I’m extraordinarily excited to be traveling home today. We have had a great time in China, but after 10 days I think everybody in the group is eager to get back to the US.
We spent the morning again at the second phase of the Canton Fair. Several in our group felt like they made some great finds this morning. I think everyone agrees that the second phase seemed to have more useful products for e-commerce sellers than the first phase did last week.
After spending most of the day at the fair, we met in the hotel lobby at 5:30 p.m. then headed to the airport. Our flight didn’t depart until 9:30 p.m., but traffic was pretty heavy–especially close to the fair–our guide wanted us to have plenty of time to get through all of the lines.
The flight across the Pacific Ocean to LAX was uneventful, and noticeably shorter in length than the flight to China. The inflight map wasn’t functioning. Instead of going North by Alaska as we did on the flight to China, I think we headed straight across the Pacific. This saved about 1.5 hours, making our flight 12 hours in length. Strangely enough, we left China at 9:30 p.m. on April 26 and arrived in Los Angeles at about 7 p.m. on April 26– just 2 hours before we left!
Upon arrival our group split up as we departed toward customs and baggage claim at LAX. Some in our group were departing on a flight that night. They had to make it through customs, then back through ticketing and security in order to make it on their next flight. I ended up staying in a hotel near the airport overnight and am catching a flight to Atlanta, Georgia in the morning.
This trip has given everyone a superabundance of information, and undoubtedly there will be much more content to create in the form of blogs, videos, and presentations. Keep an eye out for this information in the coming months.
Brandon is one of the co-founders and main data geek for Seller Labs. He started Seller Labs after finding no other tools that could provide the flexibility needed for his used-book business. He no longer sells online, but now guides Seller Labs as the lead innovator to make sure that our products remain on the cutting edge.