“One a Saturday morning, Cees de Mooij and Marcel Heemskerk called me to ask if I wanted to come and talk. Preferably they wanted me to come by that same day… I was offered a job as a box chef. And I accepted!”
“A lot has changed over the years. In terms of customers, but also the range and the way of working have changed. Nowadays, of course, much more is automated, but I still find my work lively and varied! In the past, the work was not necessarily worse or better, but everything went in a different way. Nowadays, everything goes through the computer. We used to write everything on a piece of paper and faxing was a new way of working. You can’t imagine that now! And with regard to the assortment, there used to be only a very limited number of different roses, now there are countless varieties. It has become much more intricate.”
“We also used to work with huge numbers of pallets; during the holidays we used to get rid of three hundred pallets. We rented separate halls to store those pallets. Holidays were really intense, but those days also had their advantages. There was also virtually no transparency on the market, it was easier to make margins and you could really play around with the trade. We would have rejected salal painted, for example, and then it was like new again.
I see a great future in retail. Supermarket trade is really becoming more attractive and of course you see that people are buying more and more online, also abroad. All in all, I’m not done yet!”