Whether it’s your first trip to AmericasMart Atlanta or your twenty-first, there are a few things to keep in mind to make your shopping experience the best it can be.
Plan your shopping by pre-determining the categories of merchandise you need to buy. Remember to buy what sells – don’t sell what you decide to buy.
Study the Locator Map in your Atlanta Buyer’s Guide and find the floors that carry the merchandise categories you need. Then, study the individual floor plans and highlight the showrooms you need to visit.
Begin shopping on the top floor of your category and move down using the stairs and escalators (often faster than elevators).
Shop all appropriate floors for your merchandise categories by going through each hallway. If you see a showroom you’d like to visit that isn’t on your original list, highlight it on your floor plan for a return visit.
Study the floor plans of the temporary display areas to determine the categories you need to shop. Again, shop for what will sell in your stores.
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 AmericasMart Travel Desk to book housing and plan travel 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.