An open letter from Quiet Logistics President, Dr. Brian Lemerise
This October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month. What began in 1945 as a weeklong event enacted by Congress has now grown into an annual month-long campaign with national scope, and an especially meaningful moment in our calendars here at Quiet Logistics. Every fall we take time to celebrate and shine a light on issues surrounding the employment of workers with disabilities. Our efforts to make employment possible for workers with disabilities has become an integral part of our company mission, and continues year-round.
Since 2012, we have been proud to partner with Minute Man Arc, a Massachusetts-based non-profit organization committed to enhancing quality of life for people with developmental and intellectual disabilities. Through this partnership, we are able to offer employment opportunities to more than 30 individuals.
Each is a valuable member of our Quiet family who works side by side with our growing team of 500 employees. Workers from Minute Man Arc contribute in meaningful ways — building boxes, preparing packaging materials, assisting in the recycling area, counting inventory, and, recently, as IT interns. Each worker arrives daily with a positive attitude and a dedication to excellence. Each is focused on improving social and technical work skills that will open doors to further opportunities as they capably contribute to the communities in which they live and work.
[Check out our MMA team in action here! vimeo.com/99534238.]
Minute Man workers play a vital role in helping Quiet Logistics get orders for brands like Bonobos, Boll & Branch and Outdoor Voices from the fulfillment center shelves to the front steps of satisfied eCommerce customers. Their work at Quiet delivers the program’s ultimate goal of empowering adults with disabilities to develop critical life skills, gain self-confidence and realize their full potential.
The theme of NDEAM 2017, “Inclusion Drives Innovation,” is especially close to our hearts. From inventing proprietary systems to building game-changing automated facilities geared specifically toward fashion and lifestyle eCommerce, innovation is at the root of everything we do at Quiet. But every technological advance we make, and every new initiative we are planning, relies on great human talent. With their tremendous dedication, pride in their work and desire to be their very best, our teammates from Minute Man Arc have had a major impact on our ability to stay ahead of the competition and achieve fantastic results.
While Quiet is now the single largest employer of workers with disabilities from Minute Man Arc, our goal is to continue expanding the partnership. As a rapidly growing company, we look forward to empowering workers with disabilities because, like all of us, they are active members of our community who wish to contribute in meaningful ways. We urge other companies to consider similar relationships with local organizations. In our experience it is absolutely true that inclusion is what drives innovation, as well as success.
-Dr. Brian Lemerise, President, Quiet Logistics
Learn more about Minute Man Arc at minutemanarc.org.