MEET THE PRO: Mekenzie Frisby, Shipping and Receiving

By Arkansas Next on Thursday, September 15, 2022

Jacob Slaton
"I have had the opportunity to advance quickly and better support myself and my family," Mekenzie said. "I have been able to use the resources Simmons has provided to further my formal education with tuition reimbursement, making it easier for me to obtain a college education to help me grow to be a better leader and free thinker and push for more process improvement in our company.”

Hometown: Siloam Springs

Age: 25

Where I Trained: Job Corps in Ozark

What I Earned: High school diploma, on-the-job training and welding certifications

Job Title: Shipping & Receiving Supervisor

Employer: Simmons Animal Nutrition

Mekenzie was promoted to shipping and receiving supervisor after three months at Simmons Animal Nutrition. She helped implement processes in her department that had a positive impact on her relationships with customers and suppliers. She wanted to create a streamlined process and develop a team of workers that could operate independently and successfully. 

“I found that I have a love for creating processes, setting expectations, training and then following up to ensure everyone is fully understanding the processes,” Mekenzie said. “I love the team and culture we, as leadership, have built inside of our plant and would strongly encourage anyone to apply for our facility.” 

Since Mekenzie was able to obtain advanced education in a relatively short amount of time, she has had opportunities to be promoted.  Though she didn’t take the traditional college route, she has mastered her trade and has a successful career in a field she loves. 


A shipping and receiving supervisor maintains supplies and inventory through product receipt, storage and delivery. They supervise employees who confirm and record shipment receipts, prepare shipping items and load and unload purchases. A supervisor can step into almost any role because of the knowledge and skills they must have in order to supervise employees’ processing and procedures. 

Education needed: 

A high school diploma or GED is required. There are benefits to pursuing higher education, but they are not required. 

Jacob Slaton

Job Outlook

Arkansas is ranked the No. 10 best state to work in shipping and receiving supervision, according to

This option is for you if

  • You're super organized
  • You are a good active listener
  • You like going behind the scenes and seeing how things are made

High-end earners (top 10%) make

Median wages in Arkansas
$31,160 Annual
$14.98 Hourly


  • Hytrol
  • Riceland
  • Simmons Foods


*When employment projections were not available for Arkansas, U.S. projections were used