29th November 2021 Countdown / Employment
Countdown distribution centre workers at two Auckland sites have signed a new agreement that includes a 5% wage rise for the next year and a 3.9% increase for a reduced 9-month term in the following year.
Supermarket chain Countdown has mandated the Covid-19 vaccine for staff, meaning its entire 21,000-strong workforce would need to be fully vaccinated by January 10.
A record $150,000 worth of food has been donated in the first week of this year’s Foodbank Project Christmas appeal.
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Countdown says its supermarkets at Ferrymead, Ponsonby, Kilbirnie, Petone and Takapuna have started stocking cage-free eggs only.
The supermarket chain is consulting on a proposal that will see all of its 18,000 employees subject to a vaccine mandate.
Lockdown helped drive growth in the supermarket group’s Q1 results with e-commerce surging.
A new 3,860 square metre Countdown has opened in Hastings, developed on the same site as the original store built more than 30 years ago.
Countdown is set to build a 3,490 square metre green star-rated supermarket in a 3.4-hectare residential development in Halswell, Christchurch – the supermarket chain’s largest development to date.
A co-ordinated review of events leading to the terrorist attack that saw seven people injured at Auckland’s LynnMall Countdown on 3 September is to take place.
The supermarket group also suggests changes to planning laws and the appointment of a grocery ombudsman with oversight of the $22bn sector.
The reformulation of Countdown’s own brand products sees 141 tonnes of sugar removed over three years.
Supermarket chain Countdown hoped to re-open its LynnMall store today in Auckland today, but did not specify a time.
The return to alert level two means all Countdown stores outside of Auckland will move back to their regular trading hours from today, 9 September.
The police have completed their scene examination at the Countdown and LynnMall shopping centre following Friday’s terror attack.
Countdown has called in trauma psychologists who have met with staff who were working when a terrorist carried out an attack on shoppers in Auckland’s New Lynn supermarket on Friday.
Countdown stores throughout the Auckland region, from Pōkeno to Warworth, will open their doors to medical personnel, MIQ and emergency workers from 7am to 8am every day.
Revenue was down 6% in FY21, although online sales jumped more than 30%.
Countdown brings the opening of replacement centre forward eight weeks to help ease pressure in the North Island.
More than 2100 Countdown staff members are isolating across New Zealand.
The supermarket chain has more than 1,900 team members across Auckland and Wellington isolating and it expected that number to rise.
The $30m-plus Countdown to be developed in Auckland’s Manukau is the North Island’s first Green Star-rated store.
Countdown is launching its first South Island Metro store in Wānaka creating 14 new jobs in the Otago town.
The 12-week accelerator is focused on helping encourage a more diverse supplier base in Aotearoa.
Entrepreneur Lisa King’s non-alcoholic drinks company has secured shelf space in Countdowns across the country.
New Zealand’s two major supermarket groups say they are already taking steps to transition away from unnecessary and unwanted plastic use ahead of the government’s new measures to clamp down on single-use and difficult-to-recycle plastic by 2025.
“We are actively looking for attributes and products that will drive health and wellbeing.”
Countdown’s new 3,876 square metre Gisborne store has been officially opened by mayor Rehette Stoltz.
Countdown supermarket chain is starting to make good on its 2017 announcement that it would go cage-free in all on-shelf eggs the end of 2025.
Countdown added $25,000 to the annual grants total which saw $75,000 awarded to 71 schools and early childhood centres across the country.
Countdown’s Dunedin Central store, where four people were stabbed last week, is now open again but will have shorter trading hours for the next few days.
The Lower Hutt development includes an in-store pharmacy, bakery, deli and cellar, alongside the main supermarket which includes more than 1,500 new products.
Police have examined the scene of Monday’s attack in the Dunedin Central Countdown supermarket on Cumberland Street, with “gathering evidence from the scene” noted as one of the top priorities.
A 42-year-old man has been charged with four counts of attempted murder.
The supermarket has introduced Order Storage Retrieval units to its Moorhouse store at Christchurch.
The action comes as pay negotiations remain “unresolved”.
Countdown’s general manager of digital was named in an event at the Civic Theatre in Auckland.
They took action after a “disappointing” settlement offer during negotiations.
The NZ-owned company has set itself some lofty sustainability and diversity goals.