At Work With Hello Apparel

At Work With Hello Apparel via SpGToday, Anita Means is here to share a little bit about her business, !Hello MerchHello Merch Warehouse"Hello, my name is Anita Means and my husband is Sam Means and we own and operate two companies. Hello Apparel and Hello Merch located in Phoenix, Arizona. An average day would consist of our Warehouse Manager Tom arriving early in the morning to print out all of the orders to pack and ship for the day. Then later in the day our other employees Rick, Connie, Eric and Wes show up to handle customer service issues, pack and ship all orders, organize the work stations and warehouse and keep track of inventory. Sam will arrive and do more administrative and design tasks. I work from home most of the time because we have a 3 year old and one on the way. I mostly handle social media, marketing and advertising and blogger relationships."

At Work with Hello Merch via SpiegelingScreen printing"The most functional space here is probably our big open 4500 sq foot warehouse. When we first moved in we thought we would never ever fill it up, but now, I figure we may need to get a bigger place one day. It is enough room to house our shelving systems and packing stations along with a ping pong table for fun."

Hello Merch Work Tour via SpiegelingHello Merch work tour"Being a warehouse/fulfillment center to over 80 web stores for musicians, artists, record labels and clothing companies organization is a must! All of our items are assigned a special SKU code that consists of the artist or company along with the size and product number. All of our inventory is sorted by size or item. It makes it super easy for us to find the items in order to pack and restock. Our supplies are mostly packing materials and Tom our Warehouse Manager keep inventory of that. We also do full service screen printing, so we are a "one stop shop" if you will for our customers. Our good friends Joe and Jana of Good Fellas Merch occupy the warehouse suite next door and they do all of our screen printing for us. Sam handles the ordering of inventory for all of our artists. We also do tour merch order fulfillment for many touring bands such as Hanson (mmmmBop!), Good Old War, The Mars Volta, Death Grips, The Format and La Dispute to name a few."Hello packagingHatank2_1024x1024Thanks so much for sharing your business with us, Anita! You can visit Anita's store , or if you are a band or artist, they do full service online merch stores and design at . xo.

  • I work at a custom t-shirt company, so it’s nice to feel united to other similar companies all plugging away at our production tasks. – Leah, wisestyle.wordpress.com

  • I’ve been a fan on Instagram for a while. It’s really cool to see a little behind the scenes. That office wall with the paint by numbers is truly swoon-worthy!

  • I love to see the inner workings of small companies! Thanks for sharing this interview, I was able to check out their links and am kind of obsessing over their little kids right left leggings, too cute!

  • Neat! Maybe it’s just because of that episode of Mr Rogers where you got to see the crayon factory, but I LOVE getting little glimpses of how companies work and how things are made. Thanks for sharing!

    -Becca
    Ladyface Blog

  • this is such a neat shop thank you for sharing your fullfillment center/warehouse with us really interesting to read about and great photos too. love the name “hello” too concise, simple and interesting. xx. gigi. food and beauty blogger @

  • What an awesome business! It is fun to get the inside scoop on some of the places we shop!
    Leah Faye
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  • I bought a sweatshirt from them some months ago and it is one of my favorites!!

  • Mmmm… The Format.

    So glad to hear my hometown AZ peeps doing well! Way to go, guys!

  • Definitely going to check this out, love the photos and the items look great too! xx

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  • cannot say enough how much i love the series “at work with”.. i love this mix of substance and beauty– ie, not just some dry marketing-blog-type-post but not just fashion post either. Garance Dore also does great career posts, but I love the small business aspect of SpG’s. SO INSPIRING!!! please keep them coming!!

  • Really cool insight into their world! I will be looking for Hello stockists in the UK to make a purchase or two 🙂 Rosie x

  • Very interesting to see what goes on in the manufacturing and organising of the clothing. Love their unique clothing! Thanks for sharing this with your readers.

  • I love these! Its pretty cool they have a screen printer right next door. My boyfriend is a screen printer and works on similar looking machines!!

  • This is a cool at home/work with, I’ve wondered what their offices were like! I love their shirts, I just need to save up to afford the postage to UK!

  • I own a hello sweatshirt and t-shirt. They are hands down the softest shirts I own and I get compliments all the time. It’s cool to see a little bit more of the company and how it runs. Thanks for the shirts!

  • I love Hello Merch! They are awesome. What a cool insight into their work. I would love to get to see all that stuff going on everyday.

  • This was a really great post BECAUSE I love seeing the inner workings of small businesses and entrepreneurs. We don’t often get a peek behind the scenes. As a beginning entrepreneur this is really inspiring! Thanks!

  • It’s great to see behind the scenes of a awesome company I love! I plan on purchasing a few vest tops for this summer 🙂

    Lulu xx

  • thanks for sharing the great brands with us ! gonna check out their websites now…

  • Hey, I have that same German Shepard paint-by-number and I always wondered if my artist had screwed up the top. The white just seems so unfinished. Apparently not since yours is the same! 🙂

  • Lovely post, but curious they would mention doing shirts for a band that hasn’t been around in 5 years–The Format? Do you know what brands they source for the shirts they print on?

  • I was a logistics manager for a company identical to this, and it’s so nice to see everyone else’s stories behind their much-loved businesses. Like Anita, when we moved warehouses I never dreamed it would be full, and it eventually ended up having to be moved to an entirely different city so it could be in a bigger warehouse! Congrats to Anita and her husband. I’ve known the name for a while through work, and it was lovely to get an insight into their lives. I LOVE the paintings on the wall, and the bright colors. It looks like a great place to work!

    Tabby

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