How Are You Promoting Your Made in America Advantages?

June 9th, 2014 No comments

Made in America: Are You Explaining the Benefits to Your Clients and Prospects

the benefits of made in AmericaAustin, Texas: Many of us that sell Made in America products assume that everyone will appreciate it and understand its benefits.

Unfortunately, it does not work out that way.

I know first-hand how I must constantly educate my clients as to the virtues of our Made in Americas promotional products at BuyUSPromos.com…as I compete with less expensive imports that they find online at competitors’ websites.

We have all heard this line:  ” We’d love to buy your Made in America product, but we are importing something very similar at half the price!” – -0r a story very similar to that one.

Maybe that person does not understand the higher quality of the item.

Or the fact that your turnaround time is days rather than 3-4 months on the water.

Or that you can custom make to fit their individual needs.

Or that your product has passed important quality and/or safety certifications that an imported product cannot certify.

Or that you are hiring American workers that demand a fair pay–and you are happy to keep them employed.

Or that your company hires veterans.

Or that you are a Union shop.

Don’t assume that your clients and prospects know the benefits of Made in America.

Consistently explain why your products are the best fit for them– not necessarily the cheapest fit.

Help them understand how your American -produced products can save them time and money in the long run.

Explain.

Demonstrate.

Educate.

Don’t assume they know or can figure it out for themselves.

Help them understand why your products may cost a little bit more money – but are worth it.

An educated customer will be your best customer.

And thank you for supporting American jobs.

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Robert Piller, President of BuyUSPromos.com,  a leader in American-made promotional products, which includes one of the largest selections of reusable and tote bags, sports and water bottles, pens and pencils, awards, desk accessories and trade show giveaways – all made in the USA.

His company’s website, BuyUSPromos.com features over 250,000 American-made promotional items in all price ranges, for any business or organization interested in keeping Americans working and supporting American factories and American jobs. The site’s handy search tool helps you easily find imprinted promotional items in your price range and time frame.

Robert Piller has over 31 years of experience in running and implementing marketing campaigns.  You can also reach him by email (robert (at) buyuspromos.com) or comment on his blog postings at blog.buyuspromos.com or below at his Twitter link.

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Product Safety & Social Compliance Statement

January 31st, 2014 No comments

Product Safety & Social Compliance Statement

 

American made promotional products

BuyUSPromos.com is committed to America jobs at a fair wage and safe and healthy work environment.

We strive to conduct all of our business activities with integrity, social responsibility and in compliance with all legal and ethical standards of each of the countries we conduct business in.

We carefully vet all our suppliers and their factories as both quality and safety are our most critical concerns.

BuyUSPromos.com and its manufacturers shall comply with all applicable national, state, provincial and local laws and regulations, industry standards, UN Conventions, and any other requirements that pertain to product safety, employment practices and product manufacturing.

BuyUSPromos.com requires strict compliance with this commonly accepted Code of Conduct from all of our suppliers, manufacturers, subcontractors and other production facilities. BuyUSPromos.com believes that by insisting on compliance, it will allow us to offer safe products, produced in a safe environment, while complying with all applicable national, local and international laws and regulations. To do this, they must ensure compliance with the following:

Child Labor

BuyUSPromos.com absolutely forbids the use of child labor as defined by ILO and United Nations Conventions or by the national law of the country where the work is being performed.

All employees must meet the country’s minimum age requirement to act as labor.

All factories that conduct business with BuyUSPromos.com must maintain official records that verify the employee’s date of birth and date of employment. This documentation must be available for inspection at any time.

Forced Labor

BuyUSPromos.com prohibits the use of prison or forced labor in the manufacturing of our products. This policy extends to all other third party suppliers or subcontractors that are involved in the manufacturing of BuyUSPromos.com’ s products.

Wages, Hours and Benefits

Our manufacturers and their associated suppliers must comply with all laws regulating wages, working hours, overtime and employee benefits for the particular country in which they are located.

All workers must be paid at least the national minimum wage.

Freedom of Association

We respect the rights of employees to associate or organize without fear of reprisal or interference. If employees are represented by an organization recognized under law, we respect the right to bargain collectively.

Prohibition of Discriminatory Practices

Workers will not experience discrimination in hiring, remuneration, access to training, promotion, termination or retirement based on gender, age, religion, race, caste, social background, disability, ethnic and national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, or any other personal characteristics.

Health and Safety

The workplace must be a safe and healthy environment based on the recognized international standards, local laws and regulations.

The factory and all work areas must be well lighted and ventilated.

