January 2019 Archives

A New Tool for Managing Busy Warehouse Days

Typically our busiest shipping day of the week is Monday. This is pretty intuitive, given that we’re shipping out orders from Friday afternoon through our 1 PM same-day cutoff on Monday afternoon. Three-day weekends during our peak season, such as Memorial Day, Labor Day, and (sometimes) July 4th, when we’re also typically running a big sale, are even busier. And as we’ve grown over the years, those peaks have become even greater proportionally. Essentially, it’s easier to find growth during a big sale in peak… Continue reading

1/24/19

Software as a Competitive Advantage

One of the best podcast interviews that I’ve listened to in a while is Tim Ferriss’ interview with Stripe founder and CEO Patrick Collison. Around minute 35 they discuss something that I find fascinating. Patrick says: We surveyed companies fairly broadly across multiple industries. And we just asked them what’s holding them back. And that’s a very imperfect methodology, of course, because it’s hard to know what the candidate answers there should be. And maybe those questions are – do they all interpret it the… Continue reading

1/9/19

Cleaning House: iPrioritize Shutting Down & More

One of the things that tends to happen when you’ve been around 12+ years and experimented a lot with different business models and ventures, especially in the beginning, is that you end up with a ton of legacy “stuff.” One of my initiatives for 2019 is to really trim out anything non essential. For instance, until last week we probably had a dozen sites running WordPress. Many of which haven’t been updated in years, but at one point showed some promise, and either still had… Continue reading

1/2/19