It sure has been a long, hard and amazing year for Kyle and I. We have had to sacrifice time with our friends and family through this journey. Please enjoy every moment with them through this Holiday Season. We want everyone to be able to buy an all-season heated chair for their wife, husband, kids, aunts, uncles, whomever! In order to say “Thank You”, we are offering Free Shipping & Handling from Dec. 1st-Dec. 19th. Have a wonderful Holiday Season!
Ahh, the holidays are upon us again. If you’re like us, buying just the right holiday gifts for the people close to you gets more difficult each year. Do you go with the red tie or the blue tie for grandpa? Oh, that’s right: he doesn’t wear ties anymore. You brother probably threw away that robot-shaped fruitcake you bought him last year, and your mother is still trying to figure out that Swiss Army spatula set you gave her.
And then it dawns on us that the perfect gift is one that is 1. useable year after year, all year round, 2. built to last, and 3. easy to use. (No, a rock doesn’t count.) That’s where the Chaheati heated camp chair comes in! It easily fits this set of criteria and then some.
The Chaheati has hundreds of uses. Take it with you on your float tip. Stick it in your hunting blind. Set a few up at your next tailgate party. Sit in comfort at your child’s soccer match. The Chaheati heated camp chair is useable all year long, regardless of the weather. Plug in the rechargeable battery for up to six hours of heated comfort when it’s cold. For those warm days, simply leave the battery unplugged from the chair. And don’t worry about getting water on the chair: the fabric and tubing is designed to resist water intrusion.
And of course the Chaheati is built to last. When we designed it, we thought of as many possible uses the chair would have. We then decided that taking cues from other extreme outdoor sports companies was in order. The structure of the chair is meant to be weight-tolerant, supporting most any body type. The fabric is water-resistant and durable to protect the ultra-thin heating elements woven into it.
Chaheati is also easy to use. Like many other camp chairs, it quickly unfolds and collapses with very little effort. There isn’t a complex heating setup that you have to learn about either. Just plug in the battery pack and choose from one of the four convenient heat settings. In less than 20 seconds your chair will be heated and ready for action.
Usability, durability, and ease of use all make the Chaheati heated camp chair a fantastic gift for most any outdoor enthusiast. We’re sure that they’ll fall in love with this camp chair. Chaheati will be the gift that keeps on giving, year after year.
Fall is here (with winter chasing quickly), and hunters everywhere are heading out to the forests and fields to hunt. Whether it’s hunting turkey, deer, or duck, the crisp air brings people out to hunt year after year. But that same crisp air can bite, especially in winter. Just ask any experienced hunter: they’ll tell you that staying warm and comfortable is important.
An experienced hunter is sure to have a checklist of “must have” items for their winter hunting trip. Durable and warm boots? Check! Insulated coveralls? Check! A good pair of gloves? Check! A Chaheati heated camp chair? But of course!
But why does the Chaheati make the perfect hunting companion? For one, it won’t start up a loud, annoying conversation when the animal you’re hunting is close by. What it will do, however, is keep your back and bottom warm, allowing you to focus on the hunt and not the cold. Just place it in your hunting blind or other suitable location and wait no more than 20 seconds for a warm sitting place. The Chaheati heated camp chair also comes in a black and camo pattern for a more hunting-friendly look.
Many hunters also utilize a more primitive hunting camp during their hunting trips. These campsites are perfect for the Chaheati-toting hunter. Whether it’s out by the campfire or inside a cabin, you can count on your Chaheati to keep you warm and comfortable for hours. Keep a spare battery charging in your vehicle to get even more mileage out of your chair the next day.
But the Chaheati isn’t limited to just cold-weather hunts; it’s an “all season” chair. The chair is specifically designed to be weather resistant. Hot or cold, rain or shine, it’s a great addition to any hunt or outdoor activity. And you don’t have to worry about removing cumbersome heating coils or the like. The non-obtrusive, ultra-thin heating elements of the Chaheati are woven into the fabric already.
So whether you’re hunting for game in winter or hunting for relaxation in the summer, make Chaheati your companion. You’ll find that it has a warm personality.
Chaheati will be a featured exhibitor at the St. Louis Holiday Magic show. Holiday Magic is a ‘unique shopping and entertainment destination for families seeking festive activities and holiday cheer.’ Holiday Magic will be held at the St. Louis America’s Center, December 3-5, 2010. Come by and visit our booth on your way to get a photo with Santa, ride the carnival rides or while heading to the full-size indoor ice skating rink… all part the event. This is your chance to buy a Chaheati for your loved ones right before the holidays! We will have inventory on hand at the show. You can try the product in person before you buy it, and then take it directly home with you. Visit the Holiday Magic website for more information about the event: www.stlholidaymagic.com.
Holiday Gift Ideas-Sport’s Minded
There are tons of people out there that are just not good gift givers…like me. I have to start researching online months before Christmas just in preparation. Here are a few gift ideas for sport’s minded people:
• CRUZIN COOLER, http://www.cruzincooler.com, the cooler is light and small enough to fit in most trunks. The cooler can be used for hunting, sporting events, races, camping, golf or even a trip to the grocery store to keep your food cold all the way home.
