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How to Import / Source Vacuum Insulated Stainless Steel Water Bottles, Tumblers or Travel Mugs

July 5th, 2019|Thermos Container Manufacturing|Comments Off on How to Import / Source Vacuum Insulated Stainless Steel Water Bottles, Tumblers or Travel Mugs

Every week, hundreds of emails and online inquiries come to us to require for quotation for stainless steel water bottles, tumblers, travel mugs, coffee pot and food jars. Some of them are experienced big buyers, others are small business or Amazon FBA sellers that has just entered the stainless steel vacuum insulated drinkware industry. Some new buyers do not know the procedure of importing vacuum insulated stainless steel containers from China.

Buyers favor China for some reasons. China has become the world’s largest producer and exporter of stainless steel vacuum insulated containers. The quality of the insulated containers that  produced in China have good quality and price. China’s existing stainless steel vacuum flask production enterprises are mainly concentrated in Shanghai, Zhejiang and Guangdong provinces. According to statistics, in 2017, 98.6% of the world’s insulated bottles are produced by Chinese factories. There are thousands of stainless steel drinkware manufacturers in China, which produce high-end products, mid-range products or low-end products.

The production of high-end vacuum insulated stainless steel water bottle manufacturers are mainly concentrated in Shanghai and Zhejiang Province. High-end foreign brands such as S’well, Hydro Flask, Yeti and other brands are all manufactured by Chinese factories. The relationship between Chinese manufacturers and the above-mentioned international famous brands is mainly reflected in the business cooperation relationship between OEM and ODM models. KingStar is a representative of high-end manufacturers. They have always been committed to improving product quality, reducing product costs, improving environmental protection, and producing high quality and good quality vacuum insulated products for consumers around the world.

Manufacturers producing mid-range products are mainly located in economically developed cities and regions. Some domestic manufacturers have accumulated rich experience in product manufacturing and design by utilizing opportunities for OEM and ODM cooperation with foreign brands. On this basis, through improving product quality, improving product design level, expanding product functions, strengthening marketing network construction and upgrading Product value-added and other means have achieved a rapid expansion of product production scale.

Manufacturers producing low-end products are usually small-scale enterprises in the industry, and they are generally located in small and medium-sized cities in economically underdeveloped areas. Such enterprises are limited by funds and technology, with a single product variety, low quality, R&D and design capabilities, and low prices.

KingStar specializes in the production of high-end products, which are sold in the United States, Canada, Germany, the United Kingdom, France, Italy, Spain, the Netherlands, Austria, Russia, Sweden, Switzerland, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand and other European and American countries. Costa, StarBucks, S’well, Yeti, Stanley, Contigo, Thermos, etc. are long-time customers of KingStar. While serving large customers, KingStar also pays great attention to the purchasing needs of small and medium-sized customers and Amazon sellers to help them achieve rapid growth.

We usually classify inquiries / purchasing requirements into the following two types:

1. Purchase Exiting Models / Items

thermos stainless steel water bottle with ss handle

If you are interested in our existing product models, ask us for a quote, usually our sales manager will advise you to check our website first and find the models you are interested in.

If you can’t find any models you are interested in, you can provide related product images or product URL on Amazon. Because some of our models have not been listed on our website.

To ensure the accuracy of the quotation, our sales manager usually requests the following information:

  • Model Number of KingStar or product picture
  • Purchasing quantity
  • Color (Pantone Number)
  • Surface Decorating (spray painting, powder coating, ceramic coating, stainless or transfer printing.  –To know more about decorating: https://www.waterbottle.tech/custom-decorating/)
  • Cap requirement
  • Logo file in .ai format
  • Process of printing logo (screen printing, laser marking or embossing)
  • Packaging requirement
  • Delivery address

The complete purchasing procedure of purchasing KingStar existing models:

  1. Clients send RFQ (request for quotation)
  2. KingStar releases quotation
  3. Clients confirm pricing and payment terms
  4. KingStar sends out product samples to clients for checking quality
  5. Clients place order and pay deposit
  6. Clients provide artwork for packaging
  7. KingStar send product samples, complete packaging samples to clients for final approval
  8. Sample approval
  9. Production start
  10. Production finish
  11. Shipping

2. Purchase New Models Which Need New Molding / Tooling

new tooling / molding for water bottles

3d drawing in .stp format or .step format

If you have your own design and need to open the mold, usually our sales manager will ask the buyers for the following information to ensure the accuracy of the quotation.

  • 3D design file (.stp format or step format) or CAD drawing
  • Purchasing quantity
  • Color (Pantone Number)
  • Surface Decorating (spray painting, powder coating, ceramic coating, stainless or transfer printing.  –To know more about decorating: https://www.waterbottle.tech/custom-decorating/)
  • Logo file in .ai format
  • Process of printing logo (screen printing, laser marking or embossing)
  • Packaging requirement
  • Delivery address

The complete purchasing procedure will be:

  1. Clients send RFQ (request for quotation)
  2. KingStar receive drawing and release Design for Manufacturing
  3. Customer update the drawing accordingly if necessary
  4. KingStar releases quotation
  5. Clients confirm pricing and payment terms
  6. Clients place order and pay deposit
  7. KingStar send out mock up sample to clients for approval
  8. KingStar starts tooling production
  9. Tooling completion
  10. KingStar sends tou 1st shot sample to clients for checking
  11. Clients release comments on 1st shot sample
  12. 2nd shot sample ready
  13. Clients provide artwork for packaging
  14. KingStar send 2nd shot samples, complete packaging samples to clients for final approval
  15. Sample approval
  16. Pilot run
  17. Production start
  18. Production finish
  19. Shipping

If you are Amazon FBA sellers, we can provide some additional free services to you:

  • Affix FNSKU/ASIN sticker on gift box or help you print FNSKU# on gift box.
  • Affix Amazon FBA label on carton box before shipping.
  • Arrange shipping the goods directly to Amazon FBA warehouses.
  • Check regulations of the countries you will sell the products to and ensure your products comply with the regulations.
  • Provide professional product photos for your listing.
  • Our quality team check customer reviews every week on Amazon and on other platform you are selling. We analyze critical reviews and summary them and improve accordingly for future orders.

To know more about KingStar services: https://www.waterbottle.tech/services/

If you are planning to import stainless steel water drinkware, you can trust KingStar. Founded In 2002, KingStar Industries Co., Ltd is a leading vacuum insulated stainless steel  water bottle manufacturer in China. We focus on developing and manufacturing high quality vacuum insulated stainless steel water bottlestumblers, flasks, coffee cupstravel mugs, coffee pots, wine bottlesfood jarsbeer pints, beer growlers and auto bottles.

During the past tens of years, we devoted ourselves to manufacturing high quality products with competitive price for the clients all over the world. Occupying 30,000 square meters , ,King Star has more than 500 workers and is one of the most reliable stainless steel container suppliers in China.

KingStar is committed to the highest level of customer satisfaction. KingStar produce great products and provide excellent services to make you source in China easily. We understand that satisfied customers are the key to continuous growth. We strive to: Listen carefully to our customers’ concerns, resolve customer issues as quickly as possible, and let our customers feel our value.