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  • UPS Holiday Schedule 2015

    UPS Holiday Schedule 2015 for promotional productsWhen buying promotional products, shipping transit time is a critical factor. When timing is down to the day of your event, you must account for upcoming holidays when UPS doesn't make deliveries.

    Below you will find the UPS end of year 2015 holiday schedule, so you will know to add an extra day or two to your orders. This means, you must order a few days in advance if you are waiting until the last minute to order your promos.

    UPS Holiday Schedule 2015

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  • Perfect Imprints Business After Hours - August 20, 2015

    Do you like seafood gumbo? Beer? Wine? Burgers? Hot Dogs? Networking? Fun? 50's-60's Music?

    If so, you won't want to miss the Fort Walton Beach Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours on August 20, 2015, 5:30-7:30. It will be hosted by Perfect Imprints and Professional Computer Training and Services. Diamond Dan DJ Services will be spinning the best hits from the 50's and 60's.

    It's FREE to attend. There will be giveaways such as a 7" tablet, wireless mouse/keyboard sets, and the first 100 people through the door receive a bag of cool SWAG from Perfect Imprints, plus the drawstring bag itself is awesome! The other included promotional products are pretty cool too, so you will want to get here early!

    If you plan on coming, RSVP here so we make sure to have enough food.

    Business After Hours August 20, 2015 at Perfect Imprints

  • The Importance of Product Safety With Promotional Products

    In the same way that retail manufacturers should be concerned with product safety, so should promotional products manufacturers, distributors, and companies who use promos. In past news, there have been countless recalls in the retail & promotional products industry that caused devastating financial blows to all those involved in the transaction. While most of these incidents have been companies that contracted directly with China and other countries, no one is immune. That's why it is so important to take the precautions BEFORE you buy promotional products.

    To limit the chances of product safety issues for the promotional products that your company gives away, it's important to only buy products that have been tested to meet or exceed the regulatory standards that are legally required. However, product safety testing is just one of many components to make sure products are safe.

    The Quality Certification Alliance (QCA) is a non-profit, independent accrediting agency that specifically serves the promotional products industry. They formed in 2008 and to date have certified 34 out of the 4000+ suppliers in the industry.

    QCA is a voluntary program that manufacturers must choose to follow the accreditation process, which is based on 5 major pillars:

    • Product Safety
    • Product Quality
    • Supply Chain Security
    • Environmental Stewardship
    • Social Compliance

    Suppliers that meet these standards can become QCA certified. If you are concerned with product safety, then you should certainly buy promotional products manufactured by QCA-certified suppliers.

    Here's a short video about protecting your brand by buying QCA certified promos.

    This short documentary above shows the necessity of creating and distributing safe, reliable products and maintaining a compliant work environment within the promotional product industry.

    Note: If suppliers are NOT QCA-Certified, that doesn't necessarily mean their products are unsafe. The products that come to the U.S. market should at least meet minimum, legal requirements. If you are unsure, ask for testing results for the promos you want to buy and, of course, only purchase promotional products through reputable and trustworthy companies.

  • A Look At Periscope for the Promotional Products Industry

    Promotional Products Experts talk about Periscope and ways to use it for the IndustryOver the past few years, social media platforms have come and gone. Some get hot, then quickly plateau or completely fizzle out, while a few burst into the social scenes and continue to thrive. Social media presence has become a necessity for businesses to stay top of mind with their customer base and to gain new customers. This need to have a strong social media presence is certainly true with the promotional products industry.

    A new social media platform named Periscope released earlier this year and has Continue reading

  • My Former Life as a Paramedic

    Written by Patrick Black, CEO and President of Perfect Imprints.

    EMS - Paramedic - Promotional items for National EMS Week

    I often get asked how I got into the promotional products industry. So due to many requests, below is my story.

    My first career certainly wasn't CEO of Perfect Imprints. Once upon a time, in a former life, I was a paramedic and worked in Mississippi. I loved working in EMS. I lived and breathed EMS. I was extremely passionate about my job. I loved nearly everything about the job, especially the adrenaline rush of providing emergency medical care and aid to those in need. I loved the critical decisions that had to be made within seconds, with no time to waste. Decisiveness was a mandatory trait as a paramedic, which has proved to be a huge help with my current career in marketing and promotional products. Continue reading

  • New Promotional Products From the PPAI Expo 2015

    On this first day of the PPAI Expo 2015, we have gotten a sneak peak at some of the newest promotional items in the New Product Pavillion.

    On Tuesday, the New Product Pavillion will open displaying the newest and hottest promotional products for 2015, as well as some of the trending products from 2014. At that time, we will get a closer look at each of these items.

    We will share more details of those closer looks after visiting; however, in the meantime, here are are 48 of the most interesting and unique new products that will be showcased on Tuesday.

    If you see any that are of interest to you, please feel free to give us a call for more info.

    48 of Coolest New Promotional Products for 2015

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  • PPAI Expo 2015 Las Vegas

    PPAI Expo 2015 - Las Vegas Shot of the Mandalay Bay, where the PPAI Expo will be held from January 11-16.

    PPAI Expo...Here We Come.

    Some of the team members from Perfect Imprints have arrived in Las Vegas at the Mandalay Bay for the PPAI Expo 2015. While the trip from Fort Walton Beach, FL to Las Vegas, NV was long, we know from past experiences, the PPAI Expo is well worth the monetary and time investment.

