USB2U News

On USB pricing instability

Posted by USB2U on 17th October 2016 | Permalink

NAND* flash prices have been creeping up since the factories in China returned from their Golden Week National Holidays, and unfortunately for us and our customers, they are still on the rise. Industry experts predict that NAND flash prices will continue to rise in Q4 of 2016 due to severe supply shortages. This has a direct impact on the cost of branded USB sticks.

Whilst we do everything in our power to serve our customers with steady products and services there is one thing that is completely out of our hands: the cost of USB flash memory. Whilst we don’t know exactly what is causing the supply and demand issue, we have a strong suspicion that the big players in the smartphone industry, Samsung and Apple, could have something to do with it in the lead up to Christmas.

The cost of flash memory has always been something that fluctuates which is why we only hold our quotes for USB memory sticks for 24-72 hours on average. However over the past few years, pricing had been fairly static with only a slight change from week to week. In contrast over the past week, pricing has been changing on a daily basis, sometimes 2-3 times a day, so we have reduced our quote validity period down to a strict 24 hours.

The weakening of the pound since the EU referendum is another factor influencing the market and pricing levels. Since the vote to leave the European Union was announced, pricing has become even more unsteady and certainly unpredictable. This is due to the impact the vote result has had on the value of the pound and subsequently the dollar exchange rate.

Sometimes the fast changing USB flash pricing can take our customers by surprise, and we fully appreciate this. We always work hard to allow the best possible pricing for our customers, and hope that the market will start showing some stability in the New Year.


* The digital memory component that is used in a range of tech goods including smartphones and USB memory sticks.



Summer Weddings All Wrapped Up

Posted by USB2U on 7th September 2016 | Permalink

Pink Wooden USB and Box

September is here, the evenings are drawing in and the summer wedding season is almost at its peak. Now that the hard work is done (or is just beginning for most professional photographers who have long nights ahead editing!) it’s time to think about how you will package your precious images before presenting them to the lucky newlyweds.

Wedding images look great printed and framed, but it’s impossible to print every single shot for your bride and groom. The solution? Digital. Branded USB sticks are the perfect accessory to your wedding package, offering your married couples the freedom of copying or printing their favourite pictures for family and friends.

But how can you create that ‘wow factor’ with logo branded USB sticks, like you can with a high quality album? It’s simple. Choose a unique style of USB and carefully select a matching box that complements your branding and your clients won’t forget you in a hurry. USB Boxes and other photography packaging solutions are the first thing your clients will see when they receive their images, so make sure you give them a great first impression with quality, luxury packaging.

Pastel blue wooden USB and matching box

Pastel Woodland USB and Pastel Box

Here at USB2U we offer a wide range of bespoke, wooden and leather USBs which work brilliantly for weddings and all come with a matching USB box. Following one of the hottest trends for summer weddings this year (pastel colours) we have recently launched a new range of pastel coloured Wooden USB sticks, available in white, baby pink, baby blue, lilac, yellow and teal. What’s more, we now offer these as a bundle with a matching pastel coloured USB box.

Not sure what colour to go for? Call us on 0800 0087079 or email [email protected] to discuss your options.


USBs and Power Banks During the Chinese National Holidays

Posted by USB2U on 5th September 2016 | Permalink

The Chinese holiday period is fast approaching. However with our levels of products and services we are able to get you through this period with flying colours!

The majority of branded promotional USB sticks and power banks are manufactured in China. Running up to the Chinese holidays the manufacturing process will slow down and eventually stop. This results in a shortage of supply and increase in prices prior to and for a short period after the holiday. The lead times for deliveries will also increase.

During this time, if you require fast, reliable delivery of USBs, power banks or other branded technology products, then get in touch with our friendly team here at USB2U. We hold a large amount of UK stock of USB memory sticks and power banks giving us the opportunity to serve you and your customers seamlessly over the Chinese holidays.

