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  • Any way you want it, that’s the way we ship it!

    By: Rachel.t, rachel.t@annarbortees.com

    about 1 month

    So how does Ann Arbor Tees make sure that shirts get where they need to be, when they need to be there? Especially for groups like Sesame Street Live with various shipping locations. Traveling entertainment groups like Sesame Street Live have a unique t-shirt ordering situation. They need their orders shipped to many locations for each of their shows while on tour. Each show is on a different day, in a different city. We time the shipping so the shirts arrive in the right city on exactly the right day.That’s gotta be impossible, right?

    Meet Oliver, our Receiving Lead. He lives and breathes shipping, especially shipping of t-shirts.

    Oliver being too focused on counting shirts to look at the camera.
    “The receiving department serves as the entry point for all incoming garments,” Oliver explains. “We RECEIVE the boxes from the trucks. We organize them and then prepare them for whichever decoration method they need. We also ship everything that needs to ship, whether it is through UPS, USPS, FedEx or freight trucks.”

    Oliver

    The receiving team has a few tricks up their sleeve to decide the best shipping method for your order.

    Shipping costs depend on how many boxes are in the order and where the boxes are going. The further away the order needs to ship, the more expensive it will be. Their shipping program gives them a cost when they print out the shipping labels. “For small orders (less than ~50 shirts), USPS is cheaper. For larger orders, UPS is more cost-effective. For huge orders, we will put the boxes on a pallet and ship it through a freight company. For orders with hard deadlines like Sesame Street Live shows, we go through UPS. UPS has a guaranteed delivery date." Thanks for sharing your shipping wisdom, Oliver!

    Check out what Sesame Street Live thought of their Ann Arbor Tees experience

    The cast of Sesame Street Live showing off their new apparel from Ann Arbor Tees
    “We continue to use Ann Arbor T-Shirt Company when it comes time to order apparel for Sesame Street Live and have for years now. We purchase apparel for our staff and performers for shows. We had a unique issue of actually getting the apparel to us while on tour and Ann Arbor Tees handled shipping to several locations with ease. I would highly recommend the accommodating sales staff.”

    Jenna Lorson

    Signed, Sealed, Delivered - We're Yours!

    Whatever your shipping predicament may be, Ann Arbor Tees can handle it! We’d love to hear from you. Contact someone on our team here to ask about shipping, discuss a quote, or just to talk about t-shirts!

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  • Put your money where your home is

    By: Rachel.t, rachel.t@annarbortees.com

    about 1 month

    How many times have you heard the phrase buy local? Chances are, you’ve heard it a lot. We all know that buying from local businesses is better for the economy and the environment. It’s nice to get that warm, fuzzy feeling after buying from a small business. You know you just supported a neighbor, not a huge corporation.

    But sometimes buying local comes at a cost, and that cost can be pretty expensive. Here at Ann Arbor Tees we want to provide you with the best service possible without breaking the bank. Plus, if you’re in the Ann Arbor area, you're welcome to stop in and check out some samples. That way, you can make the most informed t-shirt decision possible! If there’s a sample you’d like to try on that we don’t already have, we are happy to order one in for you.


    Is working with a small, local company actually worth it? Just ask CW Therapy!

    Chris and Wendy of CW Therapy, PLLC are massage and bodywork specialists. They provide professional, service-oriented therapy in a clean and comfortable environment.

    Chris stopped in our Ann Arbor store when he and Wendy were opening their new office. They were looking for a local business to provide them with professional embroidered apparel.

    Ordering embroidered apparel shouldn’t be a chore, it should be fun! We wanted to make Chris’s ordering experience as painless as possible. He came to us with a few ideas of what he wanted. The number of options can be overwhelming, so we made some suggestions. Our sales team has lots of experience identifying embroidery-compatible garments. We have an eye for picking the best thread colors for particular designs. (We actually do this all day!)

    We also worked with our art department to make sure the CW Therapy logo looked great when it was embroidered.

