USB2U News

We’re Back From The Photography Show!

Posted by USB2U on 22nd March 2017 | Permalink

Well it’s certainly been a busy few days but we’re back from the UK Photography Show and we’re still buzzing from the excitement! Team USB2U were exhibiting from Saturday 18th until Tuesday 21st at the NEC’s annual show, and as always we had a blast! It was great meeting everyone, we spotted some familiar faces amongst the crowds and managed to chat to a tonne of new ones too, and we received some great feedback on our fantastic range of Photography bundles.

We’d like to say a massive thank you to everyone who stopped by at stand H102 to say hi, we’re already looking forward to seeing everyone next year! If you didn’t manage to make it to Birmingham at the weekend, you can still browse our fantastic range of photography USBs here, or why not check out our gorgeous professional photographer packaging?

If you entered our competition on the day, we’ve announced all the winners over on our facebook page where there are loads more photos from the show, don’t forget to like us for regular updates, competitions & giveaways!

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Why do I need vector artwork for print?

Posted by USB2U on 1st March 2017 | Permalink

If you work in a creative industry like us and are dealing with logos and brands on a daily basis, you will be familiar with AI and EPS file formats for logos. But why do we ask for these files when it comes to printing onto our range of USBs as well as their packaging?

A Vector file type is either .eps, .ai, .pdf and .swf, and you’d need to set up your artwork as a vector graphic to start with before saving them in these formats – you couldn’t, for example, open a JPEG and re save it as a .swf.

So why don’t we use JPEGs? JPEGs are typically low resolution files and they’re mainly used for websites because the smaller file size helps load the pages quickly. They might look ok to the eye but once you zoom in or try to print from them you’re likely to end up with poor, blurred results.

Take a look at the images below and it’s easy to see why Vector artwork is preferred over a JPEG, the images are much sharper, crisper, and look loads better printed onto USBs!

 

The print quality difference between a logo in jpeg format and a logo in EPS vector format

Spot the difference – jpeg or vector artwork?

USB2U show the difference between vector and jpeg artwork engraved on wood

Crisp or fuzzy logo? We know which we prefer…

 

If you’re still a bit unsure then you can always ask your design team to supply you with vector artwork, or you could take a look at our artwork guidelines for a detailed overview of Vector and Raster graphics.

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A Great Couple Of Days At The 2017 PPExpo!

Posted by USB2U on 27th January 2017 | Permalink

We’ve spent the last two days at the largest trade show in the industry and had a fantastic time!

The PPExpo was a brilliant success and we enjoyed catching up with lots of familiar faces, as well as meeting some new ones. We also got to show off the excellent range of PXK tech products, which we’re now proud to be the exclusive distributor of in the UK and Ireland – 2017 is going to be an exciting year!

A huge thanks to everyone that came to visit us at stand Z52 to say hi, we had a blast and we’re already looking forward to seeing everyone next January. If you didn’t manage to get to our stand, you can still browse the PXK range here, or why not take a look at our extensive range of tech gifts?

Keep your eyes peeled for the winner of our giveaway, you could be the lucky winner of 20 FREE Rainbow Power Banks branded with your logo!

USB2U at the PPE Expo

 

 

 

 

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Come and visit us at the 2017 PPExpo!

Posted by USB2U on 17th January 2017 | Permalink

USB2U are exhibiting at the PPE show

The Promotional Product Expo is recognized as the largest trade show in the industry, and this year it will take place at The Ricoh Arena in Coventry between 25-26 January 2017.

We are excited about exhibiting at the show, and you will find us on stand Z52.

There are so many great reasons to visit us!

  • We are now the sole distributor of PXK’s tech products in the UK and Ireland. Come and find out more!
  • We have some great new products to share with our resellers – come and see what’s new.
  • Pick up our catalogue and a ‘Get out of Jail Free’ card to grab yourself a free upgrade to our UK stock express service…

… plus many more.

If you haven’t registered yet, now’s the time: http://bit.ly/2hUAWw4

Team USB2U look forward to seeing you there!

See our extensive tech gift range here.

USB, Power Bank and Tech Gift stock in the UK over Chinese New Year

Don’t forget we carry plenty of USB, Power Bank and Tech Gift stock in the UK over Chinese New Year

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USB2U Statement on USB3.0 compatibility issues

Posted by USB2U on 7th December 2016 | Permalink

We care about our customers, our customers’ clients, our reputation and more importantly yours and as such we wanted to let you know about a technical issue we have discovered with some USB3.0 flash drives.

