Sample Express

Sample Express®

Sample Express® is an easy-to-use, online ordering process used to get samples of your product to your customers. Just place one order and enter the address where you want your samples shipped. That's all there is to it. No more lost samples. No forgotten or late orders. No more wondering why samples were ordered and where they went. You'll save on shipping, not to mention the time involved in processing your orders.

And with Dot's Sample Express® program, you'll virtually eliminate the hidden costs you are incurring through your current approach to sampling. We will even help train your employees to use the program most effectively. Best of all, any calls dealing with any issues concerning individual sample orders come to Dot, not to you.

We offer three methods to get your samples to your brokers, direct sales reps, and customers most efficiently using Sample Express®.

Small shipments via FedEx (maximum quantity 10)

This option is perfect for small shipments and/or those that come up at the last minute. Dot stocks and ships samples - cases or inner packs - to virtually any address. This method is a fast and effective way to ensure samples arrive for last-minute meetings or important product presentations. Orders can be placed on the Dot Expressway® - 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Shipments via Dot Truck to Distributors (10 case minimum)

Most brokers and direct reps already have established relationships with distributors who are willing to receive and cross-dock sample shipments. Dot can also help establish a distributor partner with one of our many regular customers in that market. The lead time for these orders can be as low as 2 working days, since the shipments are coming in on the Dot truck. 

Large case shipments (25 case minimum)

This third option helps your brokers or direct reps restock their sample showrooms or prepare for an upcoming foodshow without the additional expense and logistics of working through distributors. As with the second option, the broker can make up the required minimum from multiple manufacturers instead of a single manufacturer.

Shipments to broker offices require a 25-case minimum per temperature and have a lead time of 5-10 days. Lead time depends on order placement time and order destination.

 


Sample Express
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For more information, please contact your Dot Business Development Manager or Senior Business Development Manager Lance Musick at 217.773.4411.

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  • Sample Express

    Sample Express® is an easy-to-use, online ordering process used to get samples of your product to your customers. Just place one order and enter the address where you want your samples shipped. That’s all there is to it. No more lost samples. No forgotten or late orders. No more wondering why samples were ordered and where they went. You’ll save on shipping, not to mention the time involved in processing your orders.

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