Juicies - in production!
This week has been a rather exciting one over here in Honolulu. On Tuesday, the package of T1 samples finally arrived via FedEx! It felt like Christmas and birthday combined. Tuesday was the most satisfying day since the time when the Kickstarter campaign was launched and ended successfully. All the issues I've been having over the past months have been resolved: the colors look awesome, the print on the cables is clean and they all work just great...EVERYTHING IS CORRECT!
T1 Sample Approval
That being said, I have approved the final T1 samples and asked the manufacturer to start mass production. The assembling company we're working with has many clients that order thousands of products per day. Nevertheless, our agent told me that he would make sure to reserve our spot in the assembly line immediately. He will provide me with the definite production schedule in the next few days. Once the process has been launched, producing, assembling, testing and packaging should take about 2-3 weeks.
There's more good news: our Juicies USB Extensions are on schedule for mass production as well! Some of you have taken advantage of the offer to add a USB extension cable to your reward before the funding phase on Kickstarter ended. If you wanted one but did not get a chance to add it, there will be an option for you to add one to your reward later. I have to tell you they look just lovely, and, more importantly, they are very practical. I am using one of the samples right now for the charger on my nightstand since the power plug is about 5 ft away and under the bed. I am also using one in my office as the plug is about 4 ft away from the area on my desk where I like to place my phone and iPad. I will be taking some pictures of these in the coming days and I'll share them with you right away.
Juicies Online Store
What initially started out as an idea to make colorful cables for my kids, co-workers and friends has turned into a much larger project, which is in turn transforming into a business.
I am about to launch an online shop at juicies.com. I chose shopify as a hosted e-commerce platform. Since we are now getting closer to shipping the rewards, I've already started building up the shop. Below, you can see some screenshots of it. As you can see, the images now feature the long Stress Relief among other things. Initially we will have the Juicies USB to Dock Connector Cable and the Juicies USB Extension for sale on our site. Once your rewards have been shipped out and the shop is up and running I will probably start sourcing and developing other cool related products.
Address & Shipping
Very soon, all our backers will get the reward that they pledged for. Moreover, since we are manufacturing more units per color than initially planned, we will probably offer you the option to change color and also to add further items to your reward at a special backer price. There is no need to worry if you've moved in the meantime or just need to update your address. We will send you guys another email with a request to confirm or edit your reward and shipping address. So there is no need to send me a message about this now, but if you have any other issues, feel free to drop me a line!
I will be spending some time finishing up the shop in English and German. I will be taking high res images of the Dock Connectors and the USB Extensions. I will be calling the manufacture daily to make sure I get a confirmed assembly and ship date. I will also keep my eyes and ears open for any news regarding the iPhone 5.
That's all for now! Aloha from Honolulu.