Tomorrow morning I'm off to the Taipei Cycle Show. I don't know how many of the readers have travelled to Asia. Some might think this is a perk of the job while others may think they'd rather have their teeth pulled without novacaine. For me, it's a little of both.
I'm super excited for this trip because we are trying some new things. While most of the folks going on this trip have travelled to Asia several times, this trip is going to be a little different. Usually, trips to Taiwan include countless vendor meetings to work on supply issues, technical issues and relationship. While this trip will have that as well, it will also have an element of research, education, team building and maybe just a bit of relaxing. Sounds great doesn't it?
At the start of the trip, 4 of us will be doing a side trip to China. That's right, China. This portion of the trip is research. We don't manufacture Salsa products in China. We are going to do research and see the factories, culture and environment with our own eyes. Much of the carbon technology and carbon manufacturing has moved from Taiwan to China. This is my first trip to China and I'm super excited.
Following the China trip, we will be travelling back to Taiwan for "Strategy Camp". What is Strategy Camp? Great question. We have one full day of meetings with our Taiwan partners, friends and trading agent. I am charged with doing a Power Point presentation about Salsa, our people in our brand, our values, and our direction. This stuff is so important and is the first time we have done this. It is long overdue.
Strategy camp is only one day though as we must then quickly move on and get to the Taipei Cycle Show. The Taipei show is for manufacturers. Much different than Interbike or Eurobike where it is about selling finished product. The Taipei show is about OEM business and selling manufacturing. At the show, you will see entire booths filled with bolts. I've got lots of meetings with our suppliers and will pack in 2 full days of meetings before returning home.
I'm a glutton for punishment when it comes to travel. This entire trip including transportation will only be 8 days. Yep, bring it on. While I love travelling and going to Asia, I don't love leaving my family so I pack it in as quickly as I can.
So...With that little explanation, I'm signing off of the Amigo's Blog for at least a week and half. I'm sure the Salsa crew will be happy to have me gone for a bit. Heck, maybe you will too. Looking forward to sharing some photo's and experiences when I return.
Here are few photo's from last years Taipei show.
There will be lots of food and drink.
Rich lost this bet. He bet our agent that he could not tell the differences in types of rice. Our friend's wife put a single kernel of rice in his mouth and he was able to easily name the rice. Note to self, this was a stupid bet.
Watch out for the scooters. Cities are filled with scooters. When they take off from the intersections, it is like a swarm of flies. It's crazy being in a car here and seeing the scooters come flying around you.
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Growing up as a Minnesota farm boy, I developed an appreciation and love for land and open space. This appreciation has fostered two passions, cycling and photography. Both of these passions provide freedom, encourage me to explore and foster creativity. More importantly though, my journey with a bike and a camera reminds me that the world is big and I am small.