Devin Johnson is the founder of First Mile. They pick up hundreds of thousands of parcels all across the U.S. and internationally. Since they deliver direct to major shipping networks like UPS, FedEx they can provide significant discounts. They have been named the fastest growing company in Utah and within the first 12 months of business, they grew to a multimillion dollar company without investment or debt. They have operations all over the U.S. as well as the United Kingdom, Italy, Hong Kong and many more. They use their proprietary technology to help businesses connect manufacturing, warehousing, fulfillment, and shipping.

 

Here’s a glimpse of what you’ll learn:

  • [1:15] Jeremy introduces his guest, Devin Johnson.
  • [2:00] Devin talks about his life as a business leader.
  • [5:00] Lessons from success as a door to door salesman.
  • [13:00] Devin talks about starting First Mile.
  • [18:00] Who uses First Mile?
  • [21:00] How does First Mile work?
  • [26:30] Why First Mile would make a good partner for a business like Uber.
  • [30:30] How did Devin bootstrap First Mile?
  • [35:00] Expanding to additional markets.
  • [39:00] Will First Mile catch the eye of Walmart or Amazon?
  • [43:00] Tools ecommerce leaders use.
  • [46:00] How do you keep your team motivated?
  • [47:30] What it takes to find good salespeople.
  • [50:00] The highest and lowest point in business so far.

In this episode…

As ecommerce businesses grow and continue in this age of innovation and disruption, what is the state of the shipping and logistics industry? Considering how the two are linked and how they rely on one another, you’d expect some company to come along and provide new and innovative solutions. On this episode of Inspired Insider, you’ll hear from business leader and disruptor Devin Johnson. Devin and his team at First Mile are shaking things up with shipping and logistics. In his conversation with Jeremy, Devin discusses how First Mile got its start, who their target customers are, how they’ve expanded to new markets, his experience as a door to door salesman, and so much more. You don’t want to miss a minute of this fascinating episode!

How do salespeople succeed in today’s increasingly digital world? How can they continue to connect with the right people and make the most of their efforts and their client’s time? On this episode of Inspired Insider, you’ll hear from Devin Johnson as he shares from his years as a door to door salesman. Devin found that one of the best ways to make the most of his time with clients is to do as much research before he would even make the first contact with a prospective client. Devin has a ton of great insights from his years selling door to door, what can you learn from his perspective? How will it apply to your industry? Find out on this informative episode!

What does it take to disrupt an industry? How do you grow a small business in an industry dominated by shipping and logistics giants? Is it even possible to be successful in such an intimidating environment? On this episode of Inspired Insider, Devin Johnson opens up about the beginnings of First Mile. First Mile was started as a response to logistical issues that Devin noticed in the marketplace specifically for ecommerce startups. His passion was to create a company that provided unique solutions that would help ecommerce businesses stay competitive and effective. Over the years, First Mile has changed and adjusted its approach but the passion for providing shipping and logistical solutions remains. To hear more about First Mile’s journey, make sure to listen to this episode!

As the market changes and evolves, what will happen to the startups that continue to bring innovation and disruption? Will these companies grow up and become the giants they sought to take on, will they get purchased by those giants, or will they disappear? On this episode of Inspired Insider, you’ll hear from entrepreneur and innovator Devin Johnson. Devin shares some insights into how his company First Mile has succeeded in the marketplace, their plans for the future, and how they hope to partner with some of the shipping and logistics giants in their industry. You don’t want to miss a minute of Devin’s unique insight!

What do you do as a business leader to keep your team motivated and driving toward the same goals and objectives you have for the organization? What type of business environment do you create? Is it one that encourages innovation and creativity? On this episode of Inspired Insider, Devin Johnson talks about how he keeps his team on the same page and motivated to improve the organization and help it reach its targets. Devin says that the main aspect that keeps his people motivated is the unique and innovative atmosphere that he’s built at First Mile. He notices that his team is fired up and genuinely inspired by the work they are doing and the solutions they are providing. To hear more about Devin’s story and the work they are doing at First Mile, make sure to listen to this episode!

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