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Flash in the pan! After 15 years, we’re still laughing at that one 😊

Laugh at the haters

I sold my very first ad before my website was even live, I sold that ad while standing in my kitchen wearing shorts, slippers, and a t-shirt. My kitchen served as an impromptu office, my cheap laptop perched on a small table against one wall. That was the sale that started it all, I later used that meager $400 to buy much needed groceries. It was exciting and a bit intimidating all at the same time, but even then, I knew it was going to work. I then proceeded to spend countless months burning the midnight oil, building a wholesale directory that would become GetThatWholesale.com.

That was over 15 years ago, WOW!

Here are few things I learned along the way…

Laugh at the haters because let’s face it, they are hilarious. I remember one of the first times I heard some negative noise coming from the competitive peanut gallery. This was somebody I used to work with, same industry, etc. They called GetThatWholesale a “flash in the pan”, I’ll be honest, at the time it bothered me but now looking back I realize they had no idea how determined I was to succeed, they were totally clueless. Over the past 15 years I cannot tell you how many times we have laughed at this comment, so thank you very much! (you know who you are A 😉)

It’s just business, it’s not personal. After 15 years of doing business, we developed some very strong relationships, some clients become very good friends, you learn about their professional teams and their families, Christmas cards are exchanged, all is great and then one day they just leave. It can be hard not to take this departure personally but clients come and go, even when the service is great you can expect some clients to leave. We handle this situation the same way each and every time, wishing them all the best and hoping to reconnect in the future. How you end a relationship can be just as important as how you start one, we have had clients return years later and tell us how they really appreciated the way we handled things.

Some people are just unhappy all the time. Unfortunately, no matter how nice you are to some people, some people are just jerks. These folks really test your professionalism and sometimes even your contracts. We learned early on the best way to deal with these folks is to fire them, yup cancel them out of your life. Clients like this are not worth the money, it won’t matter how many times you bend over backward for them they will just keep complaining. They will demand concessions, argue promises made, and generally all-around suck. This type of client will ignore emails and calls for weeks and then act like you never reached out. Save yourself the headache and tell them goodbye.

Never bad mouth your competition even when they bad mouth you. This rule can be tough to follow sometimes, especially if you have a competitor that constantly slings mud in your direction. We have experienced this ourselves, competitors that hate our success and the fact we are taking even a single dollar away from them. Well, for any of those mud slingers reading this…it’s more like MILLIONS (shhh… don’t tell anyone). I remember walking through an airport once and running into a competitor, we had a brief conversation and they pretended like they didn’t know us. I thought that was odd since they talk about us all the time. Maybe it was the face-to-face thing that got them confused? People do seem to say less in person, I’m 6’2, 275 lbs., proud father and husband, the proud owner of several businesses, state president of a motorcycle club, covered in tattoos, earned two black belts, and walk with confidence. Just remember to keep the focus on your business and all the reasons why a client should choose your business over another, leave the mud outside where it belongs.

Remember it will hopefully all be worth it. If I knew then what I know now, I sure would have had fewer sleepless nights starting out. But honestly, I believe those sleepless nights were part of the success, it gave me goals and provided me with motivation to keep working harder. All that effort eventually instilled a tremendous pride in my product, that pride shines through in the thousands of satisfied clients we have worked with over the years.

So here we are, present day, I’m semi-retired now and find myself laughing a lot, I don’t take myself too seriously, I spend lots of time with my family and our 3 dogs, I ride my Harley often and I enjoy all the little things in life. I wouldn’t change a thing, it was all worth it.

Thanks for the last 15!!!

It’s a beautiful day, time for a cigar!

Vice President of Sales, GetThatWholesale.com – Robert Light

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Shame on you Coca-Cola, shame, shame…..shame

Coca-Cola is telling ALL Whites “to be less white”, the company is providing company training that teaches all Whites are “inherently bad because of their skin color”…..🤔 gee…that sounds a bit racist.
Hey Coke, next time try “to be less stupid”.

https://nypost.com/2021/02/23/coca-cola-diversity-training-urged-workers-to-be-less-white/

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Twitter Sucks, it has always sucked.

