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Impressive Efficiency

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Impressive Efficiency

This morning we were back at the visa office for a second attempt at handing in our applications. Unlike yesterday, we were met by smiling faces and a very well oiled bureaucratic machine. We were in and out, successfully, in minutes. The major task of today completed before breakfast, what a great way to start a sunny Tuesday!

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Angels - Untangling the Red Tape

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Angels - Untangling the Red Tape

This morning’s frustrations turned into a long day in front of the computer. For a while I was almost worried that we wouldn’t get a hold of the proper documents at all. And then, I met some angels, reps from three different factories that we are visiting. They were able to process our paperwork with lightning speed; changing and retyping letters (and getting them stamped by busy bosses) to meet all of the visa office’s demands. All the communication meant we took the step from mail to Skype, and ended up chatting and seeing the persons behind our business facades as well....

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Frustration

behind the curtains bureaucracy hurdles our story

Frustration

Happy Monday, and welcome to a new week, with brand new challenges. Seven days from now we’re off to meet our suppliers in person. We have a packed schedule of eight factory visits in three different cities in five days, when we will get to see, touch, and try out our samples for the first time. Very, very exciting! This morning we were scheduled to hand in our visa applications, and smack, bang, we ran into our first bureaucratic wall. I thought I had our applications covered, but 1) I did not have formal invitation letters from our partners stating details like my gender,...

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