A New Look for MyFleaMarketGuide.com

We are very proud to announce a new look and functionality to our sister site MyFleaMarketGuide.com. The country’s largest browsable collection of flea markets, antique shows, and farmer’s markets just got a lot better. (if we do say so ourselves) We streamlined the search, added new functions, and made it easier to find the […]

Maximize Your Trade Show Time

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Reasons to Attend

No matter how small your retail business may be, the benefits of attending a trade show sponsored by vendors or industry associations far outweigh any reason not to attend. These conferences have been developed in order to give retail owners, buyers and managers the opportunity to meet existing suppliers, conduct business meetings, network with others in retail and investigate new products.

If you’re currently struggling to operate your business with few to no employees, chances are you may feel like you don’t have the time to attend a trade show. Consider hiring temporary help, asking family to assist or simply plan to close shop for a day in order to attend the trade show.

Once you’ve decided to attend the trade show, you’ll need to plan ahead. To get the most from attending a trade show, you should have a strategy. Knowing what you would like to accomplish before, during, and after the show will help maximize your time. Here are some trade show planning tips:

Pre-Show Planning

  • Avoid the confusion at the show by pre-registering.
  • Have a goal of what you want to accomplish, such as which vendors to visit, what items you need to purchase, what seminars to attend and which new product lines you’d like to see.
  • Know your inventory needs before the show. More efficient purchasing will save you money by grouping your orders to take advantage of discounts and special offers, as well as keeping you within budget.
  • Set appointments with any vendor you’d like to meet with during the show.
  • Plan to bring any employees who would greatly benefit from attending the trade show. Continue reading Maximize Your Trade Show Time

Let's keep things professional

Don’t lose your cool when it comes to the competition.

When suppliers compete buyers win. Quite simply, discounts increase and greater opportunity to find that special deal exists. In the past losing a client to the competition was taken grimly on the chin.

Today that same loss could potentially be the knock-out punch that puts your business down for the count. Some suppliers may feel the impulse to panic and may decide to take the low road by engaging in “mud slinging”.

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Throwing mud at your competitor may get them dirty, but nobody likes a bully. In fact they may actually punish you for it. In many countries, the law recognizes the value of reputation and credibility. Both libel (a false and damaging publication) and slander (a false and damaging oral statement) are often punishable by law and could result in compensation or fines for damages done or even imprisonment. Continue reading Let’s keep things professional

Black Friday is COMING on Thursday ?

For many shoppers Black Friday represents the absolute best opportunity to grab the season’s hottest deals.  The chaos and melee that ensues upon the doorstep of big box retailers each and every year is just par for the course, some might say they look forward to the battle within the isles.  Black Friday is something that truly lacks proper description and can only be experienced firsthand.  This year will be no different however this year’s Black Friday is going to start just a bit earlier.  I guess we could call this Grey Thursday?

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ASD Announces NEW Sourcing Event !!

Los Angeles, CA (April 15, 2013) — ASD Show announces they are rolling out a new sourcing event alongside their flagship show-ASD Las Vegas, August 4-7, 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The event will offer Importers, Distributors, Wholesalers, Designers, and Production Professionals a dedicated sourcing show to meet face-to-face with contract manufacturers & factories from around the globe at the world’s largest consumer-goods show.

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New Home Page for Yahoo and New NO work from home policy.

Come June Yahoo staffers will no longer be permitted to telecommute, CEO Marissa Mayer has released an internal memo letting everyone know she expects them to be on board…literally.

Yahoo has seen a stretch of poor performances and management woes, this new policy may be just what the company needs to get everyone […]

SPOTLIGHT Your Company on GetThatWholesale.com

GetThatWholesale has launched a brand new opportunity for suppliers to market themselves to buyers. Although qualified suppliers can of course still list their company for free they may want to consider GetThatWholesale’s next level of promotion, the new and improved Spotlight Level. Unlike the free listing which includes only (1) product category and a very limited company description the Spotlight Level comes fully loaded. Best of all it fits even the tightest of budgets.

Continue reading SPOTLIGHT Your Company on GetThatWholesale.com

GET Heard by literally thousands of buyers!

Wholesale.FM offers users the chance to hear professionally produced interviews with wholesale supply industry leaders, owners, and experts on a variety of topics related to the business community. Interview subjects will provide retailers with a rare glimpse behind the marketing and canned emails and really hear from the people that make up the wholesale marketplace. Recent interviews have included the owner of Sahara Smoke Co Rodney Masri as well as Andrew Levine, Founder and CEO of JADS International.

The catalog of interviews is only half of the story. Through a link on flag ship site GetThatWholesale.com any listed company will be able to record a thirty second message without cost and using no special software of their own. They just click a button and a recorder opens ready to create their message. The supplier can then review and change their message if needed before committing to it. Continue reading GET Heard by literally thousands of buyers!

Important and not so Important factors to consider about Trade Shows

 

What will my competitors say?

 

Just recently I read an article within a trade publication regarding the recent trend of trade show exhibitors and their plight as to whether to exhibit in a noticeably slower economy. The publication which will remain anonymous hinted at the ominous and undesirable outcome that may unravel should a supplier decide not to exhibit. The articles main focus was the conversation that would occur between your buyer or potential buyers and your competition. 

  Continue reading Important and not so Important factors to consider about Trade Shows

Why Memberships just don’t work.

Owning and operating a FREE online wholesale directory enables me to speak with dozens of wholesale suppliers through out my work week. I would like to take a minute to address the issue of charging suppliers a membership fee to list within a wholesale directory, wholesale search engine, listing source etc. Continue reading Why Memberships just don’t work.

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