Posted by USB2U on 19th May 2015 | Permalink
It happens – the excitement, the stress, the pressure and the desire to do a brilliant job and show to everyone how capable you are but then the smallest little detail trips you up and it all goes pear shaped. That career defining moment becomes a career defining moment for all the wrong reasons!
We’ve all been there and its not pleasant. It’s that sinking, horrible feeling you get in the pit of your stomach when it suddenly dawns on you that your job or career is on the line because of things that are outside of your control. However, if you’ve simply forgotten to do something then arguably you’re at fault and you’ll have to live with the consequences no matter how painful they are.
But, if you’ve been working diligently on a project that has a hard deadline and right at the last minute you’re let down by a supplier that they can’t deliver your on time then it might not exactly be your fault but the consequences might be just as painful.
All the planning and preparation in the world can’t accommodate these little “bombs” when they happen but what you can do is try and factor in a little contingency in your schedule. Its not always easy and we understand that “contingency” has a nasty habit of just being “absorbed” in the project.
If the cause of your angst is the supply of promotional USB memory sticks then don’t panic. At USB2U we pride ourselves on being the “4th Emergency Service” of the branded USB memory stick world. Unlike most other suppliers who simply place your order on a factory in China, at USB2U we brand and finish over 50% of all USB sticks we supply in our office in the UK. We always carry tens of thousands of USB sticks in stock and we can print, engrave, data-load and package them in just few hours!
Our Trustpilot reviews (over 3,000 predominantly 5* “Excellent” reviews) are full of customers who’ve been amazed by our ability to get them out of trouble and turn around their order in a matter of hours.
We don’t limit you to just one model, one colour and one memory size either – if you do need to use our “Rush Service” then you’ll typically have over 20 different models to choose from in a range of colours and memory sizes! We also carry a wide range of gift boxes (which we can also brand), lanyards, keyrings and other accessories.
The best thing to do if you’re in a hurry is call us. Our experienced team can talk you through the options, they’ll explain what we need from you to handle your order and give you a firm idea about when we can deliver for you (typically it’s within 24hrs unless we happen to be incredibly busy)
Rush USB Stcks
Posted by USB2U on 17th April 2015 | Permalink
If you’ve been meaning to order some USB memory sticks with your logo printed on them this week but other things kept getting in the way then don’t despair because at USB2U we can turn around orders on the same day!
With thousands of blank USB memory sticks in stock (across a wide range of designs and colours) and our own in-house design and print teams we are one of the very few companies in Europe that can accept an order in the morning, proof it, print it and then dispatch it the very same day. So, as today is a Friday you could order your printed USB memory sticks this morning and have them delivered Monday morning (we could even get them to you for Saturday if you’re around to take delivery of them!)
You’ll pay a small premium for our “rush” service but if you really do need you sticks quickly then it’s a small price to pay for peace of mind. By
getting your USB sticks designed and printed in the UK you de-risk everything. There will be no exposure to international shipping delays, no exposure to ordering from an overseas company only to find your money is taken and nothing turns up and of course by buying locally if things do go wrong (as they very occasionally do) then getting a resolution is much easier.
At USB2U we design and print tens of thousands of USB sticks in the UK every week. Over the last 4-5 years we have invested heavily in our in-house design and print capabilities and the response from our customers to the range of rush services we offer has been amazing. A significant number of the 5 star reviews we get on Trustpilot (a 3rd party review service) relate to “rush” orders and as much as anything its because customers are blown away by the quality of their orders, the service they get and the sheer speed at which we deliver their order.
What marks us out from our competitors is the range of stock we carry and can print. Lots of companies offer a standard black twister flash drive but these don’t always work with the logo being printed on them and they can to be candid look a bit bland and boring. We can typically offer at least 20 different designs and we also offer the option of printed boxes to go with them (all in the same timescales).
Have a great Friday and remember if you need your promotional USB memory sticks on Monday then give us a call.
USB Flash Drives in a Hurry
Posted by USB2U on 29th October 2013 | Permalink
In the overall scheme of things struggling to find a supplier that can deliver your promotional USB memory sticks in a hurry is in the irritating and annoying category rather than career threatening. That is unless it’s something that you were asked to do weeks ago and you’ve just been putting it off or have simply forgotten about it – then it does have have the potential be career damaging.
