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Title: Free food
Post by: lucgeo on 11-02-18, 07:39AM
Has anyone benefitted from this new initiative ???

We have the fridge etc.....all set up, but as yet I am to see anything in it ???

How does this work in your store? Who do you pay if it's a token payment of 1p? I am a day worker, so is the food just going in the fridge at the end of the day, from unsold shopfloor reductions at midnight?? If so, is this going to cause more arguments between day V's nights :o :o

Title: Re: Free food
Post by: fatboy on 11-02-18, 08:24AM
The items are available to buy between 9pm & 11:45pm only. You can only purchase them before a shift, after a shift or during your break so the majority of colleagues won't get a look in. All the items have a 1p reduced sticker on so you just take them to the tills as usual. Must admit though, in our store we also have a fridge set up but I have never seen anything in it. The only things I have ever seen are bakery products.
Title: Re: Free food
Post by: dairyfresh on 11-02-18, 08:33AM
our store closes at 10 so we reduce at about half 9 to 1p and tray up and take it to the last checkout so any staff can look and buy as all staff finish at about half 10, as they'd have all had there breaks then it gets wasted at 10. 
Title: Re: Free food
Post by: RubyRed on 11-02-18, 08:44AM
We have things in the fridge and ambient cage. I think it’s great that the night team get to benefit from it as they usually don’t.
Title: Re: Free food
Post by: lackofinterest on 11-02-18, 11:43AM
Who cares!! 8-). if customers and charities don't want it, why should I want the c**p ???
Title: Re: Free food
Post by: londoner83 on 11-02-18, 01:12PM
It's a good idea but if you have good reductions routines and 7 days charity coverage what goes in it really isn't a lot and will be things no one wants.
Title: Re: Free food
Post by: Son_of_gabriel on 11-02-18, 11:44PM
The idea is after food donation reject it. The staff get the offer of buying it. The shop should open 9.30pm till shop close. Any staff can come in to store at 9.30pm to buy, not just the staff that are on shift. Note this is in express.
Title: Re: Free food
Post by: weebee on 12-02-18, 02:48AM
Total waste of time, what i have seen so far is not worth the walk to the checkout, as for giving to charity thats a hit or miss if they decide to turn up
Title: Re: Free food
Post by: spike_pkh on 12-02-18, 09:48AM
Some great stuff in my store. Bought my lunch most nights for a few pennies
Title: Re: Free food
Post by: Weed on 12-02-18, 10:57AM
Took the stuff for nothing. Not walking to checkouts for sake of a penny.

Title: Re: Free food
Post by: StinkyPoo on 12-02-18, 12:35PM
Our bargains are available 9:45-10:15, then they get thrown away. Managed to get a few bits. Bakery items are not allowed at the moment as created problems with their waste/production figures, or something like that!
Title: Re: Free food
Post by: GreenGrocer on 12-02-18, 02:55PM
Took the stuff for nothing. Not walking to checkouts for sake of a penny.

 :thumbup: It is just a waste of labels and man hours and creates congestion at the tills which customers don't like.
Title: Re: Free food
Post by: madness on 12-02-18, 05:45PM
Took the stuff for nothing. Not walking to checkouts for sake of a penny.

 :thumbup: It is just a waste of labels and man hours and creates congestion at the tills which customers don't like.

Are you serious? Because it needs to go through the till to count as stock leaving the building for stock levels.
Title: Re: Free food
Post by: Weed on 12-02-18, 05:50PM
 ;D ^
Title: Re: Free food
Post by: LPBB on 16-02-18, 06:22PM
This is a good idea but as usual we are at the back of the queue for any goodies!! It should be available in this order 1.Staff 2.Customers 3. Charities  :thumbup: :thumbdown:
Title: Re: Free food
Post by: stockrotateman on 16-02-18, 06:50PM
 :thumbup:
Title: Re: Free food
Post by: just curious on 16-02-18, 11:14PM
Took the stuff for nothing. Not walking to checkouts for sake of a penny.


Taking the  " Stuff "  for nothing not only causes book stock errors due to items not being scanned out of the building as sold - it also leaves you open for instant dismissal due to miss appropriation of stock - Theft  8-) 8-) !!! , it can be frowned upon and seen as gross miss conduct even if they are only penny items . You really want to loose your job for a few pennies ?.  :-X :-X
Title: Re: Free food
Post by: alf on 17-02-18, 12:27AM
He's just giving it big on an anonymous forum, I wouldn't pay it any attention.
Title: Re: Free food
Post by: LiveMyLife on 17-02-18, 03:22AM
Ours has been okay to be honest, quite good stuff in there although I haven't bought anything as I really can't be bothered to go back in and pay for it, just want to leave and go home lol.