The holiday period in China kicks off on the 15th and 16th September with Mid Autumn Festival, followed by the Golden Week during 1st – 9th October. The celebrations include Fire Dragon dancing, displaying of lanterns and eating moon cakes under the moonlight with family members.

Contact us on: [email protected] or call: 0800 008 7079.

Ceremonial dancers at a Chinese festival


Kingston Technology USB flash drives by USB2U

Posted by USB2U on 4th July 2016 | Permalink

We are proud to announce our new partnership with Kingston Technology. Kingston is the world’s largest independent manufacturer of memory products with its global headquarters in Fountain Valley, California. Kingston serves an international network of distributors, resellers, retailers and OEM customers on six continents.

We now offer a specially selected range of Kingston USBs as part of our range of high quality USB flash drives. Great co-branding opportunities are available for our customers with Kingston USB flash drives. The USB flash drives can be printed digitally or laser engraved depending on the chosen USB style.

Encrypt your USBs to secure data

Many companies deal with sensitive data and require the best possible protection for their information. We offer three Kingston USB flash drives which are hardware encrypted and ideal for secure use: 

1) Kingston DataTraveler Locker+ G3

Kingston’s DataTraveler® Locker+ G3 secures receipts, bank statements and other sensitive documents with hardware encryption and password protection for a double layer of data security. The drive locks down and re-formats after 10 failed login attempts, so users can rest assured that their data is safe even if the drive is lost or stolen. It features a durable metal casing to protect the drive from drops, bumps and knocks plus its built-in key loop makes it convenient to take your data anywhere. The cap fits on the back of the drive so it won’t get lost.

SuperSpeed™ (USB 3.0) delivers faster performance and it is backward compatible to previous generation. DataTraveler Locker+ G3 is easy for anyone to set up and easy to use. With no application installation required all the software and security needed is built in. It works on both Windows systems and Macs so users can access files from multiple systems, without installing a program on every computer used.

DataTraveler Locker+ G3 also offers cloud backup as an optional feature. Users can choose to automatically back up data from their DataTraveler Locker+ G3 to Google DriveTM, OneDrive (Microsoft®), Amazon Cloud Drive, Dropbox or Box, so if the drive is lost or stolen, their data is in a safe place. This feature is available for Windows only.

2) DataTraveler 4000 G2

DataTraveler 4000 G2 is FIPS 140-2 Level 3 certified and provides a tamper-evident seal for physical security to detect and respond to attempts to access, use or modify the cryptographic module. Data is protected by hardware-based 256-bit AES encryption in XTS mode and the drive casing is made of titanium coated stainless steel. The drive is designed to reduce the possibility of successful brute force attacks as it locks down and reformats after 10 failed password attempts.

SuperSpeed (USB 3.0) technology means that users don’t have to compromise transfer speeds for security. Companies can add the drive to their standards list with confidence since its industry-leading NAND and controller design allow for NAND to be interchanged without requalification and certification of security features. The DataTraveler 4000 G2 is TAA compliant, to meet a frequently requested corporate and government IT requirement.

3) Kingston DataTraveler Privacy 3.0

Kingston’s DataTraveler® Vault Privacy 3.0 (DTVP 3.0) USB Flash drive provides affordable business-grade security with 256-bit AES hardware-based encryption using XTS block cipher mode, which offers stronger protection than CBC and ECB modes. It protects 100% of stored data and enforces complex password protection with minimum characteristics to prevent unauthorised access. For additional peace of mind, the drive locks down and reformats after 10 intrusion attempts. It also features a read-only access mode to avoid potential malware risks.

DTVP 3.0 is available with optional, easy-to-deploy anti-virus protection from ESET* that protects the drive’s content from viruses, spyware, Trojans, worms, rootkits, adware and other Internet-borne threats. The ESET NOD32® anti-virus engine provides instant alerts, requires no installation and comes with a five-year pre-activated licence.


The DTVP 3.0 Anti-Virus model features easy-to-deploy anti-virus protection from ESET2 that protects the drive’s content from viruses, spyware, Trojans, worms, rootkits, adware and other Internet-borne threats. The ESET NOD32® anti-virus engine provides instant alerts. This anti-virus protection requires no installation and comes with a five-year pre-activated licence.