    Chris, a member of our art team, hard at work making sure the CW Therapy logo looks perfect on their polos!

    Check out what Chris thought of his Ann Arbor Tees experience!

    Chris and Wendy wearing their new embroidered polos from Ann Arbor Tees
    “I had contacted a couple companies offering embroidery services. I didn't feel completely comfortable working with them. Rachel and the Ann Arbor T-shirt Company had me sold right away. I came with a few ideas for what we wanted and she provided a variety of options in no time. We received our apparel 8 days after placing our order, which was much faster than quotes provided from other companies. I look forward to working with them again for embroidery apparel!”

    Chris

    Thanks, Chris! We look forward to working with you again, too!

    If you’d like to learn more about embroidery, check out our blog post about our process. If you want some of your own embroidered apparel, contact one of our sales reps here to get a quote!


    Tags: #local
  • How We Can Help Your Law Firm With Apparel

    By: Rachel.t, rachel.t@annarbortees.com

    about 1 month

    If you’re a lawyer, you probably have a million things going on right now.

    And thinking about a t-shirt order is not one of them. The attorneys at Tishkoff & Associates, PLLC know how you feel. Tish Law specializes in several areas including commercial litigation, personal injury, and bankruptcy.

    Tishkoff needs staff apparel and tees for giveaways and events. Laura Solsburg is a paralegal and office manager at the firm. She came to us wanting the service of a local business with the prices and quality of a big name brand.

    Laura presented us with the important challenge of maintaining brand consistency for the firm. The firm already has enough on their plate. They didn’t want to have to worry about if their logo would be correct on the t-shirts they were ordering.


    Brand consistency made easy

    Ann Arbor Tees helps your company maintain brand consistency with ease. We’ll take your company’s logo and convert it into a high quality art file. Plus, we’ll keep those logos on file for future orders. You’ll never have to worry about your logo looking different on each new order!


    Specific logo colors? No problem.

    Maybe your company’s logo has specific colors that you cannot compromise on. We have a solution for that as well! Ann Arbor Tees offers Pantone matching to ensure that the ink color in your design is just the way you want it!

    Pantone matching is a process where we mix up the ink in our warehouse rather than ordering it in bulk. Because we make the ink in small batches, we can offer a range of custom colors.

    For orders with 250 garments or more, we can provide Pantone matching for free!


    Here’s what Laura thought of her Ann Arbor Tees experience

    “We have used Ann Arbor T-Shirt Company for custom apparel since 2011. We recently placed an order for staff apparel and Shawn was the salesperson on the order. Shawn was helpful and personable which made the experience enjoyable. There was an issue with one of the tees changing color when worn. Ann Arbor Tees was quick to take care of it and replace the shirt! I highly recommend this company. The sales staff goes above and beyond to help during and after the order!”
    Laura

    Different law firms have different specialties. But one thing they all have in common is the need for quality branded apparel! Let Ann Arbor Tees take care of your apparel needs. That way, you can spend all your time focusing on your clients like you want to! Contact our sales staff here to request a quote or ask any lingering questions.


    Tags: #Apparel, #Color, #Logo, #Brand, #Tees
  • Miami Gymnastics

    By: Rachel.t, rachel.t@annarbortees.com

    3 months

    Hannah Blubaugh is the Apparel Designer for the Miami University of Ohio Club Gymnastics Team. She contacted us looking for Miami University of Ohio licensed custom shirts that would work for her whole team, and a custom art team that would work with her to make sure the custom design turned out just right.

    Hannah wanted a two color print on the front of raglan shirts.

    What’s a raglan?

    • Raglan refers to the location of the seam. It means the seam will go diagonally across the shoulder, instead of vertically.
    • Sometimes called baseball tees
    • They come in a variety of sleeve options

    Full length (generally only when the sleeves are the same color as the body)


    ¾ length (Usually comes with contrast sleeves)

    Short sleeve

    Do raglans need to have different art?

    • Due to the diagonal seams, prints must either be narrower, or positioned lower on the shirt.
    • Differences in positioning between sizes may be more noticeable.

