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Did We Mention Our Free USB Gift Box Offer – You Need To Be Quick Though

Posted by USB2U on 20th October 2014 | Permalink

Just in case you hadn’t heard we’re currently running a promotion where you can claim free gift boxes for your promotional USB memory sticks. The boxes can be printed with your logo (or any other message you want) at no extra cost –that’s no artwork set-up fee, no printing fees and no charge for the boxes themselves –they’re free! Honestly.

Ok, to be fair there are some caveats to the offer and these are:

  1. The offer is only running on orders placed this month.
  2. You need to order a minimum of 25 USB sticks to qualify and we’ll supply (at your request) one printed gift box for every USB stick you order.
  3. We’ll print the box on one side with whatever design/logo you supply and this can be different to the design/logo that we print on your USB sticks.
  4. The offer applies to our Standard White Gift Box only.
  5. The offer does not apply to any orders placed using our “Rush Services”
Free USB Box Offer

Free USB Box Offer

Putting your promotional USB memory sticks in an attractive gift box can really help to lift the perceived value of sticks. As a promotional gift we know from lots of research that they’re a really popular and people just like being given them. Load them with useful data and leave a bit of space for their own files and they’re even more popular but package them up in a branded gift box and they’ll look even more appealing.

As with any “gift” the packaging and presentation is ever important. It can elevate a “so what” gift into the realms of being a really memorable gift. We’re not suggesting our printed white gift boxes will deliver loads more sales for you or get you a significant uplift in plaudits but what they will do is just make your “give-aways” look more professional and the extra space they offer will help you to get a clearer marketing message out. Let’s face it the print space on a standard USB stick is quote small so the additional space available on a gift box allows you to get creative and include those strap lines that you’ve invested so heavily in!

If nothing else a printed USB gift box will allow you to get your website URL and contact phone numbers out into the hands of your customers!

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Gotta Show – Get some Promotional Wooden USB Memory Sticks

Posted by USB2U on 16th October 2014 | Permalink

Have you got a corporate event coming up soon? Maybe you’re about to invite the press to a launch of a new product or perhaps you’re getting ready to exhibit at a trade show. If you are then it would be prudent to ensure you have something to hand out to the attendees.

Why? Well let’s face it if you’ve gone to all of the trouble and expense of organising these events and you’ve invested a significant amount of time in making sure the right senior executives and other key personnel attend then it makes sense to ensure they leave not only remembering who your company is but also what you have to offer them.

No one is saying you’re going to secure lots of new business simply by giving them a promotional gift and equally you stand no chance of influencing a journalist by handing them a USB sticks or power bank (however amazing or cute they might be – the gifts not the journalist!) But, it is incredibly important at these events that you engage with your audience and ensure they leave with all of the information they need to either make a buying decision or to write reviews on your products/services.

One option would be to go down the “fun”, cheap and cheerful route and hand out basic items like pens, bags or mugs – all of these simple promotional gifts work to a degree albeit many of them have a tendency to end up thrown away or discarded in the back of a cupboard.

What they don’t do because they are fundamentally inert objects is provide any more information about your company. At best you can typically get you brand, web address and phone number of them and possibly, depending on the object, a couple of small images of your products.

Promotional USB memory sticks on the other hand go significantly further because they can be pre-loaded with lots of information about your company and your products. The information can be interactive, it can be include videos, product sheets, press releases,, price lists – anything! Bearing in mind that most memory sticks that are given away today have around 4GB of storage on them there is loads of scope to get creative..

By loading this type of information onto a USB stick you’ll also save the cost of printing tons of material so if you’re clever about what you load onto them the flash drives will actually save you money!

If you accept the argument that you should/ought to offer a promotional item at your event(s) then you should put USB memory sticks at the top of your list.

There are loads of different designs and styles to choose from and the eco-lobby are also accommodated with a growing number of flash drives manufactured from sustainable wood. These are a great option if your company is pushing an environmentally friendly message and of course they work really well when you load electronic copies of your documents onto them rather than print them!

If you like the idea of something made from wood but USB sticks are not your thing them what about wooden Power Banks – OK, they don’t have quite as many argument in their favour but they are the current “hot” give-away.

