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Markitforce Delivers…The Spirit of Christmas!

On Tuesday, 9th of December, five of the crew from Markitforce Sydney attended the annual Christmas lunch provided by Oasis. The lunch is for those young parents and children who are currently experiencing difficulties times.

Our team prepared and served lunch to many young families and our reward was the constant smiles and words of gratitude. Our fondest memory is the smiling faces of the young children when Santa was handing out presents. Seeing the young children receiving presents and opening them with excitement was a sight to remember. Everyone there contributed their energy to make the moment count.

It was lovely to share some laughter and Christmas spirit. It was an encouragement to so many young mothers. The day was rewarding in many areas, not least in family values.

A big thank you to the Oasis team, we look forward to returning next year!

Markitforce is charging ‘Full Steam Ahead’!

This month Markitforce unveiled the quarterly theme launch across all sites: Full Steam Ahead. This theme is a great way to see out the outstanding year we’ve had at Markitforce and is a culmination of the past 18 months of theme launches leading us to today.

The management team really took to the part by dressing up with our CEO as ‘Thomas the Tank Engine’ and our gracious Warehouse Manager’s Bill and Bobby playing the role of a very convincing ‘The Fat Controller’. The team were allocated with a jigsaw piece as they arrived, sharing puzzled looks as to why and patiently waited for their piece of the puzzle to be called to the front. Each piece of the puzzle represented the important role every single individual played in the business from; reception, account management, finance, IT, despatch, inventory, pick pack and production. Once the puzzle was complete, Thomas the Tank Train came to life!

The message behind ‘Full Steam Ahead’ refers to the platform that our business is about to launch – a new WMS system which has been several months in the making. This will streamline and improve process and procedures to achieve superior results in all aspects of our business.

We welcomed guest speaker George who is the project manager from our new WMS provider to introduce some new ideas and concepts with the new system implementation and to take questions from the team.

The day also happened to coincide with the race that stops a nation – Melbourne Cup, where all staff were invited to create a hat in the spirit of ‘Country Colours’. Of the numerous entries in the hat competition we had 4 stand outs who each won a prize and bragging rights to the best hats of 2014. We all participated in sweeps with many happy (and some unhappy) punters.

All in all the day was a success filled with fun, excitement around the quarter ahead, and Melbourne Cup winners.

Markitforce delivers on their APC commitment!

As a voluntary signatory to the Australian Packaging Covenant (APC) in 2011, the team at Markitforce have worked hard on continuing to deliver our green philosophy by strengthening our sustainability program.

We are pleased to announce that after another committed year, we have once again passed our annual audit from the Australian Packaging Covenant for the Financial Year ending 2013.

This is a great result for Markitforce and reinforces our commitment to our customers by delivering a high quality service whilst having a positive impact on the environment.

Congratulations to our team on a great result. We look forward to another year of innovation and finding new ways to improve our above average rating.

Markitforce Rallies for Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea Fundraiser!

It’s that fabulous time of year again, no not Christmas; it’s time for Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea where we all get to “EAT CAKE” in the name of Charity!!

On Thursday May 22nd, Markitforce took part in the Cancer Council’s Biggest Morning Tea event, a chance to take 5 and enjoy our colleagues company over a bite to eat and a cup of tea, while raising money to help this fantastic charity beat Cancer!

Diets were broken and gold coins donated for delicious chocolate dipped strawberries, rocky road pieces, amazing slices and the humble lamington…team Markitforce did not disappoint.

A successful and enjoyable morning was had by all and we look forward to supporting the Cancer Council again next year.

Markitforce Sydney does Rosehill Race Day

Saturday 30th November had arrived and the Markitforce Sydney team donned their best suits, frocks and fascinators for the Blackwoods Festival Stakes Day at Rosehill Gardens. The 100 strong attendee’s braved an overcast and rainy morning, to turn up for what was a gloriously sunny race day by the afternoon in Rosehill. Each with their own betting strategy of numbers, colours, odds, favourites, mates tips or the form guide favourite…everyone was a winner at Markitforce on the day. The view from the Pavilion room was spectacular, the buzz in the crowd was effervescent and the conversations were engaging. Congratulations to all the winners and to Markitforce for putting on another great event, a remarkable way to end an outstanding 2013.

The annual “Employee of the Year” award was postponed to our end of year luncheon to be announced on Thursday 19th December. Stay tuned for the Sydney Winner to be posted in the coming weeks…

Markitforce Melbourne Family Fun Day

The day had finally arrived when the Markitforce Melbourne Team could enjoy the Christmas celebrations at Funfields for their Family Christmas party! Funfields provides families with the opportunity to swim, slide, go kart, toboggan, mini golf and squirt each other with water cannons!

