On June 3, 2010 we were contacted by NASA/John F. Kennedy Office of Procurement to submit a quotation for 10,000 Custom NASA Flashing Blinky Light Pins with the following parameters:
NASA blinky pins 10000 EA
The pins will be 1.25″ in size
Each pin will consist of 6 LED colored blue, red,
red, white, white, white
The pins will be magnetic
Material is acrylic
Pins will use 2 CR927batteries
We had a bit of time to respond. They said Quotes are due back on or before June 9, 2010 at
Let the countdown begin.
Our first step was to submit artwork and specifications to our blinkee shop in China for a quote because we know had better come up with an extremely competitive bid since we knew the government would be required to seek the lowest possible bid.
We reproduced the specified design and submitted to our blinkee shop. In the meantime NASA came back and wanted to increase their order first to 16,000 then finally to 20,000 pieces.
We worked our blinkee shop down and WE WON THE BID, YES!!
Our blinkee shop sent us this technical drawing for approval. Looked good to us so we approved it forthwith.
Next thing you know we receive the purchase order from NASA and there is a delivery date of August 6. Up to this point nothing had been discussed regarding an in hands deadline. We adjusted our production timeline and we were able to deliver on schedule.
Our great blinkee shop wanted to match the colors as best they could so they inquired with us what colors to use. We told them: Pantone 185 and Pantone 286. They came back to us with this image.
Everything worked out great for the order. NASA got there pins and we got paid.
In March of 2011 NASA ordered 2500 more!
It was a challenge when they asked us to complete a one hundred page questionnaire detailing our business dealings in the aerospace industry. We soon found out that we were exempt from having to complete this form since we were just a blinkee supplier.
Why don’t you get started now with a custom blinky light for your logo?
NASA Custom Blinkee Light Lapel Pin
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