Wooden USB Memory Sticks

Wooden USB Memory Sticks

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Cheap USB Memory Sticks for Schools and Universities

Posted by USB2U on 14th October 2014 | Permalink

If you’re looking for some USB memory sticks printed or engraved with your logo on and you need them at a really good price then you’ve come to the right place. We’re running some exclusive deals for schools and universities that will blow your socks off!

Let’s be clear, at USB2U when we talk about cheap we mean fantastic value and not “cheap and nasty”, poor quality, poor performing USB memory sticks – we wouldn’t jeopardise our brand or your schools reputation by supply you with inferior products just to secure a sale. No, we’re talking about fantastically discounted offers that are only available to Schools & Universities in the UK so if you qualify and you are looking for some USB sticks do get in touch.

The reason we run these promotions is because we know that school and local education authority budgets are under renewed pressure and we want to help you get the “best bang for buck” when procuring USB memory sticks.

We supply tens of thousands of USB sticks every month and we’ve been supplying them for over 10 years so your order will be in safe hands with us! Just let us know what you need (numbers, memory size, type of flash drive) and send us your logo and we’ll not only get back to you with some cracking prices but we’ll also work up some mock-ups of memory sticks for you to consider.

With USB2U there are no hidden extras, no nasty incidental costs that are tucked away in the small print and there is certainly no compromise on the quality of products. We’ll give you our best price in a simple, uncomplicated proposal with examples of what you flash drives will look like and remember that we only ever supply branded memory sticks with Grade A flash memory chips modules and we certainly never supply re-cycled or “re-graded” flash modules.

All of our school and university customers are guaranteed immediate 30 day terms and all we need from you to get the process started a school or university Purchase Order or an email confirming your order. That’s it. Simple isn’t it.

If we have got your interest just give us a call or fill out our on-line enquiry form and one of our team will get in touch with you.

Don’t forget if you need your printed USB sticks in a hurry that we carry thousands in stock in the UK which we can print and deliver in as little as 24hrs!

University USB Sticks

University USB Sticks

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Our Printed Chic USB Flash Drives Can Be With You in 24hrs

Posted by USB2U on 13th October 2014 | Permalink

We understand that sometimes it’s just not possible to foresee that you’re going to need some printed USB flash drives. We know that things get missed off the “to-do” list. We know that other people you thought were taking care of the order for USB sticks can “forget” them and equally we know that other promotional USB flash drive suppliers can be too confident of their ability to deliver against very tight deadlines.

The typical lead-times that most supplies work to is around 5 – 10 days from final artwork approval (which in itself can add a day or two to the process and even them lots of suppliers won’t start working on your order until you’ve paid for them). This is usually fine in “normal” circumstances but if you need your flash drives in a hurry then it can be a challenge finding a local supplier that can help!

At USB2U we not only hold thousands of blank USB sticks in stock ready to be overprinted but we handle all of the printing, data-loading and QA checking in-house. In fact we hold so much stock in the UK that around 50% of all of our orders are now assembled, printed (or engraved) and data-loaded by us in Northampton. This means our customers get a super-fast turnaround on their orders and there is no risk of them getting “stuck in customs” or being delayed because of shipping issues.

In fact with a print and engraving capacity that exceeds 5,000 USB sticks per day we’re so confident in our ability to turn around orders quickly that we offer a 24hr”rush service”! Although we describe it as a 24hr service the reality is often quicker than this because we seem to get a lot of orders in the afternoon which are then printed and delivered before lunchtime the following day – so, in reality our 24hr service is quite often 20hrs or less!

Here’s what one customer had to say about our rush service and what it meant to them and their client last week:

Excellent service. Saved an important account (Philip Noons of JE Group)

We had an important client call us on Friday evening to get a USB order to them by 3:00PM on the following Monday. None of our other suppliers could help us. I emailed Natalie on Friday evening and spoke with her on the Monday. I had the artwork approved and the job turnaround by 1:00PM. A truly impressive level of service. My courier picked up the items and delivered them to our client’s exhibition in London by 2:30PM that day. Needless to say, our client (a highend retaill store) were extremely grateful. USB2U, thanks to their efforts, made us look good.