The workplace must have sufficient operational and inspected fire extinguishers, and people trained to operate them. The workplace must also have functioning fire alarms.

All work areas must have clearly marked exits. These exits must remain unlocked and accessible during all working hours.

All doors, aisles, exits, stairwells and traffic areas are to be kept clear and accessible for easy evacuation.

All equipment must be maintained in good operating condition and up to code.

All factories must provide a well-stocked first-aid kit in each work area.

Environment Issues

All factories must abide by all local and national environmental laws.

The factory must have in place policies and procedures for waste management, handling and disposal of chemicals and other dangerous materials. All emissions and effluent treatments must meet or exceed minimum legal and regulatory requirements.

BuyUSPromos.com insists our vendors and their associated suppliers share our commitment to a clean and safe environment.

BuyUSPromos.com reserves the right to either conduct its own inspections or have an appointed third party organization conduct inspections of BuyUSPromos.com’ s supplier’s factories, workplace environments, employment practices, records, and facilities at any time to ensure they are operating at a level meeting or exceeding BuyUSPromos.com’ s high standards.

California Proposition 65 Statements

All products shipped by BuyUSPromos.com into the State of California are subject to Proposition 65 regulations. Proposition 65 is also known as The Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986. Proposition 65 was originally enacted to protect California citizens and the State’s drinking water supply from various chemicals determined by a state agency to cause birth defects, cancer or other diseases or harm. Over 850 chemicals are now included on California’s list of Proposition 65 chemicals. A complete list of chemicals can be found at www.oehha.ca.gov/prop65.

Proposition 65 requires any person or company to give a “clear and reasonable warning” to any individuals before “knowingly and intentionally” exposing them to any of the listed Proposition 65 chemicals during the course of doing business. The regulation includes activities that involve manufacturing, assembling, distributing, storing, selling or any other activity that involves the transfer of consumer products.

This warning must occur unless the person or company can demonstrate that the exposure to the chemical is so small that it causes “no significant risk” or “no observable effect.” For most of the Proposition 65 chemicals, the Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment has determined “safe harbor” levels of exposure. As long as the chemical level falls below the “safe harbor” level, no warning is required.

BuyUSPromos.com is committed to providing high quality, safe products for our customers. We have always and will continue to work with our vendors and suppliers to ensure all raw materials purchased from them will meet Proposition 65 standards. In addition to Proposition 65 compliance, BuyUSPromos.com has also instituted testing and documentation procedures to help ensure that all of our products comply with all federal and state requirements.

Companies are becoming increasingly vulnerable to lawsuits relating to Proposition 65. Any section of Proposition 65 may be enforced by the California Attorney General, local district attorneys, and private plaintiffs filing suits in the public interest. Proposition 65 does not just cover items manufactured in California. It covers all products entering California. Businesses located outside the state that ship products to California fall under the regulation.

BuyUSPromos.com’ s efforts have primarily focused on the third party testing for signs of lead content in our products. Lead has traditionally been the primary concern for our customers and the main focus of Proposition 65 litigation. Our third party testing is designed to confirm that the product’s lining and exterior meet “safe harbor” requirements for lead content that have been accepted by Proposition 65 and California courts.

BuyUSPromos.com cannot test every piece of product it ships into California and has not tested its products for every one of the over 850 Proposition 65 chemicals in addition to lead. Because of this, our customers may have some concern regarding Proposition 65 compliance. One option to ensure compliance is to include a label on all products that may ship to the State of California. The label would state the following:

WARNING: This product contains chemicals known to the State of California to cause cancer, birth defects or other reproductive harm.

Please contact us for more information on Proposition 65 and BuyUSPromos.com’ s compliance program.

Statement of Lead Content in Inks

BuyUSPromos.com is committed to providing high quality, safe products for our customers. BuyUSPromos.com is continually working with our vendors to ensure all materials used in the production of our products meet all federal and state health and safety standards, including California Proposition 65.

BuyUSPromos.com purchases inks and other supplies from a number of suppliers throughout the United States. Our ink suppliers have conducted extensive testing to document the lead content for all ink systems we currently use to decorate our products. The lead content of all the inks BuyUSPromos.com uses meet all current local and federal regulations. Testing data is available upon request.

CPSIA Compliance

BuyUSPromos.com has developed a comprehensive program to ensure products manufactured for our company comply with the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA) of 2008. BuyUSPromos.com CPSIA program includes testing for all CPSC-regulated standards applicable to our products, including lead content and lead in substrates, products containing certain phthalates and lead in paint and surface coatings.

