Wednesday, November 05, 2008

First Two Days of Depot

Well, we officially opened on Monday with 3 training sessions and by the time I left yesterday we were looking like we might run out of boxes because no one wants to bring them in yet! PLEASE if you are in our area and have been packing boxes, BRING THEM TO US AT THE DEPOT! (you can fin the address of the depot by entering your postcode into the drop off point finder on the OCC website)

We are also getting through our "fillers" at a scary rate! Fillers are all the extra items that we source for a depot, to go into boxes that aren't quite full. We cannot send boxes that are not full because they need to be firm in order to stand up to the weight of the other boxes stacked on top of them in the carton, and the other cartons stacked on top of that one on the pallet, and the other pallet stacked on top of that one if we need the space!

So we need LOTS OF FILLERS.

If anyone local is reading this please speak to any local business people you know, whatever business they might be in. Even a few reams of ordinary copier paper, can be separated into bundles of a few pages to go into a box.
So let me show you some photos from our depot.


One of the local sign makers, in Madeley did that for us, and it'c come out really well. We are so pleased.

Then walk across the car park to here.
When the van comes in and out we will be using the big door you can see open there, but the rest of the time we will be using the door over on the very right of that picture.

Sign in desk.Forms to fill so we have your details if there is an accident or whatever, and the sign in sign out book so we know who is in the building at any one time.

Our little trolley thing.
MOST depots across the UK borrow supermarket cages to move a whole pile of boxes at a time from where we store the boxes, to where we sort them. We have NOT been able to get any local supermarket to let us borrow some, they keep saying they only have just enough and it's their busiest time of year etc. Yet the rest of the country managed to lend some, I just don't get it!

The very first training session. People CHECKING their first boxes of the season.

This is our van. We hired it for the time we are open, to go fetch people's boxes and so on.
So if it's a hire van, how did we get the OCC logo on it?

It's easy, they are magnets! Door magnets readily available from a very well known online printing company.

And finally a short video that I put on my main blog yesterday. More to come in the future.

Take a journey into our Shoebox depot with me.
My bits to camera at home are much quieter than the bits done with the video camera on site, so you might need to reach for the volume switch part way through.

You might also wonder why I didn't help the lady with the signs. Me too! but at the time I was busy filming.


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