No company would exist without its dedicated employees. In the series of new publications, we will introduce you to the characters of those who form the Axell Group family. In the second installment of our texts, “Axell from the inside”, meet the Senior Shift Leader – Sławomir Rzepa.
My story is closely related to the history of Axell Logistics. I have been working for the company since its first days, which is already over 20 years. At first, my role was to support the crew while stockpiling the warehouse in times when number of trucks was bigger than usual. I was a „helping hand”. Two hands, in fact. During my subsequent years of work, I went through various positions in the warehouse until I was promoted to the position of Warehouse Manager.
I greatly appreciate the fact that I could work in one company for so many years. But what I value most are the people I work with. We make a really great team. Duh! In fact, I’m not afraid to call them my family. I have known most of them for 20 years and we have been through thick and thin together.
Looking back at our daily life from the perspective of the past two decades, I see one key change. There has been a lot of automation of the warehouse processes.I remember working in a warehouse, writing everything on paper, and the administration would enter our notes into very basic spreadsheets. One technological novelty was pneumatic mail, connecting our warehouse with the office building, which we used to send documents. Today we work with scanners, and the system automatically points to the appropriate storage locations in the warehouse. Changes resulting from the technological advances have shortened the time needed to prepare the goods, and reduced the number of human errors.
I will never forget the early days of Axell Logistics when all of us — warehouse workers, office staff along with their director — rolled their sleeves up and helped to unload our first trucks. Such situations have bonded us together as a tightly-knit, loving and caring team.
Funny story: We’ve always loved to have fun, which is still true after all these big changes. Instead of resting, we would spend time coming up with new pranks and hoaxes. For example, we prepared various „small packages” and sent them by the pneumatic mail (and no, it wasn’t documentation). We also organized a speed contest to check how much time a forklift needed to transport a compact car from the car park to our warehouse. Fortunately, the whole crew has a great sense of humour, and such jokes just let us get to know each other even better.
Sławomir Rzepa – Senior Shift Leader, has been with the company for 20 years. Privately, Sławomir enjoys family cycling trips, reading historical books, and photography.