Get to know Matt Tomkinson, Technical Solutions Specialist at Softbox Systems
- What does ‘logistics’ mean to you?
It’s about ensuring temperature-controlled products pass through the supply chain in their intended state.
- What made you want to work in the industry?
I spent 15 years validating equipment and processes so when the opportunity arose to validate cold chain logistics activities, I moved pretty quickly.
- What is the funniest thing that has happened to you recently?
I had a Covid supermarket moment. Remember the toilet roll rush? I glared at this woman (apparently) when she gleefully swiped the last 4 rolls off the shelf. Just as I was about to make a quip about sharing, she pulled her mask down; it was my partner and I hadn’t recognised her. Dog house.
- What three traits define you?
Enthusiasm for life and work, having a sense of humour and having a compulsive attention to detail and order.
- What’s the most important trend you see today?
Sustainability. Requests for eco-friendly shipping solutions and processes have shifted from nice-to-haves to imperatives.
- How do you define success?
Committing to a life-work balance in healthy proportions and being resolute about sticking to it.
- What’s the most interesting thing about you, which we wouldn’t learn from your CV?
I’m an amateur graphic designer. It was my first apprenticeship and there are aspects I still use now. That eye for detail is equally useful in process and presentations.
- If you weren’t working at Softbox, what would you be doing?
I’m one of the lucky ones; I’d still be involved in temperature-controlled logistics in some creative or innovative capacity.
- Where do you see yourself in five years?
Being an integral part of what is a growing Softbox family. I’m looking forward to sharing my knowledge of the market and perhaps becoming a go-to person in terms of innovating to help customers achieve their global goals.
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Rebecca Morpeth Spayne,
Editor, International Trade Magazine
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