Luckystar (HK) Ltd
Rm. 2512, 25/F, 51 Hung To Road, ; Hong Kong
852 2786 8480
Garments, promotional items
378 East Zhongshan Road, Nanjing, ; nanjing, Jiangsu, China (Mainland)
86 025 4401193
Hats and caps, gloves, scarfs, plush toys, gifts, promotional items, crochet bags,
15642 Labrador Street, North Hills, California, United States
Apparel, printing, promotional items
Kinetic Sourcing
1475 Lawrence, ; Denver, Colorado, United States
1 303 573-2358
Apparel, incentive items, promotional items, print
Groupe Eurotech
3955 Isabelle, ; Montreal, Quebec, Canada
1 450 444 4447
Promotional items, apparel

Supply chain delays squeezing promotional products companies on holiday orders

Thu, 14 Oct 2021 01:00:00

The promotional products industry felt the impact of COVID shutdowns last year, but has been steadily recovering since earlier this year.

Now it faces yet another challenge: A global supply chain crunch is making it difficult to get products from overseas for this holiday gifting season.

That means promotional products firms are encouraging clients to move fast in placing holiday orders or potentially risk not getting their gifts in time.

"Supply chain issues that are being experienced across industries are also being felt acutely in the promotional products space and that stands to make corporate gifting more complicated this year," says Christopher Ruvo, digital news director for the Pennsylvania-based Advertising Specialty Institute (ASI), a membership organization serving the $20.7 billion promotional products industry

Impacting the global supply chain are such factors as congestion at key ports, insufficient labor and domestic transport capacity, skyrocketing costs for shipping, and power shortages in China, he says, noting that China is where the majority of promotional products sold in the United States are produced.

"It’s like everything happening all at once," says Ruvo.

Still, "the challenges are by no means insurmountable if approached the right way," he says.

The biggest takeaway is companies need to place their orders as far in advance as possible because getting product in a timely fashion can be more challenging, Ruvo says.

Mark Angarola, co-founder of Point Lookout-based HardHats, a startup that plans to launch a mobile app later this year that connects construction companies with skilled labor, knows this first hand.

The firm ordered branded long-sleeved T-shirts to give out to potential customers and clients in early August and they took over a month to arrive.

"Usually it’s a quick turnaround," he says.

That was a wake-up call and Angarola will be getting a jump on holiday gift orders for employees and clients.

"Normally we wouldn’t look to be ordering until closer to November," he says. Instead, he will be placing the order by mid-October with their promo company, Sir Speedy.

Evan Bloom, co-owner of the Westbury, Hauppauge and Melville franchise of Sir Speedy, a print, signage and marketing company, said he started to feel the supply chain crunch at the end of spring.

He does a lot of apparel orders and T-shirts have some of the biggest backlogs. He used to get T-shirts within three days and now it can be more than a month for some styles. Local silk screening and embroidery companies are also backed up, he says.

"They’re telling us instead of a five-to-10 day turnaround, they want 15-20 day turnaround," Bloom says, describing this corporate gifting season as chaotic. "We’re telling customers to order early, but most don’t start thinking about holiday orders until Nov. 1."

It’s mid-October to Thanksgiving when traditionally most orders come in for the industry, says Leo Friedman, CEO of Chicago-based iPromo, a supplier of promotional products and gifts that works with over 45,000 companies.

But clients can’t wait that long if they want a guarantee of their gifts, he says. He said delays could be up to eight weeks or longer.

Clients will also be faced with limited selection and limited colors, he says, noting some hard to get items could include JBL Bluetooth speakers and Apple charging devices.

"They need to taper expectations of what they’re able to get this holiday season," Friedman says.

Customers also should expect price increases given rising shipping costs, with freight being five to eight times more expensive than pre-pandemic, he says. Friedman says he’s absorbed some of the costs — as much as 20% on certain promo items — but has had to pass some increases on to customers.

In preparation for supply chain shortages, iPromo has increased offerings of promotional products that might be easier to get, such as gift cards they can put in branded packaging and alcohol.

Bloom of Sir Speedy says he’s also encouraged customers to be flexible and consider print products he can produce in-house like branded Post-it notes.