A gourmet BBQ lunch was enjoyed by all followed by the annual ‘Employee of the Year’ award which was jointly shared by Maria Dixon (Boss Lady) and Danielle Trytell (Guardian of Client Contentment). Both recipients of a well deserved travel voucher for their outstanding achievement! After lunch it was a trip to the ice cream van for some welcomed refreshments before indulging in more rides, slides and fun! Santa, who this year came with authentic beard and hair (a novelty compared with previous Markitforce Santas!) did an excellent job of handing out presents along with a photo and hug session with all the children! Santa and his elves did a great job, handing out many presents to the well behaved bunch!

Every child (and adult) in the back of every car was fast asleep by Greensborough on the journey home, which is a sign of an action packed successful day of fun! Merry Christmas from the team at Markitforce Melbourne!

Melbourne is on the MOVE…

What is 10m high, has a full length canopy and features 8,000 square metres? Our new Melbourne site.

Markitforce Melbourne has out grown its premises in Clayton Victoria, and we are excited to unveil the new and improved purpose built facility on Dandenong Road in Dandenong South. Just 3 short weeks ago this was a patch of dirt, and its fast becoming a Markitforce icon! Due for completion by 1st February our newest facility will boast all the mod cons of a 21st century warehouse and includes a climate controlled facility, bonded warehouse, full sprinkler system, wrap around driveway, state of the art training and office facility and more roller doors than you can poke a stick at!

With easy access to East Link and Monash Freeways, this site will be just the right place to grow with our valued customers. Stay tuned for more updates in the coming months.

Congratulations on 10 Years Service Kevin Jemetta!

On the 3rd June, Kevin passed his 10 Year Service with Markitforce along with the opening of the Melbourne warehouse!  This is a tremendous milestone which we are all proud of.

Kev was officially awarded his plaque and a Longines Watch by a surprise visit from Alan at morning tea!

Markitforce is ON TRACK in 2013!

What does being ON TRACK mean to you? This quarter it means establishing core department KPI’s for the team at Markitforce.

To launch the ON TRACK theme that will run from May through July (Q2, 2013) Markitforce unveiled the theme in warehouses that were converted to the scene of an Olympic Athletics stadium to celebrate with some seriously fun activities in the name of KPI’s.

The team arrived dressed as their favourite Olympians and watched on as the Olympic torch was carried in by Chief Engagement Officer Alan Higgins (dressed as a quirky track athlete). After enjoying a BBQ breaky the team of Markitforce Olympians were divided into teams red, blue, yellow and green for the ultimate clash of the colours and the glory of standing on the “pallet” podium! Who will come out on top…..? The team that triumphs over all across 3 gruelling team challenges: the egg & spoon race, tunnel ball, and soccer ball bounce challenge!

And the winner in both sites is….Team Red!!! Captained in Sydney by the fearless Headmistress Shirley McMullen (aka HR Manager), and in Melbourne by the effervescent Sarah Fletcher our Chief of Staff. Both Shirley and Sarah lead their teams to victory with sheer determination, motivation, courage and some good old cheating behaviour.

A big shout out to our best dressed prize winners; the sporting enthusiasts Venus & Serena Williams, the synchronised swimming team who braved the cold on a chilly morning in May, our iconic Belfast Giants Ice Hockey star, and who can forget our Ian Thorpe impersonator and Olympic Weight Lifter!

After a successful launch in Sydney & Melbourne, the ON TRACK theme now means providing on track customer service, on track invoicing, on track issue resolution, on track receiving, on track pick/pack, on track inventory, on track despatch, on track transport, on track delivery, on track performance and being on track with department KPI’s!!

Team Markitforce does the Sydney Half Marathon!

It was a frosty and refreshing 6am start on Sunday 19th May for 6 very eager Markitforce participants competing in the prestigious Sydney Morning Herald Half Marathon! Joining 10,000 other crazy Sydney-siders, these enthusiastic, driven and brave individuals oozed with Markitforce spirit as they stepped up to the start line to take on the ultimate challenge – 21.1 kms of gruelling sweat, tears, aches and dehydration on the blistering terrain of Sydney’s urban and city streets!

Thankful for its beauty and serenity they enjoyed in excess of 120mins on the scenic roads of Sydney’s CBD, Circular Quay, Pyrmont and the botanical gardens in the name of Markitforce!

Everyone was a winner as they crossed the finish line with all 6 contestants finishing in great spirits and achieving their own PB’s. Great job Team Markitforce. We are proud of each and every one of you!

Now to drum up more participants for next year…!!!