Alec Delayno Martin (Astyle Alive) is a successful serial entrepreneur who has been on the scene for more than ten years. He has successfully founded and run multiple ventures in marketing, fashion, real estate, and finance. His latest start-up, Tranquil Store, is a firm that offers premium CBD (Cannabidiol) products. They have a wide range of products that cater to everyone in society and they are set to transform the way we see the CBD sector.
De Layno has amassed a large amount of knowledge in running a successful business. He shares his top four handy tips in this article.
Giving Value to Customers:
The most important part of your business is how you help your customer. Your products and services must solve a painful problem for a specific type of person. For example, De Layno got the concept for Tranquil store from his own personal struggles with relaxation and sleep.
“After years of trying ineffective sleep aids and prescription medications with undesired side effects, we came across CBD and gave it a try. After doing my research & talking with others around, I realized many people struggled with stress, anxiety, and depression daily. Tranquil Store was started to help ourselves, friends, and now the world. Our products are available around the globe for everyone like us.”
Now, he has launched a store that has something for everybody facing the same category of problems that he did.
“ I offer a wide variety of quality premium CBD products, from Gummies to healthy CBD Granola bars, different tincture flavors, soft gels, and Lollipops. I’ll be changing the market soon with a new product that I can’t speak on too much. It is a surprise.”
Seeking help and mentorship:
De Layno has always surrounded himself with an ecosystem of friends and family that support his growth.
For an entrepreneur just setting up a business, don’t make the mistake of thinking you have to do everything by yourself. You can be self-made and still need help.
Reach out to the people who inspire you. Seek their counsel and help whenever you get stuck. Build models around existing businesses that you really admire and put your own unique spin on it.
Believing in Your talents:
Having an endless list of qualifications and certificates is not a guarantee for business success. Once De Layno graduated from high school, he knew what he wanted from life and he went after it.
Nowadays, college degrees are classified as great accomplishments. Many students enter deep holes of debts and spend most of their adult life repaying student loans.
If you have been blessed with a talent, focus on honing it. Take a journey to discover yourself and what makes you happy. Succeeding as an entrepreneur will not happen overnight, but it will be worth it at the end of the road.
Giving back to your community:
The primary responsibility of every successful entrepreneur is to give back to the community and support others who haven’t achieved what you have. DeLayno is involved in several philanthropic efforts, supporting several low-income families struggling during the pandemic. He also donates a percentage of his income to the Saint Jude Children’s Research Hospital, a medical facility for children battling cancer.
Warehouse Jobs Booming Due to Online Sales
Amidst a surge in e-commerce sales, warehouse operators, such as FedEx and Amazon, are scrambling to hire workers across the United States. As the labor market has yet to fully recover from the effects of the pandemic, this could prove to be a saving grace for many who have struggled to find work in recent months. Overall employment is still down in the U.S; almost 11 million are still seeking employment since the beginning of quarantine. However, employment in the warehousing and storage sector is actually higher than pre-Coronavirus levels. As the holiday season approaches, these numbers will only continue to go up; a positive signal of the rebounding U.S economy.
Brick-and-mortar retailers have been hit particularly hard by the pandemic, having to furlough or release hundreds of thousands of workers since early March. And with the economic downturn, there were not too many job positions opening up. Now, warehouse businesses that order, pack, and ship products are in a hiring frenzy as online sales are projected to reach $196 billion in the period from November to January. Online and physical stores alike experience increased activity during the holiday season, but with consumers avoiding brick-and-mortar locations because of the virus, more and more shoppers are relying on Amazon, FedEx, and UPS to deliver their products.
Typically, there is a temporary hiring phase for these businesses during the holidays to keep up with demand. However, many experts believe the massive shift towards online purchasing will be somewhat permanent. Already, many of the major players in the shipping and storage industry are planning for an avalanche of orders this holiday season, so more and more temporary hires are converting to full-time positions. UPS has added over 100,000-holiday workers on top of the tens of thousands it hired earlier in the year. Amazon plans on hiring more than 100,000 seasonal workers in addition to 1,000 new warehouses across the country. Also FedEx is seeking 75,000 temporary employees, a 27% increase from its 2019 seasonal hiring.
To prepare for the expected holiday boom, e-commerce businesses have begun an early hiring process. Up through August alone, there were almost six times as many job postings for seasonal positions on the job platform Wonolo. Coincidently, wages have also jumped nearly 16% to $14.18 an hour. Trucking companies are also expected to look for early hires before the holiday season. Many truck drivers have left their jobs due to the virus and retirement, and the transportation industry has struggled to fill the demand for drivers. The average starting wage for drivers at UPS is expected to go up to $30 an hour, but as the market becomes more competitive, that wage may increase even more.
The pandemic still has a grip on brick-and-mortar stores. What used to be quick and easy trips to the store are now complicated and stressful as masks are required and consumers are wary of contracting the virus. With the excess demand shifted to e-commerce, storage and shipping companies need all the extra help they can get to fulfill orders before the holidays are over. Although overall employment is still way below pre-virus levels, many Americans are finally finding employment again.
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