Universal Plastic Bags Mfg Co., Inc., doing business as UNIVERSAL PLASTIC (“UNIVERSAL PLASTIC”)
These Terms and Conditions of Sale (“Terms and Conditions”) apply for review and acceptance by any persons or companies wishing to login as a registered user to UNIVERSAL PLASTIC’s website and/or apply to become a verified, UNIVERSAL PLASTIC account-holding wholesale channel-partner customer (“Buyer”). By accessing the UNIVERSAL PLASTIC website(s), applying to be and registering as a Buyer or purchasing goods and services (“Products”) from UNIVERSAL PLASTIC, you agree to be bound by the Terms and Conditions below. These Terms and Conditions are subject to change from time to time in UNIVERSAL PLASTIC’s sole discretion and without advanced notice. UNIVERSAL PLASTIC will notify the Buyer of amendments to these terms and conditions.
Unless otherwise specifically agreed to in writing by an authorized representative of UNIVERSAL PLASTIC in Commerce, California, these Terms and Conditions shall apply to any order accepted by Buyer for Products (defined below) sold and/or supplied by UNIVERSAL PLASTIC to Buyer. The contract of sale for any Products shall be formed when Buyer’s order is accepted in writing by an authorized representative of UNIVERSAL PLASTIC.
- Minimum Order Value
To open an account, Buyer must place an initial order of at least $250, in addition to meeting UNIVERSAL PLASTIC credit requirements.
Buyer must be validated through a consumer credit reporting company. Nonrated companies may submit five (5) trade references, including their email addresses, for UNIVERSAL PLASTIC to review. Assigned credit for unrated companies will be based on consumer credit report rating and/or trade reference evaluation and may take several days to process. While waiting for new-account approval, Buyer may pay with check, wire transfer, money order or credit card. Payment for Buyer’s initial order must clear before Products ship. Credit card payments are subject to a 3% accommodation fee.
- Standard Conditions of Sale
Sales of any of the Products described or referred to in Buyer’s order are expressly conditioned upon these Terms and Conditions. Any order for, any statement of intent to purchase, or any direction to proceed with manufacture or shipment, of any Products shall constitute acceptance of these Terms and Conditions and Buyer’s representation and warranty that Buyer is solvent. Any additional or different terms or conditions set forth in Buyer’s order or in any other communication from Buyer shall be null and void unless specifically agreed to in writing by an authorized representative of UNIVERSAL PLASTIC in Ontario, California.
- Prices and Taxes
Prices are in U.S. Dollars including UNIVERSAL PLASTIC’s standard domestic packing for shipment. Special packaging (if available) may be provided at an extra charge.
Sales tax will be billed to Buyer based on delivery location by UNIVERSAL PLASTIC with payment due in accordance with the payment terms established unless Buyer has furnished UNIVERSAL PLASTIC with a current sales tax exemption certificate.
Changes to the price of Products is at UNIVERSAL PLASTIC’s sole discretion. UNIVERSAL PLASTIC shall send Buyer via email communication to the Buyer’s designated representative notice in advanced of at least 15 business days about periodic price adjustments. In addition to the force majeure conditions outlined in Article 7, unexpected changes to UNIVERSAL PLASTIC’s costs of goods sold can also impact Buyer’s price of UNIVERSAL PLASTIC Products, including immediate price escalation without advanced notice. UNIVERSAL PLASTIC intends to continue giving 30 days notice of reasonably significant changes in pricing. Buyer prices are published in real time at Buyer account and on the UNIVERSAL PLASTIC website(s) catalog (login required at www.universalplastoc.com).
- Freight and Handling
Stock orders submitted generally ship the same day. Stock orders placed after ship-from location’s cutoff time, which may vary seasonal or by geographic location, on weekends or on holidays will ship the next business day. No credit shall be issued to Buyer related to in-transit damage but is instead the sole responsibility of Buyer to file claim(s) with shipper, as UNIVERSAL PLASTIC ships FOB-Origin/Shipping Point. Upon Buyer’s request, UNIVERSAL PLASTIC may, without obligation and on Buyer’s behalf, file claims related to damage occurring between UNIVERSAL PLASTIC’s ship-from origin and Buyer’s ship-to destination.
