So, what all is going on?
We are proud to introduce our new website. We have transitioning to a new website hosting service, PlusPlus Hosting. They are providing us with much more flexibility and a more powerful web solution than we had before.
We have simplified the order process for both our retail and wholesale customers. Now, our wholesale family will be able to log in to their own, unique, user account and place orders. They will also be able to see their previous orders and account history. In addition, the new website will allow us the ability to live stream video from our studio while we are in production of our bath and body goodies!
In late August of this year, we made the decision to reduce down the total number of products that we will be offering as we move into Fall and beyond.
Beginning October 1st, 2017, we will limit our product production to the Top 12 and the most popular fragrances of our Handcrafted Soaps (cold process method) and a new Sea Salt Body Polish.
We will continue to produce Body Mousse, however, will be available only to wholesale partners and offered at live events as this product is very seasonal and does not ship well in hotter months.
We wanted to focus on the products that our customers and wholesale partners love! Assuring we have stock to satisfy our wholesale partners as they place reorders with us. Our experience has shown that having too many products is stressful, time consuming, and extremely expensive. We want to streamline not only our products, but our response time, supplies and inventory as well.
Our packaging has been received with fanfare. But, just as the seasons change, so does the packaging. We are keeping our signature Kraft paper style. But, we are transitioning to custom made Kraft paper bags that are wax lined. This eliminates the possibility of the soaps damaging a piece of furniture or a retailers display.
We are also producing new custom signage for our wholesale partners to use when displaying our products in their retail locations.
In addition, for our wholesale partners, we are rolling out custom soap trays that can be purchased separately, should they wish to display our soaps naked. Our color swirls are amazing and we have tweaked those a little this year. They look absolutely amazing (pics coming soon).
ADDING INDEPENDENT SALES REPRESENTATIVES (ISR’s)
We have been in the planning stages of this for over a year. We wanted to wait until the time was right and everything was in order on our end.
Our excitement level is through the roof as we work in Q4 of 2017 to start on-boarding ISR’s to canvas the Southeastern US to expand the KSC product line to additional retail entities.
We have worked very hard at resourcing providers of our supplies and inventory to assure we are getting the best price possible. This allows us to offer our ISL’s a commission that is DOUBLE to that of national standard for an initial sale. In addition, the same commission on all reorders, which is actually TRIPLE the national standard.
NEW PRODUCTION STUDIO
We have transitioned a large part of our basement into a custom production area for all of our products. We now have an ample amount of counter space and tons of storage. We are absolutely LOVING IT! We will be sharing it with you in live videos in the near future.
LAST, BUT NOT LEAST
All in all, a LOT of things are happening here at Kudzu Soap Company. We took a huge hit to our business after the devastating house fire in October 2015. Being displaced, and going through the rebuilding and recovery period, for over a year has been extremely challenging, but we are back and kicking things into full gear!
We truly, and sincerely, THANK YOU for all of your support and patronage over the years. You mean the world to us and we could never had made it this far without YOU!
Phillip & Kevin