“When October Books, a small radical bookshop in Southampton, England, was moving to a new location down the street, it faced a problem. How could it move its entire stock to the new spot, without spending a lot of money or closing down for long?” writes Laurel Wamsley in their recent NPR article entitled “How Do You Move A Bookstore? With A Human Chain, Book By Book.”
“The shop came up with a clever solution: They put out a call for volunteers to act as a human conveyor belt,” shares Wamsley.
According to the article, “As they prepared to ‘lift and shift’ on Sunday, they expected perhaps 100 people to help.”
"But on the day, we had over 200 people turn out, which was a sight to behold,’ Amy Brown, one of the shop's five part-time staff members, told NPR,” explains Wamsley.
The NPR piece continues that “Shoulder to shoulder, community members formed a line 500 feet long: from the stockroom of the old shop, down the sidewalk, and onto the shop floor of the new store.”
“When the great book chain began, she was in the stockroom. ‘I was handing books to people without actually seeing the entire of it. So, it was only after about 20 minutes I actually go out into the road and saw the extent of the people,” Brown said later in Wamsley’s article.
We know it’s only on rare occasion that you’d be moving your operation to a new location.
Yes, it happens.
But, that’s not what grabbed our attention today.
The “book chain” process Brown shares in the last paragraph above got us thinking about the evolution of your operation.
- What do you need to put in place to run your high-performing operation for years to come?
Keep reading; we’re going to share the essential takeaways this article about a moving bookstore can offer your efforts.
Let’s do this.