Keeping Kratom Low Cost
Due to the lack of availability of encapsulated kratom at its point of conception, Socratic Solutions was founded out of necessity. What began as a small, family-owned shop eventually lead to an eBay store, which quickly became our sole focus. We closed up physical shop and went to work on the e-commerce side of the business.
When eBay decided to eliminate kratom vendors, we realized the importance of branching out online. Since the company’s owner had been trading in kratom since 2014 and had developed many relationships with kratom growers and their organizations, Socratic Solutions wanted to try out a business model different than that of its competitors.
Rather than focusing on supplying wholesale kratom, we have decided to eliminate the middleman and now invite you to buy directly from the people bringing kratom into the country. We realize that our customers are used to the “Amazon experience,” and we try our best to align by offering free, fast shipping everyday and a completely customer-centric culture.
Founder Ryan Lampel earned his undergraduate degree in business administration with a concentration in small business management before going on to Louisiana State University to earn his MBA with a project management specialization, so operational process efficiency was second nature from the beginning. Mr. Lampel is also a Certified Lean Practitioner and Six Sigma Green Belt, which is why we are so adamant about eliminating defects and waste.
Our general business strategy is cost leadership. In other words, we are continuously networking, researching, and developing ways to keep our costs at a minimum because we want to be able to provide high-quality kratom to end-users at the best possible prices. We do not spend unnecessarily on extravagant packaging materials, low-ROI advertising, Priority shipping for smaller orders, or other “frills.” If it does not actually add value for the customer, it will not be found here.
Where we never cut costs:
- Quality assurance:
After our products are harvested, cured, and turned into crumbles, they go through pathogen and pesticide analysis in Indonesia. This is a regulatory requirement enforced by the government in the region from which our kratom is harvested and is required before export. When shipments are received, the whole lot goes through PCR laboratory analysis. We believe this second round of testing adds value for the consumer.
Each product is tested for the presence of e. coli, listeria, salmonella, yeast, mold, and heavy metals (arsenic, cadmium, lead, and chromium) at this point. As of Q1 2019, we are now performing domestic laboratory analysis in-house and are operating a Applied Biosystems 7900HT real-time PCR system along with a Bio-Reveal EnSURE ATP hygiene monitoring system. Again, we are built on cost leadership. We have never received a contaminated or adulterated batch, but we will reject any bad lots before they reach inventory.
- Materials handling:
We produce all of our products in-house where we are in complete control of safety standards. Our manufacturing is done at our kratom shop inside of a clean room designed around ISO Class 8 standards. The air inside is HEPA-filtered and completely changes around ten times per hour, all surfaces and smooth and impervious, air pressure is greater than atmosphere, and the room is cleaned throughout each day.We firmly believe in transparency, so please note: although all facility design work was done following ISO 8 and cGMP guidelines, we have not paid for auditing and certification. It is not a requirement within our industry and the necessary red tape and fees would have a very negative impact on our pricing ability. However, our plant, equipment, materials, processes, and people remain at all times in conditions which would pass an audit by the FDA or any ISO-certifying authority.
Our team members also hold ServSafe food handler’s licenses. It is our belief that spending time and money on these things builds trust in our relationships and the investments pay for themselves in the end through increased word-of-mouth referrals. This one is a no-brainer.
We stay “in the loop” within our industry to ensure compliance with the newest standards. We love to learn in general, so we take advantage of any new relevant training materials we can find. Again, we believe we get back what we put into the company.
- Data security:
Our kratom shop stores zero sensitive data. However, even your non-sensitive information is protected with SHA-2 SSL encryption. We do not sell or trade any of your information, whatsoever.
- Facilities maintenance
We pledge to bring you quality, consistency, and value. We are strongly committed to the customer because they support and trust us. We never want to break that trust. This is an iterative process and we are always reevaluating ways to improve our products and processes. Simply put, we want our customers to feel the way we would want to feel if we were in their situation. Ethics are important to us and we want to show this in all of our interactions.
Shop Socratic Solutions, where we live by three distinct principles: quality, consistency, and value. We live and breathe kratom and genuinely care about the people we do business with. Questions or comments? We enjoy hearing from you! Please feel free to contact us!