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Suppliers – Control your own Data on DC with spreadsheet exports and uploads.

Did you know that you can export and upload your DC spreadsheet and /or images for importing back into your Product Database from your own DC account? Then you can track that update and you will be notified upon the completion of the product update.

Export your data: You can export your Product, Option and Choice data from your DC products. Most Suppliers only need to export their Products data though for pricing update purposes. You can do this in 3 places:

1. On your home page, under Shortcuts on the right side.

2. You can also go to Products Tab > Product Data Export > Excel Data Export

3. Finally, you can access this same export from the Product Editor at the bottom of your product list.

Once you click on Export, you will have the opportunity to export certain fields and criteria. Then “Submit” the file and you will receive an email with a link to download it for editing. Learn how to work with the Data in the spreadsheet here:

 

 

 

 

Upload your File: When you have edited your file and saved your changes, you can then upload it again for importing. You can upload it in 2 places:

1. You can upload it under Shortcuts on the right side of the home page.

2. It can also be uploaded in the product editor at the bottom of the product list. Once you click on “Upload Product Data Updates” there will be some basic data questions to answer and a file upload at the bottom of the page .

Once the file is uploaded, you can track the upload and you will receive an email when we complete it.

Image Upload Requirements and instructions:

Here are the steps / requirements to upload your product images to DistributorCentral to add to your product data:
1. Log into your Distributorcentral.com account. (If you have not received your login, ask your representative for that information)
2. Click on the link below

http://www.distributorcentral.com/home/issues_2.cfm?new=1&requesttypeguid=110D937A-A518-4444-A1DC-0140AE68AC8C&componenttypeguid=BC71A168-53A0-46E6-BB97-E4C73BAC6994

3. You will see a “Support Tracking” form. Use the images below to add in the information needed.
a. Enter “Your Email”
b. Under “Update Type” select Images
c. Under “Please Update” select Images and deselect all others
d. Upload your ZIPPED file of images by clicking on “Choose File” button.
e. Select “Upload” button and wait for the file to completely upload
f. When done uploading “Save”
Image Requirements as follows:
Image Size:  Minimum- 500 x 500 dpi – Maximum 750 x 750 dpi
Resolution:  72 dpi for online viewing
Mode:  RGB Mode for online viewing
File: must be a jpeg file and must be named according to the item # in DC to be associated correctly.

NOTE:DC system will downsize your large images for the Medium and thumbnail size automatically

Learn more about exporting your data for other service providers: http://blog.distributorcentral.com/2010/12/03/exporting-contact-information-for-other-service-providers/

Once you have your data imported, make them display with this guide: http://www.distributorcentral.com/resources/education/guides/ProductCompletionGuide.pdf

Customization Preference- Add Virtual Samples to your websites

Make Virtual Samples available for your customers on your website.

This will allow your customers to see what their logo will look like on any of the products that you offer.
There is a $15 per month, per website charge to utilize this feature. Click here to learn more.
 
Your customers can click on “Add your Logo” and a window will open (second image below) where they can remove and add logos to this product. They can save this as a PDF as well to print off or email it.
This is what that will look like on your site below:

A window will open like this when they click on “Add Your Logo.”
 

Remember to Publish your site after you enable this feature!

Customization Preference – Change Prices on your Website / Strike Through Pricing

You can customize the pricing that shows to your customers for products on each of your DistributorCentral websites!

There are a few different options that you can take advantage of when editing the pricing for your websites. There is a $20 charge per website, per month to utilize this feature.

You can mark up the prices with a percentage above Net pricing, mark the pricing down a percentage from Retail pricing, or set the margin for the Retail markup.
This feature could be helpful to those distributors who are creating company stores for their customers or possibly even for those who just want a competitive price on their website for promotional products.
There are many other reasons why you might want to use this new feature to help make your site your own.

Click here to see the instructions to add this feature to your website.

Once you have that preference set up, you can also set up a preference to allow “Strike-through pricing” so your products pricing has a red line through the original cost and have the discounted cost under it. 

Here are the steps to set up “Strike-Through Pricing” – Note: this will only show up after you have enabled the “retail adjustment” preference above. It will also only show up on the details page of each product as it is clicked on.

  1. Go to Websites Menu> Add/Edit Websites
  2. Click on Preferences to the right of your website
  3. Click on “Catalog” to the left
  4. Find the preference titled “Show Strikethrough pricing on product catalog?”
  5. Set that to “Yes”
  6. Save the changes
  7. Publish the website to make those changes live

Customization Preference- Change Product Images

You can customize the images that show to your customers representing products on each of your DistributorCentral website catalogs!

There is a $20 charge per website, per month to utilize this feature.

Maybe you would like to add your customers logo to all the products that are listed on their company store website to help them visualize what the finished product will be. . .
-OR-
maybe you would just like your own images to represent certain products on your website.

There are many reasons why you might want to use this new feature to help make your site your own.