Certain sections of the law do pertain to the Promotional Products Industry, specifically to those items classified as Children’s Products. All the items found in our online catalog are designed to meet applicable Federal and State regulations. However, these items are not designed for, or intended for use by children (unless marked otherwise). Despite this, BuyUSPromos.com has undertaken testing campaigns to ensure that certain products that may appeal to children meet CPSIA requirements.

BuyUSPromos.com utilizes accredited third party testing labs. These testing labs issue certificates to substantiate that the tested products meet all     applicable CPSIA requirements.  BuyUSPromos.com also maintains General Certificate of Compliance (GCC) forms for all products in our line that may appeal to children as well as products requiring general certification. These forms are available upon request.

Depending on what is reasonably practical, BuyUSPromos.com satisfies the tracking label requirement by providing compliant tracking information on either individual item labeling or more commonly on packaging.

Though some CPSIA issues remain open and fluid, BuyUSPromos.com wants to assure our customers that we are vigorously pursuing compliance with not only CPSIA, but all federal and local regulations and that we have a comprehensive testing and documentation program in place.

Are You Consistently Buying USA-Made Products for Yourself?

November 13th, 2013 No comments

Yes–Buy USA Means You too!

bu usa-made productsI was at a trade show a few weeks back and stopped at various booths from American manufacturers and one branch of the military– and they noticed they were all handing out promotional items that were Made in China.

That’s right.

These organizations were spending thousands of dollars exhibiting at this particular trade show to promote a “Buy American” theme– and they didn’t even have the forethought to buy American-made promotional items.

Where is that logic?

Where is the consistency of messaging?

How can you expect others to Buy American when you don’t even believe in the cause?

Vet your suppliers to make sure that they are using American factories — for everything!

Buy and drive American-made cars.

Give away American-made promotional items. There are tens of thousands of unique promotional items that are made in the USA–as you can see from our link.

Be sure your clothing and/or uniforms are made int he USA.

Be a representative of all that is good about American-made products.

Be a “Made in the USA” ambassador.

Do not take the easy way out and just talk the talk.

After all, do you want your customers doing the same to you?

Consistently buy Made in America.

Promote America.

Keep jobs in America!

Remember, the American job you save may be your own.

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Robert Piller, President of BuyUSPromos.com, has over 28 years of experience in running and implementing marketing campaigns and is a leader in promoting and distributing American-made promotional products, which includes one of the largest selections of reusable and tote bags, sports and water bottles, pens and pencils, awards, desk accessories and trade show giveaways – all made in the USA. His company’s website, BuyUSPromos.com features over 25,000 American-made promotional items in all price ranges, for any business or organization interested in keeping Americans working and supporting American factories and American jobs. The site’s handy search tool helps you easily find imprinted promotional items in your price range and time frame. You can also reach him by email (robert (at) buyuspromos.com) or comment on his blog postings at blog.buyuspromos.com or below at his Twitter link.

Are You Interviewing Veterans for Job Positions.. or Just Paying Lip Service to Your Support?

November 11th, 2013 No comments

What are you doing to hire more US veterans?

hire more veteransTalk is cheap.

And it is easy to say that you Support Our Troops (blah blah blah).

But do you really support the troops with more than words?

A new report shows that “for Post-9/11 era veterans, the October jobless rate is 10 percent. For men of the Iraq and Afghanistan generation, the employment rate was 9.6 percent in October. For women, the jobless rate was 11.6 percent.

As an American manufacturer or business- are you satisfied with 10 per cent unemployment for young veterans?

If not, what are you doing about it?

When was the last time you interviewed a veteran for a job position?

Are you actively searching out skilled veterans to fill jobs – or just waiting for one to show up on your doorstep?

Promote America is a 2-way street.

You want people to buy your American-made goods and services because it keeps jobs in America.  That is great.

But are you helping to hire those who have fought to protect our country and keep it great?

You owe it to veterans to give them a fair chance to succeed in the private sector.

Say Happy Veteran’s Day with a job offer.  Not just a Facebook post.

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Robert Piller, President of BuyUSPromos.com, has over 28 years of experience in running and implementing marketing campaigns and is a leader in promoting and distributing American-made promotional products, which includes one of the largest selections of reusable and tote bags, sports and water bottles, pens and pencils, awards, desk accessories and trade show giveaways – all made in the USA. His company’s website, BuyUSPromos.com features over 25,000 American-made promotional items in all price ranges, for any business or organization interested in keeping Americans working and supporting American factories and American jobs. The site’s handy search tool helps you easily find imprinted promotional items in your price range and time frame. You can also reach him by email (robert (at) buyuspromos.com) or comment on his blog postings at blog.buyuspromos.com or below at his Twitter link.

