121: Let’s Improve a Product Kitting Process with Sebastian & Melanie Flores


At 14-years-old, Sebastian Flores is CEO of OctoGifts. What started as a unique handmade gift for his sweet-toothed friend, has now blossomed into a viable small business. Melanie Flores, his mom, lends her engineering and educator skills for operational support. But growing demand requires a more streamlined workflow. In this live consultation, you’ll learn the steps this mother-and-son team can use to improve their D-I-Y products’ kitting process.

Special Guest: Sebastian & Melanie Flores, CEO & COOOctogifts

Location: Atlanta, GA  USA

Air Date: November 1, 2020


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  • Producer & Host: Alicia Butler Pierre
  • Podcast Editor: Olanrewaju Ade
  • Video Editor: Gladys Jimenez
  • Sponsor: Equilibria, Inc.


More About Guests, Sebastian & Melanie Flores:
OctoGifts spark joy and human connection through 3D cards and DIY kits that are fun to make, fun to give, and fun to keep. They are the brainchild of 14-year-old Sebastian Flores. In 5th grade, he designed a working candy dispenser birthday card for a friend who loved sweets. Since then he has commercialized his idea, recruited his mother, Melanie, as a business partner, expanded his product line to include a DIY kit, and won fans in 20+ states.


More About Host, Alicia Butler Pierre:
Alicia Butler Pierre is the Founder & CEO of Equilibria, Inc.. Her career in operations began over 20 years ago while working in various chemical plants and oil refineries. She invented the Kasennu™ framework for business infrastructure and authored, Behind the Façade: How to Structure Company Operations for Sustainable Success.  It is the world’s first published book on business infrastructure for small businesses. Alicia hosts the weekly Business Infrastructure podcast with a global audience across 38+ countries.


More About Sponsor, rVidi:
rVidi is the easy app that lets you communicate via video soundbites in your own time in a public or private group setting. Learn more and download for free at rVidi.com.  Currently available for iOS; Android development coming soon!

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