Competitive Edge, Inc. is the largest Advertising Specialty Distributor in Des Moines, Iowa, and among the top 100 nationally in a field of 33,000+ distributors. Founded twenty-six years ago in Des Moines, Iowa, Competitive Edge, Inc. has built its business by concentrating on National Corporate accounts, Government Agencies, Non-profit Organizations, Corporate Gift Programs, Wholesale Distribution, and National Retail Sales of our proprietary product line. Competitive Edge is a “full line” distributor of both “franchised” and “non-franchised” branded merchandise. In addition, we warehouse, manufacture and import our own privately-branded innovative merchandise.
Competitive Edge, Inc. has grown its own manufacturing capabilities to meet the “demands” of our increasing customer base and changing landscape of the Promotional Products and Apparel marketplace. We feature extensive manufacturing capabilities to permit us to decorate almost any product. Our facilities include a full-service embroidery department for quality embroidery of caps, golf shirts, jackets, towels, specialty bags, and a complete line of name brand Corporate Apparel which is inventoried on site. In addition, we have on premises extensive automatic textile screen-printing machines capable of producing over 4,000 T-shirts per hour complete with auto folding and bagging equipment for retail packaging. We also produce other screen printed items including umbrellas, clocks, decals, portfolios, a variety of tote bags, signage, bandanas, and other apparel. Our automated pad-printing department houses many multi-color imprinting stations for the decoration of irregular-shaped items including plastic, rubber, aluminum, stainless steel, and nylon materials such as golf balls, clocks, pens, lasers, flashlights, drink-ware, small electronics, and a variety of corporate gift items. Competitive Edge also inventories a complete line of value priced, quality writing instruments that we print on automated pen printing stations.
Our Laser Department is comprised of state of the art CO2 Laser etching machines designed for logo etching on anodized aluminum, acrylic, wood, fabric, leather, crystal, marble, and stainless steel promotional items. When combined with our Sand Blasting equipment, we can quickly decorate and deliver a full range of Corporate Awards, Executive Gifts and Crystal, and high quality merchandise with upscale decoration. Competitive Edge, Inc. entered into ad specialty production to fill the “Quick Ship” and “Just in Time” needs of many customers and the changing desire of most Corporations to minimize investment in “non-turning” Promotional Inventory.
At Competitive Edge, Inc. we custom manufacture overseas, distribute and decorate apparel, distribute products of others, and manufacture for other distributors. Competitive Edge, Inc. has its own electronic catalog featuring the “Best Values” available in the Advertising Specialty markets. We are strongly represented in a host of National Publications, and we aggressively market over “800” number phone lines and the internet with shopping cart e-commerce sites with reliable broadband data connection. In addition, we produce a variety of corporate “Company Store” catalogs and brochures for various Fortune 1000 corporations with the sole focus of providing them complete fulfillment services for their ad specialty needs without the need for expansive “owned” inventory. Our ability to design the catalog, e-commerce web site, “just in time” manufacture, and efficiently fulfill purchases is a unique reality that only Competitive Edge can provide nationally. There are no other companies in the Promotional Products Industry that possess the full range of manufacturing and infrastructure for product delivery and tracking.
Competitive Edge operates within 150,000 square feet of facilities centrally located in two locations within metropolitan Des Moines, Iowa: Corporate Offices/Product Showroom: 3500 109th Street and Manufacturing/Warehouse: 9350 Hickman Road.