For thousands of business owners, the 2008 recession had a devastating effect on their business, shuttering many doors of small and local businesses. For others, like Appalachian Organics, it offered an opportunity to pivot.
What started in 2005 as a candle manufacturing business, began to diversify into other natural, organic products like soaps, lotions, pet supplies, and foods. Founder Shaun Donovan saw an opportunity to capitalize on the organics industry, and began carrying products that catered to those customers looking for a place that carried all the products they needed.
Through perseverance and tenacity, Appalachian Organics became a trusted source for a niche industry of people following a specific lifestyle. But with all the new inventory Appalachian Organics now carried, Shaun was finding the task of managing it daunting.
He initially used a spreadsheet, updated daily, to track incoming and outgoing inventory. As his business continued to grow, that solution was no longer viable. In 2014, Shaun turned to ShippingEasy to help him manage his growing number of shipments. Then in February of 2017, he adopted our Inventory Management solution, and hasn’t looked back.
We sat down with Shaun to discuss the changes he made to Appalachian Organics’ inventory practices.
Now that Appalachian Organics is using ShippingEasy’s Inventory Management solution, Shaun and his team can focus on expanding their inventory—now increased 3.5X over what they carried before—without being slowed down by the extra product management. No longer managing a spreadsheet among multiple people has increased accuracy and makes it easier to see what is currently in stock, saving Shaun and his team 10 hours per week.
The end result is Shaun Donovan and the Appalachian Organics team have doubled sales year-over-year. Now that is a success story.