Skiviez has been providing quality men's underwear to the world for over ten years now. We rode the dot com boom—and subsequent bust—because we knew that a successful business runs on customer service and satisfaction, not gimmicks or venture capital.
Take a stroll down memory lane with us.
Skiviez was once known as Microlite Corporation. The name came from Airlite, an airport messaging switching system developed by Compucomp (now defunct) that Robert Clark, the founder of Skiviez, wrote a user interface for. Microlite also created software called Signage that allowed retail stores to manage their shelf tags and other sale and price tags. Our use of barcoding dates back to this software that, despite being commercially unsuccessful, marks the start of our use of automation.
During his final semester of college at Virginia Tech, Robert Clark wrote a business plan for a "skiviez.com" as an independent study for Dr. France Belanger. On January 25th, 2000, the dot com name was purchased and work began. At this time, the Skiviez legal name was Microlite Corporation DBA Skiviez.
The Web site officially launched to the public. At this time, Skiviez was run out of a two bedroom apartment in downtown Blacksburg, Virginia, and only the Skiviez brand was offered on the Web site. 2xist and Champion underwear were added later as the first external brands. The Skiviez database that drives the Web site has been running nearly non-stop ever since.
After nearly getting wiped out by the burst of the dot com bubble, Skiviez moved 40 miles northeast to Roanoke, Virginia in an effort to reduce costs. A generous investor stepped in to save the company.
After a complete reorganization of the company, Skiviez moved back to Blacksburg, Virginia to the Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center with 1,200 sq. ft. of space and 3 employees.
Skiviez moved across the parking lot in the Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center to a 3,500 sq. ft. space. Five employees then worked for the company.
Skiviez moved 200 miles northeast to a warehouse just outside of Richmond, Virginia. The company name was officially changed to Skiviez, Inc., and the new space had 6,000 sq. ft.
A major update to the Web site is released, and Skiviez expanded its existing space to about 12,000 sq. ft. The new space allows for large volumes of orders and storage of up to 1 million units.
Skiviez once owned a copy center.
Skiviez owns a patent on a certain style of underwear.
The database for Skiviez has been running nearly non-stop for 11 years.
Skiviez warehouses and ships for nearly a dozen other brands and businesses.
Skiviez was the first company in the United States to use FedEx's Electronic Trade Documents Web service to facilitate customs paperwork processing on international shipments.
Skiviez is featured in a college textbook used in the United States and China.
Skiviez has reduced the amount of paper used to process orders by about 80 percent. That's why your receipt is so small! Orders are picked in the warehouse via wireless, handheld barcode scanners to ensure efficiency and accuracy.