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.

Axell from the inside – interview with an employee

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 first installment of our texts, “Axell from the inside”, meet the Head of the Axell Logistics Terminal in Skierniewice and Chorzów.

I will probably not be original when I say that what I appreciate most  in my everyday work is the people I work with. The people who surround me are open, enthusiastic, and eager to share their knowledge and experience. They treat every new project as an interesting challenge. Fulfilling your daily duties in the company of such people is a pleasure. Together, we are unstoppable. Creativity, flexibility and commitment allow us to tailor solutions to the needs and expectations of our customers and always achieve our goals.

It is nice to observe how the company is developing and, at the same time, be a part of it. In the past years, we have significantly increased our warehouse space and modernized our warehouses. With investments in hardware and operating systems, we can optimize costs and increase our competitive edge. We implement innovative solutions that allow the integration of the entire supply chain and IT systems to track the delivery process in order to quickly respond to emergency situations.

Funny story: We are a well-knit crew, which allows us to do harmless jokes in relation to one another. I remember perfectly when 10 years ago we were implementing the WMS system and beginning to use the scanners. The warehouse staff started using these devices few people really understood what they can be used for. One day we sent a message to a worker’s scanner: Get to work! The CEO. The timing was perfect as the colleague had just „taken five”. He then walked from one person to another and warned: With scanners, the CEO sees everything we do. It took a lot of time before we got rid of it because it resulted in improved performance, and lots of fun!

Marzena Wach – Head of the Axell Logistics Terminal in Skierniewice and Chorzów who has been with the company for 11 years. A passionate traveler who enjoys outdoor recreation. Yoga, cycling, and running are her favorite leisure activities.