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Manufacturing the Ultimate Heated Outdoor Chair

I spoke in my last Blog that our next Journey would be on the manufacturing process of our All-Season Heated Chair. We use two manufacturing companies, both of which are in China. One is our heating system manufacturer; including, the batteries and chargers. The second gathers all the raw materials and builds the final outdoor heated chair.

When communicating to international manufacturers, you have cultural and language challenges to overcome. We were fortunate with the manufacturer that was assembling our outdoor heated chair that we had an established relationship with one of their Managing Directors. He is from St. Louis. We were also able to meet his partner and other Managing Director when she made a trip to the States. However, most of the time we were communicating via email with a Project Manager. In order to communicate our product specifications, we sent Specification Documents, Scope of Works, photos and sometimes video. We used the same communication methods with both manufacturers. Patience and illustration (visual) are vital to effectively communicating your ideas, plans, etc. We had 3 samples developed and shipped to us before we arrived to the final sample and ultimate outdoor heated chair.

I recommend getting a Mentor/Coach or Product Designer to get involved at some point to review your details-final product and quality. When you are so close to a product, you might overlook details like hanging tags, fabric tags, quality stitching, packaging (shipping and in-store), etc. If you are working with manufacturers you do not know, you will want to interview and hire a 3rd party Quality Assurance person to investigate your manufacturer. Please make sure they send you video!! This is not as expensive as you may think. Please be careful that someone does not take advantage of you.

Manufacturing was one of our biggest learning curves and challenges. We stayed strong, patient and persistent to get the quality product, All-Season Heated Chair, we wanted. The next learning curve and extreme challenge of product development is Logistics. What is a freight forwarder, duty fees, FOB, LCL, etc????? Check out our next Chaheati Journey Blog-Logistics-Shipping of the Heated Outdoor Chair.

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Welcome to Chaheati and Our Journey Blog

Three years ago was the start of Kyle and I’s product development journey. It was a chilly November evening, in front of a bonfire, when the idea of a heated collapsible chair/all-season heated chair began. My husband knew I was getting pretty cold and miserable but knew I didn’t want to leave everyone and go in the house or sit in the car by myself. He told me that I needed to get a heated collapsible chair/all-season heated chair and don’t worry what it costs, just buy it. After the weekend, I googled to buy one but found nothing so I gave up looking until a few months later when I was outside cold and miserable again. Kyle and I were going to have fireworks at our wedding so we were invited up to Litchfield in April to watch them be displayed. I needed a heated collapsible chair/all-season heated chair really bad so at that point I was on a mission to find one. I searched again and again but nothing…it did not exist. At that moment, Kyle and I decided that were going to develop the original All-Season Heated Chair. We want people to stay outdoors and do what they love; whether, you are just outside spending time with family and friends like I was or you are cheering your son and/or daughter on at a soccer game.

Keep your eye out for Our Journey Blog. I will write weekly blogs about the moments of the past that have gotten us here and what is going on now.