Today is the day the work really starts...10am - 6pm for three days boothside talking biz. Tommy Freidman has a timely piece about Wal Mart, China & US enviro policy....For it is at these natural products industry do's that the subject of supplying to Wal Mart invariably comes up. Interesting to read here how Wal Mart got to their current green position...
I only get to watch the news when I am on the road. In the past 24 hours, CNN has told me of a big kerfuffle involving the leader of Iran and the President of Columbia University, Warren Jeffs was found guilty, Bill O'Reilly said something more profoundly stupid than normal, and a College Football coach went off at a journalist.
So pretty chirpy all up.
In contrast, my local rag in Australia lead this morning with this. And therein lies the fundamental cultural difference between Australia and the US. Aussies clearly know what's important.
Today we (Schooner, Baby Keegs and Village Gal Kristen) hit stores in Maryland and DC before having a terrific lunch with Jenni (in red) and Thembi. They are both DC based gMums. They had never met each other but they felt like they knew each other thanks to the Yahoo User group.
It was so good meeting them: listening to how they use the product, what works, what doesn't. While the pic to your left doesn't show it, Jenni was due last week. We were gunning for a lunch with impromptu birth but no luck...!
This is such a tragic story. It is a disgrace that the manufacturer - Simplicity and the US Consumer Product Safety Commission took over 2 years to act.
I have always felt a bit suss about crib manufacturers when I learnt that when SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome) emerged as a serious issue in the 80's, as an industry they moved swiftly not to investigate the issue. They just renamed it. For in the beginning, the syndrome was known as Cot / Crib Death. And it was called that for a really good reason. SIDS - Cot Death mostly happens in cots. So maybe the cot has something to do with it?
I left on Sunday for some extra days on the east coast before Expo East. I spent today in Virginia checking out product on the shelves of our retail partners. It is so great meeting the buyers, bumping into the odd customer and seeing how we are going.
Breastfeeding has been a theme to date and again today puling out of the hotel, I was confronted with a massive billboard promoting Breastfeeding in Virginia. The site offers some very funny TV commercials.
It is conference season so pretty much everyone in the company is somewhere in America, just not in the office...Last weekend we had two baby expos - one in Portland and one in LA. Kate, Kim and Karen took the lead and as always, our mighty gMums came to the rescue.
This week Kate, Michelle, Neal & I are off to Baltimore for Expo East - one of two big natural products industry expos that are held each year. Given our obsession with being family centered, we also have Kristen from The Village ( our onsite day care) with us to look after Michelle and Kate's little ones. I am not sure you can get more Fair Dinkum as a diaper company than manning a booth with two little bubs in the product.
Alert the media...in contrast to Bill Maher's view on breastfeeding,it appears my home state of New South Wales has finally seen the light . The Premier has announced new legislation banning discrimination against breastfeeding. He said he was concerned that some mothers, especially those returning to work, were stopping breastfeeding for fear of discrimination.
"Unfortunately, there are still some people who retain unsympathetic attitudes towards breastfeeding in public, including in the workplace," Mr Iemma said.
Go Grist go!
Watching your little ones grow up is soo much fun. They arrive, they gurgle, they burp, they roll over. Then they crawl, walk, talk, learn to kick a pig skin, throw down a wrong 'un...the important stuff. Today we saw another milestone in the Graham-Nye household. Fynn & Harper chose the beans, ground the beans, loaded up Mr Coffee for a full 8 cups and then watched mezmerised as an empty coffee pot filled with black gold. Tomorrow we will progress to other beverages like Martini's and Long Island Ice Teas...