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Where Can You Get Printed or Engraved Flash Drives Delivered in 24hrs

Posted by USB2U on 19th November 2014 | Permalink

Pfft – we spit in the eye of delivery promises of 6 days. If you need your flash drives printed, data-loaded and delivered quickly then quickly is what we do! We don’t mess around talking days we prefer to talk in terms of hours. So, if you find yourself (for whatever reason) of needing some last minute promotional drives then firstly don’t panic and secondly pick up the phone and call us (or submit a quick quote enquiry via our web site and we’ll get back to you in 15 mins or less).

We’re based in Northampton in the UK. We hold tens of thousands of different USB sticks in stock in a wide range of styles and memory capacities and we print or engrave IN-HOUSE. No outsourcing to a local printer, no restricting you to one type of product and limited memory size options – we always have stock and we control the process from start to finish using our own team and as a consequence we can (and frequently do) take orders in the afternoon for delivery the next day across the UK, Europe and the USA. Don’t believe us then check out the reviews from thousands of happy customers on Trustpilot (many of whom will make reference to how blown away they were with the speed at which we delivered their order). Here are just a few examples from the last few days:

Beyond the ordinary!

We needed some premium usb sticks in presentation boxes for an event. The production team were even able to make up x100 usb sticks and boxes within 5 hours! To meet our tight deadline – which is beyond what is advertised on their website. I am very grateful and they look superb.

Great service and very speedy turnaround

Very impressed with the service from USB2U. Within 24 hours we had our USBs – they look great, the process was very easy, and everyone we dealt with was extremely happy. We’ll definitely buy from them again.

Easy Peasy Lemon Squeezy !

The ordering process was very simple and the attention to detail excellent. It was an urgent requirement and the sticks arrived promptly.

So, if you have been challenged to find someone who you can trust to deliver a last minute requirement for USB memory sticks with your logo printed on them and with your data files pre-loaded onto them then please do get in touch. It doesn’t matter if your based in the UK, the USA or Timbuktu providing UPS deliver there on a next day service and providing you get in touch reasonably early in the day (ideally before 2pm) then we can normally help.

USB2U - Your Trusted Supplier of USB Memory Sticks

USB2U – Your Trusted Supplier of USB Memory Sticks

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Charitable Fund Raising with USB Memory Sticks

Posted by USB2U on 10th November 2014 | Permalink

If you’ve been co-opted onto your local fund raising committee and you’ve now been tasked to come up with ideas to raise funds for your local school, orchestra, drama group, playgroup or junior football team then the first of many challenges you’ll face is to generate lots of new ideas to ensure the money continues to flow in!

It’s never easy and with so many national causes understandably grabbing the headlines doing something that encourage support for your local charity is getting harder and harder. We’ve always been a nation of charitable “givers” but during times when we’re all feeling the pinch there is only so much money to go around.

In terms of ideas there plenty of “old favourites” to fall back on like quiz nights, car boot sales, hog-roasts, jumble sales, coffee mornings, sponsored events and scavenger hunts. But, most well established fund raising groups are likely to have tried these already and interest in running them again might meet with some resistance.

Creating your own fundraising blog or Facebook page dedicated to the cause will often help build and maintain interest in your charity – it’s a great way to keep people engaged and to keep them up to speed with how the fundraising is getting along. New charity oriented sites like JustGiving.com also create another well tried and trusted option and these have the added benefit of allowing people to donate on-line.

Fundraising Using USB Memory Sticks

Fundraising Using USB Memory Sticks

An idea for pushing the fundraising along and one that dovetails nicely into any Social Media activities you might have planned is to sell printed USB memory sticks.

As a concept it’s simple:

  • The USB memory sticks are printed or engraved with details of the fundraising challenge – this could include a logo, a date, a Just Giving website address or a phone number etc.
  • Pre-load the USB sticks with as much information as you can gather about the cause you’re raising money for. Ideally this should include background articles, video clips, details of what the money will be spent on, profiles of the people or teams involved and don’t forget to include links to any Blog or Facebook pages.
  • The finished printed USB memory sticks are then sold for a profit by whatever means is possible.

There are lot of suppliers of printed USB memory sticks in the UK and with lots of competition in the market you’ll be surprised at how cheap they are to buy. Typically you’ll need to order at least 100 to get a good discounted price but if you can you’ll find there is plenty of scope to sell them for a profit. Just one idea to add to your list of “ideas” under consideration.

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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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What Artwork is needed to Print USB Memory Sticks

Posted by USB2U on 25th June 2014 | Permalink

When you set out to buy promotional USB flash drives there are some basic things you’re going to need to ensure you get exactly what you want. At the most basic level you’ll need to have a reasonable idea of how many USB sticks you need or can stretch to (you’ll find the more you buy the cheaper the unit price will be) and you’ll need to know what memory size you need – these two elements are the key drivers behind the unit price you’ll pay.

