Coffee in the Atlanta skyline mug, "Cloudy This Morning" by George Winston on iTunes. I begin the day with a haiku:
To grow one's business
EDI and UPC
Do they mean success?
Wading through the vendor set-up forms for the new department store is almost as difficult as it was for the big casino last year, but this client has the added requirements of UPC coding (an option with the casino) and EDI (electronic document interchange) form processing. The costs of just the EDI may put this account out of my reach (set-up from one EDI vendor is $1,900 with another $100/month fee). I am waiting to hear back from the second (the client only works with these two EDI providers) to see if they have a more cost-effective solution for the smaller-than-small business. I am also waiting to hear back from my buyer about the true necessity of UPC coding. If I have to regretfully decline this order because I cannot comply with the terms, it will mean Dallas was an absolute bust with nothing more to redeem it than its status as a tax deduction.
Today we ship the first Siyeh Studio/Bentwell Metals pieces ordered at the shows. I also head back to ikebana after a long hiatus, and I hope to work with V to get back on track for my finances. Short post, off to the races (as the Indigo Girls sing "Everything In Its Own Time" in the background).