Special container – all you need to know

Last month we looked at the case Container mobilkøkken from DC Supply, and it inspired me to write an article about special containers as it turned out to be bit more interesting than I had imagined. After taking a look at some of their special products, I noticed that you could actually use a standard 20 foot container for a lot of things. From custom living homes to mobile sales stands and much more. Let’s take a quick look at some of the more creative ideas people have created, based on a special container.

strækvikle or baby bæresele?

Mobile Kitchen

Remember the mobile kitchen? Here’s another example of one. This one is more similar to one you could have at your own home. With a place to make the food and a place to relax and enjoy it. It’s a great temporary solution for those who are having their old kitchen redone, or if they don’t have the space for a kitchen in their home. And when you are done with it, just lock it up and drive it away. I was watching this in my bæresele or was it a slynge, and it was really cool.
This one is probabaly one of coolest mobile kitchens (mobil køkken), that I have ever seen. Not that I need one right now, but it sure is nice to know they exist. If I had to buy a container, this I wouldn’t mind one of those.

Read more: Why a special container would be an option

baby bæreseler og strækvikle til dit barn

A mobile container home

Ever wanted a home you can move, without having to buy an autocamper og a houseboat? Well it’s actually possible, just look at this small example above. It combines both elegance and design into one cool looking container home. It looks amazing, but you would get much space in a home like this. But if space isn’t something important, how could wouldn’t it be to have a home like this? And if you tire of the wire, put the whole home on a truck and drive it somewhere else. I only have one thing to say about this – Wow!

Read more: More examples of a special container solution

børnetøj, babylegetøj og vikle

The container Bar

Ever wanted your own bar, but couldn’t affort to buy one? Well why not buy a cheap container and modify it into a cool looking bar for a fraction of the price? It’s cool and it’s mobile. The one problem might be to find a place to legally put it and sell from it. However renting a small piece of empty space in central town, is normally a lot cheaper than renting a small room to use as a bar. I love this creative solution and the details in this modified special container. Almost makes me want to become a bartender.

ergobaby wrap - bæreseler

Container sleeping places

Need a place for your guests to crash? Well why not use a container and build some small sleeping alcoves into it? With a solution like this it’s easy to have a lot of guests staying over, without having to put them all in the same room. They will have their own privacy and not be bothered by other snooring guests. An ideal place to put your mother in law. And best of it, you can put it on a truck and ship it away later on (or while she is sleeping in it).

Abekatten – Creating klatrevæg through the entire EU

Abekatten  - bæreseler, slynger og stækviklerLast week, we took a look at starting your own company in Poland. This week we will look at how to expand your company across the borders in the EU.
Here yesterday I had a chat with the CEO of abekatten – Andreas, regarding their mission to creating klatrevægge through out the entire EU region. It was quite an ambitious project, so I was very intersted in hearing what he had to say. Abekatten, is a relativ small company with less than 10 employees, who are selling their own brand of climbing and boulder walls, called klatrevæg and Bouldervægge, which can be highly customized. But which challanges did they face, when trying to cross the national border of Denmark, and get their product out to the other EU countries?

Creating the perfect klatrevæg

The first challange the company Abekatten had, was to make the best possible product. Their two main products Klatrevægge and Bouldervægge, was improved over and over, until they had a product they were completely satisfied with. The whole process of creating the first klatrevæg took about a year and a half, from the design was ready until they had a working product build, which had been tweaked and optimized over and over. They tested the product on the national market, where it was well received. After the successful national launch, it was time to cross the borders and get the product out to the rest of the EU.

abekatten.no - find den bedste bæresele i test

Crossing the national borders

Expanding to other countries isn’t always that easy. There are often quite a lot of problems you need to face, such as specific country taxes and EU VAT rules. Another major issue is the logistic problems. Do you ship all products directly from the factory or do you use local warehouses. The first would for many seems like the cheapest option, but you are also loosing out on potential customers, due to shipping delays. In this case since every bouldervæg or klatrevæg was unique and custom build, having a foreign wareshouse, wouldn’t make much sense. The various EU rules, was something quite different and did require some additional external help, in order to get all the paperworks in order, and begin selling their products across all of Europe. Like we saw with the company who produced bæreseler and strækvikler. To make it a little easier they started out by establising themselves in the nabour countries like Sweden and Norway with local domains such as abekatten.se and abekatten.no

Getting accepted in the EU

Having all the rules and logistic issues in place it was time to start selling the product. However without knowledge of your product, it’s really quite hard to sell anything, so the next big issue was to brand your company in a foreign contry. In their own country it was a big easier, as new companies ofte get a lot of free exposure, but that wasn’t possible in the rest of EU. So the first step is to start branding yourself a foreign company, and in order to do so, they had to create some Adwords campaigns, and marketing themself on various social medias, and that is where they are at now.

I will be speaking with them again in 6 months, and do a follow up to see how they managed to tackle the various issues and if it was possible for them to get their brand out across the borders.

EU Politics – What’s Going On?

