Oh this autumn! I don't want to go on and on about it but this autumn has been MAD! Hard, exhausting and almost 'I want to give up' worthy. I didn't even realise how many things could go wrong simultaneously, but now...I know!
Yes, that autumn.
It was this autumn....
....When we outgrew our 900 square feet/85 square meter warehouse and had to rebuild it twice, the last time so it actually now works again and is better than ever before.
....When we had to close the warehouse for order send outs for not just a few days but weeks as the only person who worked there left unexpectedly from one day to the other. Financially, that wasn't great, as I am sure you understand. But at least we got an amazing, super speedy and organized replacement: Agnieszka, who now works at the warehouse full time since September.
....When thanks to some old problem code - and a new hosting company who didn't know about it as the old company never told us - our payment system crashed not just once, twice but four times throughout the autumn making us, again, loose out lots of sales.
....When half of our part time team went through some very unfortunate, personal stuff or just a lot of illnesses, so we couldn't work at full speed either for pretty much all of the autumn.
....When consequently our shop had to be closed about 50% of the time that it was supposed to be open.
However we've been through it now and all is back to normal or even better than before, even that old manky code is finally scratched, armed with some pretty tough learnings and actually, a real feeling that 'what doesn't kill you makes you stronger'.
Because I know we have so much more to give as a small company than what we've been capable of showing off this season. We have a small but really ace team! And although we have been more quiet than usual we've worked really hard to get all your orders out on time, so I don't think you, as our customers, have even noticed most of these things. I hope so?
However there is one thing I wish we could have done this autumn and that's to launch our new website. I haven't given you any sneak peeks, but the designs were signed off in July and they look amazing (just being my humble self ;)). Just transferring the old website data to the new site though is so time consuming, because we don't have filters set up in the old website but do in the new, it would have taken us months to go through it all and set it up all over again. And as such, when we launch our new website in the New Year, I want to have as little old products there as possible.
So we're launching our winter sale today. Very early. But the Spring 2017 collections are also launching early, some as early as the second week of January, and arriving very early January. So we have no other choice.
2017 will be a fresh, new chapter. An improved Scandi Mini. And finally, a new website. With filters! (how exciting, ha, ha)
Happy Sales shopping!
x Scandi Mini