Yesterday, I had the pleasure to host three bright high school juniors from Austin Polytech at the tgin factory. They are part of the Manufacturing Connect Program, which helps expose youth to the manufacturing side of business.
During the factory tour, I talked to the kids about the operation side of the business, how we manufacture our products, how we price our products, negotiate with vendors, and more. I was actually surprised by all of the tough questions. Watch a clip of our factory tour here.
After spending time at the factory and watching my staff make product, we headed over to the West Loop Target, where Brandon, an executive team lead gave us a presentation on how tgin products made it on the shelf, the growth of the natural hair care segment, and what it means to work in logistics/operations at Target. Brandon also went one step further and talked to the kids about the importance of going to college, and how he managed to achieve so much responsibility at such a young age (e.g. managing a store with over $10 million worth of inventory). Many thanks to the team at West Loop Target for making this happen.
Overall, it was an exciting day showing them what a day in the life of tgin is like and giving them a first hand opportunity to see how a small company does business with a national retailer.
We had a blast showing them around and introducing them to the small business side of the manufacturing world.
Best of luck! Maybe we’ll see you on the manufacturing side in the future!
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