Al Reed will be the first to tell you that he's a disruptor.From selling recycled boxes with ACE Hardware to repurposing batteries, Reed's entire professional career has been focused on finding the gaps in a particular industry and blazing a path forward.'The price of used cars has skyrocketed,' Reed said. 'It's hard to get parts, or used parts. Alternators, starters, batteries, everything.
People are searching for ways to make things last a little bit longer.'More from Kalyn:Milton dog grooming service DD's Dog Spa and Salon offering free grooming in DecemberMore new business:New Fleet Feet location takes its first step into the Pensacola running sceneWith the help of AI technology and creating a time-tested formula, Reed claims he has created the world's best reconditioned battery. But you no longer have to go to Pensacola to get the juice. You can now find it at your nearest Walmart or on Amazon.'My main focus for 2023 is that I'm now offering franchise opportunities nationwide, as well as rolling out my new products online,' Reed said. 'You can get a gallon of my formula for $59.99, or a quart for $19.99.'Locally, from the moment you pull into the parking lot at Battery Guyz in Pensacola, a crew member will be out front ready to help — even Reed himself.'We've been very blessed by the Pensacola community,' Reed said.
'It's been a blessing. There are people returning to tell me how much longer their battery lasted. It's all about the process and implementing it.'Reed's entrepreneurial spirit led him into ABC's 'Shark Tank.' Even though Reed's segment didn't air, he returned to Pensacola with plenty of takeaways that would help him scale his business.'They suggested I offer franchise opportunities,' Reed said.
'Mark told me to contact vendors, and Lori wanted me to focus on my online presence and product. I did everything.'And with that, Reed went straight to work. But little did he know that he had attracted the attention of another television show.'The producers of ‘World's Greatest!…' contacted me earlier this year,' Reed said.
'My experience with 'Shark Tank' helped me prepare for the process. I went through two rounds of interviews, and was ultimately chosen for a feature.'Reed's segment will be aired on the Bloomberg Channel at 2 p.m. Central on December 31, and again on January 23 at 1:30 p.m.
central.Bloomberg Channel is 353 on DirecTV, 203 on DISH Network, and various other places depending on your local cable provider.Battery Guyz is located at 3535 W Fairfield Dr. in Pensacola and is open Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
and Saturday for 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more information, visit batteryguyz.com or call 850-629-7845.Kalyn Wolfe is a freelance columnist for the News Journal.
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