Axell Logistics NL in January

The new year is a few weeks old now and we have a lot to tell you! Because we are proud of our new collaborations and our new customers!

Axell Logistics has been the logistic supplier for many years of Smurfit Kappa in Etten-Leur. And we started the new year very well by expanding the collaboration with them. We started with the storage of big rolls of paper as a test for ‘Smurfit Kappa Roermond Papier’. These rolls will be processed at our neighbors Smurfit Kappa  Elcorr.

These rolls are huge and weigh almost 3500 kilo. Just lifting them with our own reachtrucks isn’t possible. Loading and unloading the rolls has to happen by using a special reachtruck with a roller clamp, which we rented temporarily. The test is currently under evaluation and we hope to proceed with our activitities in the future.

Furthermore, the sister company of RPC Pet Power, the English company RPC Corby is going to use our warehouse in Etten-Leur for the external storage of packaging for the Dutch and Belgium, food-industry. They want to prevent a possible disruption because of the Brexit. Next to the logistic process, Axell Logistic will also arrange the transport with mega-trailers. These trailers are higher than 2,80m. We can normally fit 33 pallets in a truck, now we can store 66 pallets in one truck (with a height of 1,45m). More efficient en faster!

Axell from the inside – Manager Administration

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 next installment of our texts, “Axell from the inside”, meet Manager Administration Monika Sokalla.

I remember the first day at work and the smile of Hanna Rutkowska, who greeted me then. Since that time Poland has changed, our company has changed, we have changed. New technologies and information systems have emerged, motorways were built, supply chains have evolved to take on other forms in the case of food and consumer goods. There were new logistic companies, warehouses sprung up like mushrooms. Everything went ahead — we too! A small company from the tiny town of Rakoniewice steadily moved ahead.

I always felt a part of something cool. I saw the company was growing and I had a small stake in it. To this day, it brings great satisfaction, especially if we see that the boss is satisfied and sees our commitment.

One of the biggest challenges I have faced was to build the Accounting Department from scratch, which after half a year began to meet its goals. The company’s biggest asset are the people I employed at that time, most of whom still work with us today. I feel great trust and respect for them. I am happy that my work was also the place where I made many amazing friendships. I am surrounded by people with whom I can share my professional and personal successes. I would also like to thank those who have not worked with us yet but have been co-authors of many of our successes. I am very grateful to the company for giving me the opportunity to discover and work with them.

Funny story: An event that was deeply rooted in my memory was a jubilee trip to the Netherlands. The team-building already begun on the bus. We spent a great time at the Efteling Amusement Park, where we laughed so much it made my cheeks hurt. Each of us for a moment felt like a carefree child. After all-day madness, we put on our evening dresses and went to the Gala. There were dances, wine and singing! Initially the dance floor was dominated the crew from Poland, but after some time they were also joined by the Dutch, who had fun with us until dawn.

Monika Sokalla – Manager Administration, has been with the company for 17 years. Privately, a mother of two and a passionate gardener.

Axell from the inside – Project Manager

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 next installment of our texts, “Axell from the inside”, meet Project Manager – Renata Drgas-Sinska.

“I have been part of the company since its beginnings 20 years ago. I appreciate that every day I can face new challenges because I can grow, gain new knowledge and valuable skills”.

“Looking from the perspective of past two decades, the biggest change I have noticed has to do with the customer needs. There is increased demand for co-packing services, creation of promotional kits, and labeling. Also, a range of services dedicated to ecommerce have emerged. The courier market has grown significantly. By anticipating the forthcoming changes, we have invested early on in the development of information and communication technologies. We implemented automated identification techniques so we were able to offer our customers exactly what they needed. We provide our customers with quick access to all the necessary information about their goods, facilitating tracking of shipments at every step of the supply chain”.

“The daily life in Axell is primarily about working with a great team. All the trips we’ve made together, and the events and outings we organized are full of great memories that will stay with me for years”.

Funny memory: It was a long time ago… Stock levels used to be stored in Excel files, and issue documents were written in Word. One day late at night, with rain and strong wind behind the windows, we all worked hard in the warehouse to make it on time. Someone joked that we lacked hands to work and would use some help from Michał Drzymała*. Then the light went out, the clocks stopped, and a knock at the door was heard. We froze. Everyone was dead scared. We wanted it, we got it. Drzymała came to visit us! The officers were so scared that, for the first time, they did not check all the door seals. Each of us quickly packed their belongings and drove home. As it later turned out, it was just temporary power outage, and the door knocked on the wind. Today we remember it with smile on our faces, but this evening  we were not  laughing at all.

Renata Drgas-Sinska – Project Manager, has been with the company for 20 years. Privately a passionate traveler who loves discovering new places on the map of Poland and exploring interesting new tastes in her own kitchen.

Axell from the inside – Senior Shift Leader

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.

How to survive Blue Monday?

5 tips to get through Blue Monday!

Blue Monday is the third monday in January and allthough it’s not scientifically proven that today is the sadest day of the year, it does make sense. The holidays are over, the christmas lights have been removed and you have to get back to reality. Then you realize you’ve spend too much money, gained some weight and the days are dark and cold. It takes ages before you have planned your next holiday and the New Year’s resolutions are really difficult. Everything together makes you sad and depressed. Conquer these feelings and defeat the Blue Monday Blues:

  1. Keep on working on those New Year’s Resolutions

Get yourself together, find someone who has the same resolutions and don’t give up. You can do this!

  1. Book your next holiday!

If you haven’t booked one yet, do it now! This can be a few days off or perhaps the next summer holiday. However, the perspective of going away makes you a lot happier!

  1. Smile the blues away!

Smiling has a positive effect on your mood, even on Blue Monday. It creates endorphines, so called ‘feelgood hormones’. So open Youtube or Facebook for a few minutes and watch cat-movies or tell your colleagues jokes to get through the day.

  1. Work-out!

By excercising and working at your body you defeat the stress hormones and make happy hormones. So start running, ride your bike or jump a rope. Do something active and get happy!

  1. Make delicious food

Make sure you have a good breakfast to give your day a jumpstart. Take a healthy lunch and prepare a delicious and healthy diner to reward yourself for surviving this day. Then you have something to look forward to in the morning.

Not everyone has problems with Blue Monday. But if you keep these tips in mind, it can make your day better. And perhaps you have to do this every day, to make every week a happy day. Have a nice day!