Thursday, January 31, 2008

Expensive Cargo

My job often requires me to go above and beyond to get the job done right. This was one of those days. My biggest residential client purchased a very expensive vanity mirror (upwards of $12,000) from an artist in New York. This mirror is 2 of 2 ever made... and after all the trouble we had getting this mirror to Tampa the artist informed her rep that this is the last mirror of this style that she will be making :)



You see, we ordered this mirror back in March... March of 2007. It had a really long lead time to begin with, but then the artist ran into trouble with the glass breaking every time she tried to insert it in the mirror. After 10 months she finally got it to work and shipped this mirror to Tampa. We waited and waited with anticipation for it to arrive, and three weeks later it had still not made it to Tampa. Our procurement manager got on the phone with the artist's rep and low and behold the freight company could not locate our $12,000 mirror!!! Seriously!! A few days later the mirror mysteriously showed up at our office, via a different freight line than the one that it had been shipped with... we still don't know what happened or how it got there. Needless to say we were ecstatic and decided to take it over the client's that very afternoon.



One huge problem, the mirror seriously weighed about 60lbs (solid stainless steel) and we were not about to turn this precious cargo over to the moving companies that we use. So this is how the mirror made it to it's final desination...



in the back seat of the Mazda 3, strapped in, with our Procurement Assistant sitting back there with it. This is no joke, this is serious design business. Well as they say "all is well that ends well." The mirror made it safely to it's new home, the client is ecstatic, and the Mazda 3 once again came through in a BIG way!!


3 comments:

The Lourceys said...

So no picture of the real thing??? LAME!

Luke & April said...

I am going to try and get one tomorrow... I have an install there in the morning.

Elizabeth said...

Seat belts can be a lifesaver... in more than one way!