New week = new interview 📋 Today, we are delighted to welcome Robert – founder of Trinca-Ferro, an online hardware boutique specialising in vintage knobs. Here, Robert shares his thoughts on his thriving business, his eCommerce loan with Bitbond and what we can do as a platform to improve. He is an A-rated borrower and is looking for your support to boost sales in the upcoming year. Investors only have a few more days to invest 🔜
Enjoy the interview!
B: Hello Robert, thank you very much for taking the time to talk to us! Can you start off by telling us a little about your business and what should investors know about it?
R: www.trinca-ferro.com – An online hardware boutique specialising in vintage ceramic and glass door and drawer knobs as well as hooks and hangers. Our products are sourced through a preferred supplier company in India who handle stock, packaging and also dispatch the parcels to the end customer via our DHL fast tracked courier service. We can reach anywhere globally within 72 hours. The website and the marketing activities are managed from the UK by myself and we work regularly with a handpicked global team of freelancers.
The placement of the operational aspects of the business in India results in a competitive price position. However, the sales proposition is not based purely on a price competitive strategy. Trinca-Ferro is a stylish brand with an attractive modern contemporary look on both our website and on all images and media used on our market place platforms. We have established a reputation for having a great product range, excellent quality and a reliable service and delivery. This can be seen from our reviews.
B: How come you ended up starting trinca-ferro and why have you chosen this particularly niche?
R: Having set up and run a boutique home store operation in Brazil called Rupee Rupee which grew to five retail stores selling upcycled furniture from India I noticed that customers loved the ceramic and glass knobs we were using on our pieces and we started to import these items to sell as stand alone products… it just grew from there.. what started with a few hundred eventually turned into whole containers and then in turn led me tob uild a new model and create an online business.
B: What do you hope to achieve with your loan and why did you choose Bitbond over a bank?
R: We are now looking for extra contingency funds to boost our war chest at the very start of the new year to invest in some new special stock lines such as concrete cupcake knobs, vintage style hooks that can be hung over doors (great for renters) and also copper and stone knobs.
We think this extra injection of funds at this time will get us faster of the blocks at the start to 2017 and will have really positive effect on accelerating our growth.
B: What is your favorite feature on Bitbond? What features do you think are missing?
R: I think that the best feature with Bitbond is the speed and clarity of the system. The information is well laid out and easy for anybody to understand. Also, I really like the easy engagement with potential investors. At the same time I think there could be a little bit of room for some more information as it is very pushed to explain all in 1000 characters. I appreciate it should be kept concise but it is really striped to an absolute minimum. They could be extra places for links for example as I am keen to show my customer reviews and this does not link on my proposal and this does link does easily illustrate a strength of Trinca–Ferro and would certainly encourage investment.
B: What would you want potential investors to know about your loan?
R: Again there could be a little more space to expand on how the company works and why the loan is needed. I think in many ways a Bitbond loan is a form of hot money for many people… ie a smallish investment to be used for a specific purpose at a specific moment to have a certain desired effect. I can be a kick starter or game changer. Just what is needed at the right moment and that moment is discussed and shared with the investors. We propose to pay back over 12 months with scheduled payments for the 1st of each month. This will not be any great strain on our cash flow.
B: What do you think the future holds for bitcoin? Is it the modern-day equivalent of the internet or will it fall flat on its face?
R: As mentioned I think that with more and more eCommerce Bitbond is a natural place for people to come to when looking for investment.. there is some intrinsic logic here. Although there is the issue of how transfer the loan into currency and get this to your bank account….if this was already incorporated in the system it would be far more transparent and easy and I am sure resistance to BitBond would be less. These things are not so easy to use and I have had to ask for technical support and all of this does honestly glitch up things a little if that makes sense.
B: As a business owner, do accept bitcoin? If not, what do are the chances of that changing?
R: This is something we honestly need to research.. as more and more people become aware of bitcoin and start to use there is more and more motivation for us to include as a payment method on our online store. The word is spreading bit by bit!
B: Thank your for an excellent interview, Robert!
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