Choosing the right amount of memory is less easy than knowing how many USB Sticks to buy. It’s easy to just go for the smallest memory option (typically

Vector Artwork

Vector Artwork

128MB) but bear in mind if you do this that the promotional USB sticks won’t be of that much value to the recipient because they won’t have much room to store their own data on. Less storage space = less perceived value = less actual usage = less brand exposure. Our advice is to go for a 4GB or 8GB USB stick – this is normally large enough to store any of your own files one before you hand them out and gives the recipient tons of spare space to use for their own files.

Surprisingly the level of detail in the print or the number of colours printed is not really a major cost driver. A few years ago you might have had to pay a set-up fee per colour and a fee to print each colour but these days there are only pennies between a single colour print and a full colour print.

The real issue when it comes to printing (and therefore to a certain extent cost) is the quality of the artwork supplied to print from. Contrary to popular belief it is really possible to produce good quality printed USB memory sticks from a JPEG file (this is the sort of image you usually see used on Web Sites) because they are typically low resolution files. They might look ok to the eye but if you try and print from them you’ll typically get poor and often blurred results. A really good high quality JPEG might be OK but it’s worth getting it checked first rather than being disappointed with the printed results.

By far the best thing to do is to supply good quality Vector Artwork files – Vector file types are .eps, .ai, .pdf and .swf. You CANNOT re-save a JPEG into these formats and magically get a Vector file you have to set up the artwork files as a Vector Graphic and then save them in these formats. If you’re not sure ask you design team or external designer to supply you with Vector Artwork. Full details of how to send your artwork files and the formats we can work with are detailed here.

Please also don’t (as one school did) just scan the badge on the front of their school blazers and ask us to print from that – the computer programming adage of “garbage in, garbage out” will apply!

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USB Yearbooks – Personalised USB Memory Sticks for Schools

Posted by USB2U on 18th March 2014 | Permalink

We’re rapidly approaching that time when lots of students will be making their preferred and insurance university choices before they then start to focus on the securing the exam results they need to get their place secured. It’s a difficult and emotional time for everyone with because not only are the students dealing with the pressure of exams but they’ll also have to come to terms with saying goodbye to their friends, many of whom they will have been close to for years.

It’s not uncommon now for lots of schools to put together a Year Book to help the students record their memories of the time they spent at the school but some lots of students will also arrange for their own “hoodies”, T-shirts etc.

Another option is a personalised USB memory stick – each USB stick can be printed or engraved with the students name on one side and details of the school on the other. The USB stick can also be pre-loaded with a copy an electronic copy of the school yearbook and could also include video clips of school drama productions, award ceremonies, sports days and of course embarrassing pictures from the Prom Night!

There are lots of different styles of USB sticks to choose from including the popular USB wristbands to the more common “twister” style of drive – they can all be supplied in a printed gift box and optionally with lanyards or keyrings. With prices starting at just a few pounds the USB sticks are a cheaper option that Yearbooks but realistically many students will want the printed version so they are best thought of as a supplementary option that gives more scope to include media clips etc.

USB Wristbands

USB Wristbands

If the USB sticks are being bought by the school on behalf of the students then there is no pre-payment because the school will automatically be given 30-day credit terms. The lead time to produce the personalised sticks is around 10 days but if you do leave it late don’t worry because at USB2U we can offer a “rush” 24hr delivery service.

To submit the names of the students all we need is a Word Document or ideally an Excel file (any CSV file will do). We supply a mock-up and proof before anything is printed or engraved so there will be plenty of opportunity to make sure you are happy before we “press the button” and produce them all.

USB Yearbooks – now there’s an interesting idea!

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USB2U Launches New USB Sticks and Gift Box Packages for Professional Photographers and the Feedback is Universally Excellent

Posted by USB2U on 5th February 2014 | Permalink

The market for professional photographers is tough and it’s incredibly competitive. Arguably since the arrival of digital photography and the paradigm shift it created the barriers to entry have been reduced – anyone with a decent digital camera, a Mac and software editing software can “claim” to be a professional photographer. In the UK alone there are said to be around 45 – 50,000 professional photographers!

To survive professional photographers are having to up their game and put more emphasis on their branding, marketing, and the way they deliver their images to their clients. Websites, Pinterest Pages, Facebook pages and Twitter accounts are now de rigueur. Of course there is no substitute for being brilliant behind the lens and having a engaging manner with clients that puts them at ease but to be a commercial success brilliant marketing and presentation is now just as critical.

