Not so embaressed any more
You can read up on my earlier uppgrades on the international packaging here and here. There are a few outlandish customers finding their way to my little drill bit holder Gearfix at this webshopfrom time to time. Enough to force me to buy a new batch of envelopes at least.
Well, I dont need 5.000 of them
I guess it was a few years ago I bought the earlier grey envelopes because the retailer had changed the minimum amount you have to buy from 100 to 5.000 pieces! But this wasn’t really a problem since if I didn’t want them to be dull and grey I could buy more collourful ones in batches of 100. I don’t need much more than that so I had to decide on one colour… Red is nice but maby some itchy postal man might think it’s filled with Anthrax so I chose Yellow (that turned out to be slightly greenish at arrival).
I had no clue about how to send the first shipment of drill bit holders. So I stuffed the car and did the 7 hour one way drive myself. Daddy tagged along to stop me from picking my nose.
Safe – Not sorry The reason for me driving across half of Sweden was that I didn’t know how to conduct an ordinary truck delivery. Instead I concealed it with booking a meeting, claiming I was passing by on another errand. This way I would had no worries about the delivery being made in a timely fashion.
Daddy driver My father tagged along and drove the car most of the time. I was rather exhausted preparing the late delivery and got a bit of a rest. I guess he was a bit proud of my success and wanted to participate.
Awkward delivery The supervisor of their huge national inventory warehouse was perplexed by me climbing up one of their +80 truck ramps with only a few boxes. And it was indeed awkward since I couldn’t even give him proper answers about the delivery apart from how proud I was of my invention.
Awkward meeting I was concerned about the late delivery but my contact assured me not to worry, they’ll just put my drill bit holder in the spring catalogue. It was a very short meeting. I had nothing special to say but was very happy knowing the delivery was done.
Small orders for more Gearfix bit holders are trickling in. If this keeps up I might just hit break even this year.
When I eventually understood my earlier packaging failure I also grasped that my boxes needed to be packaged in large delivery boxes. I created virtual boxes in Google Sketchup to test the measurements. Today they fit so perfectly I get tears in my eye every time. It’s so beautiful!