- Free Shipping: All Freight and Handling fees are waived when total purchase order value exceeds $1,500 without any discount, per ship-to destination.
- Rates: Most Products are charged at a rate of $0.50 per pound. If Buyer does not achieve the free-shipping criteria described above, Buyer will pay a minimum of $35 and a maximum of $350 per order, per origin and ship-to destination. Rates for shipments may not include additional fees such as inside delivery, lift gate, residential deliveries, sort and segregate, expedited service or other accessorial charges. These fees will be added post-sale to Buyer’s invoice and is the sole responsibility of the Buyer to pay.
- Preferred Carriers: It is sole responsibility of the Buyer to inform UNIVERSAL PLASTIC at time of order if Buyer prefers a specific carrier be used. Requests will be seriously considered but are not guaranteed. All efforts will be made to comply with requests among carriers with which UNIVERSAL PLASTIC has contracted relationships.
- Third-Party Shipping Carriers: A $25 Special Handling Fee will be charged when the customer’s own shipping-carrier account is used.
- Customer Pick-Up / Will Call: Orders may be picked up at one of our eight (8) distribution centers, no less than two (2) hours after UNIVERSAL PLASTIC confirms the order via email communication to the Buyer. UNIVERSAL PLASTIC will also send an email communication to the Buyer when the order is ready for pick up. Orders placed after 3 p.m. local UNIVERSAL PLASTIC warehouse time will be available the following business day. Will Call orders not picked up within ten (10) business day will be cancelled and returned to UNIVERSAL PLASTIC inventory.
- Product Samples: Stock items are available for sample upon request through the UNIVERSAL PLASTIC website or UNIVERSAL PLASTIC Customer Care, are limited to two units of the same SKU per requestor and subject to UNIVERSAL PLASTIC Sales Department approval. Large products, tubing and products on rolls are typically not available for sample. Approved samples usually ship or are available for pickup at UNIVERSAL PLASTIC Will Call within 24 hours of request, free of charge.
- Delivery, Title and Risk of Loss, and Acceptance
Except as stated in the third paragraph of this Article, UNIVERSAL PLASTIC shall deliver the Products to Buyer FOB-Origin/Shipping Point to the contiguous 48 United States of America. Buyer acknowledges and agrees that many factors can affect the manufacture and/or delivery of Products and shall not seek to hold UNIVERSAL PLASTIC liable or seek to cancel orders for delays in delivery that are not unreasonable.
Buyer agrees that UNIVERSAL PLASTIC has the right to deliver a quantity of Custom Products that may vary up to 10% over or under the quantity specified in Buyer’s order for Custom Products, and Buyer agrees to accept and pay for such revised quantity of Custom Products (with any price adjustments at UNIVERSAL PLASTIC’s discretion) in satisfaction of Buyer’s order of said Custom Products.
If any Products cannot be shipped when ready due to any cause referred to in Article 5 (entitled “Excusable Delays”), UNIVERSAL PLASTIC may place such Products or parts in storage (which may be at the place of manufacture). In such event, (i) UNIVERSAL PLASTIC shall notify Buyer of the placement of the Products in storage; (ii) UNIVERSAL PLASTIC’s delivery obligations shall be deemed fulfilled and title and all risk of loss or damage shall thereupon pass to Buyer, (iii) any amounts otherwise payable to UNIVERSAL PLASTIC upon delivery shall be payable upon presentation of UNIVERSAL PLASTIC’s invoices therefor and its certification as to such cause, (iv) promptly upon submission of UNIVERSAL PLASTIC’s invoices, Buyer shall reimburse UNIVERSAL PLASTIC for all expenses incurred by UNIVERSAL PLASTIC, including, but not limited to, preparation for and placement into storage, handling, storage, inspection, preservation and insurance, and (v) when conditions permit and upon payment of all amounts due hereunder, UNIVERSAL PLASTIC shall reasonably assist and cooperate with Buyer, at Buyer’s expense, with respect to the removal of any Products which have been placed in storage.
Unless otherwise agreed, the Risk of Loss shall rest with the Buyer, including any risk associated with a return of Products.
