Letter to Islands Souvenirs president Jonathan Jay Aldeguer
Your website is visually attractive but could generate great sales if you had your t shirts from the different cities of the Philippines right on line so customers could order by city and attraction worldwide.
Also your email on your website does not work, so how can you learn what customers think? Try sending an email and you will find it is rejected as unable to find your company email.
Here is what the rejected email said Hi. This is the qmail-send program at yahoo.com.
I’m afraid I wasn’t able to deliver your message to the following addresses.
This is a permanent error; I’ve given up. Sorry it didn’t work out.
Sorry, I couldn’t find a mail exchanger or IP address. (#5.4.4)
And your flash introduction page on your website is annoying rather than opening right to your products page and should be removed as some don’t have flash players. Check out these websites where you can order online and there is no wasted flash page to slow down your customer experience.
Why can’t you do the same having ordering online to the world?
And your website doesnt have email address able to be easily copied so you can paste in your email as it is a graphic and not able to be copied but must be hand written, why not make it easier for customers to write you by putting the email address in text like most websites do?
Being visually attractive does not make sales, but the Philippines and the world are ready for your products online and I am sure that many like me have visited a place and regretted not getting a t shirt and later would like to have.
Why not make it easy and put ur shirts online and see how e-bay.ph does it very well with millions of customers who order online. You could even have a store on ebay. I would be happy to talk with you further but regardless I hope you can make your website useful to customers besides just getting store locations.
Thanks. We want your t shirts online. Watch the sales expand!
This was disclosed by Islands Group president Jay Aldeguer during a media lunch last Thursday at Casino Español de Cebu.
Islands Souvenirs Inc. (ISI) outlets will serve as an incubation hub for fair-trade products to reach their markets.
Fair trade is a global movement that aims to give just value and market access to the products of small-time producers. Fair trade products are made in environmentally, economically and socially responsible conditions.
Aldeguer said he had been active in developing cottage industries and so was aware that most producers are concerned with market access.
“Islands Souvenirs will give them the venue to promote their products,” he said. The 20 main stores identified nationwide will simultaneously start displaying fair-trade products by the summer of 2010.
He also said since these stores are based in different provinces, the suppliers can come from producers based in the provinces where ISI outlets are located.
If the products get a good response from the market, Aldeguer said, Islands Souvenirs will officially tap the producers as direct suppliers of the company.
He also said the company welcomes various products, from bags to food products.
The company’s pasalubong (souvenir) center in Lapu-Lapu City is already carrying fair-trade products.
Aside from this, Aldeguer is also looking at asking the Department of Trade and Industry to assist producers in their businesses. He said he has already talked to local fair trade movement representatives in Cebu to help push for this initiative.
-The shirt spread like wildfire and in just a year, the brand known as Pi (for Philippine islands) accounts for Island Souvenir’s biggest sales chunk in its 90 shops nationwide.