Written by: Lexi Merritt
Four day weeks: Very much so appreciated when you’re working full time! We had a 4 day week last week because of the 4th of July and this week we have another one (sort of) because Nestle is holding an “Offsite Logistics Event” this Friday at Universal Studios. I don’t know that much about the event yet, but I know we’re going to be doing some team building activities which are always fun (especially when you’re at Universal Studios!)
Buddy Time, Buddy Time, and more Buddy Time: I’ve spent quite a bit of time with my buddy, Olivia and the other Logistics Intern, Eric and his buddy, Matt! Last week, we went hiking in Griffith Park. At the top, it felt like we were on top of the world looking at the beautiful views of LA, Glendale and the Hollywood sign! I love hiking, and to live in a place where you can go on a nice, intense hike after work is fine by me ! :)
Also, this weekend we went to Matt’s house in Hermosa Beach for a beach day! Eric and I both tried surfing (we still have some work to do, but we’ve still got some time, right Eric?). A couple of other people from Nestle joined us and we had such a good time relaxing on the beach, walking between Hermosa Beach and Manhattan Beach drooling over the unbelievable homes, and stopping for ice cream in Manhattan Beach. Nestle employees that live on the beach have longer commutes to work due to distance and LA traffic, but after spending the entire day there, I can totally see why it’s worth it. Basically I just absolutely love it out here and am still amazed that all of this is real life!
Projects: My projects are going well. I’m extremely busy and the days are going faster and faster! Eric and I just started a project together where we’re going to interview a Supply Planner, Demand Planner and Deployer in the Beverage, Confections & Snacks, and Emerging Markets Divisions to better understand the communication flow between each division. We’re then going to compare the similarities and differences across divisions and map them out using a Value Stream Map in order to better visualize what type of communication is taking place. Finally using the information we gain from our interviews, a survey we’re developing, our value stream map, and our “Prezi” presentation, we’re going to present the communication flow and our recommendations to increase productivity to the teams. So far, I really have enjoyed this project because it (like most other projects) enables Eric and I to talk to many people and learn about three very different divisions (and it’s fun to work on projects with someone else)!
Oh, & in case anyone was wondering…The weather is perfect & it hasn’t rained once since I moved here…June 12 :)