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Single day packs are coming

Some time ago I asked for feedback on the viability of doing 3-meal single day packs of Keto Chow. Then I went on a couple vacations but now I’m back and ready to go. I sourced the bags back in May and have had them for quite a while but I just didn’t have the time to figure out the logistics of packaging them and whatnot. This last weekend I finally got that done. I have initial runs of Rich Chocolate and Chocolate Mint already to go and I’ll be getting the rest of the flavors done soon. Once I have some inventory I’ll launch it though that probably won’t be until Wednesday or Thursday.

One of the big questions I had was how much could I ship in the priority mail boxes I’m using. With my test run I was able to answer that:

  • I can fit one into a small first class envelope that I currently use for samples.
  • I can fit two in a small flat rate box.
  • I can fit 7 into the padded flat rate envelopes I’m using to ship the week bags currently.
  • I can fit 14 into a medium flat rate box.
  • I cannot 28 into a large flat rate box, this sucks because that’s how I typically ship the “Build a Month*” with 4 of the week packages, the most I could fit was 27.
  • I can only fit 23 into a Regional Rate B box (useful for closer destinations like California), which sucks since a B will also hold 4 weeks of the larger bags:

2015-07-25 21.37.57The only real big question I have yet to figure out is the multi-vitamin situation. In the future I expect that I’ll replace the individual meal samples with these 1-day packs (I’m still toying with pricing but depending on the flavor it’s about 24% less than buying 3 of the samples) so People will be using them to try out the flavors. If you’re just doing a sample then the vitamin really isn’t vital and putting 1-3 vitamins in a shipment doesn’t sound hard but it gets messy pretty quickly. It’s not a money thing but simply logistics. My initial thought is to include the pills in the upcoming “Build a week” package and probably include the full bag with the seven vitamins if 5 or more days get ordered. Order 1-4 and you wouldn’t get the vitamins. But this is still up in the air right now.

Oh, and for the record: the week packs aren’t going away.

 

By | 2016-10-14T07:18:00+00:00 July 27th, 2015|Categories: Keto Chow, Ketogenic, Site or Store Stuff, Soylent|Tags: , , , |6 Comments

About the Author:

Chris Bair is a computer geek and SalesForce.com system administrator for his "day job". He became involved in the powdered foods (aka "soylent") movement in January 2014, originally with a conventional recipe and later switching to a high fat, low carb "ketogenic" variant on October 2014. In January 2015 he created the recipe for Keto Chow and released it without restriction for anyone to use, at the same time he began mixing the recipe up for people that wanted a finished product and has seen steady growth in the business every month since. Chris has lived in Utah for most of his life, except for a few years living in Chile where he learned Castillian. Chris and his wife have two sets of twins with a couple singltons thrown in for good measure.

6 Comments

  1. Derek July 27, 2015 at 11:30 am - Reply

    Have you considered or looked into a multivitamin powder to include in the Keto Chow recipe? That’s one of the nice things about Soylent is everything is in there already.

    • chris July 27, 2015 at 11:42 am - Reply

      I have looked into them, all of the ones I’ve found are severely lacking in key areas (plus unreasonably expensive to scale) and getting a custom formulation requires purchasing at least 1000 lbs at a time.

      • Derek July 27, 2015 at 12:23 pm - Reply

        Ouch. That’s way too steep. I’ll stick to the One-A-Days.

  2. Erin Perling July 27, 2015 at 5:14 pm - Reply

    Maybe it’s just the pharmacist in me but I feel like you should have a multivitamin at home anyways! 🙂 I think it’s a great added service but maybe for the day packs you don’t need to. I’m new so I may have missed this but have you polled to see how many people use your multivitamins ? Depending on the person they may prefer their own.

    • chris July 27, 2015 at 5:32 pm - Reply

      Most probably do but not all multi-vitamins are created equal. When my wife started keto she wanted to use her own “woman” multi-vitamins so I put them into the recipe calculator and the one she had was missing several key vitamins along with having no iodine. So she’s using mine which meet the RDA for a woman her age just fine.

      • Erin Perling July 27, 2015 at 5:44 pm - Reply

        Totally agree not all multivitamins are created equal!!

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