And it’s not just holiday gifting companies should worry about, but even event giveaway needs for early 2022, says Andrew Janosick, a partner at Proforma Executive Business Services, a Bohemia-based printing and promotional products firm.

"Anyone doing January product launches, early 2022 trade shows or kickoffs should really get a jump on those orders now too because delays will carry into the New Year," he says.

He’s reached out to clients and gave them a soft deadline of having their orders in by Oct. 15 if they want to get their holiday gifts in time.

Due to the supply chain crunch he’s diversified and added suppliers, but there’s still delays. "This is not the year to procrastinate," Janosick says.

The COVID effect

COVID-19’s disruption caused promo distributors’ collective sales to decline year-over-year for five straight quarters through Q1 2021. But that stopped in the second quarter, with distributors’ sales increasing 27.3% on average, compared to the same period in 2020. But compared to the second quarter of 2019 (pre-pandemic), Q2 2021 revenue was down nearly 30%.

Source: ASI

By Jamie Herzlich

Stemiko Commercial
Trading Company, Buying Office, Distributor/Wholesaler
No. 21 San Miguel Cor. A. Rita Street, San Juan Metro Manila, Philippines
Garments, Apparel, Premium Items, Promotional Items, Accessories
Corporation/Limited Liability Company
4590 62nd Ave N, Pinellas Park, Florida, United States
Apparel, Promotional Items
432 East 1st Ave, Roselle, New Jersey, United States
T-shirts, caps, promotional items
Inversiones L.G.
Diag. 84# 28-43, Bogota, D. C., Colombia
Jeans, Promotional Items, Children Garment
B 25 Ph. Ii, Noida, Uttar Pradesh, India
Export apparels, promotional items
10 Victoria Parade Urmston, ; Manchester, United Kingdom
44 161 7481716
Badges, Promotional Items
501 Wuning Road, Shanghai, China, ; Shanghai, Shanghai, China (Mainland)
86 021 13801926388
Garment, promotional items, compressed towl, T-shirt,
P. O. Box 6340, ; Omaha, Nebraska, United States
1 402 5582544
Promotional products company, embroider, screenprint on apparel, promotional items, mugs, pens, calanders
443 Soi Tepanivej 3, Moo 1, Teparak Rd., ; Teparak, Samutprakarn, THAILAND, Thailand
662 7549749 , 7549930
Auto sunshade, Car sunshade, Sunshade, Auto accessories, Car Accessories, Promotional items, Promotional products, Promotional gifts, Advertising Media
23 / F. Fortune Plaza 77 Heyi Rd. , Ningbo, Zhejiang, China
Promotional Items, Disposable Products, Etc
dpi solutions
Pleck Road, Walsall, United Kingdom
Promotional Items
1850 Gateway Drive, ; San Mateo, California, United States
1 650 287-3247
Promotional items, corporate giveaways, souvenir items
Discovery Adventures Ltd
LLC (Ltd Liability Corp)
942 Ellery Street, Victoria, BC, Canada
Promotional Items, Sexual Products, Electronics
12492 Odette Oligny, Montreal, QC, Canada
Promotional Items, Web Site and Graphic Design
Buying Office
B-404 Dattatray Towers, Thane, Maharashtra, India
Consulting, promotional items
Media Core Marketing
6101 Pl. Des Groseilliers, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Graphic Design, Business Cards, Promotional Items
Corona Graphic Center
Trading Company
Utama Sakti Viii No 1939a, ; Jakarta, Jakarta Raya, Indonesia
62 21 70705552
Printing (produck packaging, label, sticker, brochure, poster, digital printing, banner, bussiness stationary), graphic design, website design and programming, network installation, promotional items
Identity Advertising
Ibn Khaldoon, ; hawalli, Kuwait
965 2639914
Promotional items
Room 2,2nd Floor, Sarhad Chamber House, G. T>road, ; Peshawar, Nwfp, Pakistan
