As a business owner who has a long past and present as a web developer, I watch the tools that we use and the latest technological trends closely. I don’t like to use cutting edge technology, but I do like to make the jump as soon as there is a business case for it and a clear path that will enable a successful transition.
We have been looking at Quickbooks online for a very long time because I have been dreaming about an accounting system tied to our back-end system forever. Emi, on the other hand, has been longing for the ability to view up-to-date inventory information from anywhere. The problem always was that QuickBooks Online did not support inventory, and the few accounting SaaS companies that did provide it charged a lot for it. It felt that inventory was not on the radar of many of these companies who, obviously, chose the software or service industries as their target markets.
When we finally found out that QuickBooks Online offered inventory we were still stopped by the other hurdle: the ability to support multiple currencies. Last summer this was not supported but it was on the radar. Finally, this fall it arrived, and we were ready to jump on board, except for one tiny detail: if your QuickBooks company file includes multi-currency you won’t be able to export it to import it in QuickBooks online. This really royally stunk and gave us pause, but we decided to go ahead and not to ever look back.
As to integrating our back-end with QuickBooks Online’s it is going to be fairly easy. The API seems well developed although, by reading a few forums, there are some scenarios that return strange errors. I will be happy to sweat through those as nothing seems to be as confusing as the poorly documented FedEx and USPS APIs. Using Node will be a pleasure and abandoning our old technology stack will feel like getting rid of a ball and chain.
So if you are looking to abandon QuickBooks desktop in favor of QuickBooks Online, maybe check to see if you are going to be able to export your file (you might have to upgrade your version). Otherwise, I don’t know what else might cause you to go against that decision. In our case, we were able to save money because online payroll + QuickBooks online was cheaper than the previous payroll solution we were using. Less money, more convenience: a no-brainer.
I did not grow up with Halloween. So I never got to experience the excitement, and I know that I would have liked it because I have one ginormous sweet tooth. On second thought, that’s probably a good thing as I would be completely toothless now.
But my kids are different and I want to help them enjoy this wonderful celebration by helping them go through the excitement of choosing a costume, getting dressed up, going trick or treating and partying with friends. And that we did. I’ve never seen Marco run around so much. It was evident that he had a little extra fuel to burn before going to sleep. Chiara said that: “she liked all the spooky and fun decorations!!” and made sure I included the two exclamation marks. :-)!
I have decided that next year I am going to spend more time preparing for Halloween. I am going to decorate our place a bit, even though we are not going to be there, and everyone in our family is going to be have a cool costume, not just the kids. I want to be Emperor Graziano (since my last name is Graziani), an obscure emperor that no one has ever heard of before except for perhaps a brief mention in the Gladiator movie: an obscure mention that no one has even noticed. But me. I hope to use the whole year preparing my costume so that it can be strikingly accurate, with a few handmade elements to reflect my personality.
Now we have a TON of candy! Let me know if you want me to include some in your next order! :-).
I have just had a very special last 24 hours. One of our best customers just had a baby girl and for her baptism he and his wife decided to use a gift from Marcopoloni to give to their guests.
First of all, we love babies. If you tell us that you just had a baby you have to send us pictures, otherwise we can’t function very well. After we have been able to definitively establish that your baby is, indeed, the most beautiful baby that ever came to this world: “congratulations!”. Now we can change the subject.
The Baptism is in a little over a week and the dad is looking for some party favors, what we call bomboniere in Italy, and would like some flower key chains. Perfect, we have enough, and we have an ideal gift wrap paper and ribbon that will be just right for the celebration. Given that the package will arrive just a couple of days before the great event, I make sure that he leaves the gift wrapping up to us. If there is something that I always experience when I organize parties, it is that there is never enough time to work on the final details.
Emi and I spend a couple of hours feverishly preparing the package and manage to send it out with the utmost care on the same day. We send it with the hope that our efforts gave the parents either more time to sleep or to get ready for the party.
I hope that this will turn out to be a success story. It certainly helped that the dad and I had talked a few times in the past so I knew the customer and the customer knew what we could do.
