The factory had our patterns and they are unlike anything they had ever seen before. (Remember these factories are used to making “skinny” jeans!) They have nothing in their designing system to relate to this type of garment. My contact there is so helpful and is committed to getting this order to us on time. (I’ll to tell you all about him in another chapter.) By now, we’re running right down to the wire for completion of these clothes. Time is drawing near and the jeans are not completed. The jeans and shirts are going to be shipped together. The conference starts FRiday, July 23 so I'm hoping to receive the shipment by Monday, July 19, 2010. If they arrive Monday I can have UPS ship them via truck to the hotel in Florida and the cost would be fairly inexpensive. If they arrive Tuesday, I’ll have to pay extra for faster shipping. If they arrive Wednesday, they can still be overnighted and get to the conference by Thursday, but that would have been very costly.
Good news, half the order arrived the week before and I ship the partial order and our dressing room down to the conference center in Florida in plenty of time. But the other half of the order is still not here yet. Here’s what happened next…My contact in China shipped the remaining order on Thursday, July 15 by express delivery and it should arrive by Monday. I breathe a sigh of relief! But my relief is short lived. Tuesday comes and my package hasn’t arrived yet so I start tracking the package and find out its flying all over Europe. Then I find out the shipper sent the package by economy class by mistake.