.

Steve Murrells, Retail Chief Executive, The Co-operative Group, said: “We are making significant strides towards our ambition of becoming the UK’s leading convenience retailer.

“The modern busy lifestyle is leading to more consumers adopting a grazing mentality which sees them shop in a little and often way each week.

“These ‘grazers’ are leading a major shift in shopping habits which marks a return to the way people used to shop before the advent of larger supermarkets and we are meeting these shopping needs by opening more smaller stores and ensuring we have stores staffed at peak times.”

Steve Murrells, Retail Chief Executive of The Co-operative Group, said: “The Co-op is investing to transform and grow its convenience business as it works towards its ambition of being the UK’s number one convenience retailer. With a store in every postal area and, in the heart of communities, The Co-op is uniquely placed to meet changing consumer needs. We are looking for colleagues with the commitment, drive and enthusiasm to create a consistently great experience for our members and customers as shopping habits change and people increasingly buy what they need, when they need it, conveniently.”

The Co-op, which has over eight million members and around 2,800 stores across the UK, is undertaking a major programme of convenience store transformation and acquisition. It has also announced a £125M investment in lowering the price of everyday essentials.

Responsibilities in store include checkout operations, stock control and replenishment, cash handling, leading and inspiring teams and acting as an ambassador for The Co-operative’s values. There is a full range of rewards and benefits available to Co-operative employees. Training is provided to equip colleagues with the skills and capabilities to deliver excellent customer service and, continued development and training courses offer knowledge and leadership skills to develop further.

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