ShipMonk Research & Development

ShipMonk Research & Development

Large projects are often the result of successfully completing smaller projects. That was the case with ShipMonk. Honza Bednář founded BedaBox in Florida in 2014, a small company shipping goods from the USA to Czechia. Thanks to growing customer demand, BedaBox started to transform into ShipMonk. From its beginning, ShipMonk has focused on fulfillment for small and medium-size e-commerce sellers. Nowadays the company deals with complete storage, logistics and shipping solutions – all that using modern technologies such as autonomous robots, automatized conveyors, RFID chips and other futuristic technologies. ShipMonk’s goal is to enable its customers to ship goods from all over the world and be able to compete with the biggest brands. The ShipMonk business is located in North America, however, Prague is where we create all systems and automation that help us ship 100,000+ packages each day. While ShipMonk has recently taken on investors, the company was created by the people that worked there, using all of their strength.

Ponuka príležítostí

Become a member of our core team!


        
          Václav Jareš
        

        
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          Principal Engineer
Václav Jareš
Principal Engineer

We grow so quickly that you can become a core team member right away if you join us. You have the opportunity to experience what it is like to build a global company and be a part of our success.

We started out with only a few people. We all lived with Honza Bednář in Florida in the beginning. We would spend all days discussing, solving and programming, and building the foundations from scratch.

Today, we have accomplished a lot and we have worked hard for it. We have approximately 0.5 % of the American market, which is several tens of thousands of packages daily, and we have great potential to grow even further. Be it on the American, European, or Asian market. And nobody doubts that we will get there, as we don’t lack the necessary appetite and diligence to do so.

Our mission is to become a key player in global fulfillment, enabling our customers to ship their goods to any country in the world, quickly and responsibly.


        
          Honza Bednář
        

        
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          CEO & Founder (remote from Florida)
Honza Bednář
CEO & Founder (remote from Florida)

Technology against boredom

The key difference between doing things well and doing them great is the aspect of enthusiasm and cleverness.

We enjoy logistics. When we think about using technology to improve the industry, a boring field becomes a playground where you can play entertaining games and have never-ending fun. We are a technology-logistics company. Thanks to technologies we change the experience of our warehouse associates and our customers.

We solve problems using technologies every day, problems nobody was solving before, and we push the boundaries of what can be accomplished. For most of us, ShipMonk is not only our job but also our lifestyle. We enjoy discovering new ways to improve the work we did yesterday.

Logistics can be sexy!

WE GET THE SH*T DONE

SPEED. EFFECTIVENESS. A JOB WELL DONE.

Quickly into production, the remaining 20 % are fine-tuned on the way

We can’t build a rocket that will fly somewhere in two years. We’d rather build a prototype and see if it can fly.

Karel Tesař, Data Science Lead

We write codes that influence the physical world of our warehouses. And that’s a challenge.

Our business is distributed throughout three American warehouses. The Corporate teams in Florida oversee all departments including warehouse operations. In Prague, we create the most effective solutions. At first sight it may seem trivial. But in reality, order fulfillment is a demanding and complex process. We send over a hundred thousand packages everyday and the numbers continue to grow. We solve unconventional problems connected to the optimization of processes, and our warehouses are full of automatized conveyors, robots, sensors, scanners, pick-to-light systems and other technologies we prepare in Czechia and implement in North America.

Truly great challenges. We kid you not!


        
          Jan Nedbal
        

        
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          Warehouse BE Developer
Jan Nedbal
Warehouse BE Developer

        
          David Pavlík
        

        
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          CTO
David Pavlík
CTO

We bring things to perfection using the feedback from warehouses and our customers.

We don’t work according to prepared templates and processes. Rather, we solve difficult problems that appear during business operations. By having more general instructions, such as “we need to solve this”, you need to know a lot. We are demanding in our hiring process because, with us, you can’t just be technically skilled, you also have to be able to analyze and create alternative solutions. We are “Problem Solvers” here. When we see a problem, we know how to handle it in its complexity. And we can look at a solution from the business, logistics, and technical point of view. Even though we do experiment a lot, we never program anything that would not be useful.

Clear code and quality of results

We work to produce things of craftsman quality because we care deeply about the results.

Even though we experiment often, we never do anything halfway.

We strive to do everything right, starting with the first bracket. A small mistake can have large consequences. That’s why we all need to be responsible for our work, we must think about what we do and whether it is truly the best way to solve the problem. Our production code monitors over 5,000 integration tests and double the amount of code reviews. And its business logic is guarded by our demanding testing team. ShipMonk is not a place for juniors. Our speed, demanding quality requirements and focus on personal accountability result in the fact that we need self starters on our team. We are collaborative and help one another, so we can all succeed.