92 091 2220332
Paper, printing, general supply orders + relief goods, promotional items
Woden Enterprises, Corp
Rep. Marquez Calle 9 H 35, ; Arecibo, Puerto Rico
1-787 505-2223
Web Directory,Promotional Items,Religious novelty
1211-25 Parkway Forest Drive, ; Toronto, Ontario, Canada
1 416 8585599
Promotional items
2990 Hwy 32, Suite 1900, ; Chico, California, United States
001 530 8950320
Screenprinting, Graphic Design, Custom Logos and Print Work, T-Shirts, Uniforms, Promotional Items, and Corporate Gear
Salvia 1.2 Block RC 4 No. 16 BSD, ; Jakarta, Jakarta Raya, Indonesia
62 21 6499962
Corporate Identity, Promotional Items, Website Design, Software Development, Corporate Website, E-Commerce, Web Hosting, Database, Data Mining / Warehouse, System Consultation / Integration
By The Numbers Enterprises
Corporation/Limited Liability Company
429 Gentry Road, Ringgold, Georgia, United States
Apparel, Promotional Items, Liquidators
Trading Company
Maresal Cak. Cad. Incesu Sok. No : 8 Sirinevler Bahcelievler, Istanbul, Turkey
Computer, accessories, promotional items
Printplast A.S
Yunus Emre Caddesi Dalgic Sokak No : 9 4. Levent, ; Istanbul, Turkey
90 0212 280 4156
Plastic card, smart card, card printers, card personalization system, playing cards, promotional items,
Insight Promotions
Buying Office
Threshing Barn, Greys Green Business Centre, Henley On Thames, United Kingdom
Usbs, Promotional Items, Cars
Asterisk. International
Trading Company
11/F, Tak Sing Alliance Building, 115 Chatham Road South, TST,, ; Hong Kong
852 31138333
Electronics, Sundries, Promotional items
Andersen Digital
Oranienburger Str.33, ; Berlin, Berlin, Germany
49 30 829411
Advertising agency, Advertising Panel, Promotional Items, Gift
Suite 1002, Asian House, 1 Hennessy Road, Wanchai, Hong Kong
852--2161 9681
Promotional Items, Environment Product Agents
Arpel Marketing
13 - 15 De Jesus St., SFDM, ; Quezon City, Metro Manila, Philippines
63 2 3731624
Gifts, promotional items, Empty Gelatin Capsules, Pharmaceutical Chemicals, Food, Beverage
E.D.S. Trading Colombo ( Pvt)Ltd
Trading Company
No 58/37.3rd Lane, Pagiriwatha Rd, Gangodawilla, Nugegoda, Colombo, Colombo, Sri Lanka
Gifts & carfts, promotional items, picture frames, Candles & Holders
Omnitrade Imp & Exp
Trading Company
Amchit-jbeil, Jbeil, Lebanon, Lebanon
Furniture, xmas decorations, promotional items, easter decorations, toys, bamboo, baskets, wooden items, kitchenware, glassware
Trading Company
5-6 Donnington Park, ; Chichester, West Sussex, United Kingdom
44 01243 788878
Furniture, catering items, promotional items
Tolaram International
Trading Company
5-6 Middle Road, 12 / F, Block, Hong Kong
Electronics, Innovations, Promotional Items, Sundries, Household Electrical, Building Materials, Auto Parts
Unit B,1/F., Leroy Plaza,15 Cheung Shun St., Cheung Sha Wan, Kowloon, ; Hong Kong
852 3 103-0325
OEM toys, gifts, premium, promotional items, keychains, mini mirrors
STP limited
Trading Company
Saint Fatima, ; Cairo, Egypt
20 012 3010606
Promotional items, Digital cameras and digital frames, Photographic equipment
Ad-sonic (HK) Co.
Trading Company
Rm 22 G, Houjing Ge, Clouds Ville, No 2033, Chung Fung Road, Luo Hu District, Shenzhen, China., ; SHENZHEN, Guangdong, China (Mainland)
86 755 82216089
Promotional items, metal craft, candle, crystal
Sun & Water, Co.
Corporation/Limited Liability Company
28a Charmane St. Liamson Subd. Sta. Lucia, Pasig City, National Capital Region, Philippines
Promotional Items, Corporate Giveaways, Marketing Collaterals, Gift Items
RRJ Marketing
Trading Company