Buyer shall inspect Products promptly after receipt. Products received are considered by both UNIVERSAL PLASTIC and Buyer as fully accepted after five (5) business days without order-related correspondence. Upon Buyer’s considered acceptance of Products, Buyer waives any right to revoke such acceptance for any reason, whether known or unknown to Buyer at the time of acceptance. Buyer’s sole and exclusive remedy regarding any defect or non-conformance shall be as set forth in Article 7 herein.
- Excusable Delays
UNIVERSAL PLASTIC shall not be liable for delays in delivery or failure to perform due, directly or indirectly, to: (i) causes beyond UNIVERSAL PLASTIC’s reasonable control, (ii) acts of God, acts of Buyer, acts (including failure to act) of any governmental authority (de jure or de facto), wars (declared or undeclared), governmental priorities, change of government, government instability, port congestion, riots, revolutions, strikes or other labor disputes, fires, floods, acts of terrorism, sabotage, nuclear incidents, earthquakes, storms, pathogens, or (iii) causes beyond UNIVERSAL PLASTIC’s reasonable control to timely obtain necessary and proper labor, materials, components, facilities, energy, fuel, transportation, governmental authorizations or instructions, material or information required from Buyer. The foregoing shall apply even though any of such causes exists at the time of the order or occurs thereafter.
UNIVERSAL PLASTIC shall notify Buyer of any delay or failure excused by this Article and shall specify the revised delivery date as soon as is practicable. In the event of a delay, subject to the third paragraph of this Article, Buyer may not terminate the order and the time of delivery or of performance shall be extended for a period equal to the time lost by UNIVERSAL PLASTIC by reason of the delay or failure.
If delay or failure excused by this Article extends for more than 60 days and UNIVERSAL PLASTIC and Buyer have not agreed upon a revised basis for continuing the work at the end of the delay, including adjustment of the price, then either UNIVERSAL PLASTIC or Buyer (except where delay is caused by Buyer, in which event only UNIVERSAL PLASTIC), upon 30 days written notice, may terminate the order with respect to the unexecuted portion of work, whereupon Buyer shall promptly pay UNIVERSAL PLASTIC its termination charges determined in accordance with UNIVERSAL PLASTIC’s standard accounting practices upon submission of UNIVERSAL PLASTIC’s invoices thereof.
Buyer shall pay in full for the Products without deduction, offset or counterclaim, in accordance with the payment terms set forth in UNIVERSAL PLASTIC’s invoice. (Payment terms are 1% discount if paid within 10 days, net 30 days, from the date of UNIVERSAL PLASTIC’s invoice.) Past due amounts shall accrue interest at the lesser rate of 18% per year or the maximum rate permitted by applicable law until paid in full.
Should any indebtedness owing by Buyer to UNIVERSAL PLASTIC be past due, UNIVERSAL PLASTIC may, at its option and without prejudice to its other remedies, withhold further deliveries to Buyer until all indebtedness owed to UNIVERSAL PLASTIC has been fully paid.
All Products sold by UNIVERSAL PLASTIC are warranted for ninety (90) days from the date of delivery to be free from defects in title, material, and workmanship and to conform to UNIVERSAL PLASTIC’s published specifications applicable to such Products. If a Product fails to meet the foregoing warranties, UNIVERSAL PLASTIC shall correct the failure, at its option, (i) by repairing the Product, or (ii) replacing the Product.
UNIVERSAL PLASTIC’s obligations under this Article shall not apply to any Product which (i) has been modified or otherwise altered, other than pursuant to UNIVERSAL PLASTIC’s written instructions or written approval, or (ii) is not properly stored or used, or (iii) has been subjected to abuse or any other kind of misuse, neglect or detrimental exposure or has been involved in an accident.
Subject to Article 8 (“Patents”), this Article sets forth the exclusive remedies for claims based upon defects in or nonconformity of the Products, whether the claim is in contract, warranty, tort (including negligence), strict liability, equity, quasi-contract, or otherwise. Upon the expiration of the warranty period, all such liability shall terminate. Except as set forth in Article 7 (“Patents”), the foregoing warranties are in lieu of all other warranties whether oral, written, expressed, implied or statutory. NO IMPLIED OR STATUTORY WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY OR FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE SHALL APPLY.
