When I answer the phone and hear a panicked voice ask, “How fast can I get an imprinted…?” I generally ask, “How much are you willing to pay?”
If you have unlimited funds, we may be able to perform a miracle. However, that would require finding a factory willing to stop production to run your job. Your package would need to be delivered to an airport with a flight leaving immediately for your city, then directly picked up at the destination airport and delivered to you. The final cost is something most companies could never justify or afford to pay.
Many people mistakenly think branded products are printed locally and therefore can be picked up the same day or following day. There are thousands of factories throughout the country, most of them specializing in certain product lines. A factory may or may not be located in your city. Additionally some imprinting processes take longer to cure and dry, such as ceramics, making a rush job impossible.
So getting back to that question, the normal scenario is a 24-hour rush. We could order your item by midnight EST and it will ship the next day, overnight priority AM delivery. Bottom line, if you order it Monday evening, you would get it Wednesday morning. If you are lucky enough to live in the same city as the factory, you possibly could get it on Tuesday evening, but don’t count on it. You may or may not incur a rush charge for the product but you will pay a pretty penny for overnight shipping.
Generally, our game plan is to locate the closest factory that can ship within 24 hours. If the factory is close enough, we can ship ground arriving to your office in one or two days. Our priority is to make your event without incurring any additional rush fees. The downside is that we will be limited to only the products produced by that particular factory.
I always say promotional products are not a priority until, well, Oh My God! They are. Someone suddenly realizes they forgot to order the “swag” needed for their upcoming event this weekend.
Bottom line, a rushed order may mean higher cost and less creativity. If you want solutions, not just stuff, give us time to research and select the right item that will resonate with your audience for the best price. It is best to start the process 3-4 weeks before your event. If you need a high quantity of 1000 or more, you probably should start 6-8 weeks prior to your event.