CEO of Agile Harbor, a Louisville-based SaaS company helping retailers unlock the potential of their inventory with SkuVault.
Been involved in eCommerce for 15 years - as a seller, as a consultant, and now, through SkuVault WMS.
In early high school, Andy and a friend (Matt Kubancik, now an Inc 5000 retailer and client of SkuVault), began selling anything they could find on eBay; going through friends' parents' attics, yardsales, and (the real money makers) outlet stores and factory outlets. From there, they eventually made relationships with the managers at the outlet stores, got an article in a popular local newspaper, Business First, and were contacted by an old pro in the shoe industry who became their mentor and helped them take their startup business, Street Moda, to the next level. He taught them about vendor relationship management and took them from just selling those discount outlet shoes to getting accounts with companies and vendors.
Andy took a break from Street Moda to go to University of Louisville Speed School for Industrial Engineering, from where he began consulting and developing custom solutions for a few manufacturing companies. After working with these companies' inventory, forecasting, and reordering process improvement, Andy was called back into the eCommerce world by Street Moda to help with their warehouse management problem. Matt had attempted to build a custom system to help him get his out of stocks under control, and when that didn't pan out, he looked to the industry leaders in eCommerce inventory management. After much testing and trial and error with expensive, outdated systems, Matt asked Andy and Slava Ivanyuk (now SkuVault's CTO) to find him a new system to implement. Not finding anything they liked, Andy and Slava decided to build him one. What they built wasn't web-based, and it was custom built for shoes and apparel. There was a great deal of interest for this software, so after another eCommerce company, Webzom, got launched on this system, Andy and Slava took a step back and decided to regroup, and then go full steam with warehouse management.
They rebuilt the system from the ground-up on Microsoft's Cloud, and removed the apparel focus, making the system more broadly applicable for any eCommerce company. Their primary goal in creating this warehouse management system, SkuVault, was to make something that would ease the pain points they'd experienced as sellers. They wanted to reduce out of stocks and picking & shipping errors with quality control features, lessen the need for time-consuming physical re-allocation of products and quantity updates across multiple channels like Amazon and eBay, increase clients' eBay and Amazon feedback, simplify the picking process for warehouse workers, streamline purchasing, receiving, re-oredering, and sourcing, and integrate with systems that they as sellers had used and found valuable such as ChannelAdvisor, ShipWorks, Shopify, and QuickBooks; they wanted to create the system that they, as sellers, would love. Another main focus of SkuVault was (and still is!) to keep it simple to use.
Since SkuVault launched in 2011, they've expanded across 5 continents, 41 countries, and 326 cities. They've sponsored & exhibited at prominent trade shows like ChannelAdvisor's Catalyst, IRCE, ASD, SEMA, and more, and they've gained recognition from their partners, peers, and the media. Like what Andy's all about? Get in touch with him.
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