    Notice that this wide print is lower on the raglan than on the regular t-shirt. This same effect will happen on various sizes.


    Raglans are ideally suite for diamond shaped art. On Hannah’s order we were able to print the design very close to where we would have on a regular t-shirt.


    This is also important for unique names and numbers on the back of shirts. Notice how the name and number print is lower on the back of the raglan.

    Hannah chose the Canvas Unisex Three Quarter Sleeve Raglan

    • It is sized unisex (Makes ordering and distribution easier)
    • It is made with ringspun cotton (Makes the shirt more comfortable to wear)
    • It is priced about 10% lower than the American Apparel equivalent (Makes the order easier for everyone to pay for)

    What did Hannah think about it?

    I had a really awesome experience ordering apparel from Ann Arbor Tees. They worked with me a lot on making sure the design would look best and included me in the whole process. The turnaround was crazy fast and the price was great. I definitely will recommend Ann Arbor Tees to anyone needing an order done. They even put up a picture of my team in our shirts on their instagram!
    Hannah Blubaugh - Club Gymnastics Team Apparel Designer

    Thanks, Hannah! We were glad we could help! We offer a huge selection of garments (not just raglans) that are licensed with a ton of colleges (not just Miami) and offer more than screenprinting (also embroidery, applique, and transfers.) Contact us and we will be glad to help you with your own custom order.


    Tags: #custom
  • How to Order a Shirt: Part 8/99 - Let's Screen Print

    By: Nate, nate@annarbortees.com

    4 months

    We have many ways of taking bland, boring garments and turning them into something amazing. One of our most popular requests is for garments to be screenprinted, which is a complex process that has been around for over a century.

    Here at Ann Arbor T-shirt Company, we use automatic screen presses. These are big carousels that revolve the garments printing a different color or part of the design at each station. This is a big step up from our previous manual press where the operator had to swing different arms of the press into place to print each color. It was very limited my speed and amount of colors you could apply to a single garment. Our newest press is capable of printing 864 shirts an hour with up to 12 different colors!

    Is screen printing right for me?

    Screen printing is very versatile and can be done on a large amount of materials. Whether you need a few shirts for a family gathering or jerseys for your hockey team, we can handle pretty much anything you throw at us!

    Screen printing is cool because our artists separate your design into different colors, and each color gets its own screen. As the press revolves, each color is individually printed onto the shirt.

    Say you’ve got a custom design with a funky color. There’s no way we’d be able to accommodate, right? Never fear, because in addition to stock colors, we’re able to mix our own custom Pantone colors in-house.

    If you want to go outside of opaque colors, we can add solar changing ink to your design. Solar changing inks are light sensitive and will change from clear to color when introduced to an ultraviolet light source such as sunlight.

    You can also add a fun element to your design with glow in the dark ink, which is printed in a thin layer over existing colors to give your design a luminescent luster.

    Read more...

    Tags: #how to order a shirt, #screen printing, #screen printing in action
  • Work We're Proud Of: The Inception Tee

    By: Jack, jack@annarbortees.com

    5 months

    Every year we are proud to contribute to the latest iteration of Ann Arbor T-shirt Company salesman Jack Koch’s opus, the Inception Tee. Jack and his friends take the same picture of their friend every year, wearing the last year’s photo printed on a t-shirt - incepting a glorious Russian nesting doll of “guy with a cigarette and alcohol” photos.


    Tags: #inception, #jack koch's opus, #ann arbor tshirt company
  • How to Order a Shirt: Part 7/99 - Online Group Ordering - The easy way to order shirts for your group

    By: Nate, nate@annarbortees.com

    6 months

    Remember what a hassle it was when you ordered shirts for your office staff/baseball team/fraternity/insert your organization here? First you had to get everyone’s sizes and choice of shirt style, which took forever, especially when that one guy couldn’t make up his mind whether he wanted a long sleeve or short sleeve tee. Then the worst part - collecting the money! Several members of your organization conveniently “forgot” to bring you their money by the deadline, so you had to push back the order until they finally “remembered”. And finally, the shirts arrived, but you spent another hour of your precious time handing them out. Who knew ordering t-shirts could be so exhausting?

