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Sainsbury's scoop FTA award for excellence

By: Richard Towey
23 April 2012

Sainsbury's 4,000 van drivers have helped the supermarket giant scoop an award for excellence from the Freight Transport Association (FTA).

The drivers, who work with a fleet of 1,400 vans to run part of Sainsbury's online shopping business, aided the chain in becoming latest recipient of the Van Excellence accreditation accolade, which has only ever been issued to 25 companies, according to

Taking this into account, the supermarket could be tempted to hand out more driving work, as the online shopping market continues to expand through the use of mobile technology.

When looking at Sainsbury's entry, the judges were said to have identified the "significant investment" put into its van service, which was also acknowledged by the FTA's head of vans and light commercial vehicles Mark Cartwright after the award was presented. 

Cited by, Mr Cartwright said: "Achievement of this standard has been a significant investment in hard work and commitment by the company and we congratulate Sainsbury's on their successful accreditation."

Mr Cartwright added: "We look forward to working with them and the members of Van Excellence's governance group to maintain and develop the reputation of van operations with the public and the government." 

Delivering over 165,000 orders per week to UK residents, Sainsbury's is currently the second largest online grocery retailer in the UK. 


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