Special notice: Now shipping internationally!
ORDERING AND SHIPPING INFO
MARKETING AND EDUCATION
Here are some of the most Frequently Asked Questions that we get about our company, our practices and our products:
What exactly is Fair Trade?
Fair Trade is a market-based approach to alleviating global poverty and promoting sustainability. Fair Trade encompasses both economic and social development. Along with setting a fair price of goods and creating a safe working environment, it aims to improve the community and livelihood of the producer. Learn it here. Or visit: Fair Trade Federation, TransFair USA or Fair Trade Resource Network. To learn about how Handmade Expressions got started in Fair Trade, visit our About Us page.
Are your products really handmade? Who made them?
Of course! Each product is handcrafted using traditional art forms by artisans in India. You can find information about all of our partner artisans here. We partner with over 5,000 artisans in about 30 different cooperatives throughout India. Each has a unique story and art craft that they focus on. These products also help preserve some of these artforms.
Are your products environmentally friendly?
The majority of our products are made with environmentally friendly (natural/ organic/ recycled/ *glass instead of plastics*) materials, and one of the values of Fair Trade is ensuring an eco friendly working environment for the producer. An example of an environmentally conscious practice is our group that creates our bestselling eco-shopper. This bag is made with 100% vegetable dyes.
Do you provide merchandising display options?
We are currently working on creating various displays for our retail partners for bags, jewelry and accessories. Contact us with your needs and we would be happy to help.
Do you provide drop-shipping services?
Unfortunately, Handmade Expressions is unable to accommodate drop-ship requests at this time. We currently do not have the staff or resources to guarantee that items will always be in stock or available to ship immediately. Our order minimum, however, is only $100, which is considerably low and will hopefully help accommodate retailers with limited space for inventory.
ORDERING AND SHIPPING INFORMATION
Where is Handmade Expressions located?
Our U.S. office is located in Austin, TX. All of our products are shipped from India to our warehouse in Austin, where they are then shipped to you.
How can I contact you?
How can I place an order?
You can place your order online directly through our shopping cart.
You can also call us to place an order, send a fax or email us at:
Ph: 512 535 5228
Fax: 734 348 9904
Do you have a paper catalog?
Contact us at email@example.com if you would like one sent to you. They are even environmentally friendly—printed on recycled paper with vegetable-based inks.
Do you have a minimum order?
We have a minimum order quantity by item (usually 2 to 3 pieces each), and a total
minimum order value of $100. Please contact us if you have questions.
Do you sell to individuals?
No, we are a wholesale only company and partner with retail organizations to bring our beautiful products to the marketplace. If you are an individual interested in our products, please use our Retail Partner Locator to find a store in your area. You can also write to us if you are looking for a particular item and we will help you find it. If there are stores in your area that you think should feature our products, please Contact Us.
When will my package be delivered?
Generally, orders within the continental United States will be received between 7 and 10 days after being placed. It takes about 3 business days to process an order and between 1 and 4 days for shipping, depending on your location. By default, we ship UPS Ground, which is priced by weight, size and dimensional weight. If you have an urgent deadline, please make note of it when you order or give us a call. Note: for trade show orders, a longer lead time may apply due to product development.
Can I place an order now for a later ship date?
Absolutely. This can help ensure that all of your merchandise is available by your ship date. Just make a note of it when you order.
Do you ship International?
For shipping to Canada, standard shipping is UPS Ground. Shipping charges are typically 10%-15% of your order total, but is dependent on weight and size of the order. UPS does door delivery but if there is a customs duty involved, you are responsible for paying UPS the duty when the package is delivered.
For international shipping (other than Canada) we use either FedEx or USPS, whichever is more time- and cost-efficient. Shipping costs largely vary depending on weight and destination, and smaller orders tend to have proportionally higher shipping costs. For example, for a $250 order with a diverse mix of products, shipping is generally 30%-40% of the order total, while varied orders over $500 generally have shipping charges that are 15%-25% of the order total. The customer is again responsible for any additional customs or duties. We can of course give you an exact shipping quote before sending your order.
By default, we ship UPS Ground, which is priced by weight, size and dimensional weight. If you have an urgent deadline, please make note of it when you order or give us a call. Note: for trade show orders, a longer lead time may apply due to product development. We can also use FedEx or USPS by request. We would be happy to use your shipping account number if you specify on the order form.
We accept all major credit cards and checks. Checks will be made payable to: Handmade Expressions. Contact us and ask if you would like any other payment arrangements.
You can give us a call and we will be happy to assist you with any changes you need.
Please contact us within 15 days of receipt of the item(s) to let us know of the damage or defect. We will work with you in order to provide a replacement or refund/credit for the product.If there are quality issues, we may request to see a photo of the product, so we can share this feedback with our artisans and prevent this issue from arising in the future.