    Well, Ann Arbor T-shirt Company has a solution for you - and it’s called Online Group Ordering.

    All the hassle of being the contact person ordering for a large group is eliminated! The sizing/style collection? Gone! The money collection? Gone! Handing out the finished product? Gone!

    With group ordering technology, you - the contact person - tell us what you would like available to your group. You send us the design, the shirt styles you’d like to make available (our sales team will work with you in making these style decisions and talk pricing!), the deadline you’d like the garments by, and you’re pretty much done on your end! Our sales team will build a group order store for your organization via OrderMyGear, and send you the link to the online store to distribute to your group.

    Individuals ordering in your group then open the online store and choose among the offerings. We’ll make a mock-up of the garment(s) with the design you send us.





    Individuals will click on the chosen garment to see a front and a back view. They can then select the quantity they would like to order (we can limit this, if you’re just looking for one per person), and what size they would like to order. We can also add in other options here, such as color choice, and/or the option to add a name to the back of their shirt.





    Once all garments are selected, the individual goes to Checkout and reviews their order.





    When they’re satisfied with their cart, they can then click the big orange Checkout button to proceed with their order. Here is where some administrative options for you come in!

    • If your organization is paying for the order all together and money doesn’t need to be collected from individuals, then we don’t need to collect payment information here. However, if individuals are paying for their own shirts or other garments, we can absolutely have them pay for them individually upon checkout, eliminating the hassle of you collecting money from everyone.
    • We also have the option of shipping orders to individuals if you prefer to not have to hand them out, and we would collect customer address information here for that. Or, if you prefer to pick them all up for your group, we can certainly make that happen as well.

    Once all necessary information is collected, the individual reviews their information and submits. Easy as the click of a button! And you personally didn’t have to do anything but make the initial phone call to Ann Arbor T-shirt Company to set it up.





    Individuals of your organization will have until the posted deadline to place the order. If your group order is going to be ongoing (for an office, for example, you might want the garments to always be available, and people can order whenever they want to), we can certainly accommodate that and leave the deadline open-ended.

    Finally, we also have the option to make the group order a fundraiser if you’re looking to make commission on the order as well. In this case, garment prices may be raised slightly, but we can indicate on our end that you get a certain percentage of each garment sold.

    Too good to be true? Absolutely not! Find out for yourself by contacting our sales team at sales@annarbortees.com or filling out the form on the right to get started on your group order today!


    Tags: #how to order a shirt, #online group ordering, #customer apparel, #ann arbor tshirt company
  • The Perks of Being Part of the Ann Arbor Tees Family

    By: Nate, nate@annarbortees.com

    8 months

    While Ann Arbor T-shirt Company is not a union shop (though we do sell union-made shirts and Made in USA shirts!), taking care of our employees is a priority! In addition to ensuring that Ann Arbor Tees is a fun, productive, and food-filled place to work, we further make sure that our employees' voices are heard and their ideas make an impact.

    Some of the perks of being employed at Ann Arbor T-shirt Company include:

    Company-Provided Lunch Every Day

    You never go hungry at Ann Arbor Tees! Lunch is catered from local restaurants every day. Some of our favorites include Barry's Bagels, Lucky's Kitchen, Moe's Southwest Grill, the Arena Sports Bar and Grill, Jamaican Jerk Pit, and Hungry Howies to name a few.

    Popsicles on Hot Days

    It gets hot in the warehouse on sunny, summer days. Our solution? An endless supply of popsicles. And a fancy new ice machine!

    Five-Hour Energy Drinks, Coffee, and Tea

    Printing t-shirts can be exhausting. That's why we have a vast amount of caffeine to feed our employees' thirst. Endless coffee, tea, and five-hour energy drinks await employees in the kitchen.

