Did you know that Christiaan was only twelve years old when he first visited The Inside with his father? That makes him a true “Insider”! Several years later, he got behind the wheel of his own lorry at The Inside and worked his way up to the Shipping Lead position. Would you like to learn the entire story? Read all about his journey here.
AT HIS FATHER’S KNEE
Christiaan begins his story with relish: “My father was good friends with Michael, the owner. My father was a self-employed lorry driver, and The Inside didn’t have their own lorry at the time, so he would regularly drive products to trade fair locations for Michael. I was twelve back then and a real lorry fan, so I was sometimes allowed to go with him on his delivery rounds. We sometimes went as far as Italy and Spain. Those were great times.
That’s how I got involved with The Inside from the beginning and I’ve seen it grow over the years. It’s a unique perspective.”
FROM LORRY DRIVER TO SHIPPING LEAD
“I had always dreamed of becoming a lorry driver, just like my father. As soon as I could, I turned my dream into reality at – you guessed it – The Inside. I was happy working there as a lorry driver for twelve years. I must admit, I left for a short while at one point, but I came back just as quickly when I discovered the grass wasn’t any greener on the other side.
During the COVID pandemic, the event industry came to a standstill and trade fairs were cancelled. During that period, I temped at other locations as a lorry driver. That’s when I realised this life was no longer the right fit for me. After working twelve years as a lorry driver, I was ready for something new.
When the pandemic was ‘over’, Michael asked me to return to The Inside. I wanted to, but I didn’t want to get back on the road. They were very understanding, and we started looking for another solution. That’s how my position, shipping lead, was created two years ago.”
CAN YOU TELL US A BIT MORE ABOUT YOUR POSITION AS SHIPPING LEAD?
“I am responsible for every vehicle that enters and leaves our warehouse. This means that I ensure that the right vehicles leave with the correct products and are properly offloaded when they return.
It’s great to experience everything from a different perspective. And, because of my experience as a lorry driver, I know exactly how things work once the lorry arrives at the trade fairs. This knowledge allows me to load the vehicles as efficiently as possible so they can get straight to work as soon as the goods arrive on-site. It’s often quite a puzzle, but thankfully, it’s something I love to do!”
IF YOU COULD SUM UP WORKING AT THE INSIDE IN THREE WORDS, THEY WOULD BE...
“Teamwork, variety, and fun!” We couldn’t have said it better, Christiaan!
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