About

DISTRIBUTION

Operating from our distribution centre in Wallingford since 1990, with two warehouses and office buildings, Plastic Head is one of only a few UK independent distributors to own its own premises. In fact, we seem to be one of the few remaining real distributors that actually ships and controls its own stock. This means we can offer label clients a cost effective and efficient service, able to meet their specific requirements. With our enthusiastic, hard-working and hands-on approach we are able to ensure we have the means to get your goods to market. Our Label Management Department has years of experience working closely with our distributed labels and is committed to a friendly, professional service – achieving the best from every release they represent. Our senior label managers have been with the company over ten years and oversee a young, enthusiastic team. Having been one of the UK’s leading distributors for a quarter of a century we have assisted in worldwide chart success with major artists throughout our history. These include, amongst many others, albums and singles from Emperor, The Offspring, Less Than Jake, Green Day, Nightwish, Anthrax, Kano, Blak Twang, Ashley Walters, Bring Me The Horizon, Electric Wizard, Orange Goblin, Testament, Meshuggah, Cannibal Corpse and, more recently, Def Leppard, Electric Light Orchestra, Magnum, Yes, Bob Dylan, J. Mascis, Mott The Hoople, Franz Ferdinand and Bruce Springsteen.

UK RETAIL

Plastic Head’s customers include HMV, Amazon, supermarkets, wholesalers, and a comprehensive base of independent high street and online music retailers. Working closely with our customers we are able to offer a wide range of retail marketing opportunities to our exclusive client labels, maximising their visibility in the UK market. As well as the major chains, we have been dealing with indie stores since we started, and are committed to preserving these stores and supporting them wherever possible.

INTERNATIONAL DISTRIBUTION

With at least three independent distribution partners in all European territories and a number of long term partners across the world, Plastic Head can be your one stop shop for international distribution. This allows our clients to take advantage of our long-standing international relationships and relieves them of a logistical burden, allowing them to concentrate on the creative aspects of their business. You put the record out, we can do the rest.

EXPORT WHOLESALE

Plastic Head has potentially the largest export wholesale customer base of any distributor in the UK. This gives our clients access to places other distributors do not reach, providing a surprising extra revenue stream to our distributed labels. We are always on the lookout for non-exclusive product to offer to our customers, and will happily carry catalogues from labels already working with other distributors in order to maximise their worldwide sales.

FULFILMENT

Plastic Head’s warehouse can also take care of all your fulfilment shipping needs. Already providing warehousing and distribution services to UK distributors Cadiz, Code 7 and Nova, as well as a number of our exclusive client labels, we are able to ship orders on their behalf to their own customers across the world – often consolidating such orders with our own regular shipments to save our clients time and money.

EXTRA LABEL SERVICES

• B2B

Plastic Head offers an online Business To Business website, allowing our client labels to track their monthly sales day by day, monitor their stock levels and download their monthly sales statements.

• MAIL-ORDER WEBSITE/DIRECT TO CUSTOMER

Our client labels also benefit from inclusion in the catalogue of our popular and expanding mail-order website (plastichead.com) alongside our own extensive merchandise range. Through this useful tool we are also able to offer exclusive direct to customer deals on their behalf, maximising new release pre-orders to get the very most out of any project.

• PRESS AND PROMOTION

We are currently expanding our press and promotion department to be able to offer our client labels access to our print and online media contact list, specialising in rock, metal and alternative music. Whether by retainer, or on a project by project basis, we ensure that releases are in the hands of the right people to assist raising their profile and increasing sales.

• MANUFACTURING

In order to offer the complete distribution service, we can also provide manufacturing services to our distributed labels. Plastic Head’s manufacturing department offers a personal service to our clients, working closely with Label Management to manage a distribution project from start to finish. With years of experience in manufacturing a wide range of merchandise and music products we are able to realise the creative ideas of our clients and achieve high quality end product.

MERCHANDISING

For over two decades, Plastic Head has been designing and selling printed apparel and novelties into the retail market, and supplying artists with tour merchandise. More recently we have added official character properties to our roster such as Marvel, DC and Breaking Bad, and developed DTR (direct to retail) supply programmes for several leading European fashion chains.

The experienced Plastic Head team, headed up by Merchandising Director Chris Parkes, has become one of the leading full-service music and character merchandising companies in Europe. Whether you’re a band seeking well priced shirts and a dependable service for your tour, or a leading licensed property agent/owner looking for the best creative range-building and speediest route to market, Plastic Head offers the right solution.

From its core roots as a rock and metal merchandiser to the latest innovative distribution of licensed ranges using e-commerce and social media – Plastic Head delivers results.

Wholesale Music and Media Merchandising

As a substantial record distribution company, Plastic Head has unique access to over 1,000 live retail accounts, representing everywhere recorded music is sold in Europe and further afield. With no minimum order restrictions we can fulfil demand for licensed music apparel and novelties from the smallest independent high street store to the largest multiples and e-tailers. We are unique in this respect. We operate like a record company in that we schedule each and every new product well in advance, along with sending out new release and restock information weekly to all customers. We only use recognised major branded garments from companies such as Gildan, Anvil, AWD, Bella and Continental, who are all recognised as being ‘anti-sweatshop’ and environmentally friendly manufacturers. We have a fantastic in-house design team and every product is mocked-up for client approval prior to sampling. Plastic Head pays artist clients the best market royalty rates, based on high distributor prices which are rarely discounted. It is accepted that our agreements are flexible and take into account our clients’ other commitments. In the rock music sector, no other company is in a position to outsell Plastic Head.

We also contract with record companies and other merchandising entities to manage the rights they control. These ‘roster’ deals mean that Plastic Head can maximise those assets and they can earn additional income from third party licensing.

Wholesale Licensing Character Merchandising

Plastic Head now holds the rights to over fifty major character properties including Breaking Bad, Sons of Anarchy, Asterix , Game of Thrones, Marvel and DC Comics. The ranges we build include mugs, headwear and bags, as well as designer apparel.

E-Commerce Sales

At Plastic Head we recognize the importance of e-commerce to our band/artist clients. In addition to our own long established webstore (plastichead.com) where fans can buy recorded and merch product in a single shopping environment, we also design and service clients’ own official web stores. We also support and supply every significant on-line retailer selling licensed merchandise.

Custom Supply and Tour Merchandising

Long term relationships with our suppliers ensure that we can offer our clients top quality at great supply prices. We have been supplying band tours and handling the range-building, product design and budgeting for clients throughout our history. Email us for our latest artist supply list.

Our graphics team can develop concepts from your ideas. We will email you mock-ups for approval at your own convenience wherever you are in the world. We are able to supply a massive selection of different product lines for your tour or event, including quality branded short and long-sleeved tees and sweats, jackets, caps, caps, beanies, jewellery, posters, pins, mugs, wristbands and much, much more.

If it exists and can be decorated, then Plastic Head can source it on time and at the right price!