Truck drivers are recognized for guiding SPAR to success.

March 15, 2023

Truck drivers are recognized for guiding SPAR to success.


For the first-ever Driver of the Year tournament, SPAR truck drivers gathered in Sweden.
On March 8 and 9, Scania in Södertälje welcomed drivers from SPAR to participate in three disciplines testing their driving techniques, maneuverability, and safety awareness under the watchful eye of the Scania test center staff.

The race was played out with enthusiasm for driving and in good spirits, and it turned out to be very close. In a close final, Rikard Sunde of SPAR Norway defeated Willie Brown of SPAR UK partner CJ Lang to claim the ultimate victory.

Thiago Caires of AF Blakemore was displaced into fourth place by Stephen Metcalf of James Hall & Co., who was also from SPAR in the UK and was vying for third place.

The competition was conducted to raise awareness of the important role truck drivers play in SPAR’s efficient operation and to advance the field of HGV driving.

Drivers and their guests also had the chance to tour the Scania museum and assembly factory over the course of the two days to see the newest cars. On the demonstration track, there was also the chance to operate a variety of Scania vehicles, including electric trucks and buses.

professions in driving
Rikard was very pleased to take part in a competition recognising his profession and the career possibilities within HGV driving.

“This has been an amazing experience,” he said in reference to the trophy, “and I am both proud and happy to bring the trophy home to Norway.”

Congrats to Rikard and all the competitors in our first Driver of the Year challenge, said Tom Rose, Head of International Operations at SPAR International. It is wonderful to see the caliber and expertise of our drivers in such a fiercely competitive market.

“This competition is important for celebrating the incredibly valuable role that HGV drivers play in the SPAR retail network, ensuring our supply chains are robust, resilient, and meet the needs of our customers every day.”

“People sustainability is very high on the Scania agenda as we have a very clear ambition to drive the shift to sustainable transport solutions,” said Evalena Falck, Director of Strategic Account Management at Scania. We are happy to be SPAR’s partner because they share our desire to be industry pioneers in sustainability.

“As a result, it has been an honor to organize the SPAR Driver of the Year competition, and we are excited to take part in the crucial conversation about how to improve the working conditions for the highly valuable drivers. Both their driving prowess and dedication to work that is both secure and of high quality have impressed us.

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The most recent advancements in electric cars and charging infrastructure, broader sustainability issues in transportation, and efficiency in transport operations were all addressed.

preferred vendor
Since 2018, Scania has participated in SPAR International’s Preferred Supplier Program, offering delivery services to SPAR partners in 48 nations on four continents.

In order to cut operating expenses, the status enables and incentivizes SPAR partners to buy Scania vehicles at a more favorable price.

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