Lots of bread stuff, the odd birthday cake or two, muffins, loafs of bread... the fresh food selection is pretty good too the times I have been there, lot of it is from the cooked meats aisle but still... it's basically free so...
Title: Re: Free food
Post by: Weed on 17-02-18, 08:06AM
He's just giving it big on an anonymous forum, I wouldn't pay it any attention.

 ;D spot
Title: Re: Free food
Post by: Maddog M on 17-02-18, 10:50PM
As a nightworker, i miss out massivley. I pay a forktune in taxis to and from work.  It not fare
Title: Re: Free food
Post by: spike_pkh on 17-02-18, 11:51PM
As a night worker you should benefit the most. It's there from 9.30, presuming you start at 10 or 10.15 then you have 30-45mins to browse and buy before shift starts.

I have spent about 25p this week and had a great meal everyday plus fruit and veg and a cake for dessert
Title: Re: Free food
Post by: twit on 18-02-18, 09:36AM
This is a bit of a time bomb for Tesco’s PR Team. Our staff have to present at 9:30 and declare interest. Items are then shared as equally as possible and some staff swap etc. BUT - it takes over for ten minutes leaving skeleton till cover and queues. Night staff have to arrive early to benefit and morning staff have no chance.
THEN at shift change at 10 the leaders are in conference and the till busy and a load of Tosco workers stand in the queue getting a pizza for 1p. Customers ask where this stock is. “Sorry staff only”. Polite or scathing delivery depending on colleague but nevertheless annoying customers who pay the wages. (Almost a fight last night.)
The co-op offered items to customers at 10. Tosco excludes customers and many staff members. Principle has merit - practice is self defeating. Those who always come of best still do and others don’t.
It would be simpler to ask colleagues for ideas rather than impose a weak solution.
Title: Re: Free food
Post by: spike_pkh on 18-02-18, 09:44AM
It shouldn't leave a skeleton checkout cover if done correctly. You should only be able to purchase on your break, so management team shouldn't allow all team on break at same time.  We usually have loads of good stuff still available at 10 so night team can buy stuff right before they start, as for morning workers not getting a look in that's just unlucky for them sadly, a bit like how most night team cannot go on store days out or nights out partying. There are benefits to working each shift and jus so happens that this is one for evening and night teams
Title: Re: Free food
Post by: spike_pkh on 18-02-18, 09:45AM
And from what I heard the whole "buying at a checkout so annoying customers" thing is only temporary whilst they implement a better system
Title: Re: Free food
Post by: twit on 18-02-18, 12:15PM
That’s the core of my post - rushed out unplanned - then someone forced to stop, think, and roll it out again which will be done by some and ignored by other stores and the PR value lost.
Same as it ever was
Same as it ever was
Same as it ever was
Letting the days go by (same as it ever was)
Title: Re: Free food
Post by: spike_pkh on 19-02-18, 04:05AM
Hardly rolled out unplanned. They knew from day 1 that the way of purchasing would change in time. They did it this way initially to see what the response was from staff. And from everyone at my store it's been positive
Title: Re: Free food
Post by: Rad on 19-02-18, 09:34AM
Decision was made to roll it out without the technology to give it for free because it was simply the right thing to do.  Tesco do a lot to be criticised for. Rushing this out isnt one of them.
Title: Re: Free food
Post by: GreenGrocer on 19-02-18, 09:43AM
Sometimes there is no canteen staff the least they can do is provide some free food. TMs provided when this happened in past but this seems to have fallen by wayside. Suppose they are too busy filling toilet roll and cereal aisles all shift.
Title: Re: Free food
Post by: Rad on 19-02-18, 09:55AM
That's a different issue I kind of agree with.  A range of basics should be free, bread milk, cereal, fruit.  But actual meals should be heavily subsidised.

The 'free food' initiative is only to help the environment by not  putting food into land fill.
Title: Re: Free food
Post by: Nomad on 19-02-18, 10:07AM
"The 'free food' initiative is only to help the environment by not  putting food into land fill."

I believe the FFI is an attempt to say to Joe Public "Look at us, we are a competent & conscientious company".
Title: Re: Free food
Post by: cupcake on 19-02-18, 11:14AM
If no canteen staff, company supposed to provide sandwiches and crisps for lunch and evening, also supposed to supply bread and cereal for breakfast. This was part of the agreement when canteens were sourced out.
Title: Re: Free food
Post by: Bleh on 19-02-18, 11:19AM
Why should it be subsidised?! We have to pay full price for a dry sandwich in express.
Title: Re: Free food
Post by: Weed on 19-02-18, 11:27AM
If no canteen staff, company supposed to provide sandwiches and crisps for lunch and evening, also supposed to supply bread and cereal for breakfast. This was part of the agreement when canteens were sourced out.