Our job climaxes around Black Friday & Cyber Monday every year

Every autumn, we experience a mystical affair called Peak, which is the most important period of the whole year for our company. We send the most packages and work at 100%. Our record is over 130 thousand dispatched packages in a single day. Part of our team is in North America at the time, to help and experience the buzz first-hand. The best innovations are born spontaneously at this time, and we call them Peak Hacks. We end up keeping some of these even after this period and continue using them.

Peak is a season in which we all go through some tough moments. And it’s a great time to strengthen the team and create solutions that can be used during the whole year. We always close the Peak with a Holiday party where we tell each other how well we did the previous year. And, afterwards, we all celebrate together.

ShipMonk changes the game

Be You

Do The Right Thing

Get The Shit Done

Be Mindful

Challenge The "Norm"

Embrace Our Adventure

Have Fun and Smile

THINK OUTSIDE THE PACKAGE


        
          Daniela Vaňková
        

        
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          QA Lead
Daniela Vaňková
QA Lead

        
          Barbora Habětínková
        

        
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          HR Manager
Barbora Habětínková
HR Manager

The heart of ShipMonk is located in America. In Prague, we work on its technologies

All we do must make sense in a broader context

In our company, things change through a discussion. Not through individual approach.

We are experienced enough to know that, in case of such a complex product, it makes no sense to do anything independently. We put our heads together because every potential solution needs to be assessed from different perspectives. We present all ideas, harmonize expectations, and debug the direction of the solution. Afterwards, we launch the realization phase. Although we have our hands full all the time and it’s hard to know your way around all the work, we always solve problems in an easy and intelligent way. We don’t pretend. We are honest with each other. If we don’t agree, we can reach an agreement through intelligent debate of the facts. We don’t see the world as only black and white.

Shoot, ready, aim. You shoot, then you aim.

Jan Bednář, CEO

Typical rush and never-ending load of work. It’s a challenge to find your way around.

Jan Nedbal, Warehouse BE Developer

A ShipMonk person is a person who wants to work around and with experienced people.

Dominika Valovičová, Tech Recruiter

The ideas come from America and we figure out the ‘how’. Not the ‘what’, but the ‘how’.

Martin Horský, FE Lead

The guys can praise each other, criticize each other, and still work together as friends.

Martina Vašíčková, Office Runner

We are looking for disciplined people. Our environment is very output-oriented. Our people want to work hard and improve.

Václav Jareš, Principal Engineer

The things we solve are so important that it’s not easy to turn off and not think about it at dinner

It can easily happen that we get too invested in our work. Nobody forces us to stay here overtime or work over the weekend. Each one of us is able to set the right amount of work that is comfortable for us, and know at what point we would be overwhelmed. We are all really excited about building our projects and we are willing to put all of our energy into it because we believe in what we do. We do everything at 100% so that everything works and we also do this in order to improve, month over month.


        
          Martin Horský
        

        
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          FE Lead
Martin Horský
FE Lead

We want to know what goes on in ShipMonk

A tight team. That’s what counts.

We actively co-create the way our company works. We are co-creators.

We are invested in what’s going on in our company. We ask a lot of questions, have discussions, and use our ideas to actively influence the way we work. Our managers listen to our ideas and they find the optimal model of functioning together with our input. If we find out something is not working or when we find a better solution, we change it quickly. We pivot quickly and we care deeply about being successful and about enjoying our job.


        
          Vojtěch Biberle
        

        
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          Warehouse BE Developer
Vojtěch Biberle
Warehouse BE Developer

Team buildings every other month.

ShipMonk is a team company, we meet often, which is hard in the time of a COVID-19 pandemic but we still managed to find a way to meet online. We have an online coffee meeting every Friday where we play online detective games and board games. Sometimes we discuss our travels or learn how to grow plants. We are looking forward to meeting each other for a beer again, sitting in a conference room together or going for a bike trip.

Agile feature teams.

We’ve decided to leave behind the division of development teams according to the content of their work (warehouse, front-end or back-end). We are gradually switching to a system of small teams that are formed around a feature they develop together. They are kept together as a team until they finish the feature. It usually takes them around 1 or 2 sprints, in a team of 3 to 4 people. After that, they separate and form new teams, working on different features. We change the team structure in order to make the features independent of a particular creator, by which we broaden the representation and the distribution of know-how.

Karlííííín

We used to reside in many different office buildings over Prague, right now we all share offices in the beautiful Praga Studios in Karlín. As we grow, we need more space, and that’s why we are going to be moving in a few months. But we will stay in Karlín.

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