Hello Backers! We've made some decisions this past week that will get your 60 Second Salad makers in your hands as fast as possible.
Instead of relying on our partner and having little control over the ETA and process, we are going straight into manufacturing ourselves as originally planned. In hindsight, we regret not doing this from the beginning, however, we were led to believe there was no need because our manufacturing partner was rushing production and would meet our deadline. Unfortunately, we learned some hard lessons about corporate bureaucracy and communication.
We are working with a highly reputable and certified factory that guarantees food grade plastics. In fact, one of the many products they produce are baby bottles. We spent the past couple days checking references, some of them other Kickstarter projects, and we are very confident in their abilities and integrity. We are also impressed on how well the communication has been and how fast they get back to us on any questions- within minutes via text, Skype and email.
Tooling will begin next week and takes about 25 days. Then we get our pre-production samples. Once approved, we go straight into production, which takes about 30 days.
We’ll post some photos of the factory sample the day it comes in!
We apologize again to everybody for the delays. From the start we've tried to take the course of action that would provide you the high quality product delivered on time. Unfortunately, we've been thrown some major curveballs by people we trusted. But that's business sometimes, and you just gotta roll on.
Understandably, we're taking heat from some backers about the delay, but hopefully most understand that the purpose of Kickstarter is to help entrepreneurs bring new products to market. Inevitably, there are bumps along the way. But we understand that not everyone appreciates these hiccups and hurdles, especially when they have never launched a new product themselves.
When you back a Kickstarter project, one of your rewards is getting to see behind the curtains as a product is brought to life. It's not always pretty, there are always trials and tribulations, but again, that's part of entrepreneurship.
We love the challenges that being an entrepreneur bring to us- if not, life would be boring! And there’s plenty of risk allocating lots of time and resources into a new product that from the very start has no guarantees.
There is risk of getting knocked off (yes, but they are very subpar). There is risk of delay. There are so many risks we are naturally willing to take that many others do not.
But it’s all worth it! We are proud to be the inventors and are looking forward to 60 Second Salad arriving to the marketplace! We also want to thank many of those who have supported and encouraged us along the way. Once again, we are working hard to get 60 Second Salad in your kitchens ASAP.