We're well on the way to 2016 now, and as I write this, there's only 4 days until Christmas is upon us once more!
Incredibly, it feels like its only been a couple of months since we were writing about the last Chistmas holiday break! How time flies!
2015 was a good year for us. We shuffled some suppliers found some savings, lost some savings and overall had a lot of fun just trying to get everything done while keeping our sanity in check!
There's never a good time to announce price increases, but we're not immune to it and lately we've been copping them from just about every angle you can imagine.
Obviously, that means we'll need to have some price increases in 2016 which we've tried to hold off on as long as we possibly could. Unfortunate as it may be though, we have to deal with price increases the same way as everyone else in the supply chain does. We have to increase prices. We don't have the huge margins to be able to absorb these costs, so we'll need to adjust some prices here and there.
It's not all doom and gloom though as we've managed to get some cost savings in areas by purchasing in larger quantities, which has been a good little bonus!
We'll start chasing up some couriers in 2016 to see if we can start finding ways to cut the postage cost down. It's been difficult for us because our customers are all over Australia with at least 50% out of metro areas. If most of our customers were in metro areas, it would be so much easier because then we could organise something like flat rate shipping,however, then you get people who are up in NT outback or W.A outback, and wow! Some of the costs to send out that way are incredible!
We can't use places like Startrack because they charge for each delivery attempt and with customers all mixed between Private and Business, again, impossible to arrange.
If only things were simple, right? This keeps us on out toes!
We hope you all have a safe and happy christmas and a happy new year!
Thanks for all of your help and support and we hope we've helped your project in some small way!
Motion Dynamics Team!
Hope your holidays were good and everyone is safe and well!
I'm sorry for the lack of recent updates. It's been a really busy time for us here at Motion Dynamics and we've really been struggling to keep up with packaging, emails and phone calls! (Thank you all for your support!)
Now, time for the latest news...
Over the past 5 months, behind the scenes, we've been doing a lot of testing of new products (kind of !)
The reason we've been doing this because we've had so many price rises from established suppliers that we've hit a real tipping point with the Australian dollar being this weak. Something eventually had to give!
So, like beavers, we've kept our engineers extremely busy buying oodles of samples and testing goods from new suppliers!
Lots of things have changed from when we first started out and every one of our suppliers has had price rises (some have had multiple price rises)
We expect that of course, but as technology gets better and smaller companies can afford to purchase high end manufacturing equipment, we're finding products that may not have been good enough 3-4 years ago, that are now much better in both quality, price and in some cases even design.
After going through lots of data, I can honestly say we've found some great products with similar pricing, but from companies who are more willing to negotiate better deals without compromising quality!
Some things, we don't need to test (ie, a Unite motor is a Unite motor no matter where you get it from) but for other products it's really been an interesting (positive) experience.
This week, we received our first order from a few of the new suppliers, and we're really happy with the products.
So, over the next few weeks, we'll be adjusting prices on the website to reflect the new pricing. Lots of goods will remain the same (those that we changed suppliers for) and other goods will be extremely close to existing products with only slight changes to dimensions.
Big changes throughout the coming weeks!
We've added some customer pictures to the gallery which you can visit by looking at the lower left menu under "Customer Projects".
Here you'll find the assorted uses customers find for our products and you'll be able to get some good ideas for projects you may want to tackle yourself!
On a daily basis, we have customers phone us up with some of the greatest ideas and I often wonder how many of them will become reality.
It's easy to have an idea or a concept, but its not so easy to build without a lot of determination and courage to see the project through (and who am I to talk?) I have several projects in just such a state!
Eventually I'll get back around to them (right?)
Anyhow, while will happily post your photos, please be aware that they need to be reasonable quality! Some of the pictures we get are similar to looking at an ink blot! you see some great stuff, but who knows what it is!