EU referendum and USB pricing instability

Posted by USB2U on 21st June 2016 | Permalink

Britain’s role in the EU is the leading theme in British politics and the economy right now, and businesses are holding their breath while waiting for the referendum results later on this week. Either way, there’s going to be implications to businesses large and small.

In fact the situation is already affecting us on a daily basis. The cost of flash memory is continuously fluctuating; the pricing that we are able to offer for our clients is constantly changing. Pricing in this field of business is increasing daily at the moment.

Also, when a major mobile phone manufacturer buys flash memory in huge quantities this instantly affects the demand in the market. Consequently the pricing of the USB memory sticks increases.

What also affects us is the weakening of the pound in the lead up to the EU referendum. This is yet another factor impacting businesses and their pricing levels. We look forward to seeing the results of the EU referendum later on this week.

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Product Spotlight: USB Batteries

Posted by USB2U on 13th October 2015 | Permalink

Battery USB Flash Drives

Power up your marketing and promotional campaign with our battery shaped USB memory sticks. These brilliant little USB sticks are a great idea and whilst they’re an obvious choice for any battery manufacturer, they’re also a good choice for anyone looking for something a little bit different from the standard range of flash drives.

USB Batteries

  • Outer Casing: Metal
  • Available Colours: Copper & Black, Silver
  • Dimensions: 59mm x 16mm
  • Weight: 368g
  • Imprint Area: Full Wrap
  • Imprint Size: 59mm x 16mm+
  • Special Options: Keyring included


Please note that Pantone matching and matte rubber coating are not available on this range.

Even if you’re not the manufacturer of Duracell or Energizer batteries you could use them creatively to support any campaign that talks about “power”, “energy” “recharging” or “boosting” – there are lots of creative ways in which USB battery memory sticks could be used and they certainly make a powerful impact!

They measure up slightly bigger than a standard AA battery (they need to be larger to accommodate the USB connector), they are made of metal and they have a screw cap so they’re a pretty rugged and tough flash drive (in our opinion they’re one of the toughest flash drives on the market!)

Although they have an interesting shape they work just like any standard USB flash drive and they’re available in memory sizes from 64MB all the way up to 16GB! They can also be printed in full colour with any graphic or design on the full surface area of the battery, and can be supplied with an attached keyring and in a presentation box or “blister pack”, just like regular batteries you’d pick up in the shops!

Preloaded Data
We strongly recommend that you use the memory storage space you’re buying and pre-load data onto your USB batteries before you hand them out. You don’t necessarily have to create new content if you don’t have the time or resources. Just send us digital copies of your marketing brochures, your PowerPoint slides, prices lists, press releases, video, TV adverts etc. and we’ll pre-load them onto your USB sticks for you.

In many cases we can offer the data loading for no additional charge, but even when we do charge the fees are normally only pennies.

The print, transportation and storage costs of printed material like sales brochures, press releases and product sheets can all be saved by loading electronic versions of them onto the flash drives. In some cases it’s relatively easy to build a business case to fund the purchase of the USB drives from these savings alone. If you build in the additional promotional value that they deliver, it’s no surprise that more and more companies are now buying branded USB flash drives.


We Deliver Branded Power Banks from UK stock – in just 24 hours!

Posted by USB2U on 30th September 2015 | Permalink

It’s that time of year again and Thursday 1st October marks the start of Chinese National Day Golden Week celebrations, a 7 day tradition celebrated since 2000. Whilst the holiday is celebrated across China, production of branded USB memory sticks and printed power banks completely stops, causing delays of up to two weeks for suppliers who only manufacture their products in the Far East.

Realistically, the first deliveries of USBs and Powerbanks coming out of China after the holidays will be w/c 19th October at the earliest, so anyone needing branded mobile phone chargers or USB sticks for events on or before then will need to find a reliable UK supplier with plenty of stock which they can print in house.