You'd have more chance of winning the lottery in our store  ;D
Title: Re: Free food
Post by: Rad on 19-02-18, 11:31AM
Why should it be subsidised?! We have to pay full price for a dry sandwich in express.
I work in express too.  I think food there should also be subsidised.  Almost all the benefits keeping colleagues at tesco have been eradicated.  I think we should contribute to our colleagues lunches.  Especially with the rising cost of transport to express stores, unsociable hours etc. Part time contracts.
Title: Re: Free food
Post by: mexicopete on 19-02-18, 12:31PM
"The 'free food' initiative is only to help the environment by not  putting food into land fill."

I believe the FFI is an attempt to say to Joe Public "Look at us, we are a competent & conscientious company".

@Nomad......Totally agree. :thumbup: :thumbup: :thumbup: :thumbup:
Title: Re: Free food
Post by: Equalizer87 on 19-02-18, 12:47PM
"The 'free food' initiative is only to help the environment by not  putting food into land fill."

I believe the FFI is an attempt to say to Joe Public "Look at us, we are a competent & conscientious company".

I have to agree too, nothing but a PR spin to try and clean up a tarnished brand.
Title: Re: Free food
Post by: lucgeo on 19-02-18, 01:52PM
There shouldn't be an issue with book stocks or till queuing if they scanned the stock for the initiative beforehand and then left an honesty box in the canteen.......seriously what are we talking here??.....£2-£3 of 1p stock on a good night??

The contents of the honesty box could go into the charity collection bottle each night....do tesco want to cause queues and customer conflict for the sake of a couple of quid ???
Title: Re: Free food
Post by: alf on 19-02-18, 03:16PM
People really will find any excuse to moan.
Title: Re: Free food
Post by: tumshie on 19-02-18, 07:33PM
I believe the FFI is an attempt to say to Joe Public "Look at us, we are a competent & conscientious company".

And Joe Public won't be impressed to know that 1p items are being withheld from customers, so they can be offered to staff.

(Our store has a fridge, still in its packaging. Think that's as far as it's got.)
Title: Re: Free food
Post by: alf on 19-02-18, 07:48PM
wahhhhhh tesco are horrible to staff.

*tesco do something objectively positive for staff, who are perfectly entitled to make us of it, or simply ignore it*

wahhhhhh its only a PR spin (what f***ing logic is that, what iota of difference does that make), tesco are horrible to customers.

Title: Re: Free food
Post by: penguin on 19-02-18, 07:52PM
I'm far from Tescos biggest fan but come on this is a great idea, who wants to see perfectly good food going in the bin, if charities cant make use of it the staff might as well.
Title: Re: Free food
Post by: maisie on 19-02-18, 08:16PM
Hi Cupcake. We where not told if the canteen was closed the staff would get bread etc, for free if there was no canteen available. Does the store you work in do this? I also work in canteen. I would certainly bring this up if other stores do this.
Title: Re: Free food
Post by: Equalizer87 on 19-02-18, 09:26PM
If it's not a PR spin, why have they not been doing it before???

Oh that's right, it USED to be profitable to throw it all away  and charge  it on suppliers. Then they got burnt on that too.
Title: Re: Free food
Post by: alf on 19-02-18, 09:41PM
No ones denying whether its partly a PR spin, more that its totally irrelevant.

It being a PR spin and it being a positive change are not mutually exclusive.
Title: Re: Free food
Post by: spike_pkh on 19-02-18, 11:14PM
The whole "free food to staff when canteen is closed" is news to me. Anyone got anything official about that?


And it is threads like these that show some of you can never be pleased.
Title: Re: Free food
Post by: weebee on 20-02-18, 02:44AM
If no canteen staff, company supposed to provide sandwiches and crisps for lunch and evening, also supposed to supply bread and cereal for breakfast. This was part of the agreement when canteens were sourced out.

Got link to that?
Title: Re: Free food
Post by: tumshie on 20-02-18, 10:45AM
Didn't say they were mutually exclusive, alf, but why arrange it in such a way that customers could notice these 1p items going through, only to be told that they can't have any?
That's poor PR.
Title: Re: Free food
Post by: alf on 20-02-18, 10:57AM
My post in regards to PR weren't in reply to you, as for the 1p issue it's a temporary stopgap.