Like I already told you, I was going to Cannes for something interesting. And today I went ahead and got on the plane. Yesterday got me exhausted from packing perfume introductory kits for 6 chosen retailers, and everything had to be done before I left. Well, ticked that box off!
I love how the new planes has wi-fi that allows for internet connection!
I´ve never been to Cannes in the autumn, and I must say that it´s something different around here now. Not necessarily negatively, but as you can see the atmosphere is quite mystical.
Offcourse the big banners for the show is up, and what is happening here this week is the TFWA. This is the Global duty free and travel retail’s premier B2B event. TFWA World Exhibition is where the industry meets each year to exchange ideas, do business and network. Now, that´s just the start, and the the possibilities here are amazing. It´s also worth mentioning that one of my suppliers for my specialized perfume production is in Monaco, not far away, and I hope I will have time to meet up with the CEO.
Right now I´m at the hotel relaxing after a day of work, which reminds me that I have some very interesting dinner-meetings later on. Just had a cup of coffee and caught my breath with this lovery view. Well, I better recharge now and get ready for another 2 days of meetings, networking and learning! Wishing you all a lovely evening, and don´t forget to download the new OS for mac, Mavericks.
Finishing off a wonderful week full of challenges. Handling the meetings, launch of the new body care line and logistics this week has been like a steep hill with no end to it.
Made myself some interesting thoughts this week during some great discussions with one of my associates. The fact that everyone has been given a life is the biggest gift of all. The rest is just a bonus. Now, from that point of view it´s all about accepting that each one of us are what we are, human beings. To decide what to do with it is up to ouselves. To decide how to act on it is up to ourselves. To decide actions is up to ourselves. With this as the two lines beneath the answer, I feel like right there it´s a quite important thing called inner belief and strength in oneself. If you have this, then you go do what you want. To grow inner strength and belief in oneself, it´s important to eliminate suppressing suroundings, be with people that allows for you to grow, and try things that might be freightening. Eventually, I think this might get you rolling!
I need to give a shout out to my new photographer Simen, that has done an amazing job with the products this week. He´s officially going to digitalise all new products coming in before Jan.
Right now i´m finishing off the weekly report and sure a glass of warm water with lemons calms things down. Espescially with playing in the background.
So now all I can say it´s friday, you know what to do!
Today is a new day. I am on my computer finishing up the booking for my tickets to Cannes, in the south of France. Next week I am going there for an important event and meeting hosted by the worlds Tax Free Organisation. I am going together with one of my associates and I will be updating you from the location.
Today I am also celebrating record sales on the webshop and I am very grateful for all the interaction going on. Also, customers from outside Europe are eager to shop, so I will be setting up the online store to work with several new continents very soon. To be able to get further up and on from this point on I´ll have to put away all doubt and go straight for the goals. Hoping that everyone has a great day!
We are here. They are here. The new products. Available online at Alexander Sprekenhus Body Care. What an amazing experience it has been. Formulating and building these products has been a fantastic journey through formulation, design, manufacturing, distribution and now the presentation. I am excited and very pleased with the result; naturally based products with that same Alexander Sprekenhus fragrance combined with the fresh and strict design. Now Alexander Sprekenhus represents a more holistic and full brand, caring for all parts of the body.
I have about 6 new products coming out the next couple of months, and I will try to go more in detail regarding the development step by step. Maybe you could learn something from it. I know I do. Challenges and obstacles will always be there no matter the experience, but you may find yourself growing from them. Human mistakes are a part of the life, but keeping your head straight and how you choose to handle it is determining the for the end results.
Woke up this morning and felt great. However, after the best breakfeast in a long time, I actually felt more tired than usual. I have made my own theory on this, which is based on that when relaxing you´ll get more tired than usual because your body lets its guard down.
Enough with the complaining. Now I´m very close to launching and showing you all the completely new line of products for you to indulge yourselves. If you visit http://www.sprekenhus.com I promise i´ve left a hint in the main menu next to the other already existing categories. Some time during this week I´ll give you a full presentation.