But all of the suppliers we speak to cannot deliver Branded USB Sticks or Power Banks on time” we hear you cry.

Look no further, because we have a solution for you.  Here at USB2U, we specialize in fast turnarounds and our dedicated team can prepare, print and deliver a personalized USB or Power Bank order in just 24 hours, guaranteeing you the fastest delivery possible in the UK.

Ordering Branded Power Banks or USB sticks on our rush service couldn’t be easier; simply follow these 5 steps:

  1. Call your Account Manager on 01604 685040 to discuss your choice of Power Bank / USB
  2. Send your logo to us (ideally in EPS / AI format) and we’ll provide a free, no obligation on screen mock up
  3. Check and approve the order details using our easy to follow Docusign order form
  4. Pay online via our SagePay link (or we may be able to invoice you on 30 day terms)
  5. Sign off the final sample photos and wait for your delivery to arrive with UPS!

If you have any questions or want to know more about our fast turnaround for express orders of USB sticks or Power Banks, don’t hesitate to call or email our friendly sales team who will be happy to help.

Throughout the Chinese Holiday Period, USB2U will be running a series of offers with a turnaround time of just 4 days so keep your eyes peeled for more information.


Power Banks from USB2U are available in just 24hrs!

Power Banks from USB2U are available in just 24hrs!


At USB2U we’ve got your number – Serial Numbered USB Memory Sticks

Posted by USB2U on 13th July 2015 | Permalink

There are lots of reasons why you might want to put a unique serial number on each of the branded USB memory sticks you hand out. Some companies we supply have them etched onto each USB sticks so that they can “bind” a specific stick to a specific person. We assume they’re putting sensitive information on every USB stick and want to make sure if the stick is a) given out to the right person in the first place and b) are able to re-unite it with the designated owner should it get lost (and subsequently turn up).

Sensitive data that’s pre-loaded onto one of our USB sticks might for example include confidential product pricing or perhaps embargoed press release information that can’t fall into the wrong hands. Putting a serial number on them is not an infallible method but at least it demonstrates you are aware of the issues and that you’re trying to do something to deal with them. As well as putting a serial number on the physical stick don’t forget it’s also possible to protect access to the data stored on the flash drive as well – just ask if this is something you’d be interested in.

Flash Drive Serial Numbers and Bar Code Printing

Flash Drive Serial Numbers and Bar Code Printing

School and universities often get their USB sticks marked (engraved or etched) with a serial number so they can “link” them to a student – at least this way if the USB stick is lost (and subsequently found) it can be repatriated to the student who lost it. There’s nothing worse than losing precious coursework stored on a USB memory sticks particularly when it’s not been backed up to a cloud based solution like Dropbox!

We always recommend engraving or etching a serial number onto a USB sticks rather than printing it because printed numbers can be scratched off. The engraving costs pennies or nothing depending on how many sticks you buy and it is a simple but effective solution. Don’t worry about the numbers having a negative effect on the branding of the sticks because if you don’t want them on the body of the stick they can be etched onto the connector that plugs into the PC or on the side of the stick.

If you know in advance the names of the recipients of the USB sticks then we can personalise each one and print (or engrave) their names on the sticks instead of numbers – it really depends what you’re trying to achieve and how discrete the “binding” of the USB stick to a particular person needs to be.

If in doubt just call us and we’ll talk you through the options and lead times.


Pimp up your memory sticks with funky accessories

Posted by USB2U on 19th December 2013 | Permalink

A memory stick is a great way to transport data, but all too often they make their way down to the bottom of your pocket or bag, only to be forgotten or replaced. To help avoid losing that important little stick, there are many different options to keep it at hand, as well as funky accessories and packaging to give it an extra va-va-voom!


Lanyard USB Memory Sticks
Lanyards are probably the most popular choice with many of our customers to giveaway with their branded USB sticks. They can be attached securely to the USB drive and placed around the user’s neck – a great idea to avoid losing vital data! And whilst lanyards are typically worn around the neck, it’s not unusual for them to be hanging out of pockets or belt loops, wrapped around as wrist straps or attached to and hanging from many other things! Lanyards can also be branded with your logo or message for extra brand exposure.


