Custom Printed Polo Shirts for your team

Custom Printed Polo ShirtsCustom Printed Polo shirts are a popular choice of garment and now the largest category of apparel besides t-shirts.  Polo shirts are associated with more formal or sporty chic look compared to casual T-shirts.  Today, there are thousands of polo shirt styles on the market and it can be very confusing as to which style of polo shirt is best for your needs.  Just like T-shirts, Polos come in many varieties to choose and cost depends on the fabric type, the variation in cut, and most importantly the brand. Custom Printed Polos can be embroidered or silk-screen with your logo. This blog is designed to help you choose the right polo shirt for your project.

  • Choice of fabric

    Polo shirts are now available in many different fabric options  from cotton, polyester or Poly/Cotton blend or polyester microfiber.

    Cotton Polo Shirts: Cotton is preferred as soft, breathable fabric. Cotton is a natural fibre, good for those who have allergies or find less absorbent fabrics a problem.  Cotton is a good choice for those who prefer natural fabrics and comes in a variety of weights. Weather and activity can be factored into the choice and you also have a choice of organic cotton.  Organic cotton is grown without the use of pesticides and herbicides. American Apparel's 100% 2412 and PQ412 unisex organic polo shirts are excellent choices. Port & Company, Gildan, Hanes,  and Jerzees are known for low end cotton shirts.  KP150 from Port & Company is a good quality low end of Polo cotton shirt.

    Polyester Polo Shirts: Polyester fibre is a synthetic fiber which is constructed of long-chain polymer of esters which are water and stain resistant, chemical resistant and return swiftly to their original shape when stretched or compressed. This produces a high strength fabric that resists warping, shrinking and creasing. In spite of these advantages, 100% synthetic polyester fabric lacks absorption, which can lead to odor. Polyester fibre shirts are a choice for those who are looking for a durable fabric. Core 365 (comes in men's and women's versions) is a good choice for Polyester Polo shirts.

    Poly/Cotton Polo Shirts:  Poly/Cotton fabrics combine the advantages of polyester and cotton to create a durable, crease-resistant fabric with good absorption qualities and requiring less laundering. Poly/Cotton polo shirts are the ideal choice for school uniforms or corporate polo shirts as they offer the optimum blend of comfort  and blended cotton increase durability and stain resistance at a low price point. These are the most commonly found polo shirts on the market.  If you are on a budget, Port Authority's K455, K500 or Gildan's G880 are excellent choice for low end poly-cotton.  Harriton M265 is a mid-range & DG200 from Devon & Jones is an high end choice.

    Performance Polo shirts made from polyester microfiber: In the golf apparel industry, polo shirts are often made from polyester microfiber a material designed to make the shirts lighter than other fabrics such as 100% cotton. Performance polos are made with athletes in mind. They offer odor reduction by adding silver to the material, or they come with UV protection. They are usually made from a lightweight synthetics or blends. Depending on the marketing budget of the company and the brand reputation, the price will vary. These shirts are really only meant to be worn on the golf course or when you exercise but not anywhere else. Harriton M355 is a low end and Nike Golf (Dri-FIT Micro Pique Polo 363807) is a high end choice.

  • Wear your Polo shirt fitted

    Most mid to high end Polo shirts comes are designed differently for men and women.  Unlike the casual T-shirts, Polo shirts are meant to be worn fitted. The cut and seams are designed differently for men and women. It is important that you review the size and design for the brand and order appropriate garments for your team.  A well fitted polo shirt should have slim fitted sleeves that reach about halfway between the shoulder and the elbow. The neckline, while unbuttoned should reach just down to the chest area.  Harriton M265, M265W and Devon & Jones (DG200 and DG200W are designed for proper fit.

  • Choose the right color

    Most Polo shirts are solid one color, but some brands do make polo shirts with two or more colors. When selecting a polo shirt for a team or group, people tend to think about color and ignore the other aspects of the shirt. It is important to think how your logo will show on solid shirt versus the one with two or more colors.  Also, the more different variations; single-colored polo shirts in black, brown, white and pale blue, are preferred by men so they can combine the polo shirt with a suit. The more striking colors such as green, yellow or red are worn with pleasure in sports or in leisure time.

Don’t just collect royalties - get full revenue when self publishing!

It is a great time to be a self-publisher. You have the tools and technology to publish your words and be in direct communication with your audience. Why let Createspace or other sites collect revenue for you? By directly communicating with your audience you can invite them to order on your web site/s. As a self-publisher, why use sites who make you sign a long term contract or send you royalties? Youshould be collecting full revenue as you sell your product.

A few years ago when you wrote a book you were required to hire a publishing company. The good news for authors is that professional self-publishing is here and available to everyone that wants to write!