UNIVERSAL PLASTIC warrants that any Product, manufactured by UNIVERSAL PLASTIC and furnished hereunder (“Product”) shall be free of any rightful claim of any third party for infringement of any United States patent. If Buyer notifies UNIVERSAL PLASTIC in writing promptly of the receipt of any claim that such Product infringes a United States patent and gives UNIVERSAL PLASTIC information, assistance and exclusive authority to settle and defend such claim, UNIVERSAL PLASTIC shall, at its own expense and option, either: (i) settle or defend such claim or any suit or proceeding arising therefrom and pay any damages and costs awarded therein against Buyer, or (ii) procure for Buyer the right to continue using such Product, or (iii) modify the Product so that it becomes non-infringing, or (iv) replace the Product with a non-infringing Product, or (v) remove the Product and refund the purchase price (less reasonable depreciation). THE FOREGOING STATES THE ENTIRE LIABILITY OF UNIVERSAL PLASTIC FOR PATENT OR OTHER INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY RIGHT INFRINGEMENT OF ANY PRODUCT AND IS SUBJECT TO THE LIMITATIONS OF LIABILITY SET FORTH HEREIN.
The preceding paragraph in this Article shall not apply: (i) to any Product which is manufactured to Buyer’s design or specification, or (ii) to the use of any Product furnished hereunder in conjunction with any other apparatus or material. As to any Product or use described in the preceding sentence, UNIVERSAL PLASTIC assumes no liability whatsoever for any patent or other intellectual property infringement.
THE PATENT WARRANTY AND INDEMNITY OBLIGATIONS SET FORTH ABOVE ARE IN LIEU OF ALL OTHER PATENT WARRANTIES AND INDEMNITIES WHATSOEVER, WHETHER ORAL, WRITTEN, EXPRESS, IMPLIED OR STATUTORY.
- Image License Agreement
UNIVERSAL PLASTIC maintains and owns a representative collection of product images and graphical brand elements. UNIVERSAL PLASTIC does not catalog a picture for each individual item, size and gauge. Refer to www.universalplastic.com to view applicable images for each specific item.
UNIVERSAL PLASTIC extends to Buyer, a royalty free, non-exclusive license (“License”) to use certain copyrighted promotional materials specified below (“Licensed Materials”) in the Permitted Media (as defined below) for the purpose of advertising and soliciting sales of flexible plastic packaging sold by or emanating from UNIVERSAL PLASTIC. The Licensed Materials shall consist of the name Universal Plastic, Universal Plastic Bags Mfg Co., Inc. (doing business as UNIVERSAL PLASTIC), any UNIVERSAL PLASTIC logos, emblems, iconography, trademarked names, supplied product specifications and descriptions and provided product images (either illustration or photography). UNIVERSAL PLASTIC reserves the right to add to, modify or delete the Licensed Materials. Buyer must comply with all of UNIVERSAL PLASTIC’s quality control and usage requirements, which UNIVERSAL PLASTIC communicates to Buyer from time to time, with regard to use of the Licensed Materials. UNIVERSAL PLASTIC may terminate the License in the event determines, in its sole discretion, that Buyer has failed to abide by UNIVERSAL PLASTIC’s quality and control and usage requirements.
UNIVERSAL PLASTIC consents to Buyer’ s usage of the Licensed Materials, upon the condition that Buyer does not permit, either directly or indirectly, the Licensed Materials to be used in any advertisement, promotion, publication or media other than the Permitted Media without UNIVERSAL PLASTIC’s prior written consent. In addition, Buyer will not, directly or indirectly, use the Licensed Materials to advertise, promote and/or sell flexible plastic packaging not sold by or emanating from UNIVERSAL PLASTIC and any such use of the Licensed Materials shall be grounds for immediate termination of the License; upon Buyer’s receipt of notice of such termination, Buyer must remove the Licensed Materials from all of its promotional activity.
UNIVERSAL PLASTIC makes no representation or warranties regarding the Licensed Materials.
Authorized use of Licensed Materials by Buyer is limited to Buyer’s own advertisements, catalogs, point-of-sale promotion, flyers, brochures, websites, training materials and presentations (“Permitted Media”). Use of the Licensed Materials in any other media or publication or any other use not set forth in this Article shall require the prior written consent of UNIVERSAL PLASTIC.