Lgf, M-66a, Malviya Nagar, New Delhi, Delhi, India
Gifts, Merchandise, Promotional Items
Vancouver Flag Company
Manufacturer, Distributor/Wholesaler
# 20-62 Fawcett Road, Coquitlam, BC, Canada
Flags, Banners, Windsocks, Signs, Flag, Banner, Promotional Items, Print, Printer, Fabric Print, Fabric Printer, Vinyl Printer, Polyknit, Polyknit Flags
Buying Office
Polaris Plaza Ahi Evran CAD. No 1 Kat 6 Maslak, Istanbul, TC, Turkey
Promotional Items
C / Octacio M3jia Ricart 414 Apt 3a Almarosa 2, Santo Domingo Este, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
Promotional Items, Printing
International Trading Center Co. W. L. L.
Salem Al Mubarak St., ; kuwait, Kuwait
00965 57 58811
Promotional items
#38 Paul Duval Crescent, Melanie Gardens, ; Couva, Couva, Trinidad and Tobago
868 687 5113
Cutting/engraving: Acrylic, wood, marble, leather, promotional items, awards, signs, badges, tags, nameplates, etc.
Han Metal Foundry
Fabrikalar CAD. No/7 Besyol, ; Istanbul, Turkey
90 212 5795121
Key holders, key chains, Promotional items
J & O keyrings
125 Queens PdeNewport, ; Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
61 2 99992033
Key rings, pens, promotional items
Hell Advertising
38B Ficusului Blvd., Bucharest, Romania
Promotional items, advertising articles
Rainbird Loyalty Services
5580 Explorer Drive, Suite # 600, Mississauga, Ontario, Canada
Greeting cards, gifts, promotional items
Bombastica Publicidade, Lda.
Trading Company, Buying Office
Rua Maria Brown, 19-3? C, Lisboa, Portugal
Promotional Items, All Kind Of Products
W-O-P World of promotion
Buying Office, Agent, Distributor/Wholesaler
Am Krebsgraben 3, Villingen, Germany
Promotional Items
3p Promotion
Trading Company
Flat C, Ug/F., Yeu Cheung Centre, Shatin, Hong Kong
Promotional items, raw material
M & M Produce World, Inc
P. O. Box 66563, St Pete Beach, Florida, United States
Promotional items
Trading Company
Defacqz 50, Brussel, Brussel, Belgium
Promotional items
1850 Gateway Drive, ; San Mateo, California, United States
1 650 2873953
Promotional items, corporate giveaways
Trading Company
920 S St, ; Sacramento, Ca, American Samoa
916 346 0327
Promotional items
3532 Greenwood Blvd, ; St Louis, Missouri, United States
1 314 6453100
Ad Specialties, Promotional Items, Screen Printed & Embroidered Apparel
EuroAxess Import Export Trading Co.
Trading Company
C/Yerma 10 Suite 5-C, ; Madrid, Madrid, Spain
34 609001894
Promotional items
14f, Rm C, Por Mee Fty Bldg,500 Castle Peak Rd, Lai Chi Kok, Hong Kong
Garments, promotional items
LogoMole, Inc.
Corporation/Limited Liability Company
9709 Red Rio Drive, Ste. 103, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Promotional Items
1223 Wilshire Blvd. , # 818, Santa Monica, California, United States
Sourcing, Promotional Items, Service
Delta C Dynamics, LLC
LLC (Ltd Liability Corp)
9420 E. Golf Links Rd. # 285, Tucson, Az, United States
Promotional Items, Awards And Plaques, Engineering And Design, Architectural Modeling
145 Productions
Business Service (Transportation, finance, travel, Ads, etc)
Po Box 265, Bay Shore, New York, United States
Promotional Items, Custom Tee Shirts, Custom CD, Custom Belt Buckles
1850 Gateway Dr, Suite 400, San Mateo, California, United States
Promotional Items, Customized Items, Branded Items
Promodefi SA
Trading Company, Buying Office, Agent, Distributor/Wholesaler
Mechelsesteenweg, 366, Kraainem, Belgium
Promotional Items
Vista Marketing International
Trading Company, Buying Office, Distributor/Wholesaler
P. O. Box 14512, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Promotional Items, Corporate Gifts