Sometimes the need to find a USB supplier urgently can be as a result of being let down at the last minute by your normal supplier – problems with “customs and international carriers” are often cited as reasons why USB sticks are late and miss their promised delivery dates.
You can also find yourself in this dilemma because someone you thought someone else had it under control only to find out at the last minute that they had
nothing under control!
All the planning and preparation in the world can’t accommodate these little “bombs” when they happen but what you can do is try and factor in a little contingency in your plans. Granted, it’s not always easy and contingency has a nasty habit of just being “absorbed” into any project – it’s the nature of the beast!
Our advice if you do find yourself in desperate need for some branded USB memory sticks is – don’t panic! At USB2U we pride ourselves on being the “4th Emergency Service” We regularly rescue customers from tight scrapes, save reputations and keep careers on track. The reason we can do this is because unlike our competitors we carry tens of thousands of plain, unprinted USB sticks in the UK which we can print and get delivered in as little as 24hrs!!
Whilst we don’t carry the full range of USB sticks shown on our web site we do have around 20 different styles to choose from so there is bound to be something in our “rush range” that meets most customers’ needs. In addition to a wide range of USB sticks we also carry thousands of USB gift boxes, lanyards and keyrings all of which can be combined with our USB sticks.
So, if you do find yourself in a tight spot and you need some printed or engraved USB sticks in a hurry then just give us a call and speak to one of our experienced sales team – they’ll talk you though the options and our in-house designer will work with you to make sure we can deliver a promotional USB stick that not only gets you out of trouble but exceeds your expectations.
Posted by USB2U on 27th August 2013 | Permalink
If you’ve decided your event, seminar, exhibition, conference, press event or important client meeting needs some USB memory sticks printed with your company name or logo on and also pre-loaded with your marketing material then bear in mind that these items are rarely available overnight.
Most UK suppliers of promotional USB memory sticks quote between 6 to 14 days (working days) to deliver personalized and data-loaded USB sticks and often even these timescales are ambitious and wrapped up in caveats about possible “customs delays” and factors outside of the suppliers control.
These might be reasonable and understandable warnings but they’re no use to you if you simply have to have your USB sticks by a certain date and time is already against you. After all, if you’re organizing an event and your boss ha dropped on you at the last minute that you need personalized USB sticks the last thing you need is any added stress and uncertainty!
The fundamental problem is that most suppliers hold zero stock in the UK so any order placed on them will be produced in China and then flown into the
USB Flash Drives in a Hurry
UK by UPS, DHL or one of the other carriers. So the promise of say “6 days” assumes they can manufacture, print, and ship into the UK (and then on-ship overnight to you) without any hitches. Of course even with companies that run the slickest of operations this leaves loads of risk; production problems, freight problems, customs delays and UK courier issues to name but a few!
Far better if you’re on a tight timeframe to de-risk the while thing and order your promotional USB sticks from a local (UK based) company that holds stock in the UK and can print (or engrave) and data-load in-house. One such company is USB2U – with over 20 different models available on their UK rush service they have the most comprehensive local offering of any supplier.
They don’t stop with USB sticks either because they also carry a wide range of USB gift boxes and packaging options all of which can also be personalized (printed or engraved) and these, like their USB sticks can be delivered in as little as 24hrs! No production worries, no international freight issues, no customs delays to get stressed over and if you choose their 24hr Rush Service they’ll guarantee delivery in the morning via UPS!
Until recently getting USB sticks in a hurry meant lots of compromises had to be made on model, colour, memory size and packaging options but USB2U have stood all of this on it’s head. So, if you need USB flash drives in a hurry pick up the phone and give them a call on their 0800 number – they’ll even pay for the cost of the call for you!
- USB Flash Drives in a Hurry
Posted by USB2U on 22nd August 2012 | Permalink
When you want promotional USB memory sticks in a hurry there really is only one company to turn to and that’s USB2U. It’s their 10th anniversary this year and during this time they have supplied millions of USB sticks to tens of thousands of customers so when it comes to USB sticks I think it’s fair to say they know what they are doing.
