Thursday, December 19, 2013

Closing 2013

2013 seems to be the year that was hi-jacked.  There always seemed to be something popping up to get in the way of regular business.

Sure, life is very busy at the moment, but there needs to be some down-time when you can re-group.

Around our office we have a term called "stop the music", which is directly linked to the children's game of musical chairs.

Every now and again the call will go out to "stop the music" and we all find a place to sit and think.

Usually the "stop the music" meetings are called when someone is feeling overwhelmed in their tasks or workload.  It's a time to stop everything, take a step back and have a look at what is actually going on.

My favourite demonstration is when you see a Fly stuck inside a window.  There it is, bashing itself silly against the glass trying to find a way out.

Yet... all it needs to do is move a foot away from the glass to see that the window is actually open and there's a really easy path directly out.

We all need to learn from the Fly.  So "stop the music" and take a step back.

This year, we've had a number of wins with larger orders, new suppliers and new systems.  There's a lot to talk about, so I'm not going to bore you with all the details, but let's say that the number of order we processed in 2013 was up based on 2012.

There's more growth planned for 2014 with new warehousing, more automation and fast production times.

In closing, we wish everyone a happy festive season and all the best for 2014.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

More Fairtrade Bags from Planet Eco Bags

 Fairtrade Cotton Bags from Planet Eco Bags
Our retail arm - Planet Eco Bags - is always coming up with new little ideas to make a boring old bag just that little bit nicer.

This time they're at it with Fairtrade Cotton Bags from Planet Eco Bags.

The message is simple and subtle... can you get it?