Out of the box idea

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Opinion -

AC­TIV em­ploy­ees from Palmyra and East Vic­to­ria Park re­cently cel­e­brated a mile­stone af­ter un­pack­ing two mil­lion boxes for Aus­tralian re­tailer Kmart.

The part­ner­ship be­gan in 2010 and has evolved from a small con­tract at the former Ac­tiv O’Con­nor work­place to a weekly con­tract which, on any given day, pro­vides em­ploy­ment to more than 40 peo­ple with a dis­abil­ity.

Em­ploy­ees from Ac­tiv’s Palmyra and East Vic­to­ria Park work­place reg­u­larly travel to Kmart’s dis­tri­bu­tion cen­tre in Can­ning Vale, where they spend the day un­pack­ing cloth­ing de­liv­er­ies. The de­liv­er­ies are then trans­ported to Kmart stores across the State.

East Vic­to­ria Park in­dus­trial ser­vices man­ager Bill Chrys­tal said the part­ner­ship had been a great op­por­tu­nity for Ac­tiv’s em­ploy­ees.

“The guys love head­ing into Kmart and get­ting the chance to be a part of an in­ter­ac­tive, en­gag­ing work­place,” he said.

“They are al­ways made to feel wel­come by the Kmart team and re­ally en­joy get­ting to work with such a large or­gan­i­sa­tion.”

For Kmart, the part­ner­ship has de­liv­ered a rise in pro­duc­tiv­ity.

“The first year we part­nered with Ac­tiv, we saw a 15 per cent in­crease in our pro­duc­tiv­ity, which was out­stand­ing,” dis­tri­bu­tion man­ager Michael Moulin said.

“The guys play a re­ally im­por­tant role in get­ting our stock ready and on the floor.

“It’s a great re­la­tion­ship and one that we re­ally value.”

Ac­tiv em­ploy­ees Daniel Abreu, Chris Holt, Ali­cia Boaden, Todd Fog­a­rty and Re­becca Abra­hams help un­pack boxes for re­tailer Kmart.

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