Friday, August 19, 2011

Greenhouse Fabrics Hits the Road: Dallas, TX

They say everything is bigger in Texas. Well they really should say everything is hotter in Texas in the summer! I recently went with Leah, our Director of Product, to check out our new Sample Book mailing at VIP samples in Dallas. There, we watched as VIP finished our books and prepared to ship them out. While we were there, we were able to experience some great Texas food and watched the complete process for how sample books are made and shipped directly to you!




When we arrived in Dallas where the temperature was a hot 103 degrees! We jumped in the car and went to see the new sample books. Once everything was proofed we went back to the hotel to get settled in before dinner. Of course being in Texas we had to have steak, so we went with a couple people from VIP to a steakhouse (where, I must say, the steak was fantastic!).

The next morning we were up early and at VIP to watch the book mailing. We were blown away by seeing just how much labor went into making a sample book. Every step in the process, from cutting the samples, making the covers, to packaging the books, to inspecting has multiple people each step of the way! I would guess that over 100 people actually touch and have, forgive the pun, a hand in making the finished product.

Once the sample books are finished, they are then put into an assembly line where the whole sample book boxing production begins!  From constructing the boxes to inserting flyers and the books, to an automatic tape machine and labels!  Not one process is left out.

Once all the books have been packaged and are ready to ship, they are loaded onto a truck and are sent to UPS where they are then shipped all over the country. Then we got to take a tour of the entire plant, grab some lunch, and then hit the airport to head back to North Carolina. All and all it was a great experience and a great trip! Keep an eye out next week, we will be posting a video of the boxing and shipping process of the books!


-Matt