In-Person Bagging Competition Back Following Three-Year Hiatus  

For the first time in three years, Associated Retail Operations (ARO) held its in-person bagging competition at the Associated Food Stores’ corporate office on Wednesday, June 22. 

Representatives from Macey’s, Dan’s, Lin’s, Dick’s Market and Fresh Market were all on hand to demonstrate their bagging prowess. Darin Peirce, vice president of ARO, welcomed the group and extended sincere appreciation to the many individuals who demonstrate their commitment and skills to care for guests every day. Ashlee Johnstun, Candice Fischer, Brandon Allred, Amber Condie, Whitney Ashdown and others organized and led the fun-filled event. 

After judge introductions and a review of rules, baggers battled to earn the opportunity to represent ARO at the state level. During the competition, baggers are judged and receive points in four areas: speed (10 points), proper bag building technique (10 points), distribution of weight between bags (5 points), style, attitude and appearance (5 points).   

Following multiple rounds, Logan Muncey from Dan’s Foothill emerged as the overall winner. Logan will move on to the state competition sponsored by the Utah Food Industry Association each year. Logan also won as the weight distribution winner. Karli West from Macey’s in Provo took second place with Shedon Hawks from East Ogden Fresh Market in third place. Daxton Rowley from Lin’s in Cedar City won the title of speediest bagger. 

“It is so fun and rewarding to see the hard work of so many people paying off,” said Ashlee Johnstun, director of customer relations at ARO. “Baggers, cashiers, front-end managers, store directors and others all play important roles in creating wonderful checkout experiences for our guests. This competition highlights the skills and attitude that make our stores leaders in customer service.” 

Team members are encouraged to watch for video coverage of the bagging competition on the next episode of AFStv.