Promotional Items Direct-Import
The direct route to your personalized promotional product. Upon request or if your order volume justifies it, we can also import your promotional products directly. Imports from the Far East are directly shipped to the customer and are therefore no longer subject to pre-financing or storage. These items are enhanced by the onsite manufacturer in the Far East. These arrangements yield cost savings of up to 50 %!
Moreover, we warrant that your product will bear your individual design and that the incoming goods will be quality inspected. All orders are monitored by us from production to shipping, so that a smooth handling and on-time deliveries are ensured. Please bear in mind that the delivery time for direct import items can take a total of 12 to 14 weeks. Consequently, such orders have to be planned early-on.
Step by step to the direct-import
A number of work processes will have to be performed in the time frame between initial product ideas for special manufacturer and the actual use of these products with your target groups. As a competent and reliable promotional product specialist, we offer efficient all-inclusive services from a single source.
Step 1: Briefing
In a personal meeting you give us all the important facts and conditions applicable to your planned project. This includes details such as the planned volume, the time table and the available budget. Moreover, you will have to share your individual ideas and wishes in terms of design, color, material and purpose of the item. In consideration of your basic marketing strategy, we will jointly develop a concept for your promotional product.
Step 2: Product-choice
Based on your wishes and the planned purpose we jointly select the appropriate promotional product.
Step 3: Press proof sample
Once you have decided on a product, we place the order. Upon request, you receive a pre-printed sample to give you a realistic example of your promotional product. Depending on pertinent complexities, this will take 10 – 15 business days. If the sample meets your expectations, you give us approval to go ahead with production. If you require changes, these will of course be implemented and you will be presented with a second pre-production sample.
Step 4: Production
Upon approval of this sample, the production of your promotional product begins. Testing institutes we have approved for this process (SGS Switzerland or TÜV Rheinland) monitor the production and perform the quality control in all phases. This includes, for instance, also the taking of random samples from production runs as well as the inspection for proper packaging and shipping. Overall, the production process can take 6 to 8 weeks, depending on the quantity you ordered.
Step 5: Transport
As soon as the production of your special product is complete, your order is shipped via sea freight. The voyage usually takes 4 to 5 weeks. Upon request, special products can also be shipped via airfreight for a surcharge. In this case, the delivery time is reduced to 1 to 2 weeks.
Step 6: Delivery
Once the products arrive at our end, they can be delivered to you immediately after we have performed a final quality inspection.
Why is SOURCE the right partner for the direct-import of your promotional gifts?
We are your partners when it comes to developing promotional products that fit your company, your strategy or your individual corporate design like a glove. You can not only count on our competent services as far as the selection and design of your advertising products is concerned, but also in all other phases of the process – we are at your side throughout the entire project.
Our in-house product designers, who have strong know-how in the advertising product segment, will develop the perfect product for you and your promotion. How do you benefit? You save time and money, given that you do not have to involve any other agencies or service provider.
You don’t have to trust us – instead you will know for sure that we deliver what we promise. We are the first DIN EN ISO 9001:2000 quality certified advertising agency. Our cooperation with esteemed testing institutions ensures maximum product and process quality. Moreover, we only import products that meet the EU guidelines of the electronic waste law, which prohibits the use of certain substances in electrical and electronic devices because they are known health hazards. Testing institutes we have approved for this process (SGS Switzerland or TÜV Rheinland) monitor the production and perform the quality control in all phases. This includes for instance also the taking of random samples from production runs as well as the inspection for proper packaging and shipping. Our competency is rooted in more than 16 years of experience in the promotional products industry, in particular in imports. You will reap the benefits of our expansive product know-how. Our trend scouts regularly attend international promotional product tradeshows to keep us in the loop and be aware of the latest industry trends so that we can implement them in a timely manner. Moreover, you can count on the support of our interdisciplinary team as you select, design, produce and decide on the targeted use of your promotional products.
Our competency is rooted in more than 16 years of experience in the promotional products industry, in particular in textile brand promotions. You will reap the benefits of our expansive product know-how. Our trend scouts regularly attend international promotional product and fashion tradeshows to keep us in the loop and be aware of the latest industry trends so that we can implement them in a timely manner. Moreover, you can count on the support of our interdisciplinary team as you select, design, produce and decide on the targeted use of your Corporate Fashion.
Through us you will have access to more than 400 production sites around the world and profit from our consistently large purchase volume. We offer first rate terms ensuring that you get the best prices possible.
Our management system is based on social standard SA8000, which itself is based on the principles and conventions of the International Labor Organization and derives its provisions from the well-known ISO standards. The SA8000 standard defines verifiable criteria related to child labor, forced labor, work and occupational health protection, compensation, work time regulations, discrimination, the right to collective negotiating, disciplinary practices and management qualities. On this solid foundation, we guarantee adequate and socially compatible working conditions not only at our own facilities, but also at our globally domiciled suppliers.
Moreover, we are advocates of fair trade relations with developing countries and do participate in the distribution of fair trade products. The fair trade seal of approval designates products that are traded at defined fair terms. Fair trade supports the producers in developing countries to put them into a position to attain humane sources of income using their own means.
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