Steps To Successful Overseas Promotional Product Sourcing & Importing

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Is your business looking to purchase a large quantity of branded promotional products and/or need to custom manufacture a unique premium item or product to your specifications?

Avoid the risks that can come with using the unproven factories found on China direct websites and work with custom product sourcing and manufacturing experts instead. In the end, you’ll still save cost, time and get peace of mind working with a dedicated team of custom product experts with products sourced only from trusted and reliable factories.

Source an existing product and save cost by importing in volume, or create your own design from the ground up.

 The following steps will ensure a successful overseas project:

  1. For maximum cost savings on large or heavy items or for completely custom made products, it is best to allow 60-120 days until product is required so that ocean freight can be utilized.  Ocean freight requires around 30 days for transit time which is why you should try to allow 60-120 days.  If time is an issue, air shipping can cut shipping time down to 5-7 days, but may add to the cost.
  2. Work with a promotional products distributor that has experience with custom manufacturing and importing as well as sufficient product liability insurance ($1,000,000 per occurrence & $2,000,000 aggregate is recommended).
  3. Request a quote based on your product and timeline needs.  It is best to communicate a product budget in advance if you have one.  This will help the distributor to best meet your requirements and will also save time.
  4. Once the project is underway, ensure that you will receive a digital mock up first. Then follow that up with a physical, pre-production sample.  If the project is under a time constraint, a photo of the pre-production sample may be sufficient for production approval.
  5. Once your product has shipped, tracking information should be made available to you (if shipped via air).
  6. Ensure that you will not be charged with any import duties as this should normally be handled by the distributor.
  7. Immediately after the product is delivered, inspect the shipment to ensure that you received exactly what you were expecting.

Contact Brand Spirit to learn more or to obtain a quote for your next custom project.

The Best Holiday Gifts To Give Your Clients & Employees This Year

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100 Top Holiday Corporate Branded Gifts (click image to view products)

What are the best gifts to give your clients and employees this year?  We’ve compiled a list of our top 100 holiday corporate gifts based on the top selling gifts for 2014, current trends in the retail marketplaces as well as last year’s winning gift categories.  Click here to view all 100 gift ideas…all of which can be custom branded with a logo.

Technology/tech gadget gifts are still as popular as ever.  Some top tech gadget gifts include: universal charging cables, power banks (portable power chargers), Bluetooth headsets, Bluetooth ear buds, phone pockets, touchscreen gloves, Bluetooth speakers, Wireless Mice, travel cord organizers, tablet cases/stands and desktop phone stands.

Top branded wearables include apparel with moisture-wicking technology such as: T-shirts, Long sleeve shrts, polos, pullovers, golf shirts and other active wear.  Clothing with moisture management properties allow people to stay dry while being active.

Food gifts never go out of style since it’s a gift that can be shared with the entire office. Gourmet chocolate shops keep people’s chocolate cravings alive with all their tempting chocolate truffles and other yummy treats.  This trend has certainly influenced the the corporate gift market, bringing in a welcome flood of customizable gourmet chocolate treats.

You’ll find vintage leather coasters & luggage tags, cool drinkware, vented umbrellas, wine gift sets, Moleskine journals, pen gift sets, padfolios and more in our Top 100 Holiday Corporate Gift list.

This Woodgrain Tumbler Gift Set Is A Striking Business Gift

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Alta Woodgrain Gift Set (Tumbler, Coaster, Pouch) with branded logo – as low as $16.00

Are you in need of a great business gift idea with a high end look for under $20.00?  This Woodgrain Tumbler Gift Set is the perfect gift for just about any type of business.  It comes with a woodgrain tumbler with leatherette sleeve, matching leatherette coaster and bundled up in a leatherette bag.  This gift set is reminiscent of the look and feel of the inside of a luxury car with the wood grain and debossed leather.

All three products are branded with your logo using a subtle debossing branding method. Priced from just $16.00 – $17.00 depending on quantity, you cannot ask for a gift with more impact for less than $20.00 than this tumbler set has to offer.  The price includes one image deboss on sleeve, coaster and bag, and single color imprint on tumbler.

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Available in many leatherette colors

Coasters and Leatherette sleeves are available in Dark Brown, Black, Tan, Naval Blue, Forest Green, Gray, Rustic Brick,Plum, Tangerine, Goldenrod or Pink.  The bags are available in tan or black.

Click here for additional product information or to create a free virtual sample with your logo.

Brand Your Logo On These Tablet Cases With Built-In Stand

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Incline 7″ Tablet Stand with custom debossed logo – as low as $10.48 (click image for info)

Are you looking for a custom branded tablet case that can also function as a tablet stand? Here are some of our favorite options, all of which can be customized with a logo.

Pictured above, the Incline 7″ Tablet Stand is made with a simulated leather on the outside and a faux suede on the inside for maximum device protection.  It’s compatible with a wide array of tablets including the Nook, Kindle Fire, Samsung Galaxy and Google Nexus.  The built-in stand feature allow for multi-angle viewing.