Long gone are the days when professional photographers could offer their clients their portfolio on a CD or DVD. Whilst printed images, albums and folios still reign supreme clients still want (expect) to be given digital copies of their images so that they can post them on their Facebook pages, blogs and other Social Networking and of course make their own prints.

USB Sticks and Boxes for Photographers

USB Sticks and Boxes for Photographers

Branded USB memory sticks are the new way for photographers to delivery digital copies of prints to their clients but USB stick suppliers (much like photographers) have had to up their game as well. It’s no longer good enough to supply basic models printed with a brand of logo – photographers are demanding innovative USB solutions that include attractive packaging options and they want something that can’t be picked up in the High Street. In response to this USB2U has launched a new range of USB sticks and gift boxes aimed specifically at the photography sector and the feedback has been universally excellent:

Tim Simpson Photography said: “This is the second time we have used USB2U. This time we had the wooden presentation boxes too. At Tim Simpson Photography we try to do things with style and little differently. We feel this product backs this up, we know our clients are impressed when they receive their images presented this way. A great product.”

Lavenham Photographic said: I ordered some wooden USB sticks for my wedding photography business and could not be happier with the quality of the finish! The engraving of my logo is so fine and detailed, (even with a very small fine font) and nobody I’ve shown them to has ever seen anything like them before. For conveying the impression of being ‘special’ ‘different’ and ‘high quality’ they are absolutely spot-on.

Elisha Clarke Photography said: “I am delighted with me new USBs! The wooden boxes and USBs have a beautiful and professional finish. Everyone I show is impressed.”

USB2U will be at The Photography Show at the NEC, Birmingham held on the 1st – 4th March 2014.

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End of the School Year celebrated with Personalised USB Memory Sticks

Posted by USB2U on 16th July 2013 | Permalink

Printed and engraved USB memory sticks have long been the preserve of large companies and universities who have for many years used them to underpin their marketing and advertising campaigns, to hand out a conferences, seminars and open days or as a simple “give-away” to help drive brand awareness and sales.

But, intense competition in the market for the supply of promotional USB sticks has driven down the price and more significantly has driven the minimum order quantity from hundreds to as little as 25 pieces. The impact of this is that more and more people are now buying customised USB flash drives for what seems like an ever increasing range of uses.

Schools are a good example. Historically it was only the larger secondary schools that were buying USB sticks for their students and often they were purchased to en-masse to give out to the whole school or to sell in the school shop. Today lots of primary (and junior) schools are buying 25-30 sticks at the end of the school year to give to just one class of leavers – the sticks normally have the school name on together with any crest/logo the school might have and often each stick is personalised with the pupils name.

USB sticks for Schools

USB sticks for Schools

Some schools are even going one step further and loading onto each flash drive school photo’s, clips from the school sports day, school reports and exerts from the school play – think digital scrapbook or school yearbook loaded onto the USB stick and you get the idea.

We’ve even had one teacher take the radical decision to pay for them for his class so he could hand them out at the end of the summer term loaded with the homework he wanted doing over the summer holidays! A great idea albeit I’m not sure if it’s what the pupils really had in mind.

For schools the beauty of buying personalised USB memory sticks from USB2U is that we offer a free design and mock up service, there is NO upfront

Free Carabiner Keyring with all School Orders from USB2U

Free Carabiner Keyring with all School Orders from USB2U

payment because all schools immediately get 30-day payment terms and if you’ve left it a little bit late to organise them we can deliver from UK stock (printed) in as little as 24hrs!

If you remember to ask we’ll throw in free lanyards and every school order is sent with a handful of little carabiner keyrings.

So, If you’re thinking of ordering printed or engraved USB sticks for your school or class then give is a call!

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Promotional USB Cards with a Removable USB Stick

Posted by USB2U on 26th June 2013 | Permalink

One of the more popular promotional USB products to hit the market over the last couple of years has been the USB card. The early versions of these were all credit card shaped but they were much thicker than a standard credit or bank card at around 4-5mm. The latest versions are now super slim at just 2mm and they can be printed in full colour across the whole surface of the card (front and back) which makes them an ideal marketing tool.

Compared to standard USB memory sticks where you can typically only print on a small part of the stick the USB cards look great because every square millimetre of the card can be printed on and because the surface is nice and flat the results look stunning!

Different Styles of USB Cards

Different Styles of USB Cards

But it’s not just the thickness of these cards that has changed. The new cards are now available in a range of different shapes; squares, circles, ovals, triangles and rectangles. These new options throw up all sorts of interesting branding ideas – we’ve already produced USB Maltesers on the circular USB cards, USB condoms packs on the square USB cards, car badges on the oval cards and name badges on the mini rectangular USB cards!