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Daniele wearing his beloved NICOLA Campomaggi belt pouch.
Some products become part of our DNA. I have been wearing my Nicola on my belt every day since July 2, 2014, and I am becoming more and more attached to it as time goes by.
There was one unfortunate day a few months ago when I decided not to wear it. That was the day I dropped my Samsung Note 3 in the toilet.
I will spare you the details, but it was because I didn’t have my Nicola with me, and that was extremely upsetting. Since that day I have doubled-down on my loyalty towards this belt pouch. So much so that it has become an extension of me–it is part of my morning routine and now always works hard to keep my wallet always safe and my phone always handy.
Although I consider it a necessity, I have gotten compliments for its style, and, thinking about it, I wouldn’t wear a belt pouch if it wasn’t as stylish. Instead, both men and women stop me to compliment me about it. As to its practicality, I have already discussed it in my previous post, so I will only add that, once you get used to it, you no longer run into things with it.
Needless to say, I highly recommend the NICOLA. Make sure to connect with us and sign up for our newsletter (the most I’ve sent is 5 in a year, although my goal is to send 6).
On Friday Chiara’s school was closed so we took Chiara to the office while we shipped orders and took care of just the most pressing issues. Luckily Chiara loves to read and can entertainment herself for a few hours. But she also takes interest in the family business and hopes to design our bags some day.
When she saw our sample butterfly leather hair clip she said that we should take pictures with it to help the business. We were more than happy to comply, except we opted for the model that we actually carry: the rose. As we went outside and she put the hair clip on. I was very impressed when I saw how beautifully the leather rose adorned my daughter’s hair.
Unlike most of our products, this is one I cannot test drive myself (my hair is way too thin and short). So I cannot testify for comfort or practicality, but I can report what I have witnessed. Chiara wore the clip all day long. If it wasn’t comfortable we would have heard about it every five minutes: she never complained. We did have to adjust it a couple of times throughout the day, which is probably to be expected, or it was the result of Chiara not sitting still at all while Emi put it on. As I said, I was very impressed: on someone with long hair (Chiara’s hair is not thick but it hangs past her shoulders) it should look really good.
If you own one of this, I would love to know your thoughts.
Travel. Close your eyes and think of a destination. If you have a Pinterest account your mind is probably full of exotic destinations you would like to explore, some day, maybe soon. Maybe one of those amazing spots is within driving distance and you picture yourself getting ready to get in the car or SUV with your dear ones.
As I write this I am starting to imagine taking a short vacation to Lake Tahoe (about a four-hour drive from Silicon Valley, double that with traffic but I am not allowed to think about that right now) with my family. We are going to meet our friends who also have kids the same age as ours and we are going to have a great time.
I picture myself offloading the bags from the trunk in the chilly air and I see the wheeled, hard shell suitcase that works so well in airports… not so well in the snow. Plus… It’s not my style. Rewind.
Now I see myself reaching for the PARETO, who packed this thing? I have to finally use those muscles, luckily I also have a full GIRAMONDO to balance me out. It’s snowing, but I waterproofed both bags using the best leather cream in the world. I greet my friends, they notice my bags. I refuse their offers to help: maybe they can get some of the small stuff.
PARETO Rugged Leather Suitcase
I get to our room, begin unpacking, “these bags are great” I think to myself. “Who’s hungry for dinner?” I proclaim as I take out a bottle of my favorite wine and bring it to the kitchen. I have something memorable in mind for dinner, it’s getting dark, the fireplace is crackling, the kids are playing, laughter erupts. I start cooking with my friends and think: “it’s going to be a good night.”
You might know Baha. Baha is a jeweler in New York whose artisanship is amazing.
When it comes to delivering his more expensive masterpieces Baha needed something that even he couldn’t create. An outstanding jewelry box worthy of the treasure it holds.
