Expanding Horizons: Screen Printers and the World of Promotional Products  | Screenprinting.com

In the dynamic world of business, adaptability and diversification are keys to success. Screen printers have long been masters of transferring designs onto apparel, but as the promotional products industry gains momentum, savvy screen printers are branching out to offer a broader spectrum of merchandise to their clients. This expansion not only enhances their service offerings but also eliminates the need for upfront inventory costs and warehouses. Let's delve into how screen printers are seizing the opportunity to become one-stop shops for their clients' branding and merchandising needs, transforming the promotional products industry in the process.


Traditionally, screen printers were synonymous with custom t-shirts, hoodies, and other clothing items. While apparel remains a cornerstone of their business, screen printers are increasingly embracing a more comprehensive approach to promotional merchandise. Today, you'll find them imprinting logos and designs on a wide array of items, including drinkware, pens, bags, tech gadgets, and even promotional masks - a necessity in the post-pandemic world.

This diversification allows screen printers to cater to a broader spectrum of client needs. Whether it's corporate giveaways, event merchandise, or promotional swag for fundraisers, screen printers are becoming the go-to choice for businesses looking to make a lasting impression.


One of the most significant advantages screen printers enjoy as they venture into the promotional products arena is the absence of upfront inventory costs. Unlike the traditional model of purchasing bulk merchandise and storing it in warehouses, screen printers can now partner with suppliers who offer drop shipping services.

Drop shipping is a game-changer in the promotional products industry's supply chain. When clients place orders, the products are shipped directly from the supplier to the end customer. This eliminates the need for screen printers to invest in large quantities of inventory, freeing up their capital for other business needs.


By expanding their services to encompass promotional products, screen printers are positioning themselves as one-stop shops for their clients. This holistic approach offers numerous benefits to businesses seeking to enhance their branding efforts:

  • Streamlined Branding: Clients can maintain a consistent brand image across various merchandise items, ensuring their messaging is cohesive and impactful.
  • Cost-Efficiency: Combining apparel and promotional product orders reduces logistical costs, making it more cost-effective for clients.
  • Time Savings: Working with a single provider simplifies the ordering process, saving clients valuable time and effort.
  • Quality Assurance: Screen printers already have a reputation for delivering high-quality custom products, and this extends to their promotional offerings.
  • Creative Collaboration: Clients can work closely with screen printers to create unique and customized merchandise that aligns perfectly with their branding strategy.

In the ever-evolving landscape of promotional products, screen printers are carving a niche for themselves by embracing diversification, leveraging drop shipping, and offering comprehensive services. This evolution not only benefits screen printers by expanding their business horizons but also provides clients with a convenient, efficient, and cost-effective solution to their branding and merchandising needs.

As screen printers continue to evolve, their impact on the promotional products industry is sure to grow, making them valuable partners in the world of marketing and branding.

This blog was written by the Advertising Specialty Institute (ASI).