This blog post will document the product-to-market process for the Slim money clip by Human Republic. We will be updating it real-time with each significant step in the process to getting the Slim out to those of you who ordered one (or more!).
September 4th, 2012 – Production schedule details (UPDATE)
We have completed shipping out all pending orders for the Slim money clip as of August 20th, 2012. Feel free to contact us if you feel your package may have been lost in the mail or delayed for any reason.
When will my Slim money clip ship?
First off, if you were one of the first 100 early buyers who preordered the Slim money clip, your orders were shipped on Wednesday, March 22nd. Additionally, orders for the Polished edition made prior to June 18th, were shipped by Thursday, May 24th.
For all others orders the shipping schedules are estimated as follows:
- BATCH 1 | Order Number: 1000000121 thru 1000000250 – Shipped Apr 3rd, 2012
- BATCH 2 | Order Number: 1000000251 thru 1000000600 – Shipped Apr 9th, 2012
- BATCH 3 | Order Number: 1000000601 thru 1000001000 – Shipped Apr 16th, 2012
- BATCH 4 | Order Number: 1000001001 thru 1000001400 – Shipped Apr 23rd, 2012
- BATCH 5 | Order Number: 1000001401 thru 1000001710 – Shipped Apr 30th, 2012
- BATCH 6 | Order Number: 1000001710 thru 1000002090 – Shipped May 15th, 2012
- BATCH 7 | Order Number: 1000002090 and up – Shipped August 20th, 2012
April 10th, 2012 – Polished edition pics!
Took particularly long getting the Polished edition of the Slim done right – but they’re finally ready to go! Tried to take snaps from a couple of different angles/settings (always such a challenge photographing glossy surfaces). Keep scrolling for the current production schedule.
March 22nd, 2012 – General update
Here’s an update for you guys:
We received the first shipment of Slim money clips yesterday, as expected. Happy to say we’ve shipped the first 100 orders.
Our policy is to maintain strict Quality Assurance standards, and we’re shipping out orders only once they meet the necessary criteria. We’re also continuing to work with our manufacturer’s to ensure a consistent result, and hope to maintain the current estimated production schedule as closely as possible – we will update the schedule shortly to reflect the need for a couple of days’ buffer to account for any further discrepancies.
As always, if there is any issue with the time requirements, just let us know and we’ll take care of it immediately for you.
Thanks again for your patience and support!
March 19th, 2012 – Packaging
We just got in the full packaging run for the Slim, figured it would be unfair of us not to share some photographs!
March 14th, 2012 – New production samples!
We’ve had a few requests for images of the latest production samples & a close-up of the logo – enjoy!
February 29th, 2012 – Estimated production schedule
Slim has already proven to be a huge success in that we’ve received an overwhelming amount of support and orders, and with that unpredictable surge, we’re pushing our manufacturers hard to keep up with demand. We also typically book time in to prepare our manufacturing network of an upcoming production run, but because Slim’s success avalanched in – literally over night – our manufacturer’s and packaging suppliers didn’t have a comfortable amount of time to prepare the proper scheduling, and ordering in of the raw materials. It’s a little behind the ideal amount of time to get Slim produced, but once again, we’d rather not compromise, and hope you agree.
We are currently looking to have the first 400 orders of the Slim ship out during the week of March 5th. The rate of production is approximated to be 400/week. Keep an eye on this space for more specific dates and a full schedule for those of you who ordered the Slim and would like to know when your order will be shipping.
We’d hate to hear that you’ve chosen to cancel your order because of the time required for production, but if you’d like us to reverse the transaction, we’ll do it for you in a heartbeat! We do hope that you’ll keep your order and continue to support this item and it’s designers too.
We’d like to extend a particularly big thanks to those of you who ordered the Slim and have been waiting patiently to be some of the first people ever to get yours hands on this great little accessory!
February 28th, 2012 – Production samples in!
Some of you may remember how the Slim money clip from Toronto-based studio Human Republic exploded onto the market a few weeks ago. Well, its been hectic couple of weeks ensuring that things go smoothly at the manufacturing end of things, and here are some of the fruits of our labor – the latest production samples!
The Slim money clip, made from stainless spring steel, is being offered with 2 finish options – polished (middle) and brushed (left & right). The brushed edition saw a little more love from the buyers than the polished one, so getting that done right was obviously our first order of business.
Those of you familiar with the product-to-market process understand that things are never as straight-forward as one might hope for. Minor technical difficulties pertaining to material thicknesses, spring tension, flared edges & etching tolerances had to be overcome to get the product to a level that was acceptable to the guys over at Human Republic, as well as us at ideacious!
As one of our first truly successful product launches, the Slim money clip had to be perfect before we could start shipping them out – and perfect they shall be!