The Harvest is Plentiful but Laborers are Few #iworkinthesupplychain

Hello, my name is Jason Kasanezky and I perform Marketing and Web Development for AK Material Handling Systems in Maple Grove, MN and #Iworkinthesupplychain. AKMHS is a pallet rack supplier that helps clients across the nation maximize their warehouse space with pallet rack and storage systems. Working in the supply chain for the last nine years has greatly impacted my life in many ways, including my career, my family life and my personal growth.

My career in the supply chain industry began when I applied for a warehousing position at AKMHS right out of high school. At the time, I was not looking for a career or a long-term position. Instead, I was looking for a way to pay the bills while working in an active atmosphere. I worked in the warehouse for a year learning the products, driving a forklift and shipping pallet rack products across the nation. It was during that time that I realized how valuable a simple product could be for so many businesses. I took great pride in preparing orders for companies like Target, Northern Tool and other large corporations that in turn supplied my family and friends with the everyday products they needed to make their lives easier.

After a year of working in the warehouse, I decided to leave the company to pursue an education in business management. The summer after I obtained an Associates Degree in Business Management, I decided to stop by the old warehouse to say hello. As fate would have it, they actually needed someone to cover for another employee while he was out for on long term leave. Upon his return, there was still a position available to keep me on the team. This was right around the time of the downturn in the economy but, being a proactive small business, the AK leadership used it as a time to invest in their employees and processes in order to make sure everything was in place and we were ready to rock as a company when things turned around. This opportunity allowed me to work directly with the owner of AKMHS, Al Boston, in the development of our websites and and the creation of an online presence to grow the AK Brand. When the economy finally turned back around, we were well-equipped for progress, and have not stopped growing since. During this time, I transformed my career from forklift driver to sales and marketing specialist, which eventually lead me to the discovery of my true passion: marketing and web development.

The supply chain industry not only helped my professional life but it also propelled my family and personal life. With a stable and reliable career at AK, I have been fortunate enough get married and start a family with a wife who can stay at home and raise our five children. Thank you, Supply Chain!

“The Harvest is Plentiful but Laborers are Few”
In summary, I share my personal journey in the supply chain to influence and encourage anyone interested in this growing and always changing industry. If you’re a hungry, focused, and a driven individual, I highly recommend that you learn more about the different opportunities for yourself in the supply chain industry. Right now, this industry has a plentiful harvest with tons of opportunities for individuals at the small business level, as with AK, and also at large corporations, as with Amazon. So, if you’re willing to join in the labor, you to can also reap the plentiful harvest that the supply chain has to offer!

By Jason Kasanezky
AK Material Handling Systems

Alex Pace – A Next Generation Leader

My name is Alex Pace, a young professional working in the Supply Chain. My story is more of a unique one, and one that has only just begun. I am the Logistics Coordinator at The Green Design Center (GDC), in Waukesha, Wisconsin. I have worked in the Supply Chain industry for 3 years; the best 3 years of my professional life. I started at GDC as a materials handler/product picker. Little by little, I began to expand my area of responsibility. Starting with packing boxes and sweeping floors, I now control a 50,000 square foot Distribution Center.

The Supply Chain industry is not typically viewed as a “sexy” industry, or one that young people aspire to join. Though I can’t tell you why others in my generation aren’t looking to the Supply Chain for a career, I can however tell you why they should be. Working in the Supply Chain can be a very rewarding career choice. Not only are there endless opportunities for improvement and upward mobility, this industry is one that you’re allowed to make your own. What I mean is that every professional in the industry can put their own personal spin on the work that they are doing. Every challenge that we are faced with can be solved in a number of ways, and it’s up to the individual to figure out what solution is best for them, and the company they represent. It is this flexibility and opportunity to be creative that I find so attractive.

One of the other reasons that I am proud to be in the Supply Chain industry is that I get the privilege to help other people, make their lives a bit easier, and have fun doing it. Back in April of 2015, I was given the extraordinary opportunity to attend the National Logistics and Distribution Conference (NLDC), held in Atlanta, GA. This had been my first business trip, and definitely my first time being in the presence of “The Greats” of the Supply Chain industry. If you’ve ever been told about NLDC, you know of its exclusivity and prestige, and it was that exact reason I was very nervous about attending. I mean, I am just starting out…. and all of these other attendees are the best of the best in the industry. As a young professional in his early 20’s, I thought they would all look down on me, or not take me seriously. But to my very pleasant surprise, my experience was the opposite. I found that every single executive I met was so willing to share their knowledge with me, just to try to help me get started in the industry. That experience alone is what committed me to the Supply Chain industry. Seemingly the nicest people in the world work in the Supply Chain. All they want to do is help, whether you’re the client or new to the industry, the level of care is second to none. Getting to know all of those people made me realize that this is the place for me, and that I want to be like them. Supply Chain is the industry that I want to be in. If everyone is so willing to help now, when I barely know them, I can’t even imagine just how rewarding my career will be when I get the chance to help other people.

I am proud to work in the Supply Chain, and I am committed to excellence through my work. I am truly honored to be associated with a group of people that spend their days helping others. The Supply Chain industry is what I have committed myself to, and I encourage others in my generation to find their career in the Supply Chain.

Alex Pace
The Green Design Center