If you had asked us last year what we envisioned for Riverdi to happen in 2020, just like every other company in the world, we could never have guessed how much life would change during those few months. The hardship and restrictions the pandemic brought on our personal and professional lives influenced every aspect of everyone’s existence – something so unprecedented even experts were at loss on how to deal with it. What we, at Riverdi, did know straight away was that the safety of our employees was of paramount importance and the decision to work remotely as much as possible was taken very early on. For personnel indispensable on the premises, new strict health procedures were implemented and they stand till today.
We began the year in California at the MD&M exhibition together with our new North American partner, Melrose. It was a brilliant industry event where a lot of valuable business connections were made. During the year, we began two more partnerships with excellent worldwide distributors: OKdo and RS Components and through those relationships, we have already shipped our products to more than 200 new clients.
In March, during the last weeks of normality, we were able to visit our distributor Battenburg in the Netherlands to discuss a new and exciting project which then continued throughout the rest of the year.
When the world was hit by the pandemic, we collaborated with an Italian start-up producing low-cost, open-source lung ventilators which can hopefully help those with respiratory needs even beyond the COVID-19.
Despite the challenges we all faced since March 2020, Riverdi became more united, grew stronger, got bigger and managed to deliver the product and service to be proud of. We launched a standalone, ready to use, RiTAB 70 tablet for POS & Vending Machines. We also invested in a high-end IPS display series with optical bonding, industrial CTP controller and Projected Capacitive Touch Screen as a base to all our future products which we continue to develop. Our export sales have risen by 40% and we have had over 800 new orders since January.