Last week you became acquainted with BoxCo Industries, the gift basket industry’s well-known manufacturer of finely-crafted containers.
The Missouri-based firm shared insights by answering five questions, and this week completes the Q&A with five more tips about minimums, special orders, and when you’ll find new items on their site.
Q: What are three top reasons you’ve heard from gift basket designers on why they buy from you?
Q: What’s the minimum order requirement, and can retailers purchase samples to try products before committing to buying more?
BOXCO: $50 is the minimum order amount, and yes, they can purchase samples.
Q: When a special occasion (Valentine’s Day, Christmas, for example) is approaching, what’s the optimum time to place an order to make sure stock is available (two weeks before, one month)?
BOXCO: It depends on the holiday. For example, we recommend ordering 1-1/2 months before the Christmas holiday. Our popular designs go very fast and sometimes we don’t have time to produce more stock. We know this is frustrating for our customers, so we always remind them to order early. One month is about the average with all other seasonal holidays.
(Designers: Be sure to order BoxCo’s nested boxes early in every season to create stacked designs for huge profits.)
Q: Can designers request private label or custom box styles, and if so, what’s the recommended lead time?
BOXCO: Yes, the standard lead time is 8 weeks.
Q: Can we expect to see something new for the 2010 holiday season?
BOXCO: Absolutely! We have just finalized our line for 2010 and will be introducing the new line in June.
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