So today , I will fill you in on the first part of this(you'll have to come back to find out about turn around time on the next post). The crazy thing is most theme parks have a lot of vendors that consult and collaborate with the theme park's buying and development teams. Let's say that a theme park wants to develop a hat and a tee shirt with the same art work. There is a good chance that these two items will be made by two different vendors(some vendors will only work in apparel, some hard lines, and others can do both.) Many places even work with multiple vendors on one type of item, like hats or tees.
There is a good reason behind this. Many vendors offer different capabilities. Vendor A might be able to do Prints, Sublimation, and Embroidery while Vendor B can do Tie Dye, Sublimation, and Rhinestone embellishment. If you want a shirt that's printed and another that has rhinestone embellishment- guess what? You are going to have to put those two projects in two different vendors hands. There is also a different possibility. For example, Vendor A and Vendor B are both able to do sublimation. This could be a bigger strength for Vendor A plus the cost they will charge you per piece is lower as well. Instead of letting vendor B have this, you would give it to Vendor A.
So that's the real story. The big theme parks don't have a magical one stop shop where everything is done. Places from all over the world have a hand in the items you browse through on the shelves.
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