We secured a great deal with Oxfam at the back end of 2010…wooooo!
Im telling you this because the order needs to be delivered this week and I thought it was quite funny how we actually packed the order up, compared to how we usually do it! I decided to give the packers a well earned rest over the coldest part of the year and do the order myself. Its actually quite nice to do something repetitive as you forget about everything else going on at the time!
Normal Order Process:
Right, so, a normal order would be packed up by some of our packers (thanks packers!!!) in our warehouse which is about 45 minutes drive from my house. They would take, on avarage, around 4 hours to pack up an order the size of Oxfam’s if they were really going for it. It would be palletised and shrink wrapped (biodegradable of course), then put in the Goods Out section to be picked up a day before the order would be due for delivery.
My Christmas Order Process:
My way of packing up was slightly less ‘slick’ but has achieved the same outcome! I brought home the required stock from the Warehouse to my home just after Christmas. I then spent 3 days over the holiday period unpacking boxes for the order, making new boxes up and repacking the items into boxes. All in front of the television and the fire! I know its not the most cost effective way of packing up an order but it was a great deal better than asking the packers to come in over the holiday to the cold warehouse and pack up the order!
Anyway, it was good to get back to the roots of the business, even if it was in my living room and the order is now ready to go to Oxfam stores across the UK.