Shipping and refrigerator management Employee interview

Industrial Processing Department
General Manager

Tatsuya Igarashi

Q. Why did you join the company and what was your career after joining?

When I first joined the company, I was working as a forklift operator.

Now I have a large truck license and drive a large truck to deliver apples. My job is to go back and forth between the company where the sorting area is located and the refrigerator where the apples are kept cold. On average, I drive about 50km a day, but sometimes I drive up to 100km a day.

Q. What are the difficulties, rewards and interesting aspects of your job?

Because apples are a temperature-sensitive fruit, especially in the summer when it gets hot, the time spent in a hot place can be reflected in the deterioration of the quality of the apples, so I try to take them out of the refrigerator smoothly and load them onto the truck as quickly as possible to shorten the time they are outside after packing. Last year was my first time to buy apples.

Last year was the first time I tried my hand at purchasing apples. In the beginning, I couldn’t even understand what the auctioneer was saying. I was overwhelmed by all the buyers who were older and had more experience. However, I felt that I didn’t mind the atmosphere of “Let’s compete with each other. Since it was my first time, I realized how difficult it was to bid on apples. (I’m sure I’ll enjoy it once I get used to it (as I did with delivery and forklifts), but I’m still a long way from that point.

Q. Please tell us about your future goals and what you want to do.

As for purchasing, the president advised me to “just put my finger on it. If I could work on it again, I would have no choice but to put my finger on it. As for the other jobs, I was able to learn the whole process of working as a forklift operator. I’ll be the only one who can put them in the refrigerator, so I’d like to make sure I can do that smoothly.

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