Cartt Delivery: What you don’t know about this popular local delivery service
Jan26

Cartt Delivery: What you don’t know about this popular local delivery service

You’ve probably heard the buzz around the local, on-demand moving service called Cartt that took off in 2017, but did you know that these local entrepreneurs didn’t always plan to be the “Uber of Movers” or the “Uber for pick-up trucks?” Join me in this quick “Did you know?” conversation with Dylan Belcher, co-founder and CEO of Cartt. They have a small but mighty team. In 2017, Dylan Belcher, Justin Davis, and Seth Lugibihl built Cartt with the assistance of Steven Kennedy, one of their drivers. Like other on-demand companies, they use technology, helpers, and hands to keep the community moving. Helpers and hands make from $12-$25 an hour. They had to change their plans early on. LFW: What started the conversation with your team when you started this? Cartt: Cartt was actually supposed to be an on-demand grocery delivery service, all done through a mobile app. We came up with brand identity back in November of 2016. We were getting ready to release our beta version of the app to the FW community in February 2017, but two very big, well known on-demand grocery delivery services launched in Fort Wayne, SHIPT & INSTACART.  Both companies are backed by millions of dollars from Investors and since we were so young and not backed by any investors, we decided we needed to pivot our business model. We spent most of the summer in 2017 formatting and constructing the new business model. My partners and I knew that we didn’t want to leave the on-demand economy. Companies in this space like Uber, Lyft, Postmates, and many others have been blowing up and attracting a large new customer base. In today’s economy and society, people want things FAST. It’s all about “Instant Gratification”. After many meetings and brainstorming (and much help from our mentors in FW), we transformed Cartt into an on-demand moving and delivery company. It’s kinda like “Uber for pick-up trucks.”  They are modifying the wheel (or at least the traditional business model). LFW: Were you intending on being the Uber for movers (or uber for pick-up trucks), or did that just kind of just happen? Cartt: We most definitely intended to be the Uber for movers. With the opportunity right now, we have the potential to take over the Midwest with this business model. The on-demand economy is here to stay for many years.  They have a service for everyone. LFW: What does Cartt offer that other moving companies don’t? Why go with Cartt instead of a well-known company? Cartt: We offer 6 key services from Store Delivery, Small Moves, Junk Removal, Craigslist Delivery, Donation Pick-Up, and Storage Moves. We also offer helping hands which helps our...

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Guild of Allusion: Building an Industry with Creativity
Aug07

Guild of Allusion: Building an Industry with Creativity

One month ago, Guild of Allusion opened its doors to nobles, lords, and royals alike. This kingdom of art and creativity, led by owners Larry and Abraham, is the latest build guild to hit the market. Fort Wayne has a pretty small competition of this company type, so they are optimistic. They have even attracted two world-renowned artists into their workspace! When you walk in the door, you are hit with space. You have space to move, space to work, and space to be creative. Common tools line the shelves around the room. Many of these tools I didn’t even know the names of. As they were describing the lathe, compound sliding saw, 3D printers, drill press, kiln, table saw, surger, sewing machines, sprayers, and welding tools, I couldn’t help but be overwhelmed. What else could you need? Larry then said, “Look at the shelves and tell me what you see.” As a stereotypical female, I said “stuff that I don’t know how to use.” He replied, “Space and empty shelves.” They have empty shelves so the clients can tell them what they need. While they don’t provide the supplies for a project, they help provide the space and the tools. You see much more than shelves and tools in the Guild of Allusion. You could look around and see projects being built from nothing. I saw a costume, a 3D printer and a clear bookshelf. People had already bead-blasted appliances, made furniture, made a dance pole and so much more. My first thought was about the creativity that goes into the projects. I was corrected. Larry said, “It isn’t about the creativity, it is about the time. You can have creativity, but if you don’t put time into it, you’ll never accomplish anything.” This business is the same way. It is a little bit of creativity and a lot of time. This is a unique concept of a business for this area. They are frequently trying to accommodate not only their schedules, but the schedules of the members. Royal members are offered 24 hour access. Other membership levels have varying prices and access levels. As is the theme of the business, they reward loyalty. The first 20 members will receive 50% off, the second 20 members will receive 25% off. Guild of Allusion is located at 1025 Goshen Avenue in Fort Wayne. They are open Monday through Thursday 1:00 PM-10:00 PM, Friday 1:00 PM-12:00 AM, Saturday and Sunday 10:00 AM-12:00 AM. Professional artists, students, and people looking for hobby space are all welcome. For more information, visit...

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