Last week was quite eventful for me as I spent Tuesday with the folks at Furniture For Life (the parent company of Inada USA, Panasonic, and Positive Posture massage chairs) and then Thursday night driving from Salt Lake City to Cerritos, California to deliver 4 chairs to a customer.
I try to visit my suppliers from time to time, but I hadn’t been to Inada USA’s new showroom at their Boulder, CO headquarters. The last time I was there, it was just a showroom for Inada USA, but company president, Cliff Levin, has been very busy developing his business model which resulted in the formation of a parent company, Furniture for Life (FFL). That business model includes Inada USA, becoming the sole distributor for Panasonic massage chairs in the USA, and a new line of massage chairs under the name of Positive Posture…all under the FFL corporate umbrella.
There are lots of things brewing at FFL. I got to spend some quality time with Cliff, Michael Long, and Ian Hayes, the folks directly involved in growing the massage chair end of their business. They have some wonderful plans in the making, including some new chair prototypes that will be revealed at CES in Las Vegas next January. I can’t say much more than that, but there will be some exciting news coming from FFL in January. I hope to do a video interview with Cliff sometime soon to chit chat more about it.
Here is a brief video of my visit to the FFL headquarters.
After returning home on Wednesday morning, we learned that 4 chairs we had ordered for a medical clinic in the Los Angeles area had been mistakenly shipped to our Utah showroom instead of our California showroom. The chairs needed to be in LA by Friday so that our delivery guy, Domenic, could set them up at the clinic. You see, the clinic was having a grand opening on Saturday and those chairs were an integral part of the festivities.
There was no way we could reroute the chairs to be in LA by Friday, so I ended up renting a delivery truck, loading up the 4 chairs here in Utah and then setting off for Southern California with my son, Rob, as the co-pilot. We left at 9:45 pm on Thursday night and arrived at my showroom at 8:00 am the next morning. Needless to say our sleep and diet habits for the night were miserable. But, we handed off the chairs to Domenic and he delivered the chairs on time for the Grand Opening! My son and I both flew home Friday to culminate what I would say was the longest 24 hours of my life! You can see a few pics of the adventure on our Facebook page.