Fast, New and Fancy
Material choice can also be a cause for delay. "When you are in a jam and need a drinkware item turned around quickly, you probably need to limit your options to plastic," said Matt Hodges, director of marketing for Gold Bond Inc., Hixson, Tenn."Other materials generally require some heat-room time which makes it difficult to produce in a short time."
The last tip, checking your work, is a good idea for any order, but can become especially important when time is a critical element. Kris Fredericks, CAS, senior vice president of sales and marketing for Moderne Glass Co., Aliquippa, Pa., suggested calling your supplier's customer service line when making a rush order to confirm details like delivery schedule, item name and number of imprint colors. "Make sure your order is complete and accurate so there are no delays in processing the order," she said.
HELP! My client wants to see something "different!"
Sometimes worse than hearing the word "no" is the word "meh." If your client wants to buy, but you can't seem to find anything that interests him or her, what are you supposed to do? According to Hodges, you go for something new.
"In today's environment, different pretty much means new," he said. "Right now our hottest drinkware item is the Hydrate Double Wall Tritan Bottle. It is amazingly durable and the double-wall construction both insulates and provides a sporty look."
For something different, Mahre suggested ADG's Wine2Go and Brew2Go items. "Creative is the key with our Wine2Go and Brew2Go offering," he said. "[I] refer to them as 'adult sippy cups' but they are obviously fun and inexpensive and can be used for many events. We have seen them for weddings, graduation parties, corporate events, etc."
"The C500 [Ceramic Alta Tumbler] is a unique ceramic tumbler that is exclusive to Moderne Glass," said Fredericks. "This tumbler fits in a car holder and can be used for on-the-go, but also makes a nice desk item. ... This item can also be sold as a set, which includes a leatherette coaster and bag, both of which can be debossed for a complete logoed set."