Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits celebrated National Truck Driver Appreciation Week, September 8–14, across its U.S. branches.
In addition to honoring its drivers, Southern Glazer’s also recently highlighted its warehouse staff during Warehouse Employee Appreciation Week, designated by the company from August 12–16.
“These two recognition weeks are very important for us at Southern Glazer’s,” says Bobby Burg, Senior Vice President and Chief Supply Chain Officer for Southern Glazer’s. “They give us the opportunity to acknowledge our drivers and warehouse employees in a special and meaningful way that shows our appreciation for all they do to keep our suppliers and customers happy.”
National Truck Driver Appreciation Week, created by the American Trucking Associations, honors professional truck drivers for their hard work and commitment to tackling one of our economy’s most demanding and important jobs. There are 3.5 million professional truck drivers in America, 16,500 of which are employed by wine and spirits wholesalers like Southern Glazer’s.
Companywide, Southern Glazer’s drivers enjoyed various festivities throughout the week — from catered breakfasts and barbeques, to raffles and prizes — while receiving a t-shirt and hat.
The company’s warehouse employees also enjoyed similar treatment during Warehouse Appreciation Week, which acknowledged “the great work they do to ensure the receipt, storage, handling, packaging, and redistribution of the thousands of products,” the company says.
“Our warehouse and delivery teams are key to the success of our Company,” said Ron Flanary, Senior Vice President of National Operations for Southern Glazer’s. “These men and women are the best in the industry, and this is a great opportunity to highlight and reward them. I’d personally like to thank each of them for their outstanding contribution to Southern Glazer’s.”
The Company reinforces its safety culture through programs for both drivers and warehouse employees. The Elite Safe Driver Recognition Program, for example, is available to all drivers who qualify based on having 20 consecutive quarters, or five years, of safe driving without a preventable collision. Once a driver reaches this milestone, he or she receives a gold ring set with an onyx stone. A .10pt diamond is added to the ring for every four consecutive quarters of safe driving until the ring is fit with 12 diamonds.
As the driver continues his/her safe driving record, the center stone is replaced with a .25pt diamond and then is eligible for monetary bonus awards.
Southern Glazer’s warehouse and driver personnel are provided opportunities to show off their skills in local and national competitions. The company holds annual distribution and warehouse rodeos at various locations, in which employees compete in customized slalom courses, forklift bowling, forklift basketball, challenging obstacles and much more.
These rodeo competitions showcase the professional forklift and driver talent that Southern Glazer’s employs and promotes safety through healthy competition, the company says.
“Southern Glazer’s represents approximately 1,700 leading wine, spirits, beer, and beverage suppliers and makes more than six million customer deliveries annually, which is only made possible with the support of our drivers and warehouse employees,” says Kay Yoder, Vice President, Environmental, Health and Safety for Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits. “It’s thanks to them that we are able to operate as successfully as we do. We are proud of each and every one of them for their commitment to safety, customer service, and excellence.”