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Top tips for the best fall (season) ever

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The nights are getting colder, leaves are starting to change, and Pumpkin Spice lattes are available at Starbucks. That can only mean one thing….fall is officially here! As a New Englander that means it’s time to pull out chunky sweaters

Posted in In the Tack with the Pak

Merchandising: Buyer, Western and Leisure

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The Buyer is responsible for directly leading all purchasing activities with vendor relationship responsibility, deal negotiations, and merchandising within identified categories. The Buyer is expected to both understand and manage the product line(s) to maximize the customer experience. The Nitty

Posted in Jobs

Top English Picks for Fall 2014

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The cool breezes at the end of summer are whispering that Fall is right around the corner. While many of our customers dread the cold Fall and Winter months, we like to help you get through until Spring by filling

Posted in In the Tack with the Pak

Moving up – How I knew we were ready

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In every equestrian sport there are various levels of competition, and a goal for many riders is moving up to the next level. In Eventing, we have six levels – Beginner Novice, Novice, Training, Preliminary, Intermediate and Advanced. I went

Posted in Stories & Adventures

Working Like a Dog: A Day in The Life of One of SmartPak’s Canine Employees

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My name is Morgan, and I’m an 8-year-old yellow lab/corgi mix. I have been coming to work at SmartPak for about 5 years. I’m not sure what my human does here aside from punch buttons and stare at a computer

Posted in SmartPak Features

Navigating Dressage Bridles

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Shopping for a new bridle is always fun, but it can be a little overwhelming with so many options to choose from. Here are some of my favorite styles broken out by trend that are perfect for your horse whether

Posted in In the Tack with the Pak

General Warehouse: Order Assembler, Shipper and Pick / Packer (1st and 2nd Shift available, Part Time, Full Time and Seasonal opportunities available)

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SmartPak is seeking to fill the following 1st shift (7:00AM-3:30PM) AND 2nd shift (3:00PM-11:30PM) positions: Order Picker, Order Assembler and Shipper All start at $10.00 per hour. (1st and 2nd Shift available, Part Time, Full Time and Seasonal opportunities available)

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Pak’s Pick of the Week

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Hello, I am Rebecca, one of the buyers for SmartPak! I am here to talk about my Pak’s Pick of the Week. We recently started carrying the Signature Collection of bags by Noble Outfitters. I have to say that I

Posted in Fashion

Tips for Juggling a Busy Schedule and Horses

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Like many riders, I have to balance barn time with an otherwise full schedule, and it isn’t always easy! Most of us have to manage riding, family, work, and other responsibilities, and it can be challenging to find the time

Posted in SmartPak Features, Stories & Adventures

Operations: Industrial Engineer

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The Industrial Engineer will be responsible for exploring areas of inefficiency and improve processes regarding people, machines, or processes. This position will assist with overall plant layout development and maintenance, integration of new production lines into existing plant layouts; modification

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Operations: Sanitation Supervisor

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This individual will be responsible for managing the facility sanitation program, leading the sanitation team and maintaining the master sanitation schedule. You will lead sanitation employees on multiple shifts that work in all areas of the facility. The Nitty Gritty:

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Customer Care – Product Specialist

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Turn your passion for horses and dogs into a fulfilling career with SmartPak! This individual is responsible for providing SmartPak Riders with solutions or their horse’s care. Product Specialists promote customer loyalty by demonstrating an understanding of our Riders’ horse

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How I Became a Vet—Part III: The Private Practice Years

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Be sure to read part 1 and part 2 first! Still Not There Yet Becoming a practicing veterinarian takes a long time and hard work—not to mention a significant financial investment—but graduating with a DVM (or VMD) is just part

Posted in Stories & Adventures

Keep Your Tack Room Organized – Tips from a Seasoned Professional

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I’ve been in and out of a lot of barns thanks to my 20+ year riding career and my awesome job on the Barn Team at SmartPak. When I met Karla for the first time, I was in awe and

Posted in Stories & Adventures

How I Became a Vet—Part II: The Veterinary School Years

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Be sure to read part 1 first! Getting into Vet School During the senior undergraduate year–in addition to classes, work, and extracurriculars—students who intend to pursue graduate level studies need to start scoping out their educational institution choices, examining admissions

Posted in Stories & Adventures

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