Click here to see the instructions to add this feature to your website.

egrips – A Versatile Product for your Next Promotion

egrips® Non-Slip Promotional Phone Grips are Full Color, digitally printed cell phone grips, that come attached to a full color, custom printed Marketing Card.  Peel the grip from the card and stick it to the back of your mobile device.

egrips® Non-Slip Strips keep your smartphone from sliding around on ANY surface AND it gives you a better grip of the gadget.  Add value to the card with coupons, contests, QR codes, product knowledge, special offers, invitations … drive sales!  egrips® Non-Slip Promotional Products come ready to giveaway … 2 custom printed components for the price of 1!

Offered by Flexible Innovations.

877-534-7477
www.egrips.com/promo
matt@egrips.com

The 21st Century Refrigerator Magnet – Watch the video:

Case Studies:  http://www.flexibleinnovations.com/gallery/promo

View egrips in DistributorCentral- Click Here.

The Fingertip Line – Supplier Spotlight

www.fingertipline.com

Our line carries Emery Board Specialites • Manicure Minders • No Buff Shoe Shine Products • Ad Pads • Wood Bookmarks & Business Cards • Post-it Cubes • Post-it Notes • Post-it Note Holders

About The Fingertip Line:

The Fingertip Line is a family-owned & operated company.  We have been supplying Emery Boards and other items to the ad specialties industry since 1949.  We specialize in producing useful printed items with short turn around time.

Featured Product:

FC-1 – Small Foamcor Salon Board is 3 1/4″ x 5/8″

As low as $ 0.62 (c)

Foamcor Salon Emery Board – 3 1/4″ x 5/8″

We have 3 colors of sandpaper available, each color is also a different grit. The white is a superfine 800 grit, red is a fine 320 grit and gray is a medium 180 grit. It’s your choice which color combination we use. Please choose a color for the front and back sides, also advise which side you want printed. 3 1/4″ L x 5/8″ W

Click here to view their line in DistributorCentral.

Contact them at :

Phone: 952-496-0240
Toll Free: 877-255-3623
E-mail: sales@fingertipline.com

New Product – GO! Lunchtime GoSn5 – VisionUSA

Check out this innovative new product offered from VisionUSA:

Product # GoSn5

Click HERE to view it in DistributorCentral or HERE to view it at their website.

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An innovation in meal and snack convenience. Leak proof construction gives you confidence to fill and go!

• Easy to Carry
• Leak Proof
• Microwave Safe
• Break-Resistant
• BPA Free

5 piece set includes:
• Spoon (locks into lid)
• Leak Proof Lid
• 16 oz. Mug
• Clear Protective Cover
• 9 oz. Bowl

Leashables – Supplier Spotlight

Check out Leashables for all your personal care and display promotions! Click here to view their line in DistributorCentral. Or view their website at www.leashables.com.

Current Promotion:

About Leashables:

“Founded in 1990, OraLabs, Inc. operates out of an FDA registered and audited, 100,000 sq. ft. facility in Parker, Colorado and employs approximately 170 people.  OraLabs is a leading US manufacturer of lip balm products, sun care and hand sanitizer products; as well as breath fresheners.  Leashables, the sister company, sells and manufactures personal care products for the promotional products industry.  Buy from a US supplier that manufactures products that have a proven success record in mass retail markets.

Our in-house Research and Development team allows for successful and profitable turnkey projects.  Our capabilities include but not limited to; product formulation, product filling, blistering and custom displays.  Think outside the typical lip balm stick!  All products, blisters and displays are customizable.”

       

Starline launches 2012 Holiday Best Gift Selection Catalog!

GRAND ISLAND, NY August 17th, 2012-Starline is pleased to announce the launch of our 2012 Holiday Best catalog. Introducing 43 new products, this is the perfect stuffer for mailers, invoices and packages or as a leave-behind with your clients.

The 2012 Holiday Best product selection will bring Holiday gift giving to the next level with our new Vacuum Drinkware featuring a new innovative lid
design, Bluetooth Headsets & speakers and CREE® Flashlights. The 56 pg catalog highlights over 130 gift selections.

The 2012 Holiday Best catalog is currently being mailed out and is available to order through www.starline.com.

Visit www.starline.com to view all 43 of our new Holiday Best products and over 800 gift ideas!

About Starline:

Starline is a top Supplier in the $20 billion dollar Promotional Products Industry. We design, manufacture and decorate more than 800 retail quality gifts and promotional giveaways in six industry leading categories: Drinkware; ToolZone ™ including Knives, Multi-Tools, Flashlights, Performance Eyewear and Mechanic Gloves; HomeStyles TM; Bags; Lifestyles including Golf, and Business including Magnets. Starline also offers our distributor partners Business Peace of Mind with our Material Safety Compliance, and Social Compliance Programs. Starline is the innovator of QuickPick ™ and Idea Board. Information about Starline is available on www.starline.com

For more information please contact:
Jim Bull
VP Sales
jbull@starline.com
716.773.0100 ex1.3313