Joost van Asten (age 40)

In 2011, after an 11 year logistic career at Vespo Group in Eindhoven, where I was responsible for the warehouse, the opportunity to combine my Passion for Farming and Passion for Logistics was given me to start working in the MS Schippers family.
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Common sense (or “gezond-boeren-verstand” as the Dutch say) is key for our customers and also the way of thinking within Schippers. This common sense also helped me when I started in 2011 as logistics manager at the main warehouse in Belgium. We improved the quality of our deliveries and also the SMILE within the team by investing heavily in ergonomic improvements such as barcode-readers, wrapping devices and electric pallet jacks. Because of the constant urge for improving within Schippers there are always developments going on. This trend is a personal motivation to always improve myself and be ahead of the game. Within a few years, the tasks extended towards production and facilities as well and the job title of plant-manager would be more accurate.
Besides Passion for Farming and Logistics, a third passion is Canada. The country always intrigued me, especially the nature and the fast surroundings. Late 2015 Schippers Canada was facing some operational challenges and, without a doubt, I offered assistance and traveled quite a bit to Canada. At the time still in combination with my responsibilities in Europe. At a certain moment, Schippers decided to follow the potential and invest in new facilities in Canada. Looking at the ginormous workload, it was time to make a decision; look for a replacement in Belgium or find an operations coworker to lead the developments in Canada. We started the search for a replacement…
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Six months later my wife, two sons and three dogs landed in Calgary and occupied our new home. Today Schippers Canada has grown from 5 co-workers to 19 coworkers and we are supplying the agricultural producers with our high-quality products and knowledge. Take initiative, work hard and honest and -most importantly- be yourself!
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Do you want to become part of our team?
General Manager Schippers Canada

Joost van Asten (age 40)

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