• POWERMAT WIRELESS CHARGING MATS, http://www.powermat.com, Powermat Wireless Charging Mats provide a simple, fast and efficient way to keep all of your favorite personal electronic devices charged. Just place your device with a Powermat enabled Receiver on the Mat to start charging wirelessly.
• BIONIC GOLF GLOVE, http://www.bionicgloves.com, Designed by a leading orthopedic hand surgeon, Bionic technology is totally unique in the marketplace. There is nothing like it. The difference is found in the design based on the anatomy of the hand and the science of ergonomics.
• SPORT’S TICKETS: Purchase local football, baseball, hockey, etc. tickets for your loved ones.
And of course,
• CHAHEATI ALL-SEASON HEATED CHAIR, www.chaheati.com, The Chaheati™ is cordless, lightweight and collapsible so you can bring it anywhere. Its heating system has four heat settings and provides up to six hours of heat. Now, there’s no reason to pack it in early when the weather turns cool outside – Just grab some heat with Chaheati!
Today, I want to focus on LOGISTICS! Wow, I have to thank my wonderful Husband for his persistence and patience in dealing with the shipping/logistics of getting our heated chairs here in Illinois. From our Manufacturing blog, we have two manufacturing facilities. One is in Ningbo, China and the other is in Kaiping, Guangdong. The all-season heated chair assembly is in Ningbo and the powerpacks and chargers for the chair’s heating system are in Kaiping.
The first action you should take when dealing with international shipping is find a trusted Freight Forwarder. This person is responsible, as a 3rd party, in organizing and arranging shipments. They will help you with communication between you and your manufacturers. Please ask for references and then call them! You will start with asking questions about US Customs/import process, logistical acronyms, transportation process and expectations. Don’t hesitate to ask them anything you don’t understand. Logistics is typically new to all of us starting this process! Then you will want estimated container costs, duty fees, entry bonds (ask about continuous bond) and any additional fees that may apply. Duty is calculated as a percentage of the commercial value (Cost) of the goods being imported and the cost of transportation (Freight). This is called CIF value. If you pay $15,000 for the product and freight costs $3,000 you would pay duty on $18,000. In this process if you do not have a warehouse lined up, please work with your Freight Forwarder on this. One line of caution if you are using multiple manufacturers—Sales Tax of 17% may apply if you are shipping from one mfg. location to another. Please ask these questions at the beginning so you don’t run into problems at the end. There are alternatives so please ask your Forwarders.
Another thing to keep in mind with logistics is you will need to assign item numbers or a sku for your products to help identify the items once they make it to warehousing. Keep great records of the numbers you assign to your products to prevent confusion later on. You will need to know how the product/s will be shipped in the container. Will they need palletized, packaged, etc? You will need a Bill of Lading and signed Custom Power Of Attorney(make sure you fill out EVERYTHING). One more thing I will add, make sure your manufacturers take pictures of your final product in their shipping packages or pallets. Make sure they are protected for the ride to their final destination may be a rough one.
The best advice I can give when dealing with logistics and your Freight Forwarder is to educate yourself, stay confident and be persistent! The next Chaheati Journey Blog will discuss the beginning of the Sales and Marketing phase.
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.
Three years ago we went to Armstrong Teasdale to run a patent search on our new product idea, heated collapsible chair/heated camping chair. We were elated to find out that no patents were filed and no publications existed. To the drawing board we went, we were a go! We spent months in R&D. My wonderful, brilliant Husband worked with heating system Engineers across the world. Our heating system is based on a carbon fiber non-wire (coil-free) heating technology powered by a 7.4v rechargeable lithium-ion battery with four temperature settings. We worked with numerous companies before we found the best quality heating solution.
After product concept and design, we knew we needed mentors to help us. Neither one of us had ever done new product development or worked with manufacturers. We reached out to InnovateVMS in St. Louis, MO. They promote entrepreneurship education and leadership through team-based mentoring. They assisted us through the process; along with, Gary Kellmann. I was very fortunate one day. I was doing some R&D and looking for product experts on LinkedIn when I came across Gary. I sent him a message and asked for his advice. He told me to call him. I walked through our product design and business plan with him and he decided to become our Mentor and eventually our Manufacturer. He kept us on our toes and on a deadline. But the main thing is that he never let us give-up or even slack off a little. One piece of advice I have for all Inventors out there is Execute, Execute, Execute!!! Both of our manufacturing companies are in China. Next time in our Chaheati Journey Blog, I will write about our challenges from logistics to communication differences.
We attended the RV Rally 2010 in Louisville, KY from July 22-25. We cannot thank the RVing community enough for all their kind words and support. It was our first trade show/convention and we were quite nervous. It is intimidating to put a new product in front of consumers for the first time. We received the best feedback we could not have asked for more, smiles covered our faces every day we were there.
RVers are a perfect consumer for our All-Season Heated Chair. Some RVers spend a lot of time outside in cooler environments. We strive to keep them warm and comfortable while enjoying their time outdoors.
The RV Rally was huge! There was 1000s of RVs and 100s of booths. Louisville was a great host city and their Expo Center was amazing. We were very pleased with the organization and the facilities for the event. Please check out http://therally.com for more information on RV Rally 2011 and the recap of 2010.
We have to say “Hi” to our show neighbors…..Patrick, David, Alex and the Port-A-Lift family!!