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The Whole Package, by Premier Packaging

  • Episode 43, “Wali Shaheed: Growing In The Company”

    6 GIU 2024 · "We will do whatever we have to do, to get our customers what they need.” That’s the motto of Wali Shaheed, Manufacturing Site Manager for Premier’s Rancho Cucamonga facility. A 30+-year veteran of the corrugated industry, Wali oversees a growing manufacturing facility of about 50 people, average age 22. He talks about what’s important for our customers and our employees.
    18 min. 3 sec.
  • Episode 42, “Lauren Bright: Problem Solving”

    23 MAG 2024 · What does it take to be a successful Account Manager for Premier? For Lauren Bright, who works in Southern California, it’s all about problem solving, being accessible, and helping customers how they want to be helped. She and host Billy Watkins discuss how Premier solved one customer’s challenge, the Premier “difference”—our people, and why you shouldn’t fear “Box Trolls.”
    19 min. 44 sec.
  • Episode 41, “Luke Smith: Ambassador for Our Brand”

    9 MAG 2024 · Supply Chain Specialist Luke Smith enjoys building “really cool relationships” with Premier’s customers instead of just trying to sell products. The Premier way, he explains, is getting to know and understand you and your operations so we can find opportunities to help your bottom line. Luke also talks about how much he likes living in his native Utah, with its many outdoors activities like skiing: “If you don’t like the outdoors, you should move.
    14 min. 1 sec.
  • Episode 40, “Kevin Fritze: Discovering Something Better”

    25 APR 2024 · As a child, Kevin Fritze saw the impact of logging on the Maine woods, and decided he wanted to help protect the environment. As Premier’s Sustainability Manager, he analyzes the way we operate and looks for ways for us to become more sustainable. Here he explains how the more sustainable packaging choice is not always the obvious one, as well as easy, inexpensive ways to build sustainability into your daily life.
    22 min. 28 sec.
  • Episode 39, “Alex Garrett: It Ain’t Over Til the Tall Guy Sings”

    11 APR 2024 · Alex Garrett started college intending to become an opera singer and ended it determined to help people by coming up with packaging solutions. Opera’s loss is Premier’s gain. With us seven years now, Supply Chain Specialist Alex talks about how Premier’s target assessment process has helped businesses save hundreds of thousands to millions of dollars. Based in Southern California, he’s had several brushes with celebrities—including almost hitting actress Jennifer Garner with his car.
    16 min. 25 sec.
  • Episode 38, "The Hat Girls: Dressed for Success"

    28 MAR 2024 · Kate Smith and Rachel Carroll, the Hat Girls, had a problem: How to protect their fragile, custom-designed, high-end hats that can cost hundreds to thousands of dollars during shipping. Enter Premier Packaging, which created a box that offers excellent protection and is luxurious too, adding to the customer’s unboxing experience. Learn more about Kate and Rachel’s head-y business and our partnership with them in this fascinating episode.
    24 min. 11 sec.
  • Episode 37, “Premier Stands Out”

    14 MAR 2024 · As Premier Packaging celebrates its 30th birthday, we look back at what our employees interviewed on the podcast like about our company, including their opportunity for advancement, our culture, and our commitment to customer service. And how did they get here? The answers range from a golf course meet-up to university MBA contacts to a Craigslist ad.
    12 min. 48 sec.
  • Episode 36, "Chris Winfield: Premier Makes That"

    29 FEB 2024 · Premier offers many packaging options for our customers. Chris Winfield, Vice President of Strategic Accounts, explains the advantages of poly mailers, padded paper mailers, cold chain packaging, and corrugated boxes, from durability and recyclability to our capabilities such as dual inside/outside printing. Also: How pizza is like fine jewelry.
    26 min. 14 sec.
  • Episode 35, “Manufacturing: The Human Element”

    15 FEB 2024 · Premier’s manufacturing facility in Louisville, Ky, features state-of-the-art machinery, but what really sets it apart are our employees. Host Billy Watkins talks to Shipping Manager Cindy Spurlock, CAD operator Tiffany Reed, forklift driver Willie Jeffrey, and Manufacturing General Manager Jason Stinnett about their day-to-day jobs. When asked why they love working here, they all say the same thing: The people.
    26 min. 48 sec.
  • Episode 34, “The Distribution Center: The Importance of People”

    31 GEN 2024 · Every day our employees keep products and materials smoothly flowing in and out of our Corporate Distribution Center in Louisville, Kentucky. Good people are the key to tracking and moving inventory safely and efficiently. On a visit to the DC, host Billy Watkins talks to Logistics Coordinator April Angus; Warehouse Lead Tim Weathers; Warehouse Associate Richard Gooch; and Regional Operations Manager Mitch Payne about their roles in the process.
    24 min. 44 sec.
Our engaging, informative podcast explores industry trends and the people who make Premier and the packaging world special. Watch for new episodes twice a month.

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