|Hello, my name is Akachukwu Oguine and I just finished working at TruffleShuffle for a week as work experience. I came from Lagos to Reading for holiday, but stayed in Bristol for a week to work for the best T-shirt company ever! (Not up for discussion!)
Every day I had many different tasks and jobs to do in different areas of the business that had been planned for me by the members of the TruffleShuffle team to provide me with a better understanding about how the business works in each stage of development from packaging items to pitching ideas.
In this blog post, I will be taking you through the things I did during my work experience, day by day.
Day 1: Monday
|When I first arrived at TruffleShuffle, I was introduced to every available member of the TruffleShuffle family including Iain, Amy, James, Pat, Ron, Andy, Lucy, Chris, Tracey, Claire and (Lee) Mullins.
The first task I had to complete was helping Ron and Andy pick and pack orders placed over the weekend. I enjoyed this because it was one of the more hands-on jobs I did during the week. The task was to look at the invoices, read the store codes on them and match them to the codes of the ordered items in the warehouse. It was also great because I realized how swift operations in the warehouse had to be to get all first class orders made on Sunday out by 4.00pm or earlier!
Day 2: Tuesday
|On Tuesday, I went through all the social media pages related to TruffleShuffle, including the website, looking at the huge collection of clothes, toys, mugs and much more, some of which I had packaged the day before! It was cool to see the site as a customer, while also knowing what happened to create the site and deliver the products on it behind the scenes as an employee. Looking through the social media pages also showed me the different ways in which TruffleShuffle keeps in touch with their customers.|
|When going through the site, I was asked to come up with at least five ways the site could be improved. This was among the hardest tasks I had to perform as the website was so well-designed and monitored that it was incredibly difficult to find problems with it! Eventually, after going through the pages so many times from top to bottom, I somehow managed to find some areas of the site which could be improved like using automatic filtering and searching, instead of the user having to press a button, a bit like Google Instant!
We also got this huge order for tons of plastic boxes to store all the goodies TruffleShuffle will be ordering for Christmas, which I found out was the busiest period at TruffleShuffle. We had to lift all the boxes into the warehouse and organize them, ready for the buyers to fill up! This was great because I had spent a lot of the day cooped up in an office upstairs on the computer and I finally had another hands-on job. Great exercise by the way (Sorry for the absence of pictures of this, but in my defense I was pretty busy!)
Day 3: Wednesday
|My main task today was to sit upstairs with Pat and Iain and come up with new ideas for t-shirts which could be considered a “blast from the past” or “retro”. I loved the fact that I did this because it brought back a lot of nostalgic memories of shows I really liked when I was younger, or even older shoes which I recently watched that had been cancelled years ago.|
|The thing about the task which was a bit of a challenge was finding out how the ideas could be used in a marketable way, but eventually, after some helpful input from Pat, Iain, Claire and James, we were able to come up with some great ideas for shirts you could possibly be wearing in the future!|
|Coming up with logo and character shirts was the best part of the task as I found so many cool pictures and quotes from various cartoon characters (like Arnold), Live action characters (like Barney Stinson) and musicians like (Ed Sheeran). The guys all loved my ideas so you never know, they might be coming to a T-Shirt near you very soon. Oh, and remember to watch Nicktoons, buy “x” and suit up!|
Day 4: Thursday
|Today, I was working with the buyers – I helped Lucy write down the prices of various items from a new brand they’re looking to stock called Eleven Paris so we could select the best options to sell on the website. So like Big Brother, but for clothes! I really liked a lot of the designs, especially the ones which were similar to basketball jerseys that had the last two numbers of an artist’s date of birth as their player number. Looking at all the different designs, all great in their own way, was definitely the highlight of this task.
Looking at all the different designs, all great in their own way, was definitely the highlight of this task
Day 5: Friday
|Today I received my final task which was to write a blog post summarizing every task I did during my work experience at TruffleShuffle. This was one of my favorite tasks as I got to recall all the great memories I had working with such a nice, creative, wonderful and dedicated group of people who I would love to work with again sometime in the future. It was also very difficult as I had to select only portions of these memories so the blog wouldn’t be too wordy!|
|Unfortunately, my time working at TruffleShuffle is up, but for those after me looking for where to receive work experience I would strongly recommend spending a week or two at TruffleShuffle.
