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Hi, I’m the founder of Mr. Sleeping Capsule. The purpose of this post is to give some background into how we started.
On researching the pods, I discovered they could be bought in China, but there were Minimum Order Quantities (MOQ’s) – you could only order a minimum of 20, 40 or 100 pods. The quality of the pods was far from ideal – they used the cheapest of materials, and had no fire or safety standards whatsoever. I was not happy with the quality of the product.
I did not want to buy these cheap pods and then find that they didn’t meet any EU or CE standards, and discover that I then couldn’t use them, and had wasted my time and money.
So I flew to China for 2 weeks to visit factories and source and manufacture my own pods, which would meet all EU and CE fire and safety standards. This process took 5 months longer than expected due to the exhaustive independent testing to meet all the European standards, and also language, transport and currency problems.
Finally the pods passed all the CE and EU tests, and I could go ahead with production. I ordered my first container load and it was shipped! From start to finish this took 16 months, a long time but worth it to get a premium product I could stand over.