In other words, don’t stand still whatever you do, but instead try and dodge all the moving mopeds as you cross the multiple lanes. This may be challenging for us Europeans who are used to waiting for the green man, but somehow the system works. At least a dozen moped riders carefully weave around us as we safely cross the street.
We spend the morning visiting stamp manufacturers. Through speaking to our clients, I discover the latest news about the Vietnamese stamp industry and will later use this information to devise appropriate marketing and sales strategies.
At a meeting in the afternoon, we have a range of important topics to discuss, including sales trends, new products, the new Printer, prices, competition, cost estimates, clients, marketing, distribution and logistics. With so much to talk about, there’s certainly no time to let the jet lag sink in!
In the evening, I join our distributor and his wife for dinner and the menu opens my eyes to Vietnam’s exotic side. Besides the standard Asian dishes, it includes delicacies such as snakes, field mice, frogs, insects and shark fin! We decide it’s best to stick to fish and a Saigon Beer!