Here are some tips to help you get started on this journey:

Self Publishing
  • Make your book available on ebook platforms for global reach. There are many e-book publishing service companies like Smashwords who take a percentage of your sales, convert your book into many e-book formats for most of the e-reading devices, such as PDF and EPUB and distribute to most of the important e-book resellers. Unfortunately, Smashwords does not distribute to Amazon Kindle. But the good news is that the .doc file you uploaded to Smashwords is very similar to the properly formatted Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP) file that Amazon requires. You can open an account on Amazon’s site and upload .doc file.
     
  • Buy your own ISBN and control your metadata. You do need a separate ISBN for each edition of your book, so buy a pack of 10 for $250 from the ISBN Agency run by Bowker. It is very important to do this yourself and not let any service provide you with an ISBN. You need to be able to log into Bowker with your own credentials in order to create and update the data that is disseminated about your book to all the various markets. So far you’ll need two ISBNs, one for digital distribution and one for physical copy. 
     
  • Print and Fulfill your books with a dedicated, professional team. You should work directly with a team who will help you with all aspects of book printing, cover design, size, and paper. You keep the sales and there is no royalty. Most importantly, when a customer buys a book they are your customer. This gives you an opportunity to connect with them and build your business. Think hard about signing with organizations who make you sign long term contracts or collect your sales and pay you small royalties.

Today, self-publishers can have it all and Acutrack is proud to support that. With us you are in control of your sales, marketing, and eCommerce. We become the print and fulfillment extension of your book. Self-publishing with Acutrack requires no contract. Rather than receiving a small percent of the sales profits in the form of royalties, self-publishers keep all the profits. With our state-of-the-art printing technology and technology-driven fulfillment services we can help grow your business.

 

Our advise in choosing the right T-Shirt for your marketing

Before you place an order for a custom printed T-shirt, you need to choose the brand and style which is right for you. The extensive collection may seem confusing and overwhelming and we hope this blog will shed some light. This blog will educate and give you perspective on key elements so you are well prepared to choose the brand and style for your custom printed T-shirt based on your budget and preference. In my opinion, the following items will help you choose the right brand.

Custom printed T-shirts
  • Regular Cotton versus Ringspun Cotton
    It is not enough to say that you want cotton shirts for your custom printed t-shirts. While all t-shirts claim to be 100% cotton, it makes a huge difference on how the cotton is weaved.  You must check whether a shirt is made with regular cotton or Ring-spun cotton. Regular Cotton is most inexpensive and good option for novelty tees, business promotion, team shirts etc. These 100% regular cotton shirts pre-shrunk but still known to shrink a little after washing. Regular cotton shirts are soft vegetable fibers that are twisted together to make yarn, which is then woven to make the cotton material. Gildan, Hanes and Fruit of the loom are the major provider of the regular cotton t-shirts. Ring-spun garments have a completely different manufacturing process - yarn is made by twisting and thinning the cotton strands which makes stronger and fine cotton shirt. Ring-spun cotton shirts are durable, and last longer but more expensive. Your audience will appreciate the high-end feel and these shirts do not shrink at all. American Apparel, Anvil, Bella + Canvas are the examples of Ring-spun cotton garments.
  • Organic and Made in USA
    Organic shirts are made from 100% USDA Certified Organic and pesticide-free cotton. The cotton is grown without the use of pesticides or Fungicides and instead use beneficial insects, crop rotation or compost to build soil quality and protect the air and water.  A organic shirt uses low-impact dyeing process which eliminates chemical waste, least amount of water which in turn provide innumerable environmental and health benefits. Choosing an organic shirt is a matter of personal preference. By Choosing organic, you are respecting the planet and saying no the pollution of the soil, water and air with chemicals and pesticides.  Not all organic shirts are made in USA.  Anvil 420 and all American Apparel shirts are most popular options for organic t-shirts as well as made in USA.  Custom printed t-shirt of American Apparel or Anvil organic will sure be appreciated by your team.
     
  • Tagless versus with Tag
    You have the option to go with tagless shirts and place your brand to inside tag. In this process, we procure shirts where it gives us the option to remove the tag, and print your logo and artwork inside the tag. This makes the shirt recognizable 100% to your company. This marketing strategy limits you with certain brand who specialize in making tagless shirts and additional cost for printing inside tag. Hanes Beefy T-shirt is a good quality ring-spun cotton tagless shirt. It is soft premium quality shirt.

For your next order of custom printed T-shirt, let Acutrack team help you pick the right garment for your project.

 
 

 

USB fulfillment - an ideal offering in conjunction with digital distribution

If you are selling software or training videos, then you are probably using digital download distribution. Digital download allows for global reach, is inexpensive to deploy, and gives you flexibility to offer the latest version of your product.  However, digital download has its shortcomings.  If the content size is too large or if the end-user has limited or no internet connectivity and in these situations you have lost out on potential revenue.  Most importantly, digital download does not allow for brand placement on a physical product. Acutrack’s back up disc on demand CD/DVD fulfillment has been an ideal solution, offering a physical product in conjunction with the digital download.  However, having recognized the predominance of drive-less computers in the market, Acutrack is now launching USB flash drive on demand fulfillment as an extension of our back up disc service.