This is Aka saying good bye and do the truffle shuffle. Do it!
Hi guys, my name is Henry Vanderhoest and I have just finished a week of work experience at Truffle Shuffle.
For each separate day I had various tasks and jobs to do in different departments that the team had planned for me to do in order for me to get a good understanding of how the business works and what each individual working for Truffle Shuffle does to help it be as successful as possible.
In this blog post I will be talking to you through the daily things I got up to during my week experience.
So, for most of the morning and part of the afternoon I was collecting all the products that have been ordered and piled them up, ready to be delivered to the customers.
|Whilst I was doing that, there had been deliveries coming in with products that needed re-stocking. When they arrived, Ron opened the boxes of deliveries and sorted them out in to piles of the different t-shirts and accessories and then in to piles of their various sizes.
They were then all counted to double check that there weren’t more or less of the products that Truffle Shuffle ordered, so if there was a mix up of the amount then it was easy to adjust it on the system so there wouldn’t be any problems with numbers in case a customer tried to order a t-shirt and it said there was one left but instead there wasn’t one.
This showed me the importance of the warehouse department, in order for it to run smoothly and so the customers are happy.
Once I had finished my job of collecting the orders that had been made during the course of the weekend, I was then given various sheets of the location of where the products that had been delivered to us had to be. I then went about restocking the different t-shirts, sunglasses, key rings, lunchbox tins, ect away in the correct location.
Today my task was to go on the Truffle Shuffle website and think of any ways in which I thought it could be improved. I was told to write a report on my suggestions for improving the website. An example of one of my suggestions was to add a view all button to the website, so that customers don’t have to change page to view all the products and instead just be on one page.
I went through one by one explaining my different ideas, explaining what TV show, band film or games I had thought of along with what I thought should go on the t-shirt and also explaining what colour I though the t-shirt could be. For most of the ideas there was input of what they thought could be added or improved.
This was a great experience for me because it really made me feel like I was part of the team, which for most of the work experiences I have done its not usually like that at all. The team were very supportive and showed a lot of enthusiasm to my ideas, which made me feel very happy.
It was really amazing to read how the business started from a few t-shirt being sold on eBay to a really successful and well known company that ships its products all around the world.
Today I was working with Lee, TruffleShuffle’s photographer. Our job was to take some pictures of some new products that will be going on the website. We set up the photography room with the different lighting ready for the shoot. I then went in to the warehouse and collected the various products that needed collecting for the photo shoot. We then went in to the photography room and started with our shoot, making sure we had a photo of the front of each product and the back, or if it was a bag then a photo of what it looks like inside it.
Once we had finished our photo shoot, I was set a task to do my own photo shoot using my iPhone camera of a number of sunglasses and bags.
After that I helped Amy out with opening up the returned parcels and sorting the pieces of paper in to two different piles, one for exchange and the other for refund.
I then went back in to the warehouse and helped unbox the new stock that had been delivered that day. Once I had checked that there was the correct amount of each item, I then placed the products in the specific location that they should be.
Jack and I then had to collect some of the restock items that were put away on Thursday due to an issue with the labeling.
On Friday morning I put up some more of the laminated press features in the downstairs office alongside other ones.
My final task of the week was the write up this blog post, to explain the tasks that I had done for each day of my work experience.
I have truly enjoyed my weeks work experience at TruffleShuffle. The work experience program that I had was really good in allowing me to see the different dynamics of how the company runs, whilst learning new skills that would be used on a daily basis at TruffleShuffle.
I would like to say thank you so much for allowing me the opportunity to have an amazing week’s work experience at TruffleShuffle. I felt extremely welcome by all the staff and how very friendly they were.
I hope you enjoyed my blog.
