Tips for Shopping AmericasMart

Navigating the AmericasMart campus needn’t be daunting. You’ll do a better job giftexteriorshopping for your customers if you plan ahead and allow plenty of time to enjoy your experience. Here are a few tips to keep in mind before and during Market:

  • Visit and use the myMarket tool to create a plan for each day. Book appointments with vendors you absolutely must see.
  • Bring plenty of business cards. Consider printing sheets of labels with your business name and address to simplify the order-writing process.
  • Substance wins over style. You have a lot of ground to cover so wear comfortable shoes. Also, many vendors will send catalogs so you don’t have to carry them around during Market then drag them home with you.
  • Prepare a list of merchandise categories you need to shop. Match your list to the product centers and category listings online and in the Atlanta Buyer’s Guide. Shop your top categories first.
  • Window shop the appropriate product centers to get a quick look at what’s where…highlight showrooms and booths you want to visit on the floor maps in your Atlanta Buyer’s Guide. Having a designated shopping plan ensures you don’t miss floors or aisles you intend to see.
  • Use escalators and stairways when moving between floors. No need for an elevator to travel one floor. Make sure to use the aerial bridges to move between buildings. There’s no need to go outside in January unless you want to.
  • Your Atlanta Buyer’s Guide offers comprehensive Market information regarding everything from parking to luggage checks to AMU class schedules to complete product line listings both alphabetically and by classifications. AmericasMart greeters also are positioned at entrances and exits daily to answer questions.
  • If you’re on Twitter, follow AmericasMart ( ATL) to receive tweets about news and events each day.  Also become a fan on Facebook for status updates.
  • Remember that you are a purchasing agent for your customers, not a selling agent for the manufacturer, so take time to establish a good relationship with vendors and suppliers.
  • C.O.D. shipments aren’t recommended. Be prepared to present the necessary credit information to be able to place an order.
  • Always convert all orders placed to retail to determine the real value of what you’ve ordered.
  • Include a shipping date on every order placed – never assume an order will be shipped unless the date has been confirmed.
  • Include a cancellation date on all orders (normally 30 days).
  • Always find out the freight charge to accurately calculate the total cost of the order and find out the method of shipping.
  • Finalize any open issues before leaving Market.
  • Take all copies of all orders placed at Market and double check ship dates and cancellation dates.
  • Visit the on-site housing office to book accommodations for upcoming Markets.
  • Finally, enjoy your trip – you’ll do a better job of shopping if you relax and take advantage of all AmericasMart Atlanta has to offer.

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