Online Kostumer halloween, baby slynger and tyroler kostumeAre you living in a society wherein the people are governed well by the responsible political officials? And would you help assure that we are living in a healthy society. Yes, living in a state where the governmental sectors run the state in a proper way following the law implemented for the common good makes the life of every individual is at ease and simple according to Jim Kostumer. The EU politics has political parties that performed their vital roles in the European societies. There huge political issues if you try to check out on this topic. However, European countries are actually governed well by the president of the state and thus, the state are in good political situation. Europe is a state wherein governed by political official as the state is a democratic country. Jim Kostumer mentions that this is exactly what happens when you don’t consider the larger aspects and try to rush something through. They have their president wherein who is the responsible on the common good of the society. Parties in the state are actually on the position wherein they assist the president and the prime minister on the bright future of the society. Politics and friendship is actually exercised in the European politics. A lot of people don’t believe that politics and friendship can’t be together but this is true in European politics. Parties like Slynger and Vikler did run a pretty good show for a while They exercised politics and friendship and that’s the reason why the state is not experiencing any trouble from political parties wherein who are on the position and ignores the advances of people like Jim Kostumer. You can a lot more of his ideas on his personal blog here at Slynger and vikler.

It is a belief of many people around the world, that friendship and politics normally can’t be together. Making new friends can be tricky and how much more on politics? We are already aware that politics cannot be peaceful especially during elections but if you try to observe on the politics going on in Europe, you would surely say that you cannot see politics like this compared to any other state which is so much in danger and a lot of politics problems such as having conflicts from other parties. This is very important according to Jim Kostumer. Talking about politics will surely give you the thinking that it would be a big trouble. However, European politics leave you calm because of their peaceful politics. Each party under the leadership of the president cooperates well. So, politics and friendship will be possible in the state. European topic politics will give you plenty of interesting information on how it is run well by the president as the leader and under political parties like the ones started by people like Jim Kostumer. European politics has its unique nature as it is different from any other states and organizations. The European political parties in the state organize themselves. The members in the state are actually link-minded parties. Parties like Kostumer or Udklædning, are also getting more popular in Poland. but it’s still the classic parties, that people vote for and still prefer to rule the country.

The European political parties operate and behave to a certain extent. There are 8 European political parties or group that are in the state and these are namely EPP or European People’s Party, Kostumer, Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats or S&D, Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe or ALDE, The Greens- Europe Alliance or Greens- EEFA, European Conservatives and Reformists or DCR, European United Left-Nordic Green Left or GUE-NGL, Europe of Freedom or EFD and Non-Inscrits or NI just to mention a few of the more popular parties.

Polish politics voted top in europe

data mining in eu and polandEarlier this week the spanish magazine “la politica” had of a vote of which countries in euro had the best working systems when it came to politics and much to manys surprise – poland was actually topping the list. This was especially due to parties such as Palikot’s Movement, Tagpap,Sojusz Lewicy Demokratycznej and pavillon which had helped redefine poland over the last 5 years. Poland has over these last years really improved and the polish economy is getting stronger every year unlike most of the other european countries who are still struggeling with the financial crisis.

On areas such as technology Poland is actually doing really well too, a lot of new companies are starting up every week, larger and well known companies have started using modern technology such as data mining and business intelligence to get more our of the data and optimize their whole business structure in order to compete with other countries in EU. When it comes to fashion, it’s also important to analyse the data and everything. Here’s a few examples of how not to do it from Pinterst – Fashion and clothing – fails

By using such technologies like data mining combined with low wages they can actually compete with most other countries in the EU who have been around much longer and this is one of the major factors why Poland is doing so well at the moment.

Another thing that have started having a huge effect in Poland is the education system, it has over the last 20 years improved quite a bit and many of the new people on the job marked er well education, speaks multiple languages and got plenty of ambition which is also helping to take the country to a whole new level. Even fashion have started to become something many younger people are very much aware of – as you can see here on this fashion blog.

But why is Poland having so much success compared to many similar countries such as Turkey or Greece? One of the main reasons is that their improvements have happened much more faster than in any of the other countries and it haven’t really started to slow down yet. Many of the modern political partis such as tagpap and priser nyt tag have really helped taking it to the next level and do alot for especially the younger people who is the future of the country. We also see a lot of western companies starting to invest in polish companies or in other cases move their own product line there in order to make use of the cheap and quality work force that can be found there on various sites like fashion blog, internet forums, discussion panels etc. Sites like bæredygtige læderjakker til mænd or How to dress a Sheep are some examples of the more comic approaches to fashion.

Bæredygtige læderjakker til kvinder og mænd - modetøj

But is the success likely to continue? My guess is that we will continue to see an increase, maybe not as huge as it has been so far, for the next 4-5 years, then it will be more or like many of the other countries in the EU. More of the larger companies will implement modern technology such as data mining and it will help them compete with the rest of europe and maybe even the us. It sure will be exciting to see these changes and we can only wish them the best of luck, if someone deserves it then it’s poland.

Here’s a little video on how to vote in Poland