As We Begin Year Two…

When we opened for business last May, we only had about half the inventory selection we currently, and only a few products were available online.  We didn’t have many of the products that we now consider to be key to our success, including African baskets, felted soap, beer soap, and apparel from India and Nepal.  We didn’t foresee the impact e-commerce would have on our business.  We hoped it would be a modest supplement to our brick & mortar operations, instead it now accounts for about 30% of revenue and is growing rapidly.   We have had to expand to another floor in our fair trade shop in historic Port Gamble, WA, and now carry more than 400 products online, with more being constantly added.  It will be exciting to see where this next year takes us, especially if the weather and the economy cooperate (we not only opened during a recession, our entire first year was filled with record breaking cold and rain, which negatively impacted walk-in business, and included several days lost to snow closures.)  Here’s to fair trade, small businesses, and artisans who create functional beauty for us all!


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***This blog has been retired as of 1/1/2013. We invite you to follow us at*** This blog is about the products and business practices of Tango Zulu Imports, a small fair trade company in historic Port Gamble, Washington. We carry an array of artisan products from developing countries, with a specialty in African baskets.
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