How To Find the Perfect Corporate Nike Hat Vendor
A custom Nike hat is a great way to add prestige to your brand or company, or even to show your employees that you value their input and contributions. Better yet, Nike hats and other branded apparel are desired by just about everyone, and that can help create interest at a trade show or any kind of corporate get-together. Indeed, Nike hats can help make for a great giveaway at your next event, as well as encouraging others to think differently about your organization.
But if you're looking for the right company to handle your custom merch, you can't go with just anyone. That's because some merch companies could be using knock-offs or other substandard products, which can actually start to work against you when you unveil your merch or try to give the products to employees or potential clients. The good news is that finding the right partner to work with is just a matter of doing your due diligence up front.
First and foremost, you'll want to work with a merch company that has the product you're interested in. From custom Nike golf hats to custom Nike running hats or even branded jackets, sweatshirts, t-shirts and polos, you'll have to start with a company that has the products you want. Some merch companies merely resell generic goods, but the best merch companies allow you to affix your company name or logo on apparel from reputable brands such as Nike, Under Armour, North Face, Eddie Bauer and Patagonia, helping to boost the value of your brand by association.
Quality of Decoration
Next up in the consideration over which merch brand to work with has to do with the quality of the branding. Sure, the specific Nike hats you're interested in will look great, but not if your corporate logo looks like it was painted on by substandard techniques. You'll need quality decoration and printing to match the professionalism and sleek look of the apparel you're leveraging, even if you are buying those Nike hats wholesale.
What makes quality decoration? It involves 3 elements, including:
- The machine
- The thread or ink
- The operator
We use Barudan Japanese embroidery machines which are the gold standard in the industry. In addition, we use German threads from Madeira. These two components of the process are key when it comes to the end result. They allow the logos to be stitched with precision and a thread tightness that results in a crisp and durable logo.
Finally, the operators that are centering the garments and trimming the backing are critical for superior results.
Additionally, because you likely have deadlines and real-life needs for those custom corporate Nike hats, you'll want to work with a merch company that is able to meet your desired turn-around time. Lead Apparel offers 7-10 working day turnaround times which is one of the fastest in the industry. Most other companies offer 3-4 week turn-around time. We are half of that.
Ease of Ordering
While you may be neck-deep in considerations about pricing and delivery times, one thing you may neglect to pay attention to is whether the ordering process is straightforward and easy. Consider the following questions:
- Can you find new & current products on the company’s website with estimated turn-around times, availability and bulk pricing so you don't have to waste time on the phone or email? You can with Lead Apparel
- How long does it take to get proofs? Lead Apparel sends electronic proofs within 2-3 business days. Some companies take two weeks.
- Am I alerted when the order ships along with real time tracking? At Lead Apparel, yes you are.
- Can I pay on Net-30 terms or do I need to pay on the spot? At Lead Apparel you have a choice.
On the back end, ease of ordering can help you get the best custom corporate Nike hats without having to jump through many hoops.
Last but certainly not least -- you'll also want to deal with a merch company that allows you to customize your service. The best merch companies will work with you, especially if you're a returning customer, helping to meet your needs at each step without throwing too many roadblocks into the process. That can mean a more pleasing experience each time you order, and it'll also help you foster a stronger relationship with your custom merch company, helping future orders to go through more quickly.