 

USB Flash drive fulfillment has the same key elements as our proven CD/DVD backups:

  • Zero failure in the field These USB flash drives aren’t marketing give away they have valuable content which the end-users has paid for. To attain this goal, we use the highest quality USB both in terms of flash components and material to assemble them. Once the data is pre-loaded, we run another verification step to ensure every bit is error free.
     
  • Make Content Non-erasable Just like CD-ROM or DVD-ROM, we make USB-ROM.  It has been our goal that your content is always available and doesn’t get accidentally erased. To achieve this goal, the data pre-loaded service locks the content on USB.  You can rest assured that there is not going to be a support issue where you get a complaint that the USB flash drive is blank or does not work.
     
  • Cost effective Mailing Our 1 oz. eco friendly package to carry USB flash drive has been approved by USPS for first class letter mailing. This gives you a great advantage to mail this package domestically and internationally using USPS First class mailing in a very cost effective manner.
     
  • Your brand We understand the importance of your brand. Each USB can be customized with your logo or artwork on both sides. In addition to USB, you have the ability to send a printed card with a message and any variable information.

In a nutshell, our USB Flash drive on demand is a perfect solution to be offered with digital distribution. It helps you increase your revenue by offering content on USB, increase brand awareness, and increase customer satisfaction while maintaining the same appeal of worldwide distribution and zero hassle of inventory.

 

Acutrack has been a part of many crowdfunding projects because our services are a natural fit. You need a partner who is an expert in giving advice on the right rewards, offers tools and technology to automate the fulfillment process, and most importantly, build a partnership as your business needs grow. Acutrack brings a wealth of resources, expertise, an experienced team, and agility. We use our technology to bring ease of integration so you can manage your fulfillment business from your desktop or mobile device. We also provide the flexibility of having a dedicated project manager and expertise of our team available 24x7. Acutrack also brings some exciting on demand production and fulfillment solution that gives crowd funders the ability to produce rewards on CD, DVDs, USB Flash drives or books on demand. This makes our overall fulfillment offering unique.

Acutrack brings a wealth of resources, expertise, an experienced team, and agility.  We use our technology to bring ease of integration so you can manage your fulfillment business from your desktop or mobile device.  We also provide the flexibility of having a dedicated project manager and expertise of our team available 24x7.  Acutrack also brings some exciting on demand production and fulfillment solution that gives crowd funders the ability to produce rewards on CD, DVDs, USB Flash drives or books on demand.  This makes our overall fulfillment offering unique.

  • Packaging The Right Way We bring a wealth of expertise in packaging. This may sound very simple but very critical. Packaging can help keep the products safe when mailing. Also, the overall size and material impacts the total weight which can end up saving thousands of dollars in postage or shipping cost. Packaging can help with your branding with the look, feel and materials used.  This process should be begin before the start of the campaign so you have enough money planned for packaging and fulfillment. The Acutrack team will help review these details at no cost to you.
     
  • Choosing The Right Shopping Cart It is important that your order posting from your shopping cart are automated for fulfillment.  The Acutrack technical team has already integrated with dozens of eCommerce platforms and we continue to add more to our growing list. Click here to look through our eCommerce partner list.It is important to find the right eCommerce platform that matches your business needs and Acutrack gives you a large list of integrations to choose from.  We can also provide custom integration options.
     
  • Planning The Acutrack team plays an important part in helping you plan.  We can help you select the right rewards, right packaging, right eCommerce partner, shipping options, and keep your overall project on time and within budget. We become an extension  and resource for your business.  When you have a question related to packaging, shipping or fulfillment, we are always there as your consultant and advisor without any charges or contracts.
     
  • Online Web Portal In addition to integrating with your shopping cart, we also give you a full online web access to our Customer portal.  Acutrack’s modern online web portal gives you online web access to manage all aspects of your orders, inventory, order, and invoice management. You may want to fulfill a product to a trade show, send a sample, or sell in Amazon marketplace or choose to track a shipment or inventory.  Our online portal gives you full visibility and history to manage your business.
     
  • Just In Time Production Acutrack offers technology driven manufacturing and fulfillment solution to fulfill CD/DVD and USB Flash Drives on demand.  Depending on your business needs, we also have some exciting books on demand or POD business solution. These are ideal as there is no inventory to forecast.
     
  • Customized & Branded Reward Supplier T-shirts, posters, books, bottles, we have some clever list of rewards ideas!  Our custom printed T-shirts deploy both silk-screen or direct to garment and offers you a wide range of choices.  We can take care of suggesting, procuring and fulfilling the rewards for you.
     
  • Acutrack is the Right Partner Acutrack is a technology focused and experienced team making us an ideal partner for your fulfillment needs.  We have been in business for 22+ years and are in close proximity to major ports.  We will will help drive your project to success with our flexibility, creativity, and dedication to customer service.

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