There hasn’t been much activity on our site since the end of 2011: in fact, behind the scenes, this is the busiest we have ever been.
There are several new Makers clients with products in the pipeline, and Christopher has just started providing product development advice to designer-makers through Crafts Council and British Library programmes which have launched at the start of 2012. More details about these in upcoming posts.
But the biggest news, in terms of delivering on the work we have been doing for the past two months, is that our inventory, stock control, warehouse, packaging and logistics operations are now configured, tested and live.
Makers moved out of our lovely old workshop in West Dulwich (south east London) at the start of December. Uprooting the business after several years – shared between the original venture Pli Design and the start-up Makers – was no easy task. Accounting for every piece of stock was the hardest part, apart from saying goodbye to our fantastic neighbours in the Parkhall Road building.
The new location is in Clerkenwell Workshops on Clerkenwell Close in… Clerkenwell. This part of central London is close to a lot of rail and underground stations, easy for our clients to access and full of designers, architects, new media and tech start-ups. Fertile ground to grow our business. You can find the new address and phone number at the foot of this site.
All the stock warehousing, assembly, inbound- and outbound-logistics are now carried out by our supply partner in Oxfordshire. This means we can scale-up the quantity of products we manage and offer much better rates on storage and works.
So, after a little over a year trading as Makers, we are in a much better position to serve our clients and deliver UK designed and made products to end-customers all over the world.