At last, today is the day we ship 2,100+ copies of Fire in the Lake and 1,200+ copies of Won by the Sword to our P500 customers. Oh, and mounted maps for four different games, as well! So I thought I’d give you guys a brief glimpse at the mix of organization and chaos that is our warehouse on “mass ship day.”
Everything starts with the office ladies, who have prepared and organized orders and shipping labels in advance of the big day. Without the hard work of these ladies, ship day would be a disaster.
The warehouse crew is amazing! They man the build tables, run the shrink wrap machines, process orders, and box and unbox thousands of games in a given month. Well in this case, within just a few days. We have a team of strong young men and savvy young women who know how to tell the strong young men what to do! (Yeah, I’m gonna pay for that one the next time I’m in the warehouse! 🙂 )
Just about every time I’m in the warehouse, Percy (our family dog and my faithful shadow) is with me, so he was long ago “adopted” by all the office and warehouse staff. He does have the capacity to cause a bit of disruption, and there’s no doubt that orders have from time to time been slightly delayed because someone – like Brett in the picture here – just had to stop and pick up Percy.
Those warehouse guys DO need someone to watch over them, as they often use unconventional methods to test and handle our games! Here we see Brett and Brandon doing a “stomp test” to see how well our heavy duty boxes hold up. And then practicing their throw and catch skills as they provide “careful handling” of your game order! 🙂 (OK, guys, on the off chance that someone out there things we’re serious, this was all in good fun!)
This is Mike’s last week with us, as he’s heading back to college in a few days. So lunch was also a Goodbye Party for Mike. Everyone loves Mike, so naturally, we got him a really kind, thoughtful card….
Now it’s early afternoon, everyone’s fed, the party is over, and thousands of carefully packed boxes are heading for your doorsteps. We’ve checked all the games to make sure the parts manifest matches what’s in the boxes, that the number of orders on the manifest matches the number that went out, that the labels matched the ship list, and that the UPS log is the same as our order log. UPS has come and gone and things are going smoothly. Pretty sure we thought of every detail and this ship day went perfectly.
HEY, WAIT A MINUTE.
HAS ANYBODY SEEN PERCY?