“It’s wonderful to see how this contributes to my personal development”
Rick started his career at Ewals Cargo Care as an intern, and stayed with us afterwards. Today, he works as a Junior Operations Engineer at the Operations Department.
“During my Industrial Engineering studies, I completed my final internship at the Ewals Fleet Control Department. I primarily focused on optimising costs for the ratchet straps for our trailers. After completion of my internship, Ewals offered me a permanent position. In this job, I partially focus on our planning, but my primary responsibility is to optimise our operational processes.
One great example of that is our collaboration with a ferry operator. Each year, we ship approx. 10,000 trailers with them. Processing these bookings is quite time-consuming, which means that every efficiency gain has a significant result. I’m currently investigating how we can optimally book these digital orders. This makes me a pivot between our Planning and IT department, and it’s wonderful to see how this contributes to my personal development. I also completed various courses at Ewals, including Lean Six Sigma Yellow Belt, time management and communication.
We sometimes work long days, but I’m glad that the atmosphere is relaxed and informal. This is very important to me, we’re all like one big family. My participation in the Young Potential Programme is also valuable. It enables me to meet many people within our organisation who I wouldn’t have met otherwise, and I participate in projects that add variation to my work.
One interesting recent development is our PMC project, a voluntary periodic medical check-up for staff members. This became an annual returning initiative, so it’s great to see that our ideas turn into actual recurring events. Last year we also developed a Virtual Reality training, enabling people to complete a virtual training in a trailer. We presented this training at a large logistics exhibition in Munich, that was an awesome experience.”