If you find yourself in need of promotional USB sticks in a hurry then there really is only one place to call!

At the moment we’ve got some special pricing on our Chic USB Sticks and yes, they can be with you (printed and data-loaded) tomorrow.

Promotional USB Sticks in 24hrs

Promotional USB Sticks in 24hrs from USB2U

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Why Buy Your Promotional USB Sticks from USB2U

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It’s not an easy decision determining where to place your order for promotional USB memory sticks but at USB2U we thought we point out a few reasons why we think we’re the preferred option for thousands of customers every year and more importantly why lots of these customers return to us time and time again.

We could wax on lyrically about having our own USB factory in China or about our world domination of the flash drive market and how we only ever supply products that no other supplier is capable of supplying. We could even boast about our swanky offices in London and our offices in the USA but you know what we’d rather focus on a few facts and why we think we’re the best supplier of promotional USB sticks in the UK.

Fact 1: Experience – We set up our little company in the UK in October 2002. We’re now in our 13th year of trading and in this time we’ve supplied millions of flash drives to tens of thousands of companies, schools, universities and public bodies in the UK.

Fact 2: It’s all about quality and price – Our focus since 2002 has been on supplying the best quality flash drives we can at a price point which customers are willing to pay. To achieve this we have “partnerships” in place with a small number of key USB factories who we trust and who have passed our rigorous due diligence tests.

We prefer to have multiple factory partners because this way we can ensure they compete with each other for our business, which in turn ensures we always, get the best prices possible (for us and for our customers). There is also the added advantage of having back up options in the event of local problems (capacity issues, power cuts, local shipping and customs issues etc.)

Fact 3: Keeping overheads to a minimum – We operate from a warehouse located on an “edge of town” industrial estate in Northampton. It’s not glamorous, its certainly not swanky but it is relatively inexpensive (certainly when compared to London) so being based here allows us to keep our costs to a minimum.

Fact 4: We let our customers do the talking – A couple of years ago we started encouraging all of our customers to leave feedback about our service on TrustPilot, an independently run 3rd party review site. We don’t vet the reviews because we genuinely want to hear what our customers think about the service we provide (good and bad). We’ve been delighted with the results – from over 2,250 reviews we’ve been rated as “Excellent” and have achieved a score of 9.6 out of 10.

Fact 5: UK product and print - Over 50% of our Promotional USB memory sticks are either assembled, printed or engraved by us (in-house) in the UK. No other UK supplier carries more stock in the UK or finishes more of their products in the UK than us. This allows us to be uniquely flexible when it comes to meeting customers requirements and in particular those to support those customers who need their flash drives in a hurry.

Fact 6: Delivery from order in 24hrs – A growing number of our customers are taking advantage of our unique “Rush” service that allows them to buy their USB sticks the day before they need them. Not necessarily recommended for the faint of heart but it’s a service that encompasses over 20 different models and a wide range of memory sizes and packaging options.

Fact 7: Guarantees – We offer a 10 year guarantee on all of the flash drives we supply and in the event of any failures we’ll pick them up from you at our cost and arrange replacements with as little fuss as possible.

Fact 8: Lost or missing shipments are not a problem – We know from painful experience that occasionally things go wrong. Customs checks can delay shipments, volcanoes can erupt without warning and human error can result in orders being sent to the wrong address! Whilst we do all we can to mitigate against these risks ultimately if things do go wrong then we’ll simply re-print your order from our UK stock and rush it to you on our 24hr service!

Fact 9: Our staff are brilliant – we love them and our customers seem to enjoy working with them as well. We’re a relatively small team of around 20 many people some of whom have been with us for nearly 10 years! If you want to see what a companies employers think about them then check out Glassdoor.com – it’s where employees say what they think about companies they’ve worked for and they give some interesting insights into how the company is run and how they view their customers.

