Two From United Supermarkets To Receive Leadership Awards
Greg Ammons, regional VP, and David Crews, director of strategic projects, will be honored with “Operational Leadership” awards during the 2013 Ventana Research Business Technology Leadership Summit May 29-30 in San Francisco.
The awards recognize organizations and supporting technology vendors that have effectively achieved superior results by using people, processes, information and technology while applying best practices within specific business and technology categories.
The awards distinguish pioneers and leaders—both organizations and individuals—that exemplify clear visionary and transformative leadership. The award recipients have demonstrated an understanding that the successful management of their processes and performance requiring a heightened level of expertise, determination and a team effort.
Ammons and Crews will be recognized for their roles in achieving cost savings through the deployment of a labor planning tool in conjunction with the workforce management solution from Kronos Inc. Ammons assembled a cross-functional team in 2010 to pilot the system and provide feedback.
The effort has enabled the company to further extend its commitment to excellence in customer service through controlled labor costs, minimized compliance risk and improved workforce productivity. Within just two years of implementing the integrated Kronos time/attendance and forecasting/scheduling solutions across all 51 stores, Lubbock, Texas-based United Supermarkets experienced many productivity and cost saving benefits contributing to multimillion dollar cost savings, a news release says. By automating the scheduling process alone, the company achieved an annual savings of more than $500,000.
United delivers 40K pounds of fresh apples to local food banks
In other United news, the company on Thursday helped serve the hungry in local communities for the second year in a row by making a donation of 40,000 pounds of apples to food banks in Abilene, Amarillo, Lubbock and Wichita Falls. The donation signals the company’s committed participation in the “Take a Bite Out of Hunger” program sponsored by FirstFruits Marketing of Washington.
FirstFruits Marketing of Washington created the Take a Bite Out of Hunger campaign to help feed the underserved while bringing attention to the problem of food insecurity in the U.S. This is the second year United has partnered with FirstFruits. In 2012, United donated more than 44,000 pounds of fresh apples to area food banks.
“United Supermarkets wholeheartedly supports local food banks that work tirelessly each day to combat hunger in our communities,” said Tommy Wilkins, director of procurement for United Supermarkets. “Our donation of 40,000 pounds of apples through the Take a Bite Out of Hunger program allows us to help those most in need and demonstrate our ongoing commitment to making a positive impact in the communities we serve.”
Hunger is not just about being hungry. It also is about food insecurity, or not having regular access to safe, affordable and nutritious foods. In 2011, 15 percent of all U.S. households were food insecure. At 18.5 percent, Texas ranks third on the list with a higher than national average for food insecurity.
”We appreciate the support we get from United Supermarkets during this promotion,” said Jeff Schroeder, marketing manager at FirstFruits Marketing. “This program is about more than just the donation; it is also about getting people engaged and educated about the issues surrounding hunger.”
Now in its 97th year of operation, United Supermarkets is a self-distributing company that operates 52 stores under four distinct formats: United Supermarkets, Market Street, Amigos and United Express.