I was giddy when I took this picture of the warehouse. I was also nervous, excited, humbled, blessed and very, very grateful. Eight months earlier I had taken a leap of faith and began a business as a LuLaRoe consultant. I’ll write about my crazy and overwhelming journey in another blog post, but for this post I’ll tell you about my visit to the LuLaRoe “Hub” aka Warehouse in Corona, California.
I got a promotion in April 2016 which gave me the opportunity to attend a Leadership Conference in Pasadena, California, in May. I was told we would not only get our bonus checks while at the conference, but also visit the new warehouse and pull our own order! If you don’t know how LuLaRoe works, as a consultant I can order clothing by style and size but the prints are all a surprise. While at the warehouse, I could actually choose the prints I wanted! We were separated into groups and given a tour of the offices and we could see the warehouse below, with rows upon rows of boxes, racks, bins and people running around. I snapped this picture from one of the office windows and listened as our guide explained that the building housed three weeks worth of inventory to be shipped. Giant UPS trucks were parked outside just waiting to transport the boxes to our eager hands.
After being given our bonus checks personally from the owner of the company, we went downstairs and were able to curate bins (basically we were given bags of one style/size/print and we had to separate them so each bin had an even number of prints in it.). After that, we hurried over to get in line and choose our own inventory. We were each escorted by a warehouse employee and a box was loaded onto a rolling conveyor belt and we were off. I felt like I was in a race to find prints so I quickly moved down the row, scanning the bins and grabbing plastic bags and throwing them into the box. Kimonos? Check! Azure skirts? Check! Some styles were picked over but I was so happy with what I got and I smiled as I saw my box being taped shut and rolling down the conveyor on its way to my front porch.
While you might think that choosing my own prints was ideal, after I got home I realized that I had chosen primarily stripes! Striped dresses and skirts, tops and only a few floral kimonos. If left up to me, my customers would only have a few choices, so I’m very grateful to the designers and warehouse staff for creating and pulling a wide variety of prints. That’s what makes LuLaRoe so unique and what I learned that day. Would anyone like to buy a striped Julia dress?
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