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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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258 Million People on the Move during Chinese New Year but No USB Sticks

Posted by USB2U on 24th January 2014 | Permalink

The Chinese New Year National Holiday (The Year of the Horse) is almost upon us. Unlike our own New Year holidays where people typically take a day or two off in China it’s their big annual holiday and most workers take at least two weeks off work.

This extended break gives millions of workers from the cities the chance to travel home and be with their families in the provinces. The number of people on the move during the holiday is staggering (estimated by the BBC at 285 million) but what even more mind boggling is the distances they travel and the time it takes to complete their journeys – take a look at this photo blog post from the BBC – it helps put the occasional travel challenges we have in the UK into perspective!

The knock on impact of the extended holidays and factory and office closures is that pretty much nothing gets manufactured or shipped for a 2 – 3 week period. Our partner factory in Shenzhen closes this week-end and won’t start manufacturing USB memory sticks again for 2 weeks. It’s the same for most of our competitors as well because whoever they are the likelihood is that their partner factory will also be In Shenzhen, China and as a result it will also close.

What this means is that after today it will become increasingly difficult to get an order for USB memory sticks delivered much before mid-February! Forget the usual promise of 6 to 10 days because no one will be at the factory to produce and print them and even if they were none of the freight forwarding companies are working so they wouldn’t get shipped anywhere!

If you need printed or engraved USB memory sticks in a hurry your only option for the next couple of weeks is to find a local supplier that holds them in stock and is able to personalise them locally as well. There are a few companies that will hold the Black Twister (Capless) model in a range of different memory sizes but that’s about all.

At USB2U we’ve lived through the challenges of Chinese New Year lots of times so we now always ensure we carry lots of stock in the UK whilst it’s on. At the moment we are unique in being able to offer 24 different styles and designs of USB stick in a wide range of memory size. Most of these can be supplied in 24hrs on our rush service but do check because out print schedule can get full pretty quickly!

If you can’t find what you want it’s not the end of the world – at least you’re not on a 33 hour trip home just to be able to spend precious time with your family.

 

USB Memory Sticks from USB2U During Chinese New Year

USB Memory Sticks from USB2U During Chinese New Year

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USB Flash Drives in a Hurry – No Problem

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

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
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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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Prices and Anxiety Levels are Rising

Posted by USB2U on 23rd January 2013 | Permalink

Well, you can’t say we didn’t tell you!  As we get closer to Chinese New Year things are starting to get interesting in the promotional USB stick market. Prices are rising; anxiety amongst businesses trying to source USB sticks against tight deadlines is increasing and something close to panic looks set to ensue over the next week or so.

Ironically it happens every year and every year, starting in December, we try to make as many customers as possible aware of the likely issues and encourage them, where possible, to place their orders early. The benefits are; cheaper prices and assured, stress free delivery.

Understandably not everyone is in a position in December (or early Jan) to know what USB sticks they might need but it is nevertheless surprising just how many businesses leave things right until the last minute.

The core problem is that the Chinese New Year holidays last around 2 weeks and during this time pretty much everything comes to a standstill. No factory that produces USB sticks wants to be taking new orders right up until the start of the holidays so they draw a line in the stand about a week before the festivities commence. This year the actual day of the New Year is the 10th February so expect factories to stop taking orders a week or more before this.

When the factories re-open they then typically take a week or more to catch up with the backlog of orders that have built up so “normal service” can be disrupted for about one month!

If you’ve been caught up in the delays brought on by this years Chinese New Year break in production then your best bet is to find a local supplier of USB memory sticks that holds stock and has the capability to personalise this stock in the UK.

Most UK suppliers are just intermediaries and won’t carry UK stock of their own or if they do they’ll typically have a very limited range of models and memory sizes to chose from.  At USB2U we’ve seen our fair share of challenges during Chinese New Year over the last 10 years and we now make sure we bolster our stock holdings during this time.

So, if you are beginning to worry about whether you will get your promotional USB sticks in time the best advice we can give you is to pick up the phone and call us – one of our team will talk you through the range of models, memory sizes and colours we hold and they’ll talk you through a range of delivery options that include our Rush  24hr service.

