GS (Global Sources): Scott, explain to our viewing audience in your own words as to what CFgear is all about.
Scott: As simple as I can put it, CFgear is family based business from the plains of South Dakota that is relentless in our pursuit of bringing newer and better custom technology products, platforms and services to our customers.
GS: How did CFgear begin?
Scott: I had over 25 years of experience with Gateway/Acer when I joined the organization and so we took our existing partnerships and technology experts, brought a few strategic players in house and began on our quest to bring top quality technology to the masses at the best possible price more than a decade ago.
GS: If a customer called you today and asked what CFgear does, what would be your answer.
Scott: The first thing that comes to my mind is one of those commercials where they talk really fast and give an overview of 100 items, but in reality that is exactly what we do. We have worked hard to become a full service technology marketing agency committed to delivering the very best for our more than 50,000 customers around the world! CFgear is family based operation headquartered in Sioux Falls, South Dakota with six additional office locations and seven manufacturing facilities spread across the globe. As a full service agency, we are involved in the entire order process from start to finish. We design, manufacture, assemble, decorate, print, do project and content management, quality control, fulfillment, distribution and licensing! Much has changed since 2003 and CFgear has made every effort to ensure our behind the scenes efforts keep our customers free and clear from some of the many pitfalls that today's international marketplace is littered with. Our ability to have a strong design presence and custom manufacturing capabilities allow CFgear to produce large volumes of fully customized technology products like USB flash Drives, Power Banks, Car Chargers and so much more. Our partner company CFpromo was established in 2011 to help our vibrant customer base with one stop shopping for all their needs, letting CFgear remain focused on technology advancements and ensuring our customers are in solid hands. WHEW!
GS: I know you mentioned you were one of the first companies to offer fully customized USB flash drives in the United States and to date you have done more than 50 million custom flash drives in the last decade. That is really a significant number.
Scott: Thanks. However we really don’t focus on numbers, we spend more time with our customers assessing present and future needs. As an outcome of this focus on the customer, we’ve been blessed to deliver a staggering amount of customer technology products and services. As one of the first companies to offer worldwide customized USB flash drives back in 2003, we have dramatically expanded our capabilities and manufacturing footprint to include full design and project management of USB hardware, software, and fulfillment. This includes extreme customization options like exact scale replica USB flash drives, encrypted software, security software and additional data services presented and packaged specifically for an event or retail shelf. We work with some of the largest brands in the Fortune 500 and the top brand agencies around. We also work with everyone in between, from our friends around the corner working for a local car dealership, to government agencies driving an broadband initiative to a rural state.
GS: I know you now have several divisions that have branched off from CFgear to assist customers in meeting their needs across a wider scope of products and services. Can you share some details?
Scott: Absolutely! Our licensing division and global brand power has been one of the biggest growth areas for CFgear and our partner companies like CFpromo and what helps set us apart from many other simple technology sales organizations. The ability to deliver true one stop shopping for our largest brand owners has set CFgear apart from anyone in the custom technology industry. Customers like Agilent Technologies, Walmart, Time Warner, Honda, Microsoft,
Exxon Mobil, Paul Mitchell, General Electric and more than 95% of the Fortune 500 trust CFgear and our partner companies to keep their branding and PR messaging fresh, engaging and educating to customers and clients every day. We truly listen to our customers and with the ability to be engaged from concept start to delivery, we are the trusted source for everything custom and have used the Custom Made Easy phrase our tagline for several years. If you are looking for a partner with the history, capabilities and proven execution with your brand and image, CFgear may be just what you need. Short delivery times, complex technical specifications and the best service on the planet, has allowed for us to earn the trust of so many fine organizations around the world, but we always have room for one more!
GS: Still a sales guy at heart Scott!! Thanks for your time today with our panel Scott.
Scott: Always been customer focused Marcel! The selling part comes easy after that! Thanks again for having me.