So imagine you are walking down the street and some random person shouts “I had pancakes for breakfast”…..yup, that’s Twitter.  Lot’s of random folks with oh so very clever one liners shouting daily – listen to me! listen to me! sounds like heaven right?  What’s worse is now Twitter has decided to become a political activist, silencing anyone who disagrees with their “we are the chosen ones” attitude.  So if you have an opinion that doesn’t align with Twitters you can expect to be silenced, well, if you have any sort of following that is…if you’re just some nobody, then they don’t care either way really.  Great group of folks, gives us the warm fuzzy’s all over 🙂

What happened to Free Speech?  The truth is Twitter sucks and has always sucked.

 

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Flea Markets in a holding pattern

Is there any industry still untouched by COVID? Maybe, but unfortunately, the Flea Market industry isn’t one of them, just like most businesses, markets have been hit hard by this epidemic.  Even those markets sprawled out in fields, you know, those hidden gems that locals love to populate on lazy Sunday afternoons – yup those too.

A successful market is a crowded market and that’s a big problem in 2020.  With this in mind, many states have enacted executive orders preventing markets from even operating.  If you are lucky enough to reside in a state allowing markets to operate, they do so only when certain conditions are met.  These can include limits on market capacity, required face masks, social distancing, and limits on vendor booths.   Although the restrictions are necessary and important, these restrictions have taken a toll on the whole Flea Market experience.  People attend markets to socialize, browse, shop, enjoy carnival like treats and most importantly RELAX.  The experience has become stressful and fearful, as a result, market attendance is at an all time low.

 

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Supply Chain Rebooting?

Microsoft and Apple have both announced updates to their revenue guidance Q3, FY2020.  A slow supply chain has been one of several reasons provided for these altered forecasts. Goldman Sachs has predicted that “US companies will generate no earnings growth in 2020. We have updated our earnings model to incorporate the likelihood that the virus becomes widespread.”  This is just some of the fallout COVID-19 otherwise known as coronavirus is having on the global economy.  The report further states, “If COVID-19 spreads rapidly, supply chain delays could persist, US consumer demand could plummet, and firms could lay off workers in an effort to maintain margins,”

 

When a significant supply chain is all but stopped, starting again can be slow going. Industry giant Coca-Cola has become concerned that supply chain shortages could impact its beverages, those which have ingredients sourced directly from China.

The CDC has warned that COVID-19 will continue to spread, consumers in areas of infection can’t shop for products, shops find themselves without customers and close, factories then lay off workers and the cycle repeats.  If the outbreak is limited to mostly China activity could return to normal by 2nd QTR.  Unfortunately, the spread seems inevitable and is no longer if but when.

So, what can businesses do? planning for possible disruptions is going to be their best course of action, suppliers should ensure they have alternative supply sources ready.  They should also take advantage of supplies that are available now, they may not be later.

Start Finding NEW suppliers at GetThatWholesale.com

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Not too HOT or COLD but JUST RIGHT!! 2019

According to Wikipedia, “A Goldilocks economy is an economy that is not too hot or cold, in other words, sustains moderate economic growth, and that has low inflation, which allows a market-friendly monetary policy. The name comes from the children’s story The Three Bears.”

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5 Days, 5 Cities: ASD Hits the Road to Celebrate Small Business Week & Retail

April 24, 2018

LOS ANGELES, April 2018 – In Celebration of National Small Business Week 2018, ASD Market Week and Hubba team up and take Retail Minded’s Nicole Reyhle on the road to celebrate success of thriving local retailers in 5 select cities across the U.S.

