Hindastry News - November 2012

Welcome to the latest issue of "Hindastry News" - Hinda's corporate newsletter.

"Hindastry News" brings you the latest on the happenings at Hinda.

This issue includes:

  • 2012 Golden Carrot Awards
  • Milestone Anniversary for One of our Employees - Celebrating 40 Years at Hinda!
  • An Important Message from our President, Dave Peer
  • New Employees and Recent Promotions
  • Roundtable Recap 

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Happy birthday, Michael!

Last week, Hinda celebrated CEO Michael Arkes' birthday with a barbecue - coincidentally on the last official day of summer. The whole office got together to feast on chicken, pasta, eggplant parmesan, salad and, of course, carrot cake! The party was a wonderful way to end the week and close out summer. Check out photos from the celebration here!

Happy birthday, Michael, and many more!


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A Message from Michael Arkes, CEO of Hinda

It’s no secret that some manufacturers in Asia and other parts of the world have come under scrutiny due to workplace conditions and the questionable treatment of their employees. Most of us who hear these types of stories assume that the exploitation of workers is an unacceptable business practice that is only occurring in under-developed or developing economies. Unfortunately, many will be surprised to learn that the same kinds of conditions and treatment can be found right here in the United States.

Just a couple of weeks ago, I came across the Mother Jones article “I Was a Warehouse Wage Slave” – an expose by reporter Mac McClelland, who worked at fulfillment warehouses last holiday season in order to report on the conditions there. It is a 14-page article, but like any gripping story, you will not want to put it down.

But why is this on a blog focused on the incentive industry? How does this apply to us? While we at Hinda ship about 92 percent of our orders from our own warehouse, this is not the norm. Most of our competitors ship few of their orders from their own facilities, and some don’t ship any at all.

This means that the fine, upstanding corporation with the impeccable reputation might actually be having its award orders fulfilled by a “warehouse wage slave.” I’m suggesting that sometime in the future, corporations will not want their award orders fulfilled by fulfillment companies that blatantly exploit their workers. They will not want to be associated with these companies.

Fortunately, there are award fulfillment companies like Hinda that appreciate how important every team member is to delivering quality service to both our customers and their program participant. This past December, instead of abusing our employees in an effort to get them to perform, we provided them with an incentive for coming in to work every day during this short, busy season. We have created a culture where everyone wins – the program participant, the customer, our employee and our company.

We are a socially responsible award provider for your socially responsible corporate customers. Again, here is the link to the article “I Was a Warehouse Wage Slave.” Let us know your reaction.

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An Office Food Culture

This past Wednesday we celebrated our CEO Michael Arkes's **th birthday. As a result of this Ribs on the grillcelebration we were able to take part in another time honored Hinda tradition:


I learned that if one wants to try and lose weight, they're working at the wrong company. Company potlucks and cookouts are a staple of the Hinda Incentives office. We seem to find any reason possible to celebrate an event and eating awesome food in the process. We've talked before on this blog in regards to using food as an engagement tool and here at Hinda - we certainly practice what we preach. 

Michael's birthday was celebrated by a fanfare of grilling. We had piles of ribs with roasted chicken to accompany it. Sides of seasoned rice and homemade mac and cheese complimented the main meat dish extremely well, leaving barely any room for the ice cream cake that was to come.

Being the quiet-natured guy that he is, there wasn't a speech to accompany the pre-cake birthday song. Michael Arkes is the kind of guy that likes to get right down to business. Fortunately for us, the business at hand was multiple-layered ice cream cake.

This is just a slice of life inside the walls of Hinda. How do your companies celebrate special occasions?

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Humble Beginnings

Upon graduating college, Michael Arkes had a job lined up in Champaign, Illinois as a math teacher. Prior to starting his new teaching job, he “took a weekend off” to go up to Chicago to help his father out some with the family business. Forty years later, Arkes has made “helping with the family business” into a successful career.
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