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Possible help with product design
As you know, we have been working on the new perfume that we are launching in April and we are unsure about some of the packaging details. We have seen some of your creative work in the sales department and we think you have a very good eye for detail.
Do you have some time before close of business this Friday to sit down with us and talk through some of our designs? We would truly appreciate your advice on this. It shouldn't take longer than two hours of your time and we would be happy to clear it with Patricia, your department head, if necessary.
Head of Department
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The order is correct: the email is first and the request for permission is later.
The reason for this is that Sarah wants first to know if James is available. If he is, then she says she will clear it with his boss if necessary. James may say there is no need to talk to Patricia, for example.
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