Effective SWAG distribution/ management with in APAC

Time flys……

In May the F18, FAmSCo term has started which I was a member. Now it is almost 4 months has gone and around 2 months to go for the release F18.

There was two goals[1] at the beginning, one was to improve the SWAG production and distribution with in the APAC region and the next was to facilitate and represent fellow FAms in much efficient way. (donno what you think 😛 )

I do believe that I will providing better representation and facilitating for the FAms from APAC.

However I am still working on the first goal which is hard to achieve, but I ll be doing my best.

The plan I have came with so far is as follows.

Currently there are 18 countries with in the APAC region.

  1. Australia
  2. Bangladesh
  3. China
  4. Hong Kong
  5. India
  6. Indonesia
  7. Japan
  8. Malaysia
  9. Myanmar
  10. Nepal
  11. New Zealand
  12. Pakistan
  13. Philippines
  14. Singapore
  15. Sri Lanka
  16. Taiwan
  17. Thailand
  18. Vietnam

(excluding following countries since they are almost dealing with EMEA Cyprus, Jordan, Saudi Arabia)

With in the region there are diversity of the tax and shipping overheads therefore “Distributing through a central point” is not the best strategy for APAC. However my plan is to produce SWAGs in bulk and distribute them in a central point which is the FUDCon in the region holding yearly. Since most of the FAms from most of the countries in the region, are participating I think that would be feasible. So once a year SWAGs (such as stickers, buttons, straps ….) will be produced and distributed via the FUDCon.

In APAC the scenario is totally different than NA or EMEA since the countries are largely seperated geographically. Therefore local production would be the best possible alternative. However FUDCon is used as the central point as all the FAms are gathering yearly.

It is better to produce media themselves locally. I think that would be the best possible way to address the tax and shipping costs. In such case it is possible to open a ticket on the fedora-apac trac[2] and move for the production. Since the revised “Reimbursement Guideline” is in effective[3] there would not be much difficulties.

Comments and suggestions are welcome.

Planning for the next SWAG production will start soon.

[1] http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/ambassadors/2012-July/019928.html

[2] https://fedorahosted.org/fedora-apac

[3] https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Ambassadors/APAC/Reimbursement


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