I must say that I went to this fair with grave doubts. I believed that HOMI could never recuperate the lost ground made by past fair administrators of doubted ability and interfering politicians.
I was proved to be wrong. Ok we did not have 4 days of intense business 2 business, but we did have a group of foreign visitors that greatly appreciated the new format, and were well qualified!
I am more than prepared to bet that next year will even be better, returning an “old Macef” that was almost dead, into a young and vibrant HOMI that will once again return to the top of the list of international fairs.
Ambiente is almost upon us. I, John L Aldridge – Export Manager, will be available throughout the fair, so should you require answers to any questions regarding our Company or our production, please do not hesitate to come and ask me. Remember “Your time is our time”, so please feel free to visit us.
Please note that we are always pleased to meet new potential clients, but we have particular openings in the following countries:
Russia, Estonia, Lithuania, Latvia, Ukraine, Sweden, China, and Portugal.
Eme Posaterie are at Macef and Ambiente 2013 Trade Fairs
Just to remind all our clients about the forthcoming trade fairs.
As you can see below, we will be present at both Macef and Ambiente.
We will be launching a number of innovative designs which I am sure will meet with your interest.
Trade Fairs are important as they allow you the possibility of physically seeing and feeling the products; and equally important, meeting the people that you may be doing business with in the future.
The role of the export manager is not only to sell but to advise. As the export manager of Eme (John L Aldridge), I have never sold a product to a client that I thought that they could not sell, and I have always made it a point to be available to my clients – their personal “back office”.
My aim has always been to create a long term, no pressure, business relationship with my clients. A philosophy that I have seen work so well over the years.
If you have never worked with Eme, and you are planning to visit one of the above fairs, please feel free to visit our stand, and ask for me in person. I will be more than pleased to share with you my product knowledge, as well as design and coordination experience. I will do my very best to help you arrive at the right decision.
Everybody knows who Amazon is; we also know that they have lately been in the news over their imaginative views on how taxes should be paid.
As a private individual, and also as a supplier to John Lewis, I would like to take the opportunity of explaining why Eme Posaterie will never work with Amazon.
To begin with, I completely agree with Mr. Andy Street, the Managing Director of John Lewis who stated in The Telegraph that multinational companies that do not pay their fair share of national taxes, will “out-invest and ultimately out-trade” their competitors within each respective nation.
As a private individual that has been an Amazon client; I would like to take this criticism a little further, and extend the above observation to include “total lack of transparency and trade ethics”.
Having recently bought a cover for a tablet. The cover was paid for, but the cover never arrived. I complained to Amazon, and found that not only was the product supplied directly from a company in Hong Kong, but Amazon also took the time to inform me of their position:
“Orders on the Marketplace platform are strictly between the buyer and the Seller and Amazon.co.uk isn’t directly involved in these orders and isn’t an agent on behalf of either the Seller or buyer. We can only confirm the delivery method of a Marketplace order by e-mail.”
However, on the Amazon website, it states something completely different:
“You can buy with confidence anytime you purchase products on the Amazon.com website. That is why we also guarantee purchases made within the Amazon.com Marketplace. Both the condition of the item you buy and its timely delivery are guaranteed under the Amazon A-to-z Guarantee.”
Either Amazon works as a charity, which I doubt; or receives a commission/royalty on the products sold, which I believe is closer to the truth.
But there is another point that I would like to make. From the above statements it would seem that Amazon is not legally bound to protect their clients interests when they buy products (from 3rd parties) through their web site. While John Lewis is!
In my case, I did not see the “Dispatched from and sold by” notice; I was more interested in the price and customer reviews. But this whole story did make me reflect on how major website operators work.
We have a company like John Lewis that pays taxes, creates jobs, and goes to great efforts in guaranteeing the source of their products, through the SEDEX organisation which has become an integral part of the John Lewis supply chain (*)
At this year’s trade fairs atAmbiente and Macef, we did have visits from Amazon. They were not interested to visit our factory, or for that matter a meeting of any kind. Their only interest was for Eme to complete a suppliers spread sheet, and to start work as soon as possible. After much reflection, I refused to comply. I cannot say how many companies Amazon representatives visited during the fairs, but speaking to my colleagues, I would say a lot. NOTHING TO LOSE, ALL TO GAIN.
Almost any company (if not every company) can sell through Amazon Marketplace or Pro-Merchant Seller, and it would seem that no controls are in place to check for infringements of human rights within the manufacturing chain of their suppliers (I leave it to Amazon to prove otherwise – I could find no information on this subject on their web site).
There is one other important point to be made. Eme Posaterie exports to 5 Continents. As export manager, I have the pleasure in dealing with some great people; some of which I have known for many years. The common denominator is that they are people, and not a computer web page; and as such, we communicate together, and work together. Working for a mutual common good. I would never put this arrangement at risk for an organisation like Amazon.
I have never been a great supporter or believer in the “global market”, and it seems that I may have been right. But Amazon is a global company operating within a global market, and writing the rules as they go. You cannot pretend to stay at the best hotel in town, and not pay for the services!
(*) Sedex, the Supplier Ethical Data Exchange, is a non profit membership organisation, dedicated to driving improvements in responsible and ethical business practices in global supply chains. Sedex’s core product is a secure, online database which allows members to store, share and report on information.
As per every year, we are pleased to inform our clients, and future clients, that we will be exhibiting at the Ambiente and MacefTrade Fairs 2013.
We will be launching a new range of our very successful model VERO, plus the possibility of some new colours for Napoleon.
For those that visited Maison & Objet, I am sure that you will agree with me that this fair is becoming ever more important to our sector of business.
Many have asked why Eme was not present? Well I can answer this question by informing our clients that we are considering the matter. However, it must be remembered that we are an Italian Company that must show some allegiance to our own national trade fair (Macef) where many of our national clients take the opportunity to visit us. Also we are fighting to keep our costs under control so that we can continue to create new ideas, and what is more important, keep our prices firm.
We are living in very turbulent times, financially and politically. Therefore it is only right that Eme tries to do its very best in offering a little bit of stability. Continuing to offer pricing stability, fast delivery times, and innovative products.
At a later date, I will be confirming our stand positions.
If you need information about our production, please do not wait until the fairs; please contact me immediately.