Good morning from China!
Last night was calm, dinner, workout, and then spa. I can see why Mandarin Oriental are so famous for their treatments, everything is amazing. I fell asleep around 11:30 pm and woke up at 6:30 am and had breakfast. Yesterday I asked for a green juice with spinach and celery as well as some cream cheese for my salmon omelette. They didn’t have it, but today they got it for me. I love that type of service. After that it was time to workout. Maybe it’s more common to workout first and then have breakfast, but I’m always starving in the morning. Also, I mostly lift weights and then I like the feeling of being full. I’ve had so many new ideas and thoughts from our time traveling so last night and this morning I tried to sum it all up. To travel with work is really the best way to get new insights. You always need to think bigger. It’s so easy to get stuck thinking small.
Today we have more meetings ahead of us. Among them a lunch with the founder of Foreo that lives here. I’m looking forward to it! And I would like to visit some stores before we fly home late tonight. After two intense weeks on the other side of the Earth I feel grateful and a bit more humble understanding towards this market. The feeling of understanding can sometimes get mixed up with the feeling of being overwhelmed and not really knowing where to begin. Not very surprising considering you meet with 10 new people every day from different retailers/journalists/agencies, etc, and everyone has their opinion. For example: Some people love that we offer both hair/styling/body and facial products, while others thinks that we should pick one category and focus on that. All these opinions will give us a better understanding for the market, but it’s also a little confusing.
One thing that Pingis and I have learned is to collect all the opinions/ideas from everyone and then let it sink in. After a while (a few days at the office and some everyday life), it’s usually clear to us what will work and be in line with our vision. But to travel is incredibly important to us.