    Free Vitamins

    With the amount of germs that inevitably enter the workplace, we like to make sure everyone stays as healthy as possible. We offer free vitamins and Emergen-C for employees any time they would like. Taking vitamins is even on the sales team's daily meeting agenda!

    401k Program

    Employees who stay with Ann Arbor Tees for at least a year are eligible to contribute to our 401k plan, with generous company matching.

    Company Sports Teams

    Ann Arbor T-shirt Company employees like to stay active outside of the office. In addition to our company kickball team, the Kenny Katnadoes (pictured below), employees also enjoy being on, or cheering on, our company soccer team.

    Fun Company Parties

    Ann Arbor T-shirt Company knows how to throw a party! Some of our annual parties include a Summer Kick-off BBQ, Halloween Party, and Holiday Party. Event t-shirts, beer, and inflatables included!

    Flexible Scheduling

    We understand that our employees have commitments outside of work. Some have classes and schoolwork, some have sports, some have family commitments. If they're the right person for the position, we'll work around their schedule.

    Stand-Up Desks

    The physical health of our employees is important, and sitting at a desk all day is bad for health, energy, and mood. Using a stand-up desk has been linked to boosted productivity, increased energy levels, and decreased back pain and health risk. Most of our stand-up desks actually raise and lower, so employees do have the option to sit when they need a rest.

    Discounts on Custom and Retail Apparel, and Free Ann Arbor Tees Apparel

    We offer our employees stellar discounts on custom designed apparel as well as on all of our retail designs. And though there's no dress code at Ann Arbor Tees, on any given day, an overflowing handful of employees will be proudly sporting the t-shirt tree logo on their shirt.

    Management Office Hours

    Each week, someone from management holds "office hours" in the break room, a three hour period that anyone can stop by and visit (on the clock!) and give suggestions, talk about problems, and chat about anything that comes to mind.

    And there are usually snacks!

    Suggestion Box

    For employees wishing to remain anonymous with their suggestions, we have a suggestion box that they may contribute to anonymously at any time. These suggestions are read at a monthly meeting, and if feasible, steps are taken to fulfill the suggestion.

    Employee of the Month & Caught Being Good Awards

    We do hold our employees to a high standard, and we feel that those who go above and beyond should be rewarded! Each month, a "Minion of the Month" is chosen and awarded with gift cards, a reserved parking spot, caricature of themselves, and a free t-shirt.

    Think you would like to work at the Ann Arbor T-shirt Company? Take a look at our hiring page or fill out the attached application!


    Tags: #ann arbor tshirt company, #apply, #inflatables, #work parties
  • I Don't Want No Scrubs (unless they're from Ann Arbor Tees)

    By: Rachel.t, rachel.t@annarbortees.com

    8 months

    Do you work in the medical field or are in a career that requires you to wear scrubs on a regular basis? Want to match with the rest of your unit and get branded apparel, but need to wear scrubs on the job? Love your scrubs so much that you’d like a personalized, embroidered set? Look no further - Ann Arbor Tees’ custom embroidered scrubs are the perfect solution for you! We offer a wide variety of customizable scrubs and medical apparel in almost every color imaginable, with brands and price points for every budget. Brands include Cherokee, Dickies, Grey’s Anatomy, Barco, and Red Kap.

    Read more...

    Tags: #scrubs, #ann arbor tshirt company, #medical garments, #grey's anatomy
  • New Ring Security Services Shirt for Wedding Season

    By: Jerry, jerry@annarbortees.com

    8 months

    Selfless sentinels. Noble guardians. Lots of phrases come to mind when you think of the three foot tall wedding ring security officers putting their safety on the line everywhere, all summer, to make sure that the bands make it to the alter. We’ve designed this special take on the tuxedo t-shirt just for them, complete with printed “Ring Security Services” badge on the lapel.

    Security-Services-Ringbearer-Rehearsal-T-shirt

    Tags: #Ring bearers, #selfless sentinels, #noble guardians, #wedding ring security officers, #tuxedo t-shirt, #wedding season

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