Wen Global Solutions Sl
Trading Company
Avd De Cantabria 14-a, ; Torrelavega, Cantabria, Spain
34 942 086630
MP3, MP4, DVD, Flash Memory, DVB, Promotional Items
Cl 79# 55-37 P 2, Barranquilla, Colombia, Colombia
Merchandising, Promotional Items
Brokell Marketing
225 E.5th Avenue, Suite 2, Oakdale, Louisiana, United States
Business Services, Promotional Items
Product Hunt, Inc.
Trading Company
1 Moore Street, Manila, Metro Manila, Philippines
Corporate Gifts, Giveaways, Promotional Items
6 Park Road, Tower 1, 21 / F, Flat E, Hong Kong
Toys, Promotional Items, Electronics
Rm.2401a, Park-in Commercial Center,56 Dundas St., Kowloon, Hong Kong
Advertising designing, promotional items
Business Development Asia Pacific
PO Box 3381, ; Asquith, NSW, Australia
61 2 9476 3505
Promotional Items, Travel Gadgets, IT Accessories
Coyote Promotionz, LLC
1292 Vernon Ave, San Jose, California, United States
Electronics, Office / Desk Items, Promotional Items
Flat B, 22/F, Wing Cheong Commercial Building, 19-25 Jervois Street, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong
Frames: Metal, wood, mdf, fabric, textile, leatherette, glass, Albums, PVC, PP pockets, self-adhesive, scrap book, Gifts, premiums, promotional items, marketing giveaways
Regal Gift Shop
25 W. Mckinley Avenue, Zeeland, Michigan, United States
Gifts, promotional items
Universal Marine Services
Karama, Dubai, UAE, United Arab Emirates
Promotional items, safety items, marine items / services
Unit C, 3/F, Casey Aberdeen Centre, 20 Wong Chuk Hang Road, ; Hong Kong
852 25553663
Corporate Gifts,Promotional Items,Umbrellas
Rm 2205 Kodak House II 39 Healthy Street East North Point, Hong Kong
Holiday Gift&Decoration, TV Game, Flashing items, Promotional Items, Toys
6 Avenue Charles De Gaulle, ; Le Chesnay, France
33 1 39555260
Promotional items, packaging, bags
Greatways Advertisers
Trading Company
Karol Bagh, Delhi, Delhi, India
Promotional Items, Corporate Gifts, Novelties
AL Werbemittelimport
Eduard Hartmannplatz 3 / 2 / 19, Laxenburg, Austria
Promotional Items, Pharma Items, OEM Items, Glassware
Loco Promos
272 W Route 8, Suite 7b, Barrigada, Guam, Guam
Fundraising Items, Awards, Promotional Items, Specialty Gifts
6299-5 Powers Avenue, Jacksonville, Florida, United States
Awards, promotional items, plaques
harsheel gift
204, Raj Ratna Estate, Liberty Garden, Malad (W) , Mumbai-64. India, Maharashtra, India
Products, Promotional Items
Amr trade Sp. z o.o.
Trading Company
Wita Stwosza 4a, Warsaw, Mazowieckie, Poland
Promotional items
Id-01 Merchandising S. R. L.
Via Zampariul 37, ; Montenars, Italy, Italy
39 338 6466096
Promotional Items, Sports Goods, Outdoor Furniture
bb trading werbeartikel ag
Trading Company
Bernstrasse 88, Dietikon, Switzerland
promotional items
MK Studio
Obornicka 342, Poznan, Poland
Gadgets, promotional items, design
Trading Company
Fasanveien 11, Stavanger, Norway
Promotional items
Saaz New Age Technology Inc
145 Bristol Road East, Mississauga, Ontario, Canada
Internet kiosk machines, toys, promotional items
Promo Advertisign
Trading Company
Shed # 61, Al Qasmiya St. Opposite Home Center, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates
Promotional Items
Bnz Marketing
Trading Company
Subang Jaya, ; Selangor, Darul Ehsan, Malaysia
60 3 56355835
Gifts, Promotional Items, Stationery Sets, And Tools
Zander Promotions Marketing
# 40 Diego Martin Main Road, Diego Martin, Trinidad and Tobago
Promotional items
Unit 10A, Fuk Cheong Industrial Building Walnut Street 1, Tai Kok Tsui , Kln , Hong Kong, ; Hong Kong
852 31704086
Electronic Products, Promotional Items, Computer Peripheral