Follow @BuyUSA1

How Are You Selling Your Buy American Benefits to Your Customers?

October 15th, 2013 No comments

Are You Selling the Benefits and Appeal of Buy American to Your Customers…and to Their Customers?

American madeAustin, Texas:  We all want our clients to Buy American from our factories and plants and other facilities.

But how are you marketing that message?

How you communicate “Buy American” makes all the difference in your community – and to your customers and to their customers. How active will you be in getting that message across clearly to  the public?

Are you counting on your customers to clearly understand the logistics benefits of a local or nearby vendor? Don’t count on it.

Do you think your customers think logically and understand the benefits to the community for buying American? Don’t count on it.

Are you giving speeches to your local Chambers of Commerce and other organizations on the benefits of Made in the USA manufacturing — or are you expecting your customers to “just get it”?  They won’t

Are you teaming up with other factories and producers in town to get the message across in a unified front and voice?  Why not?

Is your social media working around the clock to describe the benefits of Buying American – and sharing case studies, interviews with employees and their families, and other feel-good stories? Why not?

It is up to every American factory, American plant and American foundry, union, etc -to keep extolling the benefits of American made goods.

Don’t expect the public to be thinking about your business.

It is your job to share, to educate and to make aware of the benefits of Buying American.

What do you plan to do about it?

Remember, the American job you save may be your own.

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Robert Piller, President of BuyUSPromos.com, has over 28 years of experience in running and implementing marketing campaigns and is a leader in promoting and distributing American-made promotional products, which includes one of the largest selections of reusable and tote bags, sports and water bottles, pens and pencils, awards, desk accessories and trade show giveaways – all made in the USA. His company’s website, BuyUSPromos.com features over 25,000 American-made promotional items in all price ranges, for any business or organization interested in keeping Americans working and supporting American factories and American jobs. The site’s handy search tool helps you easily find imprinted promotional items in your price range and time frame. You can also reach him by email (robert (at) buyuspromos.com) or comment on his blog postings at blog.buyuspromos.com or below at his Twitter link.

Are You Exclusively Looking to Buy American-Made Products?

September 17th, 2013 No comments

How Consistent Are You in Buying American-Made Products?

Are you consistently buying American Made Products?Austin, Texas: I had dinner the other night with an executive of a large American factory — and he picked me up in his black 2012Mercedes-Benz Cabriolet E350 RWD.

Beautiful car. Wrong message.

How can this person expect his customers to support American jobs when he is buying a car that is not Made in America!??!

Are you being consistent in your purchases – and continuously seeking for an American-made alternative?

If not, why not?

If you are promoting an “American-Made culture” then you need to live it.

Breathe it.

Immerse yourself in it.

You car should be American-Made.

Your watch, your clothing, etc. should be American-made.

Re-train yourself (and your employees and family) to look for American-made products first and foremost.

Change your buying patterns and behaviors.

If you sell American-made products–you need to be buying American-made products.

Not from time to time.

But all the time.

Remember, the American job you save may be your own.

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Robert Piller, President of BuyUSPromos.com, has over 28 years of experience in running and implementing marketing campaigns and is a leader in promoting and distributing American-made promotional products, which includes one of the largest selections of reusable and tote bags, sports and water bottles, pens and pencils, awards, desk accessories and trade show giveaways – all made in the USA. His company’s website, BuyUSPromos.com features over 25,000 American-made promotional items in all price ranges, for any business or organization interested in keeping Americans working and supporting American factories and American jobs. The site’s handy search tool helps you easily find imprinted promotional items in your price range and time frame. You can also reach him by email (robert (at) buyuspromos.com) or comment on his blog postings at blog.buyuspromos.com or below at his Twitter link.

American Apparel CEO Rips the Retail Industry for Not Supporting American Jobs

May 7th, 2013 No comments

Do you Support more American jobs?Do You Support American Jobs?

Kudos to American Apparel CEO Dov Charney for taking on the American retail  industry’s ‘Blind Pursuit’ of Low Wages in the aftermath of the horrific accident in a Bangladesh factory last week.

Charney writes, “The apparel industry’s relentless and blind pursuit of the lowest possible wages cannot be sustained over time, ethically or fiscally. As labor and transportation costs increase worldwide, exploitation will not only be morally offensive and dated, it will not even be financially viable.”

