The following is a second guest post by Al Briggs, who I’m working with so that we can produce and dispatch Emergent Task Planner pads from within the EU. It’s been great to hear about how he’s shaping his fulfillment process! Here is the latest update since the events of his last post.
UPDATE: You can now purchase these directly at Al’s online Amazon UK store. It’s also available on Amazon Germany.
Firstly I want to announce that the first A4 Emergent Task Planner pads have been dispatched from Germany.
We received the first print run last week and have so far dispatched 13 orders, and we are now getting a system together to make sure that we can get orders invoiced and dispatched as quickly as possible.
If you signed up on our pre-order form you should have now received an email with the details that are needed to send you out an electronic invoice. If not then please check your spam folders or contact me directly at al [at] albriggs [dot] com.
We have decided to use Paypal for the invoicing as this gives us a convenient method to track the invoices, print shipping notes and provide status updates to users. We also choose the paypal service because you can pay with just a credit card and not have to be a full Paypal member.
Everything has worked out mostly as we’d planned so far except that the shipping costs have not been as simple as we planned. It turns out that we have to add VAT to the cost of shipping even though we don’t ourselves have to pay VAT on the postage, which is a but frustrating. For those that we had quoted a total cost to before we understood this VAT rule we are keeping to the original quote, but for the future the shipping rates will have to be revised. There has been good news though as we have discovered that there is a cheaper way to send the triple packs which has helped pay for our VAT mistake.
One great thing we have discovered is that the post man in Germany will come and pick up letters and parcels from our front door so that we don’t need to visit a post office to dispatch orders especially as we can print the stamps using an online service.
The shipping costs for new orders including VAT are now:
- Germany: Single – €1.73 and Triple €2.70
- International: Single – €4.10 and Triple €8.33
Therefore the total costs for single and triple packs by destination are:
- Germany: Single – €11.72 & Triple €24.69
- International: Single – €14.09 & Triple €30.32
I’ll be back with some more news once we have a proper ordering site in place…
We are now on Shopify.
As ever any questions please email me directly: al [at] albriggs [dot] com.