Over the years USB2U have invested heavily in in-house capabilities to design, print, engrave and data-load USB memory sticks. Today they are in the enviable position of being able to print, engrave and data-load thousands of sticks in the UK each and every day. So, if you need promotional flash drives in a hurry or maybe you just need a small “test run” then not a problem – just give the team at USB2U a call and they’ll talk you through the stock they currently hold, the print and engraving options and even the range of optional extras they can supply like boxes, keyrings and lanyards.
Having read the numerous reviews about USB2U’s service on the independent 3rd party review site Trustpilot it’s clear that their customers love the service they get and are particularly pleased at how quickly rush orders are turned around. They currently score 9.6 out of 10 with an overall ranking of “Excellent”
Here’s just a few of the comments left by customers:
Alex of Leeds College said: “Fantastic service all the way through from enquiry to delivery! – The experience of dealing with USB2U has been great – very starightforward in terms of the products they offer, placing the order and receiving the delivery of the items. Highly recommended!! “
Wend Grant Photography said: “A fabulous product and fabulous service! – I’ve just ordered a second batch of customised USB sticks and boxes from USB2U. My clients’ LOVE them! “
Don of Minitran Ltd said: “Fast, Friendly, Flawless. A great company to work with who did all they could to help us with our orders. We will definitely be doing business with this company again.”
You can read all of the reviews on USB2U from their customers on the Trustpilot site.
So, if you are in the market for promotional USB memory sticks and you need them in a hurry then make USB2U your first port of call. Based on the experiences of other customers you’ll be in safe hands!
USB Memory Sticks in 24hrs or less
Posted by USB2U on 21st June 2012 | Permalink
If you find yourself up against a tight deadline for printed USB memory sticks then it’s worth knowing that USB2U offer a “rush” service that can often deliver them in under 24hrs. So whether you’ve been let down by another supplier, you simply “forgot” to order them or more likely your boss has decided at the last minute that printed USB sticks would be a good idea, don’t panic, there is typically always a solution.
Fortunately at USB2U we carry lots of blank stock (different models in different memory sizes) and we can print, engrave and load data in house so we have complete control of the end to end process. Because of this we can typically flex our print schedule to help customers who are in a real bind and need their flash drives the very next day.
Below is a real-life example of how we helped a rescue a London Agency who at the last minute realised they needed branded (and dataloaded) USB Sticks for a press event being run by one of their blue-chip clients the following day:
Day 1 – 3.00pm
Customer calls asking if there is any way we could print 250 x 2GB USB sticks with their clients’ logo and get them delivered to central London before noon the following day? Oh, and all 250 USB sticks also need pre-loading with a series of PDF’s PowerPoint Slides and a short video.
Day 1 – 3.10pm
The account manager checks with the design/print team to see if we can schedule the job and checks with the data loading team to see if they can “squeeze in” a last minute job. Everyone is up for it but with only 2hrs before our courier collects it’s going to be tight so to be on the safe side we agree with the customer that a same day van can be organised for the morning.
Day 1 – 3.20pm
Customer signs off the order confirmation form and emails through their artwork and data and arranges payment by credit card.
Day 1 – 3.30pm
Our designers send a mock-up back to the customer of how their printed USB sticks will look – all approved.
Day 1 – 4.00pm
All 250 USB sticks have had the customers files copied onto them and they are passed to the print team.
Day 1 – 4.45pm
The USB sticks are printed as per the mock-up
Day 1 – 4.50pm
The printed and data-loaded USB sticks are QA checked, virus checked and individually packed into small polythene bags. The order is then finally packed into a USB2U carton, a small “thank you” card and pack of Haribo sweets is include with the order.
Day 1 – 5pm
The customers boxed order for 250 printed and data loaded sticks is collected by our overnight courier just 2 hours after the initial enquiry. The customer is sent the tracking details by email (the order has been sent on a pre-noon service) and the same day van that was put on “standby” is cancelled.
Day 2 – 11am
The printed USB sticks are delivered to the Press Event venue in Central London and the day is saved! The London Agency and their client are delighted and just a little bit stunned that in just 20hrs from making a phone call they have the branded USB sticks they wanted.
