FocusForward exists to make a difference in our community, and we are excited when we are able to partner with companies striving to make a difference as well. Ippinka (pronounced “ee-pink-uh) is a design-focused home goods provider. It was founded in 2012 when Jerry Chang left his software consulting career to pursue his lifelong passion for design.
When asked why Ippinka chose FocusForward as a partner, Buyer and E-Commerce manager Sam Schriemer said, “We were looking for a new fulfillment center to help us with some kitting and Amazon-prep projects. At IPPINKA, we sell a variety of home and lifestyle products. After some searching online, we discovered FocusForward. We really liked that their mission statement was to ‘provide employment opportunities for blind and visually impaired people to maximize their potential for independent living and assist in achieving economic self-support.’ As an e-commerce business, one thing we thought was really cool was how FocusForward / MWEB implemented a training center to promote professional development and growth by building and enhancing employees’ computer skills.”
We appreciate Ippinka because we see similarities in our shared desire to have a positive and lasting impact. Ippinka is driven to provide high quality products that help to cut down on the number of things a consumer buys because the products are made to last. At FocusForward we also value quality in all of the services we offer. We have chosen to continue to stay ISO 9001:2015 certified as proof that we want everything we do to be held to the highest standard of quality.
In a nation where 7 out of every 10 blind people who want to work are out of a job nationally, FocusForward is able to provide opportunities for employment because of world changing companies like Ippinka.
"FocusForward's quick response to our request for help and their ability to come up with an excellent and economical approach to our problem proved to be the reason we chose to work with them.”Blaine Lam, President of Lam & Associates
"In reference to our experience with FocusForward, we have had one  opportunity to utilize your services to date. We found the front-end planning meetings to be thorough, the scheduled work was completed as required and on time, and the pricing seemed fair to both parties.
Based on this quality experience we will definitely keep FocusForward in mind as we consider outside resources to support our business growth."
James Dunston, Cereal City Science
As an e-commerce business, one thing we thought was really cool was how FocusForward implemented a training center to promote professional development and growth by building and enhancing employees’ computer skills. We're very excited to continue working with FocusForward.
We've been really happy with the quality of their work so far, and we hope that both businesses can grow together!
Sam Schriemer, Ippinka
FocusForward made a world of difference in cutting down processing time for our office. This was our first experience working with an outside task force to prepare packages that we would normally handle internally. Throughout the course of the project FocusForward remained responsive, adaptive, and attentive to our needs.
We would recommend FocusForward to anyone searching for an outside solution that is both timely and cost-effectiveShelby Long, Kalamazoo College
I would like to acknowledge FocusForward on their exceptional customer service. The staff was quick in response. Their input in how best to approach the project to positively serve our customers was greatly appreciated.
We truly value our working relationship with FocusForward over the years and certainly look forward to working with them for years to come.Vica Gutierrez, Four Points by Sheraton