Chinese New Year - USB Sticks

Chinese New Year - USB Sticks

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Promotional USB Memory Stick Shortage Looms Large

Posted by USB2U on 20th September 2012 | Permalink

Having supplied USB memory sticks for the last 10 years it’s fair to say we’ve got pretty tuned in to the way in which the market works and the various “pinch points” in supply that happen throughout any given year.

During these “pinch points” the usual lead times for promotional USB memory sticks of around 7-10 days can get stretched to 20 days! The reason is typically because of a national holiday in China which means USB Memory Stick production plants close, transport infrastructure becomes bottlenecked and backlogs build up. The problem gets exacerbated because customers panic and they rush to get orders submitted before the holiday’s start which in turn creates additional pressure before the holidays start and adds to the backlog when the holidays are over and the staff return to the factories.

We’re rapidly approaching one of the two bigger holidays in China; National Day holiday and Golden Week and this extended public holiday will result in lengthy delays to lead times. National Day is on the 1st October but most factories and office close for at least 1 week to allow their staff to return to the provinces to be with their families.  In preparation for the holidays the factories stop taking orders on or around the 21st September and won’t accept new orders until the 8th October. (even if orders are accepted during this period it’s unlikely they will be worked on until the 8th Oct at the earliest).

If you need promotional USB memory sticks any time during the next 4 weeks then our advice is to get your order in now and get your place in the production queue secured. If you wait until next week then beware of any promises you are given on delivery or find a UK supplier that holds stock locally and can print or engrave your USB Sticks in the UK.

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

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

If you do find yourself struggling to source USB memory sticks at any time over the next 3-4 weeks then give us a call and speak to one of our experienced sales team and they’ll talk you through the options for USB sticks and printed packaging and gift boxes

USB Flash Drives Delivered in 24hrs

USB Flash Drives Delivered in 24hrs

 

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USB Buyer Beware – Holidays approaching off the Starboard Bow

Posted by USB2U on 7th September 2012 | Permalink

Just as the UK starts to return to normal after the long summer holidays China is preparing for an extended break. The reason for the holiday is National Day and whilst you might have little interest in public holidays in China this particular holiday is long enough to have a serious impact on the supply of USB memory sticks into the UK.

If you’re thinking of ordering any branded USB memory sticks in the near future it’s worth understanding the implications of the forthcoming National Day holiday in China.

The National Day of the People’s Republic of China is a public holiday that celebrates the formation of the People’s Republic of China on the 1st October 1949. It’s celebrated across mainland China and Hong Kong and is traditionally kick-started with massive firework displays and a range of other government organised festivities that include parades, concerts, flower and water festivals.

Most factories and offices will close on the 30th September and won’t re-open again until Monday 8th October. Strictly speaking the “official holiday break” is only 3 days long but it’s become common for these 3 days to be extended into what is now known as the “Golden Week”.

This extended break allows millions of workers in the cities and industrial regions to return home to spend time with their families so it’s not a good time to visit China because the transport infrastructure gets maxed out. A situation not helped by the transport staffs who understandably also take time off during the Golden Week to be with their families!

In the lead up to the 30th September our factory in China will be working extended shifts to clear all orders they have on their schedule – anything not on the schedule or missed will not get produced and printed until week commencing 8th October and even then it’s a “bun fight” as customers fight to get priority for their orders.

Our advice is to plan ahead, buy or order your printed USB memory sticks in good time and certainly in advance of the National Holiday. If you do find yourself needing printed USB memory sticks in a hurry and your normal suppliers can’t deliver then give us a call at USB2U. We carry lots of UK stock all year round and we can print and delivery USB memory sticks in as little as 24hrs.

Check out what our customers are saying about us on TrustPilot

 

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Bank Holiday Not A Problem For Printed USB Memory Sticks at USB2U

Posted by USB2U on 27th August 2012 | Permalink

If you’ve been expectantly waiting for your printed USB memory sticks to arrive only to find that the Bank Holiday has put a bit of a spanner in the works then don’t panic because USB2U can turn around printed or engraved USB memory sticks from UK stock in under 24hrs!