It has been brought to our attention that a limited number of USB3.0 flash memory components that came onto the market in the latter part of 2016 may have caused some compatibility issues. This is an industry wide issue that has not been experienced before. It seems that enhancements in the USB 3.0 technology have inadvertently lead to higher than usual reports of failures, specifically when data, images or photographs are loaded from a MAC and viewed on a PC.

These components are all sourced from recognized brands including Samsung, Hynix, Intel and all go through established and rigorous QA checks. However this specific compatibility issue was not tested before as historically it had not been an issue.

Whilst the failure rate is still relatively low we want to negate this issue by taking the following steps:

  1. We are switching to a grade of USB3.0 stock (and particular chipset / controller combination) that has been tested to be 100% MAC compatible
  2. We are introducing a final UK QA process where we shall be testing each and every USB stick that is USB3.0 for this issue before sending to clients. This extra safety net will ensure this specific technical issue is eliminated.
  3. We are also offering a Kingston branded USB3.0 model if you prefer the extra reassurance of a retail brand.

We switched our Photography USB offering to USB3.0 over 1 year ago to provide a fast and more robust solution. Until these recent issues it has proven successful and very popular. With these additional  measures we are confident that these benefits will continue to be recognized.

It is important to remember that all of our memory sticks come with a 10 year warranty – we won’t let you down.

 

For further information, please contact:

Natalie Longley, Head of Sales and Commercial Development

[email protected]

+441604 685040

 

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Fearless Karen kicks off USB2U’s charity fundraising…

Posted by USB2U on 14th October 2016 | Permalink

At Team USB2U we are proud to announce our sponsorship of Northampton based charity, Cynthia Spencer Hospice. Over the last few years we have taken part in many fundraising activities for the hospice, however this year, along with our sister company Gilt Edged Promotions, we decided to make it official and donate all money generated from bake sales,  dress down days and other charity events straight to the hospice.

Karen from USB2U abseiling the Northampton Lift Tower

USB2U’s daredevil Karen takes the plunge to raise over £500!

To kick off our charity partnership in style, USB2U Account Manager Karen Eede decided to make a bold move and set the standard for her colleagues to follow by abseiling Northampton’s most famous landmark, the Lift Tower! Whilst the 400 ft impressive tower certainly got her adrenaline pumping, Karen wasn’t going to shy away from the challenge.

She said: “This is an amazing charity which has a special place in my heart as they cared for my mum so well in her last days with us. Taking the first step over the edge was the most terrifying part, but the money I had already raised for the hospice kept me going and focused on the task in hand.”

The Northampton Lift Tower

Eye-wateringly tall Northampton Lift Tower!

Cynthia Spencer Hospice provide inpatient care, outpatient services, Hospice at Home and palliative care specialist nurse services for the local area. They also offer specialist physical, psychological, social and spiritual care to those with life limiting illnesses, with focus on quality of life and respecting the uniqueness of each person.  A large part of the cost of running these services comes from the generous support of local companies and individuals in the Northampton area. In addition to our fundraising activities, USB2U have also donated much needed stationary items including branded USB fans and branded USB sticks which should come in handy in the nurse’s station.

Karen from USB2U abseiling down the Northampton Lift Tower

Don’t look down Karen!

With this one event alone, Karen managed to raise over £500.00 on behalf of USB2U for Cynthia Spencer Hospice. This is thanks to the generous support of her colleagues, family and friends. Thank you Karen for taking the leap and making such a great start to USB2U’s charity fundraising.

Karen from USB2U abseils down the Northampton Lift Tower

Karen’s first few steps for Cynthia Spencer!

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Cycle4Cynthia 2016 – Natalie takes on the challenge!

Posted by USB2U on 26th September 2016 | Permalink

On Sunday 25th September 2016, USB2U’s very own cycling superhero Natalie Longley took on the challenge of a 50 mile cycle ride to raise money for our chosen charity, Cynthia Spencer Hospice.

Natalie from USB2U on her Cynthia Spencer Charity Bike Ride

Natalie rode 50 miles for Cynthia Spencer Hospice!

Natalie, Head of Sales and Commercial Development for USB2U, does cycle regularly with a local cycling group, however the prospect of a ride which was over 50 miles long was in her own words “a little daunting to say the least”. It was a gruelling course with 3000ft of climbing (who knew Northamptonshire was so hilly?!) but with £350 of sponsorship money riding on the event, Natalie wasn’t going to give up without a fight! Luckily the amazing Cynthia Spencer volunteers and her support team Steve and Diane Sharpe from White Arches Caravans kept her going with plenty of refreshments and encouragement. She finished the ride in 3.5 hours.

