Jimmy Sok - Hemmlis
Jimmy Sok - Hemmlis #1
Describe yourself and your project. How did you get the idea?
Hemmlis is a project that is exploring the business possibility to rent out ready-to-use second-hand furniture suites to students in Lund. It formed around an observation we did concerning a waste container on a parking lot where people threw away furniture in such quantities that it implored us to question why this was happening, and if something could be done about it from a sustainability perspective.
Who are you? Previous education/jobs/ experiences etc.
Our team background for now is within business and IT (Jimmy), sustainability project management (Malin), law and administration (Rickard) and web development (Thobias). A majority of us also comes from a non-profit and student background where we’ve worked in the operational management teams and boards.
What will you do during these three months? How will you spend the time?
The overall intention of our pilot project this summer (and stretching into autumn) is to develop and evaluate the go-to-market processes, systems, costs and people needed to be in place to deliver our service to our customers. Having someone who can work full-time to document and coordinate this endeavour is super-beneficial for us to get going as quickly as possible and getting our first working case! We are crazy excited for this opportunity.
What do you expect to achieve during Leapfrogs?
We expect to have 10 suites ready for our pilot users when the semester starts (in late august) and an initial operational system in place for handling the processes in our value chain from collecting, producing and delivering our service by the end of the summer.
Jimmy Sok - Hemmlis #2
Tell us what you have done on your project so far during the Leapfrogs time.
This past month has been heavily gone to mainly collecting furniture and getting a working routine into our value-chain work. Our storage has exceeded its limits on the amount of stock however, so at this time we’ve started making our first concept designs of the furniture we’ve collected and are now pushing forward to contacting our (hopefully) first customers. Doing design-work is quite new for me (Jimmy) but I’ve put my former photography skills to good use here to make it work and we’re quite satisfied with the initial designs so far.
Has everything gone according to the plan? Has anything unexpected occurred? Has something been easier/harder than expected?
Laughing heartily and saying not entirely to this question. It’s fun, but things haven’t really gone according to the initial plan. Getting the right competencies for the furniture hasn’t worked out as we’ve expected so we’ve basically made our first designs ourselves. This was challenging, but very fun and rewarding since we’ve got closer much to understanding furniture and our service from a ground-level. From here on we know what we can and cannot do concerning our furniture, which is very helpful.
What will you focus on during the remaining time? Will you follow your original plan or has anything changed along the way?
Most things have already changed and we think we’re flexible enough to change to a certain degree in the upcoming month and will probably have to, but of course trying to stick to our original and general plan of having ship-ready rooms/furniture by the middle of august and hopefully customers as well which is really exciting.