As part of National Small Business Week, ASD, the leading general merchandise trade show in the U.S., in partnership with Hubba, will be joining forces with global thought leader Nicole Reyhle of Retail Minded, to celebrate the growing role of small businesses in the next generation of commerce.

“We’re excited to bring retail front and center during Small Business Week and highlight some of the amazing, hard-working small business owners who attend ASD Market Week,” shares Camille Candella, Vice President of Marketing and Sales for ASD Market Week.

Joining Nicole on the road will be Amy Corral (Buyer Acquisition Manager), as well as a representative from Hubba. Collectively, they will deliver real-time updates direct from retail stores and communities across the country – offering small business info, news, and ideas.

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GetThatWholesale Interviews Honeys Place

Brian is the Web Accounts Manager for Honey’s Place, he offers his expert opinion on the Adult Novelties industry.  Our business is your success! Honey’s Place works hard to ensure your experience is always personal, profitable and successful. We offer state of the art order processing and drop shipping services.

GetThatWholesale: Could you provide a brief sketch of your background and industry experience?

Brian: In May 2000 I started as a sales associate at the Hustler Hollywood store on Sunset Blvd. I was eventually promoted to Inventory Control Manager of the store (maintained inventory, placed all orders, received all product, and made sure it was properly merchandised and/or backstocked). I worked there until April 2008. I have been with Honey’s Place as a web account manager Since April 2011.

 

GTW: It would certainly seem that the market for adult novelties has become huge in recent years. Is this so, and if so to what do you attribute this rise?

B: I think the “mainstreaming” of porn and the rise of up-scale women/couples friendly erotic boutiques has hugely contributed to the increase in market size. Companies aren’t sleazy as they once were, the new generation of owners/producers see it as a serious business.

 

GTW: How does the profit margin on adult toys compare to other retail niches?

B: The profit margins are normally a little higher than normal retail.

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$280 Billion Discount Trade Industry Is Experiencing A Major Shake-Up

GREGORY GARVIN
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January 27, 2017

TigerTrade B2B Platform Is Revolutionizing Global Off-Price Commerce
Ripe For Disruption, $280 Billion Discount Trade Industry Is Experiencing A Major Shake-Up

NEW YORK, NY – TigerTrade sees opportunities in global demand for bargain hunting getting bigger and faster thanks to its cutting-edge approach to international off-price retail. This technology-focused firm launched a first-of-its-kind, business-to-business (B2B) off-price platform designed to improve the speed and efficiency with which companies can sell their excess inventory to international buyers in new markets such as China, United Arab Emirates and Mexico. As simple as signing up, bidding and completing a transaction, vetted businesses and retail brands can move excess inventory across the world within a few clicks. While globalization has accelerated business-to-consumer methods of purchase, changes in the B2B off-price industry have not seen much innovation or automation – until now.

Tanjila Islam, CEO of TigerTrade, and an International Trade and Global Sourcing adjunct professor at the Fashion Institute of Technology said, “Our mission is to be the trusted end-to-end marketplace for buying and selling wholesale closeout merchandise. We achieve this because we understand the needs of our buyers, we know our suppliers.” Islam continues, “There is a ton of supply and plenty of demand, but it is currently hard for buyers to locate international sellers.” Where she saw a market need, she also saw inefficiencies.

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Vaporizers: The Pickaxe of the Medical Marijuana Market

The legal dry herb market is forecasted to top $6 billion in 2016, and the growth potential of this new industry is expected to be very high for years to come as more states move to legalize the herbs both medically and recreationally. Obviously this is a very attractive industry to enter, but the introductory costs for starting farms and dispensaries are prohibitively expensive.

The good news for budding entrepreneurs is that with the growth of marijuana sales, many ancillary products and services will also see significant sales increases. There’s a common maxim taught to wanna-be business owners that goes like this: “You can mine for gold or you can sell pickaxes.” This saying alludes to the fact that some of the most successful businesses are built around offering tools or supplies for bigger industries.