Tuesday, May 30, 2017
Frostings 2 - 19,500 Items
It is a long road to getting the box in your mailbox! There are the months (in this case 18 months) of designing threads, checking colors and waiting... waiting... waiting... for the threads to start trickling in. The last one arrived days ago. There are 39 individual threads/colors and 500 boxes to pack so somehow all those big spools that come in have to be divided up and labeled.
Just the act of opening up the little clear plastic boxes to put something in takes a tremendous amount of time, then you line them up, load them and close them and then apply a label. If I do a box of 500 of them of one thread, it can take me about 6-8 hours. So this time the family has taken quite a bit of pity on me and finally pitched in to help. 19,500 little boxes or bags have to have cut and wound things put inside and labeled. Then there is the packing of the actual white frostings boxes and shrink wrapping - that will take a week before I sit for a whole two days and making/printing shipping labels. A couple of hours then verifying that the label is correct and marking up the database that a box is leaving. And then many emails assuring people that the label I created on Monday and wasn't ready to adhere to the packed boxes until Thursday hadn't gotten lost by the post office as I haven't gotten a slot in the post office truck schedule until Friday to do the massive pick up. :-) All-in-all the process is about 1.5 months from starting to cut the threads to the boxes leaving on their journey to you.
Thursday before the Memorial Day weekend, I cried 'uncle' and decided to bring in the big guns, paid teenagers. While I only intended to hire one of them - one of the girls on the robot team that I knew was looking for some work - I managed to get a gaggle of them. Guess they are all growing up and realize that all my time helping them with roboting costs me dearly in my work time. So amazingly when she showed up there were others in tow. Over the course of two days (and some sleepovers) I had four different teens (boys and girls - sorry if a few labels aren't as straight as I might like) here to help me as well as family too. We voted on movies and had a whole Pirates of the Caribbean marathon. Took them to see the 5th movie on Sunday to celebrate getting 3500 little plastic boxes packed and labeled in three days. It would have normally taken me seven days.
They certainly made the work much more fun. Sounds like they are planning on coming back for the shrink wrap party - heck - why not? Sounds like cool tech toys and we all know robot boys like cool tech toys!