Now, ideally we’d like a little more time to perform these miracles but we have proven time and time again that it is possible. Every day we print and data load USB sticks for delivery the following day, most customers call in the morning rather than at 3pm in the afternoon and these extra few hours do help but if you are really, really up against it then call us – we like a challenge and we’ll do everything we can reasonably do to help.
Rush Service USB Flash Drives
Posted by USB2U on 8th March 2012 | Permalink
If you’ve been dropped in it at the last minute and given the challenging task of finding a company that can deliver USB memory sticks printed (or engraved) with your logo on within 24hrs or so then good luck because you might need it.
Whilst there are lots of companies that claim to be manufacturers of USB memory sticks with some even stating they have their own dedicated factories the reality is that the vast majority are simply middle men who take your order and place it on a supplier in China. The value they add to this process is, in many cases, limited and because they are dealing with factories in China the lead times tend to be at least 10-14 days (although some will suggest they can do it more quickly). So, beware of companies offering fast lead times if all they are going to do is ship them in from China.
What lots of suppliers won’t tell you is that even if they manage to get their Chinese supplier to produce them quickly and ship them out there is still a risk that they will get delayed in customs – it’s not unheard of for customs (at either end of the shipment chain) to impound goods and demand more information before releasing them. This is a particularly common problem if the brand printed on the USB sticks is a well-known, global brand like IBM, Nike or Microsoft because the customs teams are always on the lookout for forged goods.
If you are in a hurry for your printed USB memory sticks you need to find a local supplier that not only holds blank stock of the sticks but has the capability to print or engrave the sticks in-house and get them delivered to you within a matter of hours or days. This way you de-risk the whole thing because you know the USB sticks are being held locally and you can confirm an exact printing and shipping schedule – you could even arrange a “point to point” same day van or collect them yourself.
The challenge of course is finding such a supplier because very few are willing to hold in stock a wide range of USB memory sticks that they “might” sell particularly because the price of the sticks drops over a relatively short period – so holding stock is a risk and of course requires a capital investment that not many of the smaller suppliers can carry.
In the UK one of the few suppliers that hold stock and can offer a rush 24hr service are USB2U. They’re in their 10th year of supplying USB products are your best chance if you need digging out of a hole.
Posted by USB2U on 17th January 2012 | Permalink
If you’re looking to source custom USB sticks for your marketing campaigns, either plan ahead or expect mayhem every year from mid-January to mid-Feb every year, as this is Chinese New Year and literally, all factory production stops as the Chinese celebrate their national holiday. If you didn’t realise New Year was going to have such a big impact on your ability to source custom USB memory sticks and you need them now, then you’re in for a nasty surprise, as there is limited stock readily available in the UK and it becomes first come first served during this time! Of course if you can wait a few weeks then it’s not a problem, but if you need your order quickly then it’s best to start looking for a supplier that has stock in the UK and can get them printed and delivered within in your timeframes. Unfortunately there are very few companies that hold stock, and even fewer that can print them and get them delivered in a day or two!
Well, never fear, USB2U are here! We pride ourselves on being the 4th Emergency Service in the custom USB market, and unlike our competitors we do hold lots of plain, unprinted stock in the UK which we can print and get delivered to you in as little as 24hrs via our Express Service! We brand and finish over 50% of all USB sticks that we supply in our UK office, and we can print, engrave, data-load and package them for dispatch in just few hours!
Unfortunately, leaving it this late means you won’t have lots of choice in terms of models or memory size (because we tend to hold stock of the most popular models and sizes we sell), but if you are up against it or you’ve been let down by another supplier we can normally help. We don’t limit you to just one model, one colour and one memory size either – if you do need to use our Express Service then you’ll typically have over 20 different models to choose from in a range of colours and memory sizes! We also carry a wide range of packaging options (which we can also brand), lanyards, keyrings and other accessories.
Of course, it may not only be Chinese New Year that has sent you into a tailspin. You may be working with a different supplier who has suddenly let you down, or you can find yourself in this dilemma because you thought someone else had it under control, only to find out at the last minute that they didn’t. Whatever the reason, we’ve all been there and it’s not pleasant. It’s that sinking, horrible feeling you get in the pit of your stomach when it suddenly dawns on you that your job or career could be on the line over something out of your control, and you need to sort it, pronto! All the planning and preparation in the world can’t accommodate these little bombs when they happen, but what you can do is try and factor in a little contingency in your plans.
