I wrote two entries today, neither panned out. That happens all too often, I have well over 1,000 posts I’ve never published.
Next week I will be interviewing a clothing manufacturer sewing contractor. The company is huge, a vertical operation, the largest in her country. They (it’s her family’s business) do everything from thread spinning to knitting to dyeing, cutting and sewing. She likes start ups and will do 300 unit minimums for the occasional diamond in the rough but is at the end of her rope because 9 out of 10 callers are not ready to talk to her. She asked me why they aren’t coming to me first (she read my book ten years ago) and I said I don’t know why. Just for grins, I asked if she had a website. She said no and that she doesn’t ever plan to, that “things are bad enough”.
But I digress. Please post questions you would like me to ask her in next week’s interview. We would appreciate it.
Amended 6/30/10 From my interviewee:
Wow you didn’t waste any time mentioning the upcoming interview, how exciting! I am looking forward to it. I would like to clarify that I would consider myself an agent or some would refer to me as a broker. My role is connecting private label companies in both the USA and Europe with established knit manufacturers in Peru. I don’t have any financial interest in the vertical manufacturers or sewing contractors I represent. As you know if I did it would be a conflict of interest. You may want to change your blog to say that you are interviewing a manufacturers agent from interviewing a sewing contractor. I consider my company in Peru the oversight or quality control team that helps assist the factory get the goods out on time and as the quality approved. My role as an agent is to help both sides, the factory and buyer. We take an impartial role in the process to make sure everyone is happy. I would consider myself a service company. I have a fantastic team of highly qualified textile experts that assist the factory with every step of the production process. We are sometimes called an insurance policy for the buyer.