He goes on to say why he chooses to keep jobs in the United States at $12/hour rather than to outsource.

Yes, prices might be higher from American factories – but Americans with jobs are able to afford more products and services from other companies.

There is definitely a multiplier effect with American jobs.

Are you supporting American jobs with your wallet ?

If not now, when?

Talk is cheap.

It is one thing to say you support American jobs.  It is another thing to pay for goods and services made by American companies.

Remember, the American job you save may be your own.

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Robert Piller, President of BuyUSPromos.com, has over 28 years of experience in running and implementing marketing campaigns and is a leader in promoting and distributing American-made promotional products, which includes one of the largest selections of reusable and tote bags, sports and water bottles, pens and pencils, awards, desk accessories and trade show giveaways – all made in the USA. His company’s website, BuyUSPromos.com features over 25,000 American-made promotional items in all price ranges, for any business or organization interested in keeping Americans working and supporting American factories and American jobs. The site’s handy search tool helps you easily find imprinted promotional items in your price range and time frame. You can also reach him by email (robert (at) buyuspromos.com) or comment on his blog postings at blog.buyuspromos.com or below at his Twitter link.

Made in the USA: Water Bottles Can Beat Import Prices

February 28th, 2013 No comments

promotional water bottles made in the USAAustin, Texas: We get calls on a daily basis asking us about water bottles–and most people think that it is cheaper to go overseas.

However, on plastic bottles, they are usually mistaken– as these can be produced in America for less than import prices – and the savings in time and shipping costs cannot be beat.

These American made plastic water bottles can be produced and shipped in a matter of a few short days–helping to avoid logistical problems and saving freight costs.

Take these five plastic 27-oz promotional water bottles. Not only are they made in the United States– they are also made in a Union Shop.

On top of that, they are QCA-rated, meaning that pass the highest ratings for quality assurance, something that anyone giving away something that is put into the body is concerned about.

So, next time someone tells you to look for imported promotional items, think again.

If it is plastic, we can probably beat that price by a long shot–and keep jobs right here in America.

Remember, the American job you save may be your own.

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Robert Piller, President of BuyUSPromos.com, has over 28 years of experience in running and implementing marketing campaigns and is a leader in promoting and distributing American-made promotional products, which includes one of the largest selections of reusable and tote bags, sports and water bottles, pens and pencils, awards, desk accessories and trade show giveaways – all made in the USA. His company’s website, BuyUSPromos.com features over 25,000 American-made promotional items in all price ranges, for any business or organization interested in keeping Americans working and supporting American factories and American jobs. The site’s handy search tool helps you easily find imprinted promotional items in your price range and time frame. You can also reach him by email (robert (at) buyuspromos.com) or comment on his blog postings at blog.buyuspromos.com or below at his Twitter link.

Help Your Employees & Customers Protect Their SmartPhone and Tablet Data

January 22nd, 2013 No comments

Are you protecting your smart phone and tablet data?

Help Your Customers Get Their Smartphones back

Imprinted Smartphone Recovery Tags

According to a recent study by Mozy.com, 70% of people have lost a data storage device, which means that data can literally slip through our fingers.

The average person now loses 1.24 items a year (my teenage son loses that many per month it seems!!) and less than half of those are ever recovered.

The average cost of a lost item is $220.15, but it’s not just the value of the item itself that has an impact. 57% of people who had lost a device said that they were more upset about losing the data on the device than the device itself.

Give your employees and customers more piece of mind and security with imprinted recovery tags–that stick onto any smart phone or tablet – or can also attach to a key chain.

We have just partnered up with this vendor – as we can appreciate the value of security.

Great for trade shows and for membership gifts these adhesive labels and/or key tags are a great way for you to gain branded exposure– while providing a service to your clients.

Available from BuyUSPromos.com.

New 24 Oz. Glass Water Bottle: Made in the USA

January 7th, 2013 No comments
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Imprinted promotional glass water bottles-Made in the USA-from BuyUSPromos.com

New American Made Imprinted Glass Water Bottles

 

Austin, Texas: This new glass water bottle is made in the USA and a great way to promote your brand and message.

Made of glass the large mouth opening is perfect for ice cubes– and glass is now considered to be the most natural drinking container.

Eco-friendly – these bottles can also be used as candy jars or storage containers for the desk–for rubber bands, pencils, paper clips and more.

Available from BuyUSPromos.com – where you help to support American jobs.

Help us continue to support American factories.

Click here for more details on these glass water bottles.

Tel: 512.507.4709