- Emailed Marketing Messages
By agreeing to these Terms and Conditions, Buyer consents to UNIVERSAL PLASTIC sending email communications to Buyer (to the email address registered with UNIVERSAL PLASTIC) regarding price changes, company updates, product promotions and more. Buyer may opt out of these email communications via a link on any emailed communication from UNIVERSAL PLASTIC inviting Buyer to manage email subscriptions.
- Limitations of Liability
THE TOTAL LIABILITY OF UNIVERSAL PLASTIC FOR ANY AND ALL CLAIMS OF ANY KIND, WHETHER IN CONTRACT, WARRANTY, TORT (INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, NEGLIGENCE OR PATENT INFRINGEMENT), STRICT LIABILITY, EQUITY, QUASI-CONTRACT OR OTHERWISE, ARISING OUT OF, CONNECTED WITH, OR RESULTING FROM THE PERFORMANCE OR NON-PERFORMANCE OF ANY AGREEMENT OR TRANSACTION SUBJECT TO THESE TERMS AND CONDITIONS OF SALE OR FROM THE MANUFACTURE, SALE, DELIVERY, RESALE, REPAIR, REPLACEMENT OR USE OF ANY PRODUCT OR THE FURNISHING OF ANY SERVICE, SHALL NOT EXCEED THE PRICE ALLOCABLE TO THE PRODUCT OR SERVICE WHICH GIVES RISE TO THE CLAIM AND ANY SUCH LIABILITY SHALL TERMINATE UPON THE EXPIRATION OF THE APPLICABLE WARRANTY PERIOD.
IN NO EVENT, WHETHER AS A RESULT OF BREACH OF CONTRACT, WARRANTY, TORT (INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, NEGLIGENCE OR PATENT INFRINGEMENT) EQUITY, QUASI-CONTRACT OR OTHERWISE, SHALL UNIVERSAL PLASTIC BE LIABLE FOR ANY SPECIAL, CONSEQUENTIAL, INCIDENTAL, INDIRECT, PUNITIVE OR EXEMPLARY DAMAGES, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, LOSS OF PROFIT OR REVENUES, LOSS OF USE OF THE PRODUCTS OR ANY ASSOCIATED EQUIPMENT, COST OF CAPITAL, COST OF SUBSTITUTE GOODS, FACILITIES, SERVICES OR REPLACEMENT POWER, DOWNTIME COSTS OR CLAIMS OF BUYER’S CUSTOMERS FOR ANY SUCH DAMAGES, ALL OF WHICH ARE WAIVED IN FULL BY BUYER. IF BUYER TRANSFERS TITLE TO, OR LEASES THE PRODUCTS SOLD HEREUNDER TO, OR OTHERWISE PERMITS OR SUFFERS USE BY, ANY THIRD PARTY, BUYER SHALL OBTAIN FROM SUCH THIRD PARTY A WRITTEN AGREEMENT PROVIDING UNIVERSAL PLASTIC WITH THE SAME LIMITATION OF LIABILITY SET FORTH IN THE PRECEDING SENTENCE.
If UNIVERSAL PLASTIC furnishes Buyer with advice or other assistance which concerns any Product supplied hereunder and which is not required by these Terms and Conditions or pursuant to any other written agreement between UNIVERSAL PLASTIC and Buyer, the furnishing of such advice or assistance shall not subject UNIVERSAL PLASTIC to any liability, whether in contract, warranty, tort (including, but not limited to, negligence or patent infringement), strict liability, equity, quasi-contract or otherwise.
Buyer may cancel an accepted order only upon written request to UNIVERSAL PLASTIC in the following manner:
A. Stock Products
Prior to shipment of any Stock Products, by written notice to UNIVERSAL PLASTIC Customer Care that is received and acknowledged by Customer Care prior to shipment.
B. Custom Products
Buyer may cancel an accepted order for custom Products only prior to the commencement of manufacturing of such Products.
The following applies to Buyer’s return of Products:
A. Stock Products
Returns are subject to a 20% restocking fee. Buyer must obtain Return Merchandise Authorization within ten (10) business days of product receipt, through UNIVERSAL PLASTIC Customer Care or at Buyer’s account on UNIVERSAL PLASTICpkg.com, before returning products. Returns must be shipped to UNIVERSAL PLASTIC at Buyer’s expense. Product sales charges will be refunded after inspection of Products by UNIVERSAL PLASTIC personnel.