    As we eagerly await the educational classes that begin tomorrow, we are systematically organizing our notes so we can get the most education sessions in about current marketing trends within the promotional products industry. We are also strategizing for the tradeshow in which thousands of our suppliers will be present showcasing the newest and trending promotional items.

    Now is a great time for YOU to let us know if you are looking for unique and new marketing items to brand and give out to your clients.

    Please feel free to post any requests on our Facebook, Twitter, Google+, or Instagram pages with the hashtags #findmypromos and we will thoroughly search the trade show floor for suggestions and reply to your requests with pictures of new and exciting products that match your requests.

    As always, we look to help you grow your business in 2015 through the innovative and creative use of promotional products! Viva Las Vegas!

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  • Perfect Imprints Attending the PPAI Expo 2015

    PPAI Expo 2015 - Las VegasOnce again, some of the staff from Perfect Imprints will be attending the Promotional Products Association International (PPAI) Expo in Las Vegas. This is the largest and best show in the promotional products industry. From January 11-15, we will be providing live updates through our social media channels, so be sure you don't miss out. Follow, Add, and Like us below:

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    Reasons We Attend

    • New & Trending Promotional Items - Most of the major promotional product factories attend this show and introduce their new and hottest products.
    • New Apparel - Custom apparel is a large part of our industry and each year thousands of new styles are introduced. We like to see these styles first hand so we can help our clients stay hip with the latest fashions.
    • Continuing Education - We are serious about educating ourselves to better service our clients. Marketing is an ever-changing industry, so we like to stay current to help make our clients' campaigns even more successful.
    • New Factories - At this show, we often learn of new factories to add to our arsenal of over 4,000 existing factories. By knowing all the options, we can save our clients a lot of time searching for that perfect product.
    • Industry Networking - We are constantly making new partnerships, learning from others in the business, and watching our competitors to make sure our service tops all others.
    • Source Specific Products for Clients - Each year we have a list of odd and unique product requests that our clients are looking for and we can source those items. If you are in need of a specific product that is not an easy find, let us know and we will find it for you.
    • Build Relationships with Suppliers - You want a promotional products distributor that knows its suppliers well. This helps ensure a better experience all the way around, from production time to product quality.

    By attending the PPAI Expo and other shows, you can be certain that Perfect Imprints is equipped to properly serve its clients. This is just another one of the many commitments that we maintain to ensure the best possible customer experience. Be sure to follow our social media pages above for live updates during the shows, including sneak peaks at some of the hottest new promotional items!

    New Products Showcase

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  • Holiday Shipping Schedule for UPS

    UPS 2014 Shipping Holiday SchuduleThe last quarter of the year is chock-full with holidays, and some of them can cause delays when ordering products and having them shipped to you.

    This is certainly true for promotional products distributors. At Perfect Imprints, we deal with hundreds of factories all over the country on a daily basis and the holiday shipping schedule from UPS becomes critical to meet event dates. We are committed to making sure that you receive your items on time for your event date. Therefore, we do pay close attention to these UPS holidays and the shipping delays that they will cause. These holidays. The holidays that UPS is closed are listed below. It is important to realized that you may need to expedite the shipping method of your promotional items ordered in order to receive them by your in hands dates. Depending on the product that you choose, there may be other less expensive options, such as rush production instead of expedited shipping. On occasion, you may need BOTH rush production and expedited shipping to meet your date.

    A few important notations in the schedule charts below:

    • UPS will offer normal pickup and delivery on the day after Thanksgiving - new for 2014.
    • UPS will be offering Air Deliveries Only on the day after Christmas and on New Year's Eve. That means no UPS Ground or UPS Standard shipments will deliver on these two days.
    • UPS will offer UPS Ground pickup service on December 26.


    UPS Does NOT Ship on These Holidays (Plan for Delays)

    Holiday  Date
     Thanksgiving  November 27, 2014
     Christmas  December 25, 2014
     Day After Christmas*  December 26, 2014
     New Year's Eve**  December 31, 2014
     New Year's Day  January 1, 2015

    * Air Deliveries Only, Ground Pickup is Available, but no Ground deliveries.
    ** Air Deliveries Only. Next Day and 2 Day Pickups Only, No 3 Day Select or Ground Pickup.

    UPS DOES Ship on These Holidays (Normal Delivery)

    Holiday  Date
     Columbus Day  October 13, 2014
     Halloween  October 31, 2014
     Veteran's Day  November 11, 2014
     Hannukah  December 16, 2014
     Christmas Eve  December 24, 2014
     New Year's Eve**  December 25, 2014

    ** Air Deliveries Only. Next Day and 2 Day Pickups Only, No 3 Day Select or Ground Pickup.

  • Coffee Infographic

    What profession drinks the most coffee? Click to Enlarge

    In marketing and advertising industry, we are consistently dealing with deadlines. We have to make sure promotional items are delivered by a certain event. We have to create great graphic design with a short deadline. We have to create custom apparel for a giveaway or for new employees ASAP. Time is not usually on our side. That's why coffee is our friend! The caffeine helps us be more productive...up to a certain point. This infographic shows Marketing/PR Professionals are #2 on the list of the top 15 heaviest coffee drinkers and that is no shocker here at Perfect Imprints!

    So how can this graphic help you market your company? Well, obviously, now that you know who drinks the most coffee, you now know that a good quality coffee mug printed with your company logo is a great giveaway to any of the industries above in the infographic!

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More About Perfect Imprints

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Perfect Imprints is an active member of the PPAI (Promotional Products Association International
Promotional Products Association of Florida (PPAF)