Fact 10: We really do value your business – Although we’ve been doing this for over a decade we love what we do and we’re 100% committed to our customers and making sure they have a positive experience with us. If things go wrong (as they occasionally do no matter how good you are) we’’’ front up and work with you on a resolution and being based in the UK with UK production and print capabilities we can always find a solution.

USB2U - Your Trusted Supplier of USB Memory Sticks

USB2U – Your Trusted Supplier of USB Memory Sticks

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And Relax. Promotional USB Stick Supply Returns to Normal

Posted by USB2U on 10th October 2014 | Permalink

Now that the Chinese National Holiday and Golden week is over our factory is open again – hooray!

Whilst it’s not quite business as normal it’s pretty close so we can once again breathe a little easier, change out of our brown trousers and remove our bicycle clips! It’s always a challenging time when systems that work flawlessly for most of the year get interrupted by a mass holiday that lasts more than 1 or 2 days. Unfortunately in the case of these “national holidays” it’s not just the factory that closes but pretty much the whole country. It’s analogous to our Christmas and New Year week when pretty much nothing happens apart from families getting back together.

The staff are back and working hard to clear the backlog that any break of more than a couple of days inevitably creates. Thanks to their efforts the lead times on orders of promotional USB memory sticks are now back to days rather than weeks but we do have the capability in the UK to assemble, print, engrave, data-load and deliver USB sticks in as little as 24hrs – ideal if you’re in a hurry. It’s not the full range of products but we do have around 20 different designs in a range of memory sizes that we can offer on our next day service.

Fortunately the next holiday is several months away so hopefully we can now enjoy an extended period of calm and normality – that is unless the Bardarbunga volcano in Iceland decides to misbehave and erupt and bring chaos to international travel and cargo flights (fingers crossed).

The one remaining negative is the weakness of the pound (GBP) against the $ (USD) – over the last couple of days it’s drifted between $1.59 – $1.61, a fall of just over 6% from its peak of $1.70 just a few weeks ago. With all USB sticks being purchased from the factories in China in dollars any weakness in the pound against the dollar is directly reflected in the unit cost that end customers pay. It’s this price volatility that prevents most suppliers (including ourselves) from publishing prices on their websites.

In an ideal world we’d have some certainty on prices looking forward for a couple of months because this would allow us to fix our prices and actively promote them to our customers but unfortunately that’s not the world we operate in.

To get the latest prices on any of our promotional USB memory sticks just call us or fill out the enquiry form on our website – one of our team will get back to you (normally within the hour) with prices and lead times and if you’ve got your artwork ready we’ll work up some examples for you (free of charge).

USB2U and relax

USB2U – and relax

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Chaos in China is causing delays in supply

Posted by USB2U on 24th September 2014 | Permalink

If you’ve got orders in with any UK supplier of promotional products at the moment and you’re against a hard deadline then now is the time to cross your fingers, get your hard hat ready and start worrying whether your order will turn up as promised.

Most promotional products supplied in the UK ultimately come from China and whilst this isn’t normally a problem because the usual turnaround times are often days rather than weeks right now it is.

Suppliers of promotional gifts that have gotten used to painless and quick shipments are currently facing what can only be described as a “melt-down” in China and specifically in the Shenzhen region. The problem is that there is not just one problem but multiple issues that have all come together to create a monster problem the size and magnitude of which most of the suppliers will never have seen before.

The events that have led to this are:

  1. The launch of the latest Apple iPhones and the unprecedented demand for them. This is turn have caused stresses and strains on the infrastructure in and around Shenzhen (China) where they are made (and many other electronic promotional products are made and shipped from).
  2. Alleged thefts of iPhones whilst in the hands of the forwarding agents and couriers which in turn has lead to increased security and customs checks (read delays!)
  3. Money laundering and the shipment of “cash” out of China – a recent high profile case has led to further checks in Customs in China (again read delays!)
  4. Holidays – next week is National Holiday and Golden Week in China so in the lead up to the holidays (when all the factories close) pandemonium breaks out as everyone tries to get their shipments out. The increased output in turn puts more pressure on an already overburdened customs and transport hub – (again, read more delays)
  5. Severe weather events in Hong Kong and the Shenzhen region have resulted in cancellations of some flights resulting in shipments being offloaded and rescheduled (read delays on delays)
  6. Increased nervousness on the part of the Chinese that anything carrying a recognised brand is a fraudulent copy – Customs Officers are now being instructed to seek written approval from the brand owners before they can allow any goods with their brand on to be shipped. This includes any branded promotional product. The issue is that requests for documentation are often not asked for until the shipment is with customs and so any request of this nature leads to delays.

