Tuesday, April 14, 2009

It is a wild day in the offices.

We shipped our first orders for Fall 2009 last week. We are ramping up production for the fall and winter 2009 season. And we are starting to look ahead to 2010 and what our line up will be.

Our current offering is strong and covers a lot of what consumers are looking for today. But we want to expand our offering to meet all the needs of our customers. To do this, we are always reviewing new licenses, new concepts, new formats, new artists and even new products unrelated to puzzles.

Its an exciting time with alot going on.

Friday, April 10, 2009

Its fun when I am out and about and get comments about my blog. I appreciate the kind words about Simpson the cat. He was a good cat.

This post is a quick informational post to my friends who travel. I travel a lot. Traveling is not really all that glamorous. The airplanes are dirty. The flights are delayed. The food is bad. And too often there is no food at all (update of the old joke: The food is bad and the portions are too small). But security is a big pain too. Especially taking off shoes, removing laptops and not being able to bring liquids through security.

But I must admit the TSA is getting better. I rarely encounter long lines anymore. The screeners do a good job of keeping the lines moving. They seem to finally have enough tables and trays for passengers to get organized before getting to the metal detector. And there are even benches past security to sit on and get reorganized. The new Indianapolis airport has a particularly efficient security area. I suppose that is due to the fact it was built for a post 9/11 security need.

Today I was turned on to a blog by the TSA that is both informative and fun to read. If more government agencies engaged in this level of conversation with the public, we might all have a higher opinion of government.

Here is the link: www.tsa.gov/blog/

Bob is the main writing on the blog, but it looks like he is adding other voices.

Check it out.


Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Puzzles are a universal toy.

When we first sat down to set up the Lafayette Puzzle Factory, we were focused on the selling puzzles in the United States. We thought of international sales as being Canada.

The big surprise so far has been the continued positive reaction to our products in other countries. The response from Australia, Mexico, South Africa, England and other European countries has been terrific. We keep hearing that our combination of good quality, innovative images and fair pricing is a winner. We knew this combination would work in North America, but it feels good to see it work elsewhere.