B. Custom Products
Returns are permitted for custom Products only if said Products are nonconforming to the specifications of the order – see Article 16 for details.
- Damaged Goods
Buyer must note Product damage on POD (Proof of Delivery) and notify UNIVERSAL PLASTIC Customer Care with photographic evidence of damaged goods at the time of delivery. The absence of said notes and evidence shall imply damage-free reception. After five (5) days of receipt by Buyer without comment, UNIVERSAL PLASTIC considers the delivery accepted and with conforming Products.
Should any Product fail to meet the written specifications agreed to between Buyer and UNIVERSAL PLASTIC, Buyer shall notify UNIVERSAL PLASTIC Customer Care within five (5) business days to describe the claim of nonconformity.
Buyer agrees to save, protect, defend (with counsel acceptable to UNIVERSAL PLASTIC) indemnify and hold harmless UNIVERSAL PLASTIC and its successors, assigns, licensees and affiliates, and each of their respective officers, directors, mangers, partners, employees, agents and representatives, from and against any and all claims, demands, suits, actions, judgments damages, liabilities, obligations, costs and expenses (including, but not limited to, attorney’s fees, whether or not litigation is commenced) arising out of or in connection with (i) an allegation that any Products made by UNIVERSAL PLASTIC for or supplied to Buyer in accordance with Buyer’s design or specification infringes upon another party’s rights; (ii) Buyer’s misuse of any Products; (iii) Buyer’s use of any Products in manner or any purpose for which they are not intended; (iii) any Products that have been modified or mishandled by Buyer; (v) the operation and conduct of Buyer’s business, and/or (vi) Buyer’s breach of any of the provisions of these Terms and Conditions.
- General Provisions
The provisions of these Terms and Conditions are for the sole and exclusive benefit of UNIVERSAL PLASTIC and Buyer and not for any other parties. The delegation or assignment or encumbrance by Buyer of any or all of its duties or rights hereunder without UNIVERSAL PLASTIC’s prior written consent shall be void.
The invalidity, in whole or in part, of any Article or paragraph (or portion thereof) of these Terms and Conditions shall not affect the validity of the remainder of such Article or paragraph (or portion thereof).
The validity, performance and all matters relating to the interpretation and effect of these Terms and Conditions and/or relating in any way to the Products shall be governed by the laws of the State of California, U.S.A., without regard to conflict of laws rules. UNIVERSAL PLASTIC and Buyer each consent to the personal jurisdiction of and venue in the state and federal courts located in the County of Los Angeles, State of California, U.S.A., which courts shall constitute the exclusive forum for all actions and proceedings concerning these Terms and Conditions and/or relating in any way to the Products, whenever, wherever and however arising, whether at law, in equity or otherwise and whether the dispute involves any alleged breach of contract, violation of law or tort of any kind. UNIVERSAL PLASTIC and Buyer each waives to the fullest extent permitted by applicable law any right it may have to a trial by jury in respect of any such action or proceeding. In any such action or proceeding, the prevailing party shall be entitled to an award of its reasonable costs, including attorneys’ fees and expenses. Article headings used herein are for convenience only and shall not be deemed to be part of these Terms and Conditions. These Terms and Conditions, and all rights and obligations hereunder, shall be binding upon, and inure to the benefit of
UNIVERSAL PLASTIC and Buyer and their respective successors and permitted assigns. No waiver by UNIVERSAL PLASTIC or Buyer of any breach by the other party of any term, covenant or condition of these Terms and Conditions shall be deemed a waiver of any other breach (whether prior to or subsequent) of the same or any other term, covenant or condition of these Terms and Conditions. These Terms and Conditions (together with Buyer’s orders for the Products accepted in writing by an authorized representative of UNIVERSAL PLASTIC in Commerce, California) constitute the entire agreement between UNIVERSAL PLASTIC and Buyer with respect to the subject matter of these Terms and Conditions and replaces and supersedes all prior discussions, negotiations, understanding and agreements, whether written or oral, between UNIVERSAL PLASTIC and Buyer. These Terms and Conditions may only be amended or modified by a writing signed by both UNIVERSAL PLASTIC and Buyer.