Whether you are in operations, sanitation, maintenance, quality, marketing, line management, warehouse, engineering, procurement, or an equipment or material supplier, you work long hours to put sprinkled pop tarts on the shelf.
As a result of not being in the profession of banker, doctor, lawyer, fireman or teacher, what you do every day may not be readily apparent to others. Though there may be some misunderstanding with the general public, pride in your work in the packaging industry is no less significant than any other profession.
Source of pride and sense of accomplishment is important and for those in the packaging industry, this feeling, if lost, can be re-acquired on demand at any time, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and 365 days a year by simply making a quick trip to the store.
I cannot speak for everyone, but in an industry where the end result of your hard work is highly visible, easily accessible, with ‘your’ products literally on the shelf, barring an intervention from a spouse or partner, there is no such thing as a quick trip to the grocery store.
Yesterday, for example, I set out to my suburban American grocery store with the sincere intent to simply pick up a few items—chicken for dinner, lunch meat, cheese and some fearless competitive sport shopping on the discount racks.
Ninety minutes later, the result was beyond recognition from the original task. Not only were there a dozen new products on the shelf, a dozen more were slightly modified and I had to check those out, too. Add to that private – brand label comparison shopping, new configurations of interest to clients, bad packaging and a spoonful of nostalgia, right there is the perfect formula for time travel.
As I unloaded my harvested selection of grocery goodness into the house, as happens more frequently than I care to admit, I noticed I had forgotten the chicken—-dinner. However, thanks to the variety of items actually acquired during my ninety minute quest and my family being equally as adventurous, dinner was a snap.
It’s 8pm and what’s for dinner?
SpaghettiOs, Captain Crunch marshmallow treats, Strawberry Quik, Brie, Organic blueberry juice and a side of movie theater popcorn.
Food, it’s what’s for dinner.