Hi guys! I’m Jack and have just finished my work experience at Truffle Shuffle and I’m going give you a little behind the scenes look into the week of a life here at Truffle Towers so you can see what I’ve been up to.
Monday was my first day working at Truffle Shuffle and after I’d been introduced to the gang, I went off to work in the warehouse with Andy and Ron (the Don), picking orders from the shelves and then packaging them for deliver to you lucky lot. After my lunch I carried on doing this until it was time to put all the deliveries into a Royal Mail bag to be counted and taken away, for the rest of the day I opened the fresh new deliveries and put them on the shelves. So that was my first day done and I couldn’t wait for what lay ahead.
Today I spent the majority of the morning looking through social networking sites at how TruffleShuffle present themselves to you and I. After this I spent time looking at the website looking for any things that could be improved then presented my idea’s to head Shuffler Pat. In the afternoon I helped customer services hero Amy go through the returned items and putting them back on the system before going back to the warehouse to open the new deliveries.
Today upstairs with Pat and Iain, I was tasked to come up with 30 new T-Shirt ideas from TV shows and films from my childhood. This took all morning but was great to know that I was doing some real work for the company . After a morning of brain storming and creative thinking it was back down stairs for another stint in the busy warehouse, picking up orders and sending the off to you lovely people.
This morning I was upstairs in the studio with Lee preparing and taking photos of the new products we had received in the days before. This was a great experience and some of my pictures went online the same day! After lunch upstairs with Iain, we looked at how features in bit’s of newspapers and magazines affect the sales of that product.
After a the hardest week’s work I’ve ever done I finally present my ideas to Pat and Tracey in the board room, and is amazing to hear that in a year’s time some of my T-Shirt designs might be made and sold by Truffle Shuffle. My final task of the week is to write this blog and I’d just like to say to Pat and the gang, thank you sooooooooo much for giving me this opportunity and I’ll miss you all loads.
Nothing says ‘Here comes the British summer!’ quite like Glastonbury. Since 1970, music lovers and new-age enthusiasts have been heading to Somerset come rain or shine (British summer, remember?) to see musical legends rock the stage.
So as Glasto kicks off this week! (Woop!), we’ve been getting a little bit nostalgic. 43 years, 30 performances and a whole lot of musical history made – let’s take a look at some of the defining Glastonbury moments!
David Bowie – Glastonbury 1971
Power up the flux capacitor and take me back to 1971, David Bowie headlined the second Glastonbury festival with a 7 song setlist which included ‘Changes’. Who wants a 70s headscarf and a bracelet made of daisy chains? Yeah, me too. Peace & love, guys.
The Smiths – Glastonbury 1984
In 1984, regular Glasto goers were outraged to hear that The Smiths were headlining. This was the first example of a mainstream band playing the festival, so in a bid to keep everything a little alternative, they were billed as ‘The Smits’ – and everybody had a jolly good time! The setlist included ‘William, It Was Really Nothing’ and ‘This Charming Man’.
Johnny Cash – Glastonbury 1994
In 1994, Johnny Cash wowed the Glastonbury audience with a flawless performance of his greatest hits. He inspired a whole new generation with songs such as ‘Folsom Prison Blues’ and later said that Glastonbury was one of the highlights of his entire career!
Glasto 95 was a Britpop extravaganza. Oasis headlined, along with Pulp, The Verve, The Charlatans, The Cure and The Prodigy. ‘Some Might Say’ (get it?) that this was the best festival line-up since Woodstock. So let’s enjoy this photo of Liam Gallagher with a tambourine around his neck, and remember how Robbie Williams stormed the stage to join in the performance of Shakermaker.
Amy Winehouse – Glastonbury 2007
In 2007, Amy Winehouse blew the crowd away with her sensational voice and soulful performances of hits such as ‘Back To Black’ and ‘You Know I’m No Good’. Powerhouse voice and her quirky style – everybody loved Amy.
If this little trip down memory lane has got you ready for the festival season, here are a few of our favourite Band T Shirts for a cool summer look with TruffleShuffle!
Until next time!