Last week, we moved into our new offices, which will be above the newly relocated Rockville store. As I was packing up my office, there were a couple of boxes that had been sitting on the floor that I had moved from my home office before we had central offices about 7 years ago.
I went through those boxes… I came across an invoice that had a check # that I had written on it. I used to write all the checks myself by hand. I came across another invoice that had prices next to each product. I used to mark-up the products myself and then we would use price guns to price them. I came across some home delivery invoices that were made of carbon paper- the totals added by hand, using a calculator. I came across a payroll report from the early 1990’s- we had 3 employees. We now have almost 500.
So much around me has changed since I started this business almost 25 years ago- everything is at a larger scale. We’re all working just as hard as we used to- and the issues seem to hold just as much weight as they did way back when- but sometimes it’s like I’m walking across a fallen tree that is 25′ off the ground vs. the same tree that was only 1′ off the ground years ago… same tree, but the environment around us has changed.
I am doing my best not to look down.