I love October. Crisp days, falling leaves, football weekends and long cozy evenings at home. There is a hint of excitement in the air as the Holidays approach -- and yet I don't feel I have to get caught up in that frenzy just quite yet.
Here at work, we've put the finishing touches on our 2015 product lineup and are now beginnning to share our beautiful new designs with the stores and catalog companies that carry our products. We're VERY excited about our new items and initial feedback from our dealers is OTC (that's Off The Charts)! We can't wait to show all of you what we've been working on these past several months!
Over the next few weeks, we're also laying the groundwork for what we believe will be Barker Creek's busiest year ever. We're doing a major reorganization in our warehouse to double our outbound shipping capacity. We're clearing out as much old, obsolete inventory, equipment, paperwork, and plain old STUFF that's been piling up over the past two decades to give us some much-needed elbow room. And, we're investing in upgrades to our computer software and hardware to help us increase our efficiency and accuracy.
Never a dull moment when you run a small business.
I have to say, it helps that we have such great organizational tools at our fingertips. A few years ago, we made the decision to use our own fashion-forward file folders, computer paper, self-adhesive labels, bulletin board signs, and other office supplies for our day-to-day operations. We initially made that call so our staff could have real-world experience with our products. That daily interaction has, indeed, made them enthusiastic Barker Creek sales representatives. We've also found that our products have increased our overall efficiency AND enjoyment! It's easy to keep track of outbound shipping documents when they are filed in eye-catching Zebra File Folders. We do smile a bit broader when see a stack of invoices printed on our colorful Neon Paisley Computer Paper. We probably have the most colorful pick-and-pack shelves in the industry thanks to the labels we make using our Self-Adhesive Labels/Name Tags. In-bound and out-bound baskets are clearly identified with our versatile Double-Sided Accents. Our bulletin boards are never ignored thanks to our colorful Borders, Coordinating Letter Pop-Outs, Bulletin Board Signs/Name Plates, Border Charts, and Peel & Stick Pockets.
We hope you'll have time over the next few weeks to enjoy the season, reflect on 2014, and prepare for the coming year. And, as always, thank you for keeping us in mind if we have tools and resources that can help you in those efforts!
CEO and mom