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A massive increase in online shopping and residential deliveries has created record-breaking shipment volumes for UPS, FedEx and USPS. They can't keep up with demand. This can add days to production and delivery times in some instances. As your partner, we are committed to providing you with the best possible experience and service. Planning ahead allows Staples Promotional Products to help you meet your desired timelines. If you have large orders and tight deadlines, please call customer service for extra planning and attention.

On-time delivery could require longer shipping lead times, so order early!

  • Delivery of in-stock orders may be delayed due to longer shipment transit times
  • Custom orders may be subject to double delays. Inventories may take longer to reach decorators. Once decorated, shipment to the customer can take longer too
  • Paying for expedited services no longer guarantees on-time delivery. Shippers have discontinued their “money-back” delivery time guarantees for the foreseeable future

Plan & order early!

While Staples is working with suppliers and freight carriers to secure priority processing, delays cannot be mitigated in all cases. Shipping carriers do not know when shipping volumes and capacities will normalize. We will keep you informed as volumes and shipping times improve.

Have a mandatory in-hands date?

Share it with customer service! They will know the best options to ensure timely delivery.

Order early if you can!

Build a few extra days into your timeline just in case.

Shipping to or from Southern California?

Order even earlier! That region is experiencing the longest delays.
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7 Steps to Help You Prepare for Your Next Tradeshow

03/22/2019 industry_insights

Tradeshows are a great opportunity to interact and connect with customers, partners and prospects within similar business avenues.

 

Planning for your next tradeshow and don’t know where to begin? We’ve come up with a seven-step checklist to help make it easier than ever to prepare for your next big networking event.

 

1. Research the best shows for your brand to attend

Doing your research ahead of time ensures you’re hitting the right tradeshows for your brand. This could be online or in-person:  talking to other businesspeople who have attended the shows you’re considering and getting their feedback can be even more useful than Google sometimes (shocker, we know).

 

2. Set your goals

Make sure you’re getting a good ROI on your tradeshow by setting measurable goals. Some examples include costs, lead generation, scheduled follow-ups, closed deals and social media engagement. You can use this information to help set the guidelines for your next tradeshow.

 

3. Design an awesome booth

Booth design is key when it comes to making your brand stand out at a tradeshow. Booth location and layout can play a big factor, as well as what kinds of technology you use to convey your information. Giveaways are guaranteed to draw people in and make sure you’re remembered post-show, just make sure they’re practical and provide value and information about your brand to attendees. From tech items like PopSockets, USB drives to tried-and-true classics like sunglasses, having good promotional products at your booth is a must at any tradeshow.

 

4. Personalize your presentation

One size does not fit all when it comes to interactions with attendees. Ensure a successful trade show experience by creating personalized interactions, which are essential to building valuable relationships with prospects that stop by your booth.

 

5. Schedule appointments and start advertising

Most tradeshow attendees enter already knowing which booths they’d like to see. Start early and utilize social media, curated content and advertising to start catch prospect’s eyes prior to the event. You could even add intrigue and provide a teaser of what’s to come. Then use the event app if applicable to start scheduling appointments.

 

6. Solidify travel plans

We can’t stress this enough: book your flights and hotels as early as possible! Having plans set in advance will minimize stress in the weeks before the event and hopefully allow a smooth arrival and setup before the show.

 

7. Always have a backup plan

Live events almost never go exactly as planned. Make sure you are prepared for any hiccups that might come your way!

 

There’s a lot of work that goes into attending a tradeshow, but with the right plan of action, the ROI can be quite lucrative. If you follow these simple steps and see your hard work pay off with the kind of amazing results only a tradeshow can produce!