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Q: I take it you made it through another Mother’s Day?
A: We did! Of course, we had our usual trials and tribulations and yet we gotit done with a 99.5% fill rate and 99.8% quality rate (of which I'm most proud).The ONLY reason we made it through was because everyone on the DG teampulled together to make it happen.
Q: I’m curious about what trials and tribulations you had to overcome this year? A: First – the weather. Our rainy, rainy winter and spring impacted the timing ofour Sunflower yields and luckily, we had enough safety stock due to goodplanning by our team, so we made it through! Our most affected crop was ourRanunculus crop. Our team is already putting plans into action for next year inorder minimize the impact of poor weather. Secondly, (and perhaps you haveheard) there are issues at the Mexico border due to the closure of some of thetrucking lanes. At one point we had five semi trucks stuck in the inspection lineat the border. We carefully monitored the crossings of our trucks and timed ourproduction team accordingly to be able to jump into action when our trucksarrived. We somehow managed to get things out on time.
Q: Sounds like quite a challenge.
A: The usual holiday challenge and nothing our team couldn’t handle!(which again, makes me proud)
Q: What do you do after the dust settles on Mother’s Day shipping?
A: Celebrate of course! We started with a customary toast with a shot oftequila after the last box had shipped out. Then, and most importantly, were-caped the holiday as a team in our all hands-on Town Hall meeting. Wewent through our GBU’s (Good, Bad, and Ugly’s) and put an action plan inplace to fix any of the bads and uglys. We gave out our “Gold Awards” to teammembers who went above and beyond as well as some annual awardsincluding one 10 and one 15-year tenure award. A fun time was had by alland it was a well-deserved break from our busy schedule.
Jason gives a welcoming “thumbs-up” to the team.
Teammates gather for a fun celebration lunch.
Yummy Mexican food and wonderful deserts! Would you expect anything else from a company called Dos Gringos?
Plenty for all.
Teammates chowing down!
Jason awards Eddie Rendon a Gold Award for steppingup big-time in our e-commerce shipping department.
Additional Gringo Gold Award recipients are:Victor Cardona, Edgar Montiel and Manny Martinezwho managed shipping and receiving like champions!
Jenny was traveling so she could not be with us to celebrate her 15 yearsat Dg Award, so we’ll celebrate her at our next Town Hall. Inthe meantime, thanks for being a great team member and a greatteammate for 15 years Jenny! We are lucky to have you on the team.
Jason awards another great team member - (BDM)Gabby Mercado with her 10-year award. Way to go Gabby!
Looks like we could all use a nap!