The overriding message is that all of a sudden the slick and smooth “machine” that moved promotional goods (including promotional USB Memory sticks) from China to Europe in a matter of days is on the edge of being “broken”. Orders are missing their “must have by” dates and disappointment reigns. Unfortunately there is very little that can be done other than to hope things sort themselves out but an early resolution looks unlikely.

What Problems - Printed USB Sticks in 24hrs

What Problems – Printed USB Sticks in 24hrs

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Money Laundering, Customs Issues, Crazy Weather, Currency Weakness & Factory Closures

Posted by USB2U on 18th September 2014 | Permalink

All we’re missing at the moment is a volcanic eruption in Iceland and that’ll top off an interesting and challenging few days. Perhaps it’s best not to speak too soon because the Bardarbunga volcano in Iceland has been threatening to cause major travel disruption for the last couple of months so we’ve got everything crossed that it won’t add to the current list of woes.

We’re a UK based supplier of promotional USB memory sticks and like all other suppliers around the world our core products are manufactured in China. For the most part this is not a problem because we’ve been sourcing products from 2 – 3 key partners for the last 10 years or more so we understand very well the issues and the risks. Until a few days ago our standard lead times of 5-7 days were still being honoured but right now things are very different and the outlook is that it’s going to get a lot worse before it gets better.

The usual delays we expect at this time of year (because of the National Holiday and Golden Week) have been exacerbated and extended. The underlying cause is a range of issues all colliding together to create on monster challenge.

The elements that are at play are a major money laundering operation/scare out of Shenzen and Hong Kong which in turn has led to a regime where customs are now being instructed to be undertake more rigorous checks of all packages. This in turn inevitably leads to delays and backlogs and all of this is happening in the run up to the National Day and Golden Week holiday when the couriers, airlines and customs departments are placed under more pressure to get shipments out before the holidays start.

Add into this mix some of the crazy weather that has been experienced in Hong Kong and Shenzen over the last week (leading to flight cancellations and delays) and you start to get a picture of the near “meltdown” that’s happening.

Of course whilst all of this is going on we have the vote for Scottish Independence taking place oday. This is driving uncertainty into the financial markets and pushing the value of the pound (£) down against the dollar ($) – the net effect of which is to increase the cost of any USB sticks that are able to run the gauntlet of getting out of China!

The only saving grace in all of this is that we’ve been around long enough to anticipate some of these issues so we have lots of blank USB sticks in stock in the UK which we can print or engrave and turn around in 1 – 2 days. As a result we will endeavour to ensure all of our customers get USB sticks for their event. They may not be exactly the model they wanted but at least we’ll be able to offer something!

Printed-in-24hrs

Printed-in-24hrs

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Review of USB2U Flash Drives by Professional Photographers

Posted by USB2U on 16th September 2014 | Permalink

In today’s highly competitive flash drive market a clear focus on quality, service and value is absolutely critical. Arguably when it comes to supplying flash drive packages to professional photographers the bar gets raised even higher.

Why? Well professional photographers aren’t just buying USB sticks to give away at a trade shows. They’re not using them to give to a team of roving sales people who can hand them out as a “promotional gift” and they’re certainly not looking to post them out in their thousands to a prospect list!

No, most professional photographers are using them to hold and store some of the most precious memories any of us will ever have!

USB flash drives have for many photographers become the obvious replacement for CD/DVD’s. Partly it’s because less and less people now use CD/DVD’s, partly it’s because they’re a format that is now a little dated and old fashioned and partly it’s because the range of USB flash drives now available are much more attractive, particularly when combined with great packaging (something that was harder to do with a large CD/DVD).