After handling some orders I´m ready to get sick of relaxing and ready for the next week which is going to be huge!
After a fantastic week with a lot of exciting things happening, I am all laid out here at the most relaxing spa resort. Now, I´m taking back my time. One hour here feel like forever, which is the result of very few disturbing factors.
Thursday night I headed for a launch event of a brand called Varsity. A friend of mine called Alexander as well, believes in peoples individual wishes for design. As a result he´s started a company with a quest to produce customized baseball hats. I thought they were awesome and I´m definitely getting one of those with an A on it!
Thought it might be interesting to also let you guys know about the car 2.0. I was lucky enough to be able to experience a Tesla Model S test drive, and now I know why the stocks are mountain-climbing. With some experience behind the wheel, I must admit that this car makes everything else seem old and out of date. The dash is covered by a 17″ screen for browsing and media, while you´re being pushed back in the seat (0-100 in 4.2) without any sound is an experience. It´s a must try for car-lovers, and you´ll never look at a gas guzzler in the same way. I think that it is fantastic that a car that is better for the environment can be both fast and comfortable. Here´s a photo from inside the car.
Now back to what´s been happening today, and here´s some photos describing more than words ever can .
Wishing everyone a fantastic weekend!
What moments makes you feel like you want something more than ever? Some say taking their next breath is what they want the most. Does this mean that if you want to succeed you will have to want it as much as your next breath. Maybe so…
When I get up in the morning I follow up with my hour of power which gets me in the “go for it mood”. But it´s also important getting a nice breakfeast, and to get groomed to feel your best. Like you´re unbeatable. Combining this with a nice work-out can be determining when it comes to the outcomes of a day. People rarely ask these questions to themselves; What makes me feel great? What makes me go for something? What goals have I reached this week?
Well, if not everything ends in the morning, things certainly start in the morning. A nice routine to go get it:
1. Shower: Body Wash, Shampooing & Conditioning
2. Mirror: Facial Cleansing, shaving and brushin teeth. Also applying the facial moisturiser.
3. Hair styling and deodorant.
4. Healthy breakfeast. Yoghurt, oatmeal & fruits.
WHATEVER IT TAKES, I CAN, I WILL!
What a day. Something good is brewing, and I think it might be that I´ve decided what the next B&W video is going to evolve around. So now after some paperwork I am going to get in the creative mood and plan for the video. Nobody said that wonders aren´t created in the afternoon!
This picture is essential for the next video coming out, and let´s see if we can make packing sexy.
You guys might also want to enjoy this piece of music by Dimitri From Sofia:
Today is one of those days where everything can happen. I am coordinating to be able to have all the neew products coming into line like planned, and having them photographed accordingly. I am determined to get everything done and driving through all unforseen problems. I am also really eager to enjoy some music production tonight. On top of that I have a plan to make another black & white movie. My only question is what would the theme be? Maybe an illustration of one of those busy days at Alexander Sprekenhus.
Here´s the first B&W movie I ever made!
This Sunday has been perfect. Had a wonderful workout, and have spent the day collecting inspiration and visiting contemporary art museums.
After drowning the thirst for inspiration, I resumed the design of new products, labels and online shipment distribution layouts. Learning more and more of Photoshop is amazing, and suddenly I can do things with photos I never though was possible on my own computer.
I´m never satisified until everything is perfect, which means that everything is an ongoing process leading to the continuous results. It´s not like one day everything´s figured out, you got to keep on going!
After such a great weekend I am always very grateful to be able to pack the online orders received through the weekend. This is the process:
1. Printing the order
2. Selecting the products from the stock
3. Packing the products in silky-packaging paper
4. Boxing the products in customized white Alexander Sprekenhus box
4. Securing the products
5. Adding samples, thank-you for shopping note, packing list, and waybill
6. Attaching the Alexander Sprekenhus sticker-lock.
All online orders are sent same day, and customers receive an sms when the products are out for delivery.
Have a great Sunday night!