Thursday, 22 October 2009

Doesn't time fly!

Gosh! Where has the summer gone to . . . I feel dreadful that I haven't been able to update this blog but I do have a few reasons. Ahem. Firstly we have moved premises again - for the second time in 6 months! Jam Jar Shop has been very popular and we quickly outgrew the first workbase and went from me and Trev plus Clair working away to process all of the orders to a growing band of helpers, now totalling 12. It was a steep learning curve during the busy summer months with busy jam makers clamouring to obtain the lovely jars and bottles that we had managed to source for you. We have been working seven days a week and there has been precious little time left over for all of the plans we were hoping to put into place.

However, with all of the extra help we now have, those plans have been able to be dusted off. We are drawing up the programme for our jam making classes, which will be published shortly, and we will be producing our first newsletter soon for all of those that have requested it. Full of lots of seasonal ideas, the new products that are coming along, and some special offers and bargains. Trev will soon be putting a link on the home page of the website where you can sign up for the newsletter - you don't have to buy anything first!

We have a great new range of labels coming out including some stunning new Christmas designs exclusive to Jam Jar Shop, plus, some new colourways for some old favourites.

We have been experiencing great problems with some of our suppliers, who are not re-stocking effectively. So much so, that our recent order for the swing top bottles and flasks which many of you were waiting for, has been sold to another of their customers. We had paid in advance for the order but we are told there is nothing to be done about it as they don't have any more available stock. Annnnd I haven't been able to get our money returned as their Financial Director is out of the country and he has to sanction any refunds! Just one of the trials and tribulations of our everyday life! We have decided therefore, to bring the 250ml swing-top bottles into the country ourselves, from Milan and we are expecting around 4000 bottles into our warehouse next week. We shall then have an exceptional offer for you so check the website often.

Right, it's nearly midnight so I'm off to bed to be ready for another day in jamjarland tomorrow!!