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A Day in the Life: Director of Technology, Daelan

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Meet Daelan, Poppy Barley’s Director of Technology, otherwise known as the man behind the website (and so much more)! Read on to discover how Daelan’s improving the experience of Poppy Barley’s team and community (yes, you!) one technical system and tool at a time.

 

You’ve been with Poppy Barley for more than 10 years now! Paint us a picture—what did day one at Poppy Barley look like for you?

In the early days, I was hired as a contractor to help Co-Founders and Co-CEOs Justine and Kendall build the first Poppy Barley eCommerce website. This was before we had even sold a single pair of boots. I worked with them and a designer to figure out what needed to happen for them to start selling online. It’s all kind of a blur. I remember we definitely made things more complicated than they needed to be. Eventually, I was spending so much time working on the site that Kendall asked me to join the team permanently.

 

What has it been like to be part of Poppy Barley’s evolution—any major milestones, hilarious mishaps, favourite memories?

It’s been pretty amazing to see how far we have come. In the beginning, it was just 4 or 5 of us sitting around shared desks at Startup Edmonton, a startup incubator where Poppy Barley got its start. Now it seems like every time I'm in the Poppy Barley Warespace there are new people joining the team. Kendall and Justine decided early on that they wanted to build a great team and try to do as much as we could in-house. So it’s always been kind of an all-hands-on-deck type of environment.

One of the early memories that stick with me is the first Sample Sale we hosted at Startup Edmonton. I remember about an hour before we opened there were people lined up all the way down 3 flights of stairs and out the front door. It was the first time I thought that we were on to something big and this crazy idea was probably going to work. Up until then, we were only an eCommerce company so the idea of our customers was very abstract, seeing how passionate and excited people were to be at our sample sale in person was amazing.

 

How has your role evolved over time? What exactly does “Director of Technology” entail?

My role really hasn’t changed that much. In the beginning, I was the only developer on the team, and 10 years later I'm still the only developer on the team. This basically means that I oversee and implement all of our technical systems and tools. I also build and maintain our website. So this could mean that one day I'm working on operational tools for managing inventory and fulfillment and the next day I'm adding functionality to the website. We try to map out the big projects that we are going to focus on every quarter and when I'm not working on big projects I'm trying to improve the web experience.

 

Your work supports the entire Poppy Barley team! You recently created a replenishment tool. Can you tell us what it is, how you went about building it, and why it’s so important to Poppy Barley?

The replenishment tool was built to streamline the process of making sure our retail locations always have the inventory they need to hit their sales targets. Now that we have three retail locations and two warehouses, managing inventory between all the locations is complicated. Up until recently this was all handled with spreadsheets and was very time-consuming for our product team.

The application we built tries to automate as much of this process as possible. Basically, it pulls in the active inventory and sales and fulfillment data for each location, along with core re-order points and it does all the number crunching to let the product team know how much of each item each location needs at any given time. They can then make manual adjustments to the suggested amounts and initiate the inventory transfers.

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What other exciting projects are you working on?

Right now we are focused on conversion rate optimization. So I'm spending a lot of time studying how people are using our website, and trying to make it as easy as possible for them to find what they are looking for as quickly as possible. It doesn’t sound very exciting, but it’s pretty important work and even minor improvements can have a big impact on the company and our customers.

 

Your work has caught the attention of the retail, marketing, and technology industries, landing you speaking and panellist gigs at events like DX3 and Shopify staff retreats! What is exciting you about this industry right now?

I don’t spend a lot of time thinking about industry trends or what is going on in the retail industry. I do spend time learning about new technologies and how we can use them at Poppy Barley. Things change so quickly, especially with web technology, that you need to keep up or you will get lost pretty quickly. Right now I’m excited about building web apps with Node.js.

 

Okay, enough about work, what else do you like to do?!

I’m big into camping. Over the pandemic, I converted a van into a camper so I like to take that out into the backcountry as much as I can. I also dabble in filmmaking, I've made a bunch of short films and music videos. I’m always working on my next film project in one way or another. Right now I'm learning how to do 3d modelling and animation so I can create better visual effects for my films.

 

Okay, back to work, what is the most rewarding thing about working at Poppy Barley?

The best thing about being at Poppy Barley is getting to work with really smart people. Everyone on our team is here because they care about the values of the company, and the direction we are heading and being a part of a creative and focused team is very rewarding.

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The Harley Heeled Sandal Ankle Size Guide

How To Measure:
The Harley Heeled Sandal: Take a tape measure and wrap it around your foot, right below your ankle bone as that is where the strap will sit (see product imagery and fit video for a visual demonstration). This measurement is based on the last adjustment point on the strap.

Size Strap length will accommodate an ankle measurement up to the size below
5 26 cm
5.5 26.5 cm
6 27 cm
6.5 27 cm
7 27.5 cm
7.5 27.5 cm
8 28 cm
8.5 28 cm
9 28 cm
9.5 28.5 cm
10 28.5 cm
10.5 29 cm
11 29 cm
11.5 30 cm
12 30 cm

The Esther Heeled Sandal Ankle Size Guide

How to Measure:
The Esther Heeled Sandal: take a tape measure and wrap it around your ankle, above the ankle bone, as that is where the strap will sit (see product imagery and fit video for a visual demonstration). This measurement is based on the last adjustment point on the strap.

Size Strap length will accommodate an ankle measurement up to the size below
5 23 cm
5.5 23 cm
6 23 cm
6.5 23 cm
7 24 cm
7.5 24 cm
8 24.5 cm
8.5 24.5 cm
9 24.5 cm
9.5 25 cm
10 25 cm
10.5 25.5 cm
11 26 cm
11.5 26 cm
12 26 cm

Belt Sizes

Natural Waist Measurement Typical Jean Size Belt Size for High‑rise Pant Belt Size for Mid‑rise Pant Infinite Belt Size
23-25" 23/24 26" 28" 1
25-26" 25 28" 30" 1
26-27" 26 30" 32" 1
27-28" 27 30" 32" 1
28-29" 28 32" 34" 2
29-30" 29 32" 34" 2
30-31" 30 34" 36" 2
31-32" 31 34" 36" 2
32-33" 32 36" 38" 3
33-34" 33 36" 38" 3
34-35" 34 38” 40" 3
36-37" 36 38" 40" 3
38-39" 38 40" 42" 4
40-41" 40 40" 42" 4
42-43" 42 44" 46" 4
43-44" 43 44" 46" 5
44-45" 44 46" - 5

Sizing Note: For the most accurate fit, measure around your body where you plan to wear the belt. Choose the closest belt size to that measurement.

Belt Diagram Accent Belt and Complement BeltThe Accent Belt, The Polished Belt and The Complement Belt size measurements start from the beginning of the leather to the middle hole.

Belt Diagram Infinite BeltThe Infinite Belt size measurements cover the entire length of the leather.



Belt Measuring Guide

Belt Measuring Guide

A - High-rise style:

If you plan to wear your belt around your natural waistline, wrap a measuring tape around the narrowest part of your midsection. Then, add 3” to determine your high-rise belt size.

B - Mid-rise style:

If you plan to wear your belt lower than your natural waistline, you will require a dierent size. If you have a particular pair of bottoms you intend to wear your belt with, wrap a measuring tape through the belt loops while in a relaxed position.

When wearing your belt in your preferred style, it should fasten in the middle hole. The belt will relax with wear allowing you to cinch it tighter, as needed.

If you plan to wear the belt in both the high and mid-rise styles, you have two options:

  1. Select your high-rise style and fasten it more loosely when worn in the mid-rise style.
  2. Select your mid-rise style and fasten it more tightly when worn in the high-rise style.