By Randy Miller, HireVeterans.com
Vons, a leading supermarket chain in the California and Nevada markets has joined with HireVeterans.com in reaching out to train, hire, and employ U.S. Veterans.
Vons has extensive training and development programs in place that can help employees establish successful careers in the grocery industry, from new hire orientation to our Retail Leadership Development program. In addition, Vons offers other programs that provide training in everything from specific job duties to leadership and supervisory skills. They pride themselves on strengthening their workforce and giving all employees the opportunity for advancement.
Retail Management Programs
Store Managers are key to the daily operations and heartbeat of the company. Potential managers are selected from high performing store employees and outside candidates. Future store managers are given in-depth training on leadership, store operations, analyzing reports, technical advancement, and management skills. Our retail management training program prepares the individual for everyday challenges, as well as the changing landscape of the grocery industry.
Grocery Operation Training
Vons provides its employees with the knowledge and skills to perform their best in any position they accept or are promoted into. The company provides entry-level training using multi-media, mentors, and on-the-job learning in customer service, diversity, food safety, workplace safety, and a host of other topics and skills related to each position.
Vons believes that its employees are its best asset. Employees are provided with the knowledge, skills, and tools to be the leading retailer in our markets. Whether it’s providing world-class customer service, offering exceptional products at a competitive price, or learning the latest in merchandising and display, the company’s training programs provide the individual with a solid foundation to achieve their best.
Vons, The History
Downtown Los Angeles was essentially a small town when Charles Von der Ahe opened his 20-foot wide Groceteria on the corner of 7th and Figueroa in 1906 with $1200 in savings. It was a neighborhood store that catered to the needs of local families, where Von der Ahe pioneered “cash and carry” as an alternative to “charge and Delivery”. His formula proved so successful that by 1928 Vons had expanded to 87 stores. Charles Von der Ahe sold his chain the following year, but four years later, despite the Depression, two of his sons, Ted and Wil, re-started Vons. Its growth and innovation over the next 70 years was non-stop. In 1948 the brothers opened their most ambitious store at the corner of Santa Barbara and Crenshaw. Thanks to the introduction of pre-packaged perishables, they were able to offer some of the first self-service produce, meat and Deli departments. This milestone marked the advent of the first true supermarkets as we know them today. The most explosive growth occurred during the 1970’s when Vons branched out to 159 stores with 16,000 employees, making it firmly the #1 grocery retailer in Southern California. Today the Vons operation, which includes Pavilions stores, is now a part of the Safeway family of companies. Vons stretches from San Diego to Fresno, from Clark County, Nevada to the Pacific. It’s 325 stores serve millions of Southern Californians and Nevadans.
Keeping Up with the Neighborhood
The marketing area which Vons covers comprises some of the most affluent, forward thinking, culturally mixed communities in the U.S. Vons business strategy has always been to provide for the needs of these communities with the highest quality meat and produce at competitive prices. Equally important, Vons has been changing as Southern California changes. Capital spending insures a continuing pace of replacement stores and remodels.
Enhancing the Shopper Experience
Vons has introduced shoppers to full-service banks within its stores, one-hour photo centers, professional pharmacies, dry cleaners and customer service centers which offer copying and faxing. Vons has never forgotten its commitment to quality. Most stores now contain full-service Delis, scratch bakeries and complete floral departments. The company is particularly pleased to offer the Safeway SELECT line of premium quality products, encompassing over 1200 private label items.
Good Neighbor Policy
Vons has always taken its community responsibilities seriously. The company and its employees raise millions of dollars annually for their local Easter Seals Society. Employees are also able to earmark funds for specific charities through the Vons Foundation. The range of recipients has been broad, from teacher training to local food banks. It has always been Vons policy to support their communities at the local, personal level.
Vons has a continuing history of environmental responsibility, starting with cardboard recycling in 1960. Our environmental policy has included replacing ozone-depleting CFC´s in our store refrigeration systems. In addition our customers have helped us recycle several million pounds of shopping bags. Even more remarkable than Von’s community leadership and growth to one of the largest food and drug retailers in North America is that it has not come at the expense of M.B.Scagg’s vision.
His strong sense of customer value that proved so innovative in American Falls in 1915, continues to work successfully in a new century.
Diversity, Like Ingredients, Makes A World of Difference
“Those of us who work at Safeway come from all walks of life. We have a team comprised of people from all races, religions and ethnic backgrounds. They bring to the workplace a variety of styles, abilities and skills. I am proud of our diversity. Without a diverse team, we could not make Safeway the best company in our industry.” Steve Burd,Chairman, President and CEO
U.S. Veterans play an important role in strengthening diversity and making the Vons company even stronger.