I’ve been working on it for a long time now. Searching. Thinking. Searching some more. Rethinking – it’s been a long process. But, I’ve done it; in a just a couple of weeks our new, more eco-friendly flash cards will be online!
Seven years ago, when I first started mocobabies, I offered a set of ten flash cards that were packaged in a clear cellophane envelope with a small homemade label across the bottom. I still remember my first few sales, how exciting it was when someone said they’d love to carry them and more importantly when I got those first reorders. My excitement quickly turned to rattling nerves as I got to the point where I couldn’t keep up with my orders. After some bumps and bruises trying to manufacture in North America, I eventually made the decision to have our expanded set of thirty-five cards made overseas.
However, when I recently sold out of our last shipment of cards, I decided I wanted to keep production closer to home; I wanted to reduce our footprint. I’m happy to say that it’s been a much easier process than it was seven years ago. There seems to have been a shift and small business is embraced rather than shooed away by local manufacturers and suppliers. Years ago, I was repeatedly told that it wasn’t worth their time unless I was going to place a million dollar order. This time around, companies have been helpful and more than willing to take the time to talk with me about my product. It’s been wonderful to experience such a turnaround.
Long story short(ish), I’m really proud of our new cards and the path we’re forging for mocobabies. Perhaps most importantly, I’m also working hard to buck the recent trend of skyrocketing prices; our cards will be greener, Canadian made and more affordable. I’m pretty excited.