On the same day that Florida’s unemployment numbers hit the highest point in 35 years, Howard Steirn, president of Miami-based Riverside Paper Company, shared his secret to retaining his employees and growing his business. And it has nothing to do with a government bailout or cutting staff.
“I was impressed not only with the product but also with their people.”
Riverside Paper Company is Florida’s premier industrial packaging manufacturer, converter and distributor. The company has a manufacturing plant in Miami, four distribution centers located strategically throughout the state, over 7,000 customers and more than 70 employees. Since 1973, the company has provided Florida businesses with corrugated boxes, packaging materials, shipping supplies, material handling and janitorial products at discounted prices.
So when the businesses that purchase from Riverside Paper Co. experience difficult times, it has repercussions throughout the company. But Riverside Paper Co. has been able to work smarter this year and retain its valuable employees.
What Goes “In the Box”?
There comes a time in every business owner’s life when a decision has to be made about business software and what gets loaded in your computer “boxes.” It is either a decision to initially invest in a package or the realization that the current system is not keeping up with your business demand.
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