This tablet stand can be printed with your logo or debossed for a more subtle look (image above shows debossed logo example).

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Convertible tablet Stand and Pouch – includes custom imprint – as low as $6.71

If you are looking for a tablet case/stand with a softer exterior, this Convertible Tablet Stand and Pouch is made from a soft, padded microfiber material on the exterior.

This tablet case features a generous 7″ W x 3″H imprint area for maximum branding visibility and is priced from just $6.71 – $7.49 each which includes a custom one color imprint.  Additional colors can be printed for an additional cost.

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elleven Tech Trap Stand with custom printed logo – as low as 11.98

The Elleven brand Tech Trap Stand folds over like a case and then flips over to become a stand for your iPad, Kindle Fire, Google Nexus or other tablet.  The gray colored exterior offers a light color background to help your branding really stand out.

Want to see more?  Click here to view additional table stand products and ideas.

These Customizable Touch Screen Gloves Make Texting Easy

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Isotoner SmarTouch Gloves with custom printed logo – as low as $29.98 (click image for info)

Gloves are always a timeless gift, perfect for holiday gift giving.  These touch screen gloves give a modern, tech-y appeal to this classic gift.

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Touch Screen Texting Glove with custom logo – as low as $6.82 (click image for info)

Smart phone-friendly touchscreen gloves are made with a conductive thread in the finger tips that conveys electrical impulses, thus allowing people to text or otherwise use their smart phones with their gloves on!

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Black Touchscreen Mechanics Gloves with custom logo – as low as $15.55 (click image for info)

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Winter Lined Black Touchscreen Hi-Tech Gloves – as low as $21.91

These smart phone gloves are ideal for giving as holiday business gifts for clients and employees.  Add your logo or other custom branding for a customized gift that will be appreciated for many years in the future.

Click here to view additional customizable touchscreen glove ideas.

Nomia Bluetooth Speaker Packs A Lot Of Branding Punch For Under $20

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Nomia Blue tooth speaker with custom logo – as low as $14.99 (click image for info)

We are really excited to share this Nomia Bluetooth speaker with our readers.  This bluetooth speaker can be paired with any Bluetooth enabled device such as a smart phone or tablet so that users can play music and other audio.

This mini speaker size is just 1.56″ H x 2.125″ W x 2.125″ L so it doesn’t take up a lot of space. This small size also makes it much more convenient to ship if you are sending these out as gifts in the mail or via another shipping service such as UPS or FedEx.

The pricing includes a custom, one-color printed logo.  But there is also the option to print up to full color process.  Choose from 5 great basic colors: black, white, red, blue or green.

Click here for additional product information or to create a free virtual sample with your logo.

Get Custom Branded Wireless Bluetooth Speakers Priced As Low As $17.79

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Blue Tooth Speakers with custom imprint – as low as $17.79

Looking for a custom branded Bluetooth speaker for use a business gift?  These wireless Bluetooth speakers are an excellent tech gadget gift priced under $20.00.

What a great gift to give to clients or employees at conferences, meetings, trade shows or even for the holidays.  Blue tooth speakers are one of the hottest gifts for 2014.

Choose either a blue, black or white speaker color.  Your logo is custom printed onto the speaker so that the gift recipient will always think of your company each time they use this thoughtful gift.

Click here to view additional product information and create a free virtual sample with your logo.

Give The Gift of Luxury & Style With Customized Montblanc Pens

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Montblanc Meisterstück Classique Ballpoint Pen with custom imprint (click image for info)

For the past 100 years, Montblanc has been known for the uncompromising quality, style and craftsmanship of their fine writing instruments.

If you are looking for a business gift that will really show your clients and business associates your appreciation, a customized Montblanc pen will relay your message of gratitude with timeless elegance.

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The Montblanc Cruise Collection Atlantic ballpoint pen is a fine, twist-action ballpoint pen made from a precious resin, priced in the $210.00 – $225.00 range and available in the color black. The included gift packaging makes this an easy choice for gift giving.  Choose the optional custom logo branding to create a customized gift that will be cherished for a lifetime.  Click here for additional product information.

The Monteblanc Cruise Collection Atlantic Rollerball pen is equally as stunning featuring a removable cap and rollerball ink technology.  Priced from $235.00 – $250.00, the Atlantic Rollerball pen can also be engraved with a logo or other customized branding to meet your corporate gift-giving needs.  Click here to view product information.

Of course anyone who knows Montblanc over the years is familiar with Montblanc’s Classique Meisterstück pen collection. Priced from $405.00 – $420.00, the Meisterstück ballpoint pens make writing a truly pleasurable experience. These classic pens can be custom printed with a logo or engraved and then color-filled with either silver or gold finish giving the perfect customized touch to these fine writing instruments. Click here for more information.