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Step inside our ship with Idea Planet's founder, Mike Flecker

Peek behind the curtain to see how we ideate, design, and manufacture custom products - from collector's edition video game artifacts to life-size movie character replicas to kids meal toys. You'll find custom manufacturing industry insights, advice, life lessons, and a few laughs posted here on a monthly basis.

10/28/2019

"Discovery consists of seeing what everyone else has seen and thinking what nobody has thought." - Albert Szent-Gyorgyi

9/27/2019

I just got back from my 6th trip to China and 5th trip to Europe this year. When you have an office in Dallas, Texas and another in Shenzhen, China with clients in Paris, London, Amsterdam and Japan, you tend to do a bit of travel. The more time zones you cro...

9/3/2019

These are some of my very favorite topics, but not everyone is keen to wrap their head around what they are and their importance in

mass production. My goal, today, is to share with you this epiphany.

Mass production is obvious, right? You decide what you’re ma...

7/31/2019

Most people don't think about all the things that had to go right in order for a box to appear on their doorstep. Shipping products safely, and on time requires more than a little effort and knowledge. This month we talk about how to get it done right.

7/1/2019

From our side of the fence as a custom manufacturer, we can share advice on how to make certain you get back clear, accurate costs that lead you to the right partner. And despite what people say, you do need to sweat the small stuff!

5/31/2019

"Riddle me this…

Sometimes I can be flexible, but often I’m not. I’m a part of your everyday life – in fact, you’d have a hard time without me – but you might not always recognize me. I am what I am today because I couldn’t take the heat. What am I?

OK, I ackn...

5/1/2019

When it comes to video games, you’ve likely heard this entreaty a few times. In fact, probably a lot. Or, maybe you’re chuckling because this is your own favorite line. Either way, we can all agree that digital gameplay can be extremely addicting.

4/1/2019

When our team at Idea Planet sets out to create an item intended for a child, we take play very seriously. Our goal is to maximize its play value while anticipating and mitigating potential harm.

2/26/2019

Ideas are my passion – and although I believe that there is no perfect formula for creating great marketing ideas, I have learned some lessons along my journey.

2/1/2019

Not all of us are lucky enough to travel internationally for business. If you are, you know that each country has its own unique blend of traditions, etiquette, greetings, beliefs, and protocols – all of which are key ingredients to their way of life. I find...

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