Our Trustpilot reviews (over 4,000 predominantly 5* “Excellent” reviews) are full of customers who’ve been amazed by our ability to get them out of trouble and turn around their order in a matter of hours. We can be your contingency plan – so, if you do find yourself in a tight spot and you need some printed or engraved USB sticks in a hurry, then just give us a call and speak to one of our experienced sales team. They’ll talk you though the options and our in-house designer will work with you to make sure we can deliver a promotional USB stick that not only gets you out of trouble but gets your project back on track!
Posted by USB2U on 10th January 2012 | Permalink
The usual lead-time for USB memory sticks printed with your company logo or brand on is typically around 10 days from confirmation of your order. During certain times of the year (January and February) when the market is badly impacted by Chinese New Year it can be as much as 4 weeks.
So, if you need to get hold of branded USB memory sticks in a hurry you’ll have to find a local supplier that can offer a “rush” service but even this normally means a wait of around 3 days (typically a little longer if you need data pre-loading onto the USB sticks as well).
USB Sticks in 24Hrs
The problem is that most suppliers of branded USB memory sticks don’t hold any stocks of USB sticks in-house preferring instead to place the orders on their factory as their customers confirm them. This de-risks holding stock that might not get purchased or simply might devalue based on fluctuations in the price of flash memory and currency exchange rates (all USB flash memory and memory sticks are traded in US Dollars). Those suppliers that do hold stock typically only hold very small quantities of a very limited range of model and styles and even then they can’t print them on-site.
One supplier that is different is USB2U. Established in 2002, USB2U been supplying branded USB memory sticks longer than any other promotional supplier in the UK, they hold large quantities of stock in the UK, they have invested in professional data-loading equipment and they have the latest printing technology in-house.
The combination of their experience, their large stock levels and their investment in the latest state of the art technology enables them to provide a lightening fast delivery service. Customer who take advantage of their rush service and who place their orders by 10am can opt to get them delivered the following business day. That’s fast!
So, if you do find yourself up against a tight deadline and you need USB memory sticks, USB credit cards or USB business cards with your company or school name/logo printed on (full colour) then get in touch with the team at USB2U.
Posted by USB2U on 26th January 2011 | Permalink
If you’re in a hurry to get some USB flash drives printed with your logo or design then one of the options open to you is to get them produced using resin domed stickers (gel labels).
Domed stickers are not to be confused with “cheap and nasty” stickers churned out on a low-resolution printer. Dome stickers are professionally produced, high quality, four colour prints that are encapsulated and protected with a clear resin dome bubble. The finished product is scratch proof; shatter proof; water resistant; non-yellowing; colourfast and once they are stuck in place they don’t shift.
USB Dome Sticker Examples
It’s these characteristics that make Dome Stickers an ideal alternative to traditional printing options for USB flash drives. Of course you need to ensure you get the stickers professionally produced and you need to ensure they are cut to match the shape/size of your USB flash drives. Finally, to make sure of the perfect finish you need to ensure they are applied correctly to the flash drives – its not hard it just takes a little bit of time and practice.
Most suppliers of branded USB flash drives now offer a “domed sticker” option where they supply the USB sticks
USB Dome Sticker
finished with the stickers already printed and applied. Aside from the benefits set out above by choosing this option you can typically reduce the lead-time from around 2 weeks to a matter of days and there is no compromise on the finished quality of the branded USB flash drive.
The cost of branding USB flash drives with a dome sticker is broadly the same as getting them printed and if you can overcome any pre-conceived ideas you might have about using “stickers” you’ll typically find that the finished results of branding with a dome sticker are better than standard print. This is particularly true if you have a complex logo with lots of colours.
At the moment the start of Chinese New Year means lots of companies are struggling to find a supplier of branded USB flash drives that can supply them in a timeframe to meet their requirements. By using dome stickers you broaden your search to include companies that can supply “blank”, unprinted USB sticks to which you can apply a domed sticker or you can look for local suppliers that can offer the complete solution.