So, if you do arrive back at your desk on Tuesday and get an email or call from your usual supplier of USB sticks to inform you that “there’s a bit of a problem with your order” then you might want to pick up the phone and call the team at USB2U. They carry a wide range of different styles and memory sizes of USB sticks in the UK and are they’re able to print or engrave in-house. So if you get your call in early enough you could have your promotional sticks on your desk the very next morning!

They also carry a huge range of different accessories and tons of different boxes (over 50,000 boxes in fact!) all of which can also be personalised with a logo as well if that’s what you need.  Lanyards?  Not a problem because they have those too. Same with keyrings and clasps.

The key message is that if you find that your order from another supplier has been delayed for whatever reason then all is not lost. USB2U can typically recover most situations and have been known to turnaround orders in less than a couple of hours!

Even data-loading onto the USB sticks is not a problem because USB2U have invested heavily in state of the art professional data-loading and data-duplication machines that allow them to pre-load thousands of USB sticks every day. Your data can be set-up so that it’s protected (meaning it can’t be deleted  by the user) or it can be set-up to “auto-run” so that your web page, PDF’s or application will automatically start when the  USB sticks is inserted into a PC .

It does not matter if you only need 25 printed USB sticks or 1,000 USB sticks albeit for larger quantities minor miracles of next day delivery of a little harder to produce unless they are informed very early in morning and their schedule is not already filled with lots of jobs for other customers in a similar situation.

The best advice if you need printed USB memory sticks in a hurry is to call them – they have an 0800 phone number so they’ll pay for the cost of the call (if you’re ringing from a landline). Their friendly and knowledgeable team will talk you through the options, arrange urgent mock-ups and proofs for your sign-off and get your sticks to you in double quick time. Simples!

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Promotional USB Memory Sticks Printed or Engraved and Delivered in 24hrs

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

USB Memory Sticks in 24hrs or less

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Usain Bolt is Quick But We Reckon We Could Beat Him Printing USB Sticks

Posted by USB2U on 9th August 2012 | Permalink

With the 100m Gold Medal from the London 2012 Olympics already in the bag and the 200m Gold Medal  looking nailed on (unless his training partner and fellow Jamaican, Yohan Blake can throw a spanner in the works) Usain Bolt is once again destined to be crowned the fastest man on the planet.

All eyes will be on him this evening to see if he can break the 19 second barrier in the 200m final and such has been his form in these Olympics that it would take a brave to bet against him pulling it off.  As Bolt himself said to journalists after winning the 100m Gold on Sunday;  “I really want to do something special in my 200m,” The world waits with baited breathe.

At USB2U we’ve got a few athletes amongst us; some of us are no slouches on a bike, we’ve got a couple of pretty good tennis players in the team and a good number of us work out regularly in the gym (does that count?) but in all honesty none of us, even in our wildest dreams, are ever going to challenge Usain Bolt in a sprint event. But, put us on our “turf” (printing USB flash drives) and we reckon we could beat him.

For the last year we’ve invested in the best print (and engraving equipment) money can buy, we’ve put ourselves though rigorous daily training sessions and we’ve worked long into the night and at week-ends to hone our skills. We’ve taken the advice of local nutritionists and adjusted our diets and we are now as fit as a USB print team can be. We like to think of ourselves more like the British rowing teams – honed to perfection, focused and pulling (or is that printing) in the same direction.

Whilst there are no Olympic medals on offer for us we treat every day as if we were rowing at Eton Dorney or on the track at the Olympic Stadium. Our “Gold Medal” is turning around orders for printed (and engraved) USB memory sticks in the quickest time possible and we’re confident that if there was an Olympic event for this that we’d win. The French might claim foul and challenge the superiority of our equipment, the Chinese would be a stern test but the Australians on current form would be a pushover.

Why are we so confident? Well, we are now consistently taking orders for printed USB sticks from customers in the afternoon, creating mock-ups and proofs and then printing the sticks within a couple of hours and then delivering the same USB sticks the following morning.  Our best total elapsed time from order to completed (printed) USB sticks is under 1hr! Beat that Usain!

So, whilst we’re clearly never going to win Gold in any sprint event we like to think that we could beat the best in the world at printing USB memory sticks – not sure? Then put us to the test, we like a challenge but don’t make it this evening because we’ll be watching a certain Jamaican athlete strut his stuff like only he can do.

USB Olymipic 200 meters results

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