In 2013, Chieh Huang and his three co-founders were feeling ambitious. They decided to take on Amazon and big-box retailers.
They launched @boxedwholesale, a company that is dedicated to shipping bulk groceries and home products to customer’s doors at competitive prices. “We just identified a problem we had in our daily lives,” explains Huang. “Before, people would drive an hour for price, but with technology, value is a function of price and convenience now. That changing of the formula allows us to come in and take advantage of that.” Four years ago, Huang was running the business out of his garage. The first item the team ever shipped was some rolls of paper towels. Today, the company operates four fulfillment centers around the country, including its home base of Edison, New Jersey. Boxed has raised more $100 million in funding and surpassed $100 million in annual sales.
Boxed has also been in the news for some of its company wide initiatives, like a college fund for employee’s children and putting money towards the weddings of employees.
Q: What inspires you?
A: The folks in our performance centers who do a very difficult job. My life at Boxed started there -- the CEO was packing boxes at the start, too. There are a lot of people counting on us to make the right decisions to make sure that we do well, so they can put food on the table and that inspires me.
Q: What’s the best advice you ever took?
A: It’s to trust your gut. It’s what got me here today, and it seems like it’s served us pretty well, so why change that.
Q: What does work-life balance mean to you?
A: It means that you’re not having regrets on either front. You got to this point where you’re not worrying about what you should have done with your job or your family. I’m not perfect and sometimes I do have regrets, but that is what it means to me overall: getting to that place where you don’t have them. (📝: @ninazipkin 📷: @boxedwholesale)