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.

Send Eco-Friendly Holiday Greetings With Plantable Greeting Cards

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Seed-paper greeting cards with custom logo & custom greeting printed inside. As low as $2.33

These seeded greeting cards are a wonderful way to share holiday joy this season in a very green way.

Each card is Loaded with lovely wildflower seeds that can be planted in any soil. The unique handmade process and attention to detail produces seed paper that germinates quickly and thrives in all regions year after year. The proprietary, Earth-friendly printing process also protects the seeds without sacrificing the printing quality.  Even the envelopes are eco-friendly, made from either 100% recycled kraft paper or snow paper.

Choose from a wide variety of stock holiday seeded greeting card design options.  Your custom logo and custom greeting are printed on the inside of the cards.  You will just need to allow standard production time of around 2 weeks for your custom printed cards (3-4 day rush options are also available).

Use coupon code: SEEDS4U to save 10% off your seed paper greeting card order today (offer expires 12/31/14).  Click here to view product ordering information.

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.

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.

Use The Ceramic Grow Guy As A Giveaway To Grow Your Brand

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Grow Guy Planter / Plant Head with custom branded logo – as low as $2.25

Looking for a unique desktop giveaway item to grow your brand exposure with clients and prospects?  The Grow Guy plant head is the solution.  The 3″ tall Grow Guy is made from a ceramic body.  His head is pre-loaded with seeded soil.  Just add water and watch his grass hair grow like wild. Haircuts encourage new growth and keep people engaged with this branded gift.

Clients have fun with Grow Guy, drawing silly faces on them and competing with plant growth

In fact, office personnel have been known to get into hair growing competitions to see who can grow the craziest and longest hair.  What great branding exposure for your company to give these away as office gifts to prospects or clients.

You can easily tie this fun branded gift into marketing messages inspired by themes such as Grow, Care, Develop, Nurture, Bloom, Produce, Sprout, Cultivate and Plant.  Give Grow guy as gifts at meetings, holidays, events, trade shows, conferences, use in direct mail marketing and more.  At a price point of less than $3.00, your marketing dollars will get a lot of branding bang for your buck.

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

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.

This 5-in-1 Charging Buddy Is A Cool Branded Tech Giveaway

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5-in-1 Charging Buddy with custom printed logo – as low as $4.99

Looking for the next big tech branded gift or giveaway item for trade shows, conventions, meetings and other corporate events?  This Universal 5 in 1 Charging Cable is your answer.

This universal charging cord features connections for Lightning Connector, Apple 30 Pin Connector, 2 Micro USB Connectors and a Mini USB Connector. Simply Plug the Cable Into a Powered USB Port and Then Into Your Smart Phone or other device.  You can even charge multiple devices at the same time if using an ample power source.

This Universal charging cable also has a full color digital printing options to satisfy even the most complex logos.

Available in the following colors: White/Blue, White/Lime Green, White/Purple, White/Red, White, Black and Multi-color.

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