Is it right for me

An Introduction

Is it right for me?

Welcome. This is a introduction to what it takes to be one of our Home Delivery Drivers. It could be your perfect job - but it's not neccessarily for everyone. So why not experience the role for yourself? Answer a few questions along the way, discover more and see what's in store for you out on the road.

Home Delivery

Is it right for me?

Welcome. This is a introduction to what it takes to be one of our Home Delivery Drivers. It could be your perfect job - but it's not neccessarily for everyone. So why not experience the role for yourself? Answer a few questions along the way, discover more and see what's in store for you - out on the road.

Home Delivery

Is it right for me?

Welcome. This is a introduction to what it takes to be one of our Home Delivery Drivers. It could be your perfect job - but it's not neccessarily for everyone. So why not experience the role for yourself? Answer a few questions along the way, discover more and see what's in store for you - out on the road.

Home Delivery

Is it right for me?

Welcome. This is a introduction to what it takes to be one of our Home Delivery Drivers. It could be your perfect job - but it's not neccessarily for everyone. So why not experience the role for yourself? Answer a few questions along the way, discover more and see what's in store for you - out on the road.

Home Delivery

Is it right for me?

Welcome. This is a introduction to what it takes to be one of our Home Delivery Drivers. It could be your perfect job - but it's not neccessarily for everyone. So why not experience the role for yourself? Answer a few questions along the way, discover more and see what's in store for you - out on the road.

Home Delivery

Is it right for me?

Welcome. This is a introduction to what it takes to be one of our Home Delivery Drivers. It could be your perfect job - but it's not neccessarily for everyone. So why not experience the role for yourself? Answer a few questions along the way, discover more and see what's in store for you - out on the road.

Van Check

It is 8.15 am and you are due to leave the store at 9.00 am to make deliveries. You are responsible for performing a number of checks on your 3.5 ton van before setting off to make your deliveries. It is the driver’s responsibility to make sure the van is safe and legal to drive. The checks usually take 10 minutes. For instance, you need to do physical checks on the lights, tyres, oil and water levels. But it is also the driver’s responsibility to make sure they leave on time.

Question

Today when you did your checks you found that the water and oil levels were low. Your manager is not there to ask for advice and you have 30 minutes until you have to leave the store.

You feel the best action to take would be:

Write the defaults down in the van log book and make your deliveries

Refill the water and oil then make your deliveries as planned

Ask a colleague to help you fix the issues and then make the deliveries as planned

Fail the van as unsuitable to drive and cancel your deliveries

Van Loading

It is 8.30 am and you are due to leave the store at 9.00am to make deliveries. After you did the checks you start loading the delivery boxes into your van. You have 65 boxes to load. You need to stack the orders so that when you make the deliveries the boxes are in order and easy to reach. The other drivers are also busy loading their vans and are also trying to get out by 9am. The assistant is off sick today.

Question

You have a lot of deliveries to make today and are concerned that you are not going to get out on time.

How would you deal with this scenario?

See how many boxes you can load in the next 10 minutes then ask if the other drivers can lend you a hand

Find a few drivers that can help you

Work on your own until you finish loading and leave late if you have to

Call the first few customers and say you will be late today.

On Road

It is 12.00pm and in the next hour you need to make 4 deliveries. Your delivery schedule as follows:

Delivery 1: 12.10 pm
Delivery 2: 12.20 pm
Delivery 3: 12.45 pm
Delivery 4: 12.55 pm

You have tried your best to follow the delivery schedule but there has been a lot of traffic today. You have just made your 2nd delivery and when you get back to your van you realise it is 12.38pm.

Question

You are running 20 minutes late for the next two deliveries which are on the same street.

What action would you take to address the situation?

Call the store and ask them to call your next two customers warning them that you are running 20 minutes late

Ring your next customer to warn them that you are running late

Work out a short route to the next customer’s address to minimise your lateness

Drive fast to the customer’s addresses and try to get there on time

Efficient Delivery

You arrive at the customer's address and you realise that their flat is on the 4th floor of an apartment block and the lift is broken. You will need to make at least two trips up and down the stairs to make this delivery. You need to carry the shopping in the bags rather than in the boxes to make sure you are lifting safely. This customer is new to Sainsbury's so you have been given an extra few minutes on top of the standard delivery.

Question

As you have never been to this address before how can you ensure its safe to delivery before unloading the shopping?

Call the customer and ask them if they could pick up their shopping from the first floor.

Complete a risk assessment by going to the door first just with the paperwork, ensuring no hazards on the way, and keep an eye on the time in case you need to ask for more for the next time we deliver here.

Call the customer and explain that they are in violation of their terms and conditions with Sainsbury's

Call the store and explain that you do not want to make this delivery as it is on the 4th floor.

Customer Service

You are collecting the last of the customers items from your van. You are greeted with a very strong smell of wine. You check the customers shopping box and the red wine they order has smashed and spilt. The bread is soggy, the paper napkins are wet and the eggs are cracked. The customer is very unhappy because these ingredients were needed for a party they are hosting today. You still have 10 deliveries left to make and this is your 5th.

Question

Usually all Sainsbury's vans and deliveries are pre-booked and so usually it is difficult to arrange a 'same day re-delivery'.

How would you approach the situation?

Apologise to the customer and call your manager for advice on what to say to the customer

Clean up the mess, identify all the damaged items and refund them straight away.

Apologise to the customer and explain that usually all vans and deliveries are pre-booked but you will call the store to check what can be done to support them.

Offer the customer a refund and provide the call centre number where they can reorder the items

Return to Store

It is 3pm, you have made your last delivery and you are on your way back to the store. The van is required for the early evening deliveries which another driver will undertake. The van is scheduled to be back at 3.30pm and due out again at 5pm. On the way back to the store a tyre punctures.

Question

You have called the vehicle provider who told you that someone will be with you within two hours.

What would you do after receiving this information?

Leave your van and travel to the store by public transport

Call the store immediately to tell them the situation so they can find another van to make the early evening deliveries

Call the driver scheduled for the early evening shift to warn them about the situation

Wait for the vehicle provider to turn up, fix the tyre and then make the deliveries

Debrief

It has been a busy day and you only had a short break but towards the end of your shift it is less busy. There was hardly any traffic on the road today and your last two deliveries did not take place because the customers were not at home. As a result you are 1 hour early getting back to the store; you were due back at 10.00pm but you got back at 9.00pm. You unloaded the van, and put the boxes back into the storage room. It is now 9.15pm.

Question

Your manager asked if you could spend the rest of your shift helping in store replenishing the cereal aisle.

You would:

Explain to the manager that you have done all your jobs today and you prefer to go home

Explain to your manager that you only took a short lunchbreak and want to go home early

Help in the store on the cereal aisle and wherever else they need help until your shift finishes at 10pm

Help until the cereal aisle is replenished then go home

Is it right for me

You’ve seen what the job is all about and answered some questions along the way. So is it the right move for you? Based on your answers we would say:



YES!

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Is it right for me

You’ve seen what the job is all about and answered some questions along the way. So is it the right move for you? Based on your answers we would say:



No - maybe it's not your thing.

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