Carlisle has been providing merchandising services to Sainsbury through a skilled specialist team to support their new store and refit programme for over a decade.
Sainsbury's is the second largest chain of supermarkets in the United Kingdom, with a 16.9% share of the UK supermarket sector.
Sainsbury tend to have the majority of their store development activity completed between August and November each year, so demand for personnel is high. Their challenge was to reduce the amount of time they completed refitting stores and so required larger numbers of people in shorter timescales, up to 80 people for one week. The challenge therefore was to deliver this type of project without impacting quality, or other projects running at the same time.
Prior to the kick off of each project we ran local campaigns to recruit personnel to work on the project, as they were local to the store we could offer good rates of pay and secure good people. Working with Sainsbury we put them through a half day in-store training session, ensuring they quickly developed an understanding of Sainsbury’s basic working procedures and culture.
We successfully supplied over 80 people to two of their refit stores, whilst delivering the projects to the required standard and specification, without diluting our core skill base. In each store 20% of the staff worked locally, some went on to join our national teams and others secured work with the store directly. Having locally based staff meant we could work more flexible hours and had the ability to deal with any operational challenges the client faced by increasing numbers at short notice.