We want you to be completely satisfied with our products. However, if you are dissatisfied with our product for any reason, you may make a return within 15 days of receipt of item(s). Products must be returned in their original condition with product tag and without retail price stickers. For returns related to damaged or defective items, Handmade Expressions will incur shipping costs for domestic customers. Any shipping costs on returns made for other reasons will be at the expense of the customer.
For quality-issues arising after customer purchase and use, please contact us within 30 days of customer purchase or 60 days of your invoice. We will request a photo image of any damaged or defective items, so we can share this feedback with our artisan groups and prevent this issue from arising in the future. We can send replacements or issue a credit for the damages after review.
To initiate a return or exchange, please call us at (512) 535-5228 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Please specify the reason for the return, condition of item(s), and whether you prefer replacements or a credit to your account.
Of course our customers can sell our products online through their own retail sites. We can also provide high resolution product images for your online store. For selling on community sites (such as Ebay, Amazon, etc.) please contact us first.
Working directly with the artisans gives us the capability of customizing our products to meet your needs. We can create products that are not available in our stock, or modify any of our existing products with custom colors, dimensions or designs. Please write to us so we can explore the beautiful options that we can create working with you at: email@example.com.
For every order over $500, we contribute 1% of your order value directly to a development project. You get to choose which one! We at Handmade Expressions have a mission to help our partner artisans achieve sustainable development by supporting projects that improve education, health care, water and energy sources. You can find our projects here, where you can also donate to one directly
Territory Rules/Store Locator Policy
All orders are subject to approval based on our partner territory protection policy.
If there are any territory conflicts with an existing retail partner, a sales
representative will contact you within two business days to discuss the status of
your order. Otherwise, we will ship out your order in 3 to 4 business days.
We offer “protection” for retail partners that carry a strong representation of our products in their store – meaning that although we will strive to do our best to work with retailers, Handmade Expressions reserves the right to decline selling our products to stores within close proximity to an existing retail partner. These retail partners are also added to our Retail Store Locator.
We work with various Independent Sales Reps and groups and we do not check for territory conflicts for accounts represented by them. We also represent at many trade shows throughout the country and do not check for territory conflicts with accounts acquired in this way.We do try to be aware of stores in close proximity to each other, but please let us know if you have any specific concerns of conflicting retailers in your area. For a list of retailers in your area already selling Handmade Expressions products, please check the store locator.
We add retail stores to our locator based on their partnership and fair representation of our products. The same guidelines apply as to our partnership protection policy. This is to ensure that consumers who are looking for Handmade Expressions’ products will actually find them if they take the time to visit your store. We list retailers ordering over $500 within 6 months and we determine territory protection based on the accounts on our locator. Please note that there may be other accounts in your area that do carry Handmade Expressions products and will not be listed on our store locator. Again if you have any concerns, please let us know.
All of the prices listed on our website are wholesale prices. You may mark up our products as you see fit.
Marketing and Education
Handmade Expressions’ close relationships with our partner artisans have allowed us to develop a strong library of visual content. Because of the trusting relationships we hold with our artisans, it is our effort to make sure this visual content creates an uplifting representation and not one of charity in the retail environment. We also expect all artisan images and videos to be used in conjunction to the products the artisan creates. Please see our policy below:
1. REQUESTING VISUAL CONTENT
If you are our retail partner and would like to request visual content for your store or website, please first review our MARKETING SUPPORT collateral. We have created educational material such as large posters and shelf talkers for your convenience.
If there is a specific visual you would like to use, please send an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org. In your request, please include the following: what image and/or video you would like to use; why you would like to use it and how you plan on using it. We will review your request and respond to you in a timely manner. Handmade Expressions has the right to approve or deny any request.
2. TERMS OF USAGE
If we provide you visual content, you may only use under the following terms.
• ARTISAN IMAGES: The images we provide can only be used in conjunction to the specific product associated with that artisan. It cannot be used on the homepage or any other general areas of your website or store without the approval of Handmade Expressions. Any artwork you create with our artisan images will need to be sent to us for approval before use. This includes any printing or web pages.
• VIDEOS: Handmade Expressions has several videos posted on our website and on youtube. Usage of videos is allowed under the condition that no changes, cuts or edits are made to the video and that it is used only as it is provided. Also, it can only be used in conjunction to the products made by the specific artisan community or art form that the content is about.
If you have any other specific need, please feel free to reach out to us with your request. We are committed to support your business and help create connections between the consumer and producer. We understand how much of an impact visual elements can make in forming this connection. We hope you understand our policies as they have been established for your benefit and with the trust of our producer artisans in mind.
For further enquiries, please feel free to contact: email@example.com
You can download product images from our site. You can use these images only for the purpose of promoting products that you have purchased from us. For information about artisan images, see above.
For every $500 you order, you get one free large poster. We do not sell these posters.
With every order over $200, we include a small shelf talker that has an artisan story correlating with the products you bought.
You can purchase educational flyers about Fair Trade in packs of 100 for $5.00.
Click here to see examples of these marketing materials on our website.
For any other requests or custom made shelf-talkers or marketing materials, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.