When he came to me for help, I immediately thought of Peroni, who, among many other things, also makes jewelry boxes. And, as you should expect, they are not just any jewelry boxes. Unlike the eyeglasses cases, which are made of hardened leather, Peroni jewelry boxes use the same leather wrapped around a wooden box. The wood supplies the hardness while the leather without any stitches gives it an amazingly luxurious feel.
Unfortunately, just like we can’t carry a catalog of Baha’s jewelry, we have not grown enough to carry Peroni’s jewelry boxes, yet. Baha is going to customize his (if he decides to go forward with them) by engraving his logo with gold leaf. If they arrive I will make sure to take pictures and show them to you. This leads me to the point of this post: if you are on a quest to find something extremely unique, high quality, and authentic, please get in touch with me as that is my passion and I would love nothing more than embark on the quest.
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Tulips are a Turkish flower, here they embody the strength of the Divan Room
Heads Up!!! Maurizio e Roby designed this figurine to remind us of someone.
This fall we have four new groups of products coming. I have already talked about the Dionigi bags and wallets, the next group is made up by the Antartidee figurines. For years we looked at them longingly but we were not planning to bring these in this year. That was until not one, but two, customers were willing to place prepaid orders for us to supply them.
CUOCA Female Chef: you are in an Italian kitchen now.
You might say that two customers is not a big enough sample population to make a decision like this but in our world two customers requesting something means popular demand. So we bought what they wanted and we got three for us to try. We picked the Golfer, the Sax Player, and the Dentist, but it was really hard to narrow down our choices because we could think of someone that would make a great gift recipient for just about any of them.
I can’t wait to get my hands on these figurines. My spirit thrives on fun, clever wit, and jokes (among other things, of course–I don’t think that I am a full-time buffoon). As you would expect from an Antartidee product, the details in these figurines are, well, very detailed. Their meticulous quest to portray even the smallest details brings these characters to life and turns them into, if not works of art, works of artistry that catch your train of thought in a pleasing way.
We wanted a leather cream to use on the best Italian leather. We found it.
We have always claimed that our leather cream is the best one we have ever tried. This is because it works really well and its qualities are superior: it is non toxic, it is made of all natural ingredients that do not affect the pores in full grain leather, and it really works to protect and waterproof your leather products, especially good quality Campomaggi leather that you do not want to compromise with sprays full of chemicals.
In the video below you can see how to apply the cream (including how it is perfectly safe to get it on your hands if you want), how the leather darkens significantly when you apply the cream, and how the color almost goes back to normal after an hour (it will, eventually, go back to its original shade). Ultimately, we show how pouring water on the untreated part causes the water to be absorbed by the leather, while pouring water on the treated section results in the water simply rolling off the bag.
This is pretty impressive performance that you can expect on your quality leather products. Make sure to get one next time you buy a Marcopoloni leather product. We stand by it 100%. We are planning more Marcopoloni products of this caliber. Stay up-to-date by signing up to our newsletter and don’t worry: we only have time to send up to six newsletters a year.
As a parent, kids shoes drive me a bit crazy. On one hand, you don’t want to spend too much on shoes because you know that your child will quickly outgrow them, but you know that the cheap ones will start unraveling within a week, and doesn’t your child need something decent on her feet?
I have inspected the signs of wear and tear on Chiara’s shoes and for a while become convinced of torturous games going on at the playground. In my case, when Chiara was four she started coming home with sand and pebbles packed at the bottom of her shoes. I started envisioning a bully dragging her across the sandbox. Luckily one Saturday I got to watch her and her friends take their shoes off and fill them with sand.
But another question remained: why are the frontal parts of her shoes all scraped? Except for seeing her dragging her shoe-tops while riding her scooter, I have no idea how it happens. Whatever the dynamic, it is definitely one of her favorite activities, and most shoes give in like cheese through a grater.
In an effort to do better, a year-and-a-half ago we gave Chiara a pair of sneakers and a pair of sandals. I did expect for them to last longer, but I did not expect them to last this long. The sandals are practically new and I will probably hand them down to somebody who is interested. The sneakers are scraped in front but the leather is holding up and I don’t foresee a hole forming.