The innovation hasn’t stopped with the increasing thinness and shape of the cards – we now have a new version of the USB credit card where the USB connector can be removed from the “host” card and used like a mini USB stick. Like all of the other cards this new version is only 2mm thick and can be printed in full on both sides but the USB element slides out from the card – don’t worry, it slides back in again as well and its precision engineered so when returned to the “host” credit card it won’t accidentally fall out.

USB Credit Cards

USB Credit Cards

Arguably these cards are a little easier to use than the standard ones that have a “flip out” mechanism which some people find a little fiddly until they are used to how they work. The “slide” option is certainly more intuitive but as ever a lot of it is down to personal preference.

At the moment the slider option is only available on the larger credit card version but we expect to introduce some other shape options soon.

If you’re interested in seeing what your logo or design might look like on any of our USB cards then simply drop us an email (sales@usb2u.co.uk) with your artwork and we’ll work up a range of different mock-ups for you – no cost and no obligation!

 

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Even in Death You Can’t Escape USB Memory Sticks

Posted by USB2U on 29th April 2013 | Permalink

Technology has a habit of permeating every facet of our daily lives and USB memory sticks are proving they are no exception to the rule. Whether they’re used to celebrate a child’s birth, to record childhood events, to store precious wedding photographs or to record the mundanities of everyday life there is no doubting the impact they have made since their introduction some 10 years ago.

Millions of USB sticks are bought in the UK every year and millions more are given away as promotional products to support product launches, as competition prizes and to hand out at conferences and university open days! Wherever there is a need to store and transport data, to hand out data or to raise brand awareness USB sticks are being used.

Today even in death USB sticks can’t be avoided – in the last couple of months we have supplied printed USB memory sticks to Funeral Directors, Will writing companies and to family members of the deceased.

Funeral Directors and Will writing companies are using them just like any other company – they’re printing their brand and logo on the USB sticks, pre-loading them with information about their services, links to their websites, testimonials from customers etc. and then they are handing them out to prospective clients. Apart from the subject area there is nothing unusual in how these particular USB sticks are being used.

But the USB sticks being supplied to relatives of the deceased are interesting because these are typically printed with a photo that celebrates the life of the person that has died. The memory on the stick is then loaded with what amounts to a “scrapbook” of their life; photos, video clips, music they loved, tributes from friends and family and links to websites that they have created: Facebook, Pinterest, Tumblr etc.

The USB sticks are then either handed out on the day of the funeral or sent out to friends and family to help them celebrate the life of the loved one that has died. Whilst they might not be for everyone there is no doubt that done well they are a loving tribute to person that has died and they help the person putting them together to heal from their loss.

With the seemingly relentless march of technology into every aspect of our lives we are all going to have to think about how our own personal “digital footprints” are managed and remembered.

 

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New 5 Day UK Service Introduced for Printed and Engraved USB Sticks

Posted by USB2U on 15th February 2013 | Permalink

In response to growing demand from our customers we have introduced a 5 day service for a large proportion of our USB memory sticks. There are no additional charges for this service and it includes engraving or full colour digital printing (on both sides) of the USB sticks and if needed data loading onto the sticks.

We have also retained our popular “Super Express 24hr Service” and our “Rush 72hr Service”. So whether you need your order the very next day or within a few days there are now plenty of options to choose from and you’re not limited to just one or two different designs. Irrespective of which timed (and guaranteed) service you choose from there are currently 18 different models to select from and some come in a range of colours and memory sizes so you really are spoilt for choice!

One of the attractions of this service is that once your order has been confirmed then delivery of your USB memory sticks is guaranteed. There is no exposure to “customs delays” or international shipping because your order will be fulfilled from UK stock. All you have to do is sign off your proofs in a timely manner, arrange your payment (if you’re not on 30 day terms and a lot of our customers are) and then finally make sure that you’re in when your USB sticks are scheduled for delivery!

Optional extras like printed or engraved gift boxes, lanyards and key rings can also be specified when you use any of our express delivery services. If you do have a particularly large amount of data you want pre-loading onto your printed USB sticks then we can normally accommodate this but you do need to consider how you get the data to us. Our data-loading team will test the data and check the “load times” and then agree with you how quickly the data can be loaded – with 4 separate professional data loading machines on-site we are able to load thousands of sticks a day (subject to the data size and structure).

During “pinch points” like Chinese New Year when lots of USB suppliers struggle to maintain their usual service levels these guaranteed delivery options are likely to prove incredibly popular. So, if you do need printed or engraved USB memory sticks in hurry and you don’t want to take any risks with delivery just give us a call or send in a quote request via our website.

USB2U New Rush Service Announced

USB2U New Rush Service Announced

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