I’m a sucker for articles that discuss job trends. As the editor of a publication with an audience that regards personnel issues as a top priority, my eyes jump when I see a workforce story that appears significant. My eyes bulged when I read this headline in The Wall Street Journal: "Videogames Might Be Keeping Young Men Out of the Workforce."
In recent years, Distribution Center magazine has presented several Golden Warehouse awards for companies that either expanded an existing facility or created a new one. We looked for creativity, functionality, and most importantly the business sense behind the expansion.
There have been a few changes since you became involved with APR Supply Co. You are now its president and CEO. Please give us some background on the company, how you first became involved and where the company is today.
Pam Krivda is HARDI’s human resources consultant. She has in-depth experience on employment and labor relations issues, and because HARDI provides her services to its membership, we thought it was timely to ask a few questions.
During years of editing this magazine and others in our industry, I’ve received various versions of this reply when asking a wholesaler for an interview: “We don’t like to talk about ourselves; we don’t want to bring attention to the business; we prefer flying below the clouds; or we don’t want to give away any secrets.” I’m a soft sell guy, and invariably my response was to say “thank you” and move on.
Everyone sells no matter what you do. It might not be a direct sale where you receive a financial reward for “selling” something. But selling includes trying to convince to do something they might not have to consider or are in opposition to.