Hey JTV blog fans! It's Adam the Tool Guy finally home from China. As I discussed in my earlier blog we have made some incredible breakthroughs in terms of product sourcing and found new manufacturers to create the best gemological tools and packaging in the industry--especially for you, Jewelry Television's valued customers. Shun and I have traveled many miles, visiting 8 manufactures that currently provide product to us as well as new manufactures that we will be adding to the JTV's list of product providers.
When Shun and I left Hai Fong, China (where my last blog ended) we traveled 3 hours by car to Dongguan to visit a new packaging manufacture. We gave them a list of new ideas and they are working diligently to provide us with new samples; like new and improved gemstone displays--a continuation of our industry leading GemVue jars, and development of new high-end packaging that falls in line with JTV's GemVue brand.
This new manufacturer currently provides many top US companies and others world wide that include China, Europe, and South America. They also produced the commemorative Olympic coin collection boxes for the Chinese government.Their assortment/sample closest was absolutely AMAZING! There doesn't appear to be a concept or idea they cannot find a way to manufacture.
We had arrived late in the evening via a clunky Chinese airline and the weather was...well, let's say it was a little bumpy! We had little time to rest before we were back on the road. From our hotel we traveled about an hour outside of Ningbo to the microscope manufacturing facilities. There we previewed their collection of microscopes amounting to about 40 different models.
We had good discussion about a new compact GemVue microscope, which we are updating, and are in talks to develop a NEW professional model. This will be a professional grade microscope and I can't wait to show off the new design to JTV co-founder Jerry Sisk. I think he is going to love it!
Once again our visit was short lived because the traveling continued--this time to the historical city of Shanghai. But instead of taking a car or plane we traveled on a high speed train--the Maglev--which was a first for me. These trains are popping up everywhere and can cover most of China very, VERYquickly.
Train travel is much more convenient and green than the alternative methods. China is investing in this technology at rapid paces. I believe we topped out around 431 km per hour, which translates into around 267 mph. It was pretty cool for those of you that like traveling at high speed. It was definitely an experience.
On tomorrow's blog, I'll share with you some photos and videos from my time in Shanghai. My gracious host Shun's father shared tickets with me to the World Expo! This prestigious event only happens once every five years and it was a rare privilege to go!
- Adam the Tool Guy, JTV