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Here’s Johnny! – Meet Suma driver extraordinaire

Submitted by on January 13, 2015 – 3:11 pm4 Comments
Meet Suma driver Johnny, who regularly drives our Norfolk run

Meet Suma driver Johnny, who regularly drives our Norfolk run

How long have you driven for Suma?

10 years plus

What vehicle do you drive?

A slightly grubby one, after the amount of miles I cover in a week.

What is your regular delivery round?

Our Norfolk delivery round, which is usually around 20 deliveries. I start on the north Norfolk coast on Thursday morning, and finish around Southwold on Friday. I then make 2 or 3 collections before heading back to Suma with a truck full of fresh stock.

Describe your average driving day?

The day starts off feeling like it was yesterday, it’s that early! I’m up and away at 2.30am, which doesn’t leave huge amounts of time for sleep. The day is long and tiring, but very rewarding. It’s around 4 hours from Suma HQ to my first delivery. My final delivery will be around 11 hours later. What fills the time in between is a wave of fantastic customers, scenery and some heavy snacking.

What else do you do at Suma when you aren’t driving?

I really enjoy working in our new business team, looking for new customers, and attending trade shows. I also work in our sales team taking orders from our lovely customers. When I’m not doing this you can find me in the warehouse, where I replenish the stock or pick orders.

What is the best thing about being a Suma driver?

The sense of freedom is fantastic, being out on the road, left to do your job at your own pace. There is a great sense of satisfaction driving back on a Friday knowing that the job is done and the customers are happy.

Any favourite deliveries, and why?

Little Green Wholefood shop in Bungay is a fantastic little shop, with lovely staff and owners. They feel like family now to be honest. Worth a visit if your in the area.

Also worth mentioning is the Anchor Inn, Walberswick, which is a great restaurant. Whenever I deliver their order they always look after me with a complimentary dinner and few Ciders ☺

What food and drink keeps you going while out on the road?

Americano’s are what keep me awake through the day. Food wise it has to be packed lunch that my wife prepares for me the night before. This is normally followed by dinner at the Anchor in Walberswick.

What’s on the radio during the day?

It’s a real mixture, I generally like to listen to music and talk sport. However recently I’ve started to tune in to 5 live Science from 3am to 4am. It’s a really interesting show run by Dr Karl.

Going out with friends, watching films and supporting Manchester United. I am also learning Polish.

Which is your favourite product in the Suma warehouse?

Suma Columbian Ground Coffee, or Swiss water decaff .

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4 Comments »

  • John Warren says:

    Brilliant, Johnny. You paint a familiar picture and your comments about truck driving mirror my own exeriences over many years, back in the day. Good article 🙂

  • Sounds great, you make me want to come and get a job at Suma, you do have a fantastic run though. x

  • Sam Knowd says:

    Does sound fantastic, my other half is going to apply, has forklift, turret forklift, warehouse, catering and sales experience so fingers crossed

  • Colin Ogdon says:

    What a great ethical business! I’m just doing my application – Johnny your day seems so varied, looks great. Hopefully I’ll meet you soon, if I get an interview! Everything crossed!

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