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Reasons why it costs more for rush production and how the process works.

If you've ever ordered custom products like promotional items, you understand that it is sometimes a lengthy process; time must be allotted for everything from manufacturing to receiving the final product.  In some cases, rush production is needed in order to get necessary items at the last minute.  Events such as spur-of-the-moment conferences or large gatherings prompt businesses to need their promotional items as fast as possible, and this need can often be met with a rush production request. If you’re in a hurry and you need something fast, then rush production is definitely worth the extra expense!

Typically, the rush process does not begin on the day you place the order; it begins once the vendor places the order with the printer or manufacturer. This means that the actual rush production process may not even start until a day after your order date. This is because the merchant goes through a manufacturer or distributor (who provides the goods and services) and they need time to communicate your information to them.

Rush production applies specifically to your order's process time and not to your shipping time (except in rare cases). Therefore, if you need your promotional items right away and you opt for a rush production order, you’ll also need to take ship time into account.  Many vendors and merchants do offer overnight shipping options, but it’s up to you to let them know this requirement in advance. You could place a rush order with ground shipping and still have to wait 4-10 business days for the order to arrive!

Overhead expenses are figured into the rush production price as well.  Labor cost is a major factor in a company's overhead expenses. Often, these charges are passed onto the customer placing the order. If you place a large rush order, the vendor may have to enlist the help of staff and ask them to work overtime. Plus, sometimes merchants cannot handle large volumes of work at once, so they may have to temporarily put other orders aside (which also costs them money).

Rush production orders usually have a minimum-item requirement. For example, the vendor may require you to order a minimum amount of a hundred pieces even if you only need fifty. In other cases, producers might only be able to imprint items in one color instead of several colors, so you should also be aware of this when you place the order to avoid confusion or problems later. It’s very important that you find out this information beforehand in order to prepare for any extra expense or extra hassle!

Article By Jill Tooley
Jill Tooley

Jill has been obsessed with words since her fingers could turn the pages of a book. She’s a hopeless bibliophile who recently purchased a Kindle after almost 6 years of radical opposition, and she loves stumbling upon new music on Pandora. Random interests include (but are not limited to) bookstores, movie memorabilia, and adorable rodents. In addition to managing the QLP blog, Jill also manages the content development team, assists with the company’s social media accounts, and writes like a fiend whenever given the chance. You can connect with Jill on Google+.

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