Quality, quality, quality is what’s needed. Cheap and cheerful standard promotional USB sticks that have poor read/write speeds, a short life span and a relatively high failure rate are certainly not the order of the day. At USB2U we understand this. Not only have we invested in taking time out to meet and talk to photographers at shows like The Photography Show but more fundamentally we have hired a dedicated Photography Sector Account Manager who, because her mum is a professional photographer, really understands photographers and what makes them tick.

USB Flash Drives for Professional Photographers

USB Flash Drives for Professional Photographers

We’ve also put together a dedicated web site aimed specifically at photographers and all of the products and bundles that feature on the site have been carefully selected – so expect high quality packaging options combined with high performance flash drives all of which are then hand finished (printed or engraved) in our own Northampton based facility. This way we get to control the quality locally and nothing is sent out until we are 100% happy with it.

The feedback we’ve been getting over the last 18 mths (since the new website launched) has been amazing. Here’s just a sample (more can be viewed on the TrustPilot site where there are well in excess of 2,000 customer reviews):

Sally (Amplified Studio): “We went for engraved wooden USB’s that came in gorgeous presentation boxes to match. The price was good, and communication was excellent. Nothing seemed too much trouble. The turnaround time was also faster than expected. I will certainly be using USB2U for all of our USB’s from now on and can’t wait to start giving these out to our clients.”

Iain Struthers Photography: “Great speedy service at a reasonable price. Ordered 25 wooden usb sticks for presenting to my photography clients. They are stunning items and have been very well received by all who have seen them. Will definitely be using them again!”

Steve McKenna L.M.P.A. (SMK Photographics): “Got my USB drive delivered and love them. From first initial point of contact all the way through to the finished product we were kept informed of what,why ,how,& when Great product & going down a treat with my customers”

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Hang onto your Hats if you’re about to buy Promotional USB Memory Sticks

Posted by USB2U on 15th September 2014 | Permalink

At USB2U we’ve been supplying promotional USB memory sticks for nearly 13 years and because of this we’re pretty good at understanding when things are likely to get challenging in the market.

We’re about to enter such a period and it has nothing to do with the forthcoming vote on Independence in Scotland albeit the uncertainty around this has caused a bit of a spike in prices because of the pound has fallen heavily against the dollar.

No, the turbulence we’re about to experience happens every year and it is holiday related. Not ours but the factories in China that manufacture the flash chips and assemble the USB memory sticks. The holiday in question is one of the biggest taken in the year – The combined “National Day and Golden Week”.

National Day is celebrated on the 1st October and whilst the official holidays break is only 3 days it tends to be extended into the week-end with most factories and offices closing for at least 1 week. This extended holiday allows their staff to return to the provinces to spend time be with their families.

Whilst a week might not sound long the problem is that people panic buy in the lead up to the holiday, the factories get rammed with orders and the whole mess that ensues can take weeks to sort out. Of course when the factories return from their holidays they have the double whammy of trying to deal with orders not fulfilled before their holiday and handing the backlog of orders that have built up during their holiday!

Chinese National Holiday - Promotional USB Sticks

Chinese National Holiday – Promotional USB Sticks

The cut-off day to get an order sent from the factories in China before they close for their holidays is the 25th September. If you miss this date then they won’t start working on your order until the 6th October when they get back to work. The reality is that on this day they’re going to be handling a large back-log so the usual turnaround times will be extended. You could, depending on when you place your order, be looking at a 4 week lead time!

Our advice is to get your order in now. Don’t wait. Get your place in the production queue secured. The longer you leave it the more likely you are to be disappointed. If you wait until next week then beware of any promises you are given on delivery.

Buying locally will de-risk your order and ensure you get your promotional USB memory sticks when you need them but the challenge will be finding a supplier in the UK that holds stock and has the capability to print or engrave them. A small number do but typically those that do only hold a very small range of products and a limited range of memory options.

At USB2U we’ve learnt over the years that customers need support during this period which is why we hold large quantities of USB sticks that we can print or engrave in-house. We also offer a “Super Fast” 24hr turnaround service on a wide range of USB sticks, a service that is designed to get customers out of trouble.

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