Cynthia Spencer Hospice is a charity close to many people’s hearts in the Northampton area and in 2016 USB2U, a leading supplier of branded USB sticks, power banks and other promotional tech gifts, decided to put all their fundraising efforts towards this fantastic local organisation and raise money regularly through a series of events.

Natalie from USB2U with a Cynthia Spencer Frame

Natalie at the finish line!

Sebastian La Porta, Managing Director of USB2U, said: “We are delighted to offer our support for this charity, which has touched the lives of so many in our local community. It is our honour to be part of the fundraising effort for Cynthia Spencer Hospice.”

Over the coming months, Team USB2U have many more charity events planned including a hair raising Lift Tower Abseil in Northampton town centre which Karen Eede, Senior Account Manager, and some of her colleagues will be taking on. Watch this space to find out more about USB2U’s fundraising activities.

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Phew – now THAT was a trade show. Thanks, BPMA!

Posted by USB2U on 16th September 2016 | Permalink

We have just returned from the BPMA show (an annual trade only exhibition organised by the British Promotional Merchandise Association) and WOW were we blown away. This year the show took place at the impressive location of Silverstone in Northamptonshire and among the super cars were super suppliers and leading distributors in the promotional products industry.

Sebastian La Porta, Managing Director of USB2U, said: ‘We are extremely pleased to have exhibited at the BPMA Show this year. Throughout the show we had the opportunity to talk to many distributors about our products and services, and we made some new valuable connections. It was most definitely a day well spent for us.’

USB2U's busy stand at the BPMA show

Team USB2U in Action!

The trade show was exclusive to BPMA members only so visitors knew that those exhibiting promo products were the cream of the crop in terms of merchandise trade suppliers. The British promotional industry is vibrant and innovative and it was great to see so many companies attend and showcase their latest products.

So what was new from USB2U? Our Rainbow Range of branded technology products went down an absolute storm and I’m sure we’ll be seeing more of these products fly out the door very soon.

The Winning Formula - USB2U's Top Products Entry for the BPMA Show 2016

The Winning Formula – USB2U’s Top Product Entry for the BPMA Show 2016

Finally, we would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who took the time to visit our stand! We were absolutely delighted to meet so many new faces – and catch up with some more familiar ones – and also to receive such great feedback on our new branded technology products.

Here’s to the 2017 show!

Nat and Seb from USB2U working hard on the stand at the BPMA show

Natalie and Sebastian seem to be having too much fun at the 2016 BPMA Show!

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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

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With only 50 days until Christmas NOW is the time to order your USB Sticks

Posted by USB2U on 4th November 2015 | Permalink

If you thought Halloween was scary that’s nothing compared to how quickly Christmas is approaching. With only 50 days to go its time to get organised, it’s time to think about what gifts you want to give to your staff and what gifts you want to give to your customers and the service staff (drivers, window cleaners, delivery drivers etc.) that support your business all year round.

If you procrastinate and leave it much later and you may struggle to get exactly what you want and more importantly you might struggle to get your Christmas gifts printed with your logo on and the gifts personalised with unique messages.

Assuming of course that you want to give a gift this year the next challenge is to decide what to give – favourites often include hampers, drinks and chocolates but increasingly companies that give gifts to customers and prospects are looking for something that carries their brand and will last beyond Christmas. If the gift can generate a bit of a “buzz” or “wow” factor when opened that in turn drives Social Media activity then so much the better! When giving gifts to staff branding is obviously less of a requirement!

USB Cards for Christmas

Give a Promotional USB Stick at Christmas

In the promotional gift sector 2015 has been the year of the Power Bank and we expect to see lots of these given away but equally we also expect thousands and thousands of branded USB memory sticks to be handed out. Whilst USB sticks won’t be for everyone when they are printed with a company logo and pre-loaded with a Christmas message they are a brilliant idea.

They work at Christmas not only because they still have a high-perceived value but because of the innovative ways in which you can use the massive amounts of storage on even the cheapest versions – include a short video message, an animated message or a message of thanks from a few key executives within your company or what about recording and loading onto the stick a “flash mob” message. Get creative, think what will inspire people, what will interest people and what will make them laugh and smile. (and take to Social Meida)

Anything you load onto the USB sticks can be made to “auto-run” – this means the content (the video for example) will play automatically when the USB memory stick is connected to any PC or Mac.

At USB2U we can not only supply your Christmas USB sticks but we also have lots of Power Banks that we can supply with your logo printed on. We even offer a personalisation and fulfilment service so you don’t have to worry about boxing them up and sending them out! Interested? Well, just give us a call and we’ll talk you through the options.

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