My name is Miranda, and I am a student intern at Promotional Partners. I have been working here now for a number of months. As I come across new things and questions every day, there is one question that people continuously seem to ask…Why would I use a distributor if I can order it myself online? Now I would have been asking the same thing a short time ago but my view on this question has changed. There are a number of reasons why using a distributor is the smart way to go.
For one, good distributors do more than just sell items but instead, they have the time and knowledge to work with you and make sure that you as the customer are completely satisfied with your order. In addition, as distributors, it is their job to be up on the latest trends. A good distributor adds creativity, innovation and imagination. Online stores can show you products you want to see and help you find the product you want but distributors can provide tangible samples that make your ideas come to life!
In addition, unlike online stores which you never have face to face contact with anyone, most distributor companies you can find locally providing customers with convenience. Also, online stores, while they may provide you with information you need, they never go above and beyond. A distributor guides you through the process and is always available to answer any questions you might have. Then once an order is put it, the distributor tracks your items, making sure that you get what you need and that you get it on time.
Finally, distributors work with their suppliers many times, in turn building relationships with those companies. Because of this, distributors can not only save you time but more importantly in this economy, money. As an educated staff, they know questions to ask you that you might not think to ask them so they can provide you information on quality, quantity or pricing: all things important since we know your imprint is very important to you. Since distributors have a relationship with their suppliers; they can sometimes get deals on items that you wouldn’t be able to find anywhere else.
So, as you can see, there are many benefits to using a distributor versus using an online source. Whether its time, money or convenience, a distributor is the way to go!
***Intern Program: Miranda was part of the nationally recognized AOIT program at Apex High School. Olivia served on the AOIT Advisory Board from 2012-2018. Promotional Partners has hosted 14 AOIT interns, 5 from Green Hope High School & 2 college interns.
Miranda wrote this post back in 2009 as part of her AoIT internship.