A SUPERMARKET worker from West Bradford has been handpicked for a once-in-lifetime trip to the USA – in recognition of providing four years of high-quality customer service.

Sindija Kalnina, who is general manager section leader at Asda Bradford in Cemetery Road, is one of only a handful of people in the UK selected to attend the Shareholders Conference of Walmart, the world's largest retailer, this June.

Sindija was nominated by the store manager, Chris Gilmartin, because of her passion for outstanding customer care and will be reaping the benefits by jetting off to the USA for the first time.

The three-day event takes place in Arkansas, which is where Walmart – the owner of Asda – is based.

The event is a celebration of the accomplishments of the business and its people, with the aim of sharing ideas from different countries, as well as showcasing their achievements.

Attended by over 15,000 Walmart colleagues and associates, from across the USA, as well as from China, India, Japan, Mexico and Brazil, the conference is to celebrate the accomplishments of the business and its people, as well as to share new ideas.

The conference features a surprise celebrity guest appearance to close. The details of whom is a closely guarded secret, but in 2018 Jamie Foxx was the host and Jason Derulo preformed, with others such as Carley Ray Jepson.

Sindija said: “I’m excited and very proud to be going to the USA to represent West Bradford and Asda, it really is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

“I can’t wait to meet some of my international colleagues and learn more about the different ways in which they provide brilliant service where they work – and I’ll be telling them all about the how we keep our customers happy here, too!”

Chris Gilmartin said: “This is a fantastic way for our colleagues to learn more about how Walmart works in other countries by meeting colleagues from around the world and sharing experiences.

“We also encourage those that attend to share what they learn with their colleagues back home on their return. I’m sure all those that are going will have lots of fun but also find it a really rewarding experience.”