Great news! Engraved Leatherman Tools aren’t imported from China. They are made in the USA. Some parts are made overseas, but the final assembly is always done in Oregon at the Leatherman factory.
The recent supply chain problems that affect many products are a result of the Covid lockdowns in China. This week, the Advertising Specialy Institute (ASI) reported that “Suppliers say lockdowns in Shanghai and other areas of China are likely to delay restocking of promo products in North America.” The lockdown has created a huge pile-up of cargo ships near the Port of Shanghai. These ships are either waiting to get loaded or unloaded. How long will this last? It depends on the lockdown, and how the Chinese government handles the issue. Fortunately, Leatherman is in pretty good shape at the moment. Many other suppliers like SanMar (according to ASI) have anticipated this problem, and have stocked up on inventory, to above average levels. Other promotional product suppliers that saw this lockdown coming, also are probably prepared to meet customer demand this year.
The United States isn’t officially involved in this, but April 20 is International Volunteer Recognition Day in Canada and the UK. We don’t know who started this special day. But, it is a great opportunity to thank those who give of themselves. How can you be a part of this day? You can help in 2 ways. First, by being a volunteer yourself. Second, by honoring volunteers.
How to be a volunteer:
Pick a subject that you enjoy. Is it cooking, gardening, driving, painting, performing music, singing, writing, talking?
Find a way to combine your subject to an area of need. You may find it in local volunteer organizations, government, and churches.
Your local civic clubs, like Rotary, Kiwanis, and Lions offer many ways to share your talents.
Governments need people to volunteer on citizen groups, like the parks, shade tree commission, zoning appeals board, civil service, and the utilities commissions.
Churches offer many ways to use your talents. Singing in the choir, visiting patients in the hospital, hospice, playing your instrument, cooking, delivering, and taking people grocery shopping.
How to thank volunteers:
Contact the mayor or manager of your city, and ask if he would be willing to write a proclamation to call attention to those volunteers. Then call the newspaper and have them take a picture in an appropriate setting.
If you have been on the receiving end of volunteers, you can simply give them a big hug, and thank them.
Give personalized gifts, like company logo knives to the volunteers in your favorite service group. You can choose a government, church, or civic group. Again, you can ask your mayor to call the newspaper and TV stations, to get involved in the appreciation ceremony. People like to read and watch human interest stories like this.
You just might be starting a brand new routine in your community.
If you have a folding fruit knife, you can decorate your Easter table with some edible decorations. Your Easter celebration will create more memories if you can take the time to use your cutting skills to decorate some tasty dishes for your family and friends. Here are some colorful ideas for you to consider.
When you order engraved tools with your company logo, you usually want an attractive tool. You want tools that take a difficult job and make it easy. Here are some examples of the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly ones.
The best example of this category is the world famous Leatherman Wingman. It is also my personal favorite. It contains about every tool that you could ever need in an emergency. Pliers, wire cutter, knife, bottle opener, blister package opener, can opener, file, scissors, etc.
This is a difficult category to fill. I suppose it would have to be this new crazy looking worklight. It has an integral flexible cable that you can twist into any shape you want. It’s kind of odd looking. Maybe even ugly.
Personalized Pocket Knives have your logo on them, so you can give them away and advertise your business at the same time. This is a great advertising idea, but here are some problems that can occur. Also the solutions and ways to prevent future problems.
Your knives did not arrive in time for your trade show. If the engraver promised a ship date, and failed to make it, then you deserve your money back. If however, he shipped on time, but UPS or Fedex took too long, then we are all victims of that situation. UPS currently doesn’t guarantee even a 2-day shipping method.
Your logo was engraved in the wrong location. You deserve your money back, or a discount on the knives. Or, the engraver can redo your order.
The knives are too big (or too small). The size of the knives is mentioned on the websites of all knife retailers. Next time, pay close attention to that. Sometimes the looks of a picture don’t convey the size of something.
The knives don’t look like the picture. The only time this can happen is when the handle material is natural wood or natural bone. Each knife handle can vary from each other and from the picture. If there is another variation, attributed to a misleading picture, then you deserve compensation.
March 20 will be the first day of spring. Winter is finally about over. What a relief!
Speaking of spring, let’s celebrate with one of these spring-assisted pocket knives engraved with your company logo. With an easy movement of the flipper, the knives open up and lock in place. There’s no need to worry about the blade folding on you when in use. When you’re done, just unlock it with the linerlock tab, and clip it to your pocket.