Keyrings for USB Flash Drives
Keyrings are also a useful accessory to consider. Like lanyards, they can be attached to the USB drive and in turn attached to a set of keys, meaning you will never be without your memory stick and data! They are available in different sizes and are more robust than lanyards.


Carabiner USB - from USB2U
Our carabiners are fast becoming a favourite, not least because they ARE the USB, rather than being just an accessory! Available in a range of memory sizes from 1GB-16GB, they can be printed on both sides and give the benefits of being functional and a novelty!

We also sell normal carabiners that can be branded and attach to the hook of different styles of USB stick. They’re great for attaching onto bags or laptop cases.

Engraved Dog Tags
These cute little metal dog tags can be engraved with any message and logo to complement your USB sticks, and why not combine them with a lanyard and/or keyring to make a really stand-out package.

Pimp Up Your USB Sticks With an Engraved Dog Tag

Upgrade Your Gift Box
In addition to our standard white gift boxes, we offer a wide range of packaging options including wooden boxes that look great engraved or printed, top quality white premium gift boxes that look stunning printed and several different versions of tins, with and without windows. All come with custom cut foam to hold your USB sticks in place (our wooden slider boxes come with a fine coconut coir inlay).

Printed White Gift Boxes for Your USB Sticks

Velvet Drawstring Bags
If you want to give a touch of luxury whilst offering an option to keep the USB safe, why not hand them out in one of our little velvet drawstring bags! These are a simple yet elegant option that are popular especially with our wooden range of USB sticks.



All of the above mentioned accessories can be supplied with your order of branded USB memory sticks and are available in different colours, shapes and sizes. If you are not sure about which would suit you best, please contact USB2U where an Account Manager will be happy to discuss your options.




Wooden USB Flash Drives should you Engrave or Print them

Posted by USB2U on 21st June 2013 | Permalink

Some of our most popular USB flash drives at the moment are our wooden versions. It’s not just professional and wedding photographers that are buying them either (although they do buy a significant number) but a growing number of large corporate companies that like the “eco-credentials” of the wooden and bamboo USB sticks we sell.

We have eight different wooden and bamboo styles to choose from and they typically come in dark and light wood options and of course they come in a wide range of memory sizes typically starting at 128MB and going all the way up to 32GB. The most popular models are our Woodland USB Flash Drive and our Wooden Twister USB Drive.



The Woodland version is rectangular, incredibly tactile and the cap is held in place with two small discrete magnets that are carefully recessed into the cap. The Twister version has no cap to lose, it’s a little smaller than the Woodland but it has equally strong eco-credentials and style.

The biggest decision facing anyone buy any of our wooden USB models is whether to get their logo printed onto the USB stick or engraved onto the USB stick – both options (as the images here illustrate) produce excellent results but they have their own benefits:

Woodland Engraved USB Sticks

Woodland Engraved USB Sticks

Engraving onto a wooden product somehow just seems the right thing to do, it seems more sympathetic to the core product and because no ink is being applied to the product it maintains the integrity of any “eco” message that you want to push.  You also get a very tactile finish and robust finish that isn’t going to chip or fade.

The compromise though is that no colours are involved when they are laser engraved – the image is created by cutting away at the surface of the wood and because of this you will get some variation across the USB sticks – this is simply because you’re dealing with a natural material with different grain effects and slight variations in colour. Arguably this adds to the appeal albeit some “brand managers” are put off by the absolute lack of control you get with engraving on wood.

If you want the benefits of a wooden promotional USB stick but you need your logo reproduced in full colour then you’ll need to opt for the printed option – the results can look striking and they’ll keep the brand police happy. The only compromise is that the print will eventually chip off unlike an engraved logo which is there to stay!

Whichever option you choose we can typically supply these from UK stock in as little as 24hrs! Call us for latest availability and prices.