The Homestretch and Delays
I was holding off on this post as long as possible, but with only five days left in March, I have to accept that we're not going to hit our shipping deadline.
We had some delays in some odd, unexpected places and in some new, fairly expected places.
Where I expected delays was in the sheer scope of this project. As you can tell by that final percentage, it got quite a bit bigger than I initially projected. Some of the plans scaled up to fit, and others didn't scale quite so well.
So here's the status of all things Monster Alphabet:
The books - attached below are pictures of the ozalids and bluelines. One is there basically to make sure the book will be put together in the correct order, and the other is there to show me how beautiful the pages are turning out (answer: really, really beautiful). I'm FedExing back all the signed-off paperwork for my final final final approval, and the presses will run this week. From there, it's all about getting them shipped back to me.
The Posters - 2,000 posters have been ordered, and are in my office now. They're in two surprisingly dense boxes. Because of their short potential turn-around, I've left them sealed up for now so that my cat doesn't get into them. I'll crack them open later this week.
The Magnets, Bookmarks, Postcards and Flashcards - Oddly, I did not expect this part to be a delay. I've worked with this printer before quite often, and I've been happy with their products. But right now I'm stuck waiting for them to go through 2,600 magnets, 2,600 flashcards, 2,000 bookmarks and 2,000 postcards. Their ETA has been pushed back to April 16 due to quality control issues.
The shipping materials are on hold, but ready to order at a moments notice. I'm also really familiar with my shipping materials company, and their order turn-around is about two days (one of their bigger warehouses is within two hours of my office). Since I'm not going to need any custom packaging, I'm trying to coordinate the arrival of this material with the arrival of the books, so that I'm not swimming in boxes.
I promise I'll keep you posted with further developments.