It’s less than two weeks from the start of the July 2012 Atlanta International Gift & Home Furnishings Market® and Atlanta International Area Rug Market®. Are you prepared?
There are basic components in the groundwork for a successful Market trip. Taking a few simple steps before you ever leave home can make the difference between feeling overwhelmed and scattered and being focused and on top of things.
The key is preparation and organization. What do you need to accomplish? Are you ordering from existing lines to simply fill in inventory? Are you considering expanding into a new category? There’s an adage to “buy what you sell, don’t sell what you buy” that applies to almost every retailer. Make a plan and stick to it; otherwise it’s easy to get sidetracked and suddenly find you only have a day left until you go home, and you haven’t accomplished what you intended.
Whether you’ve been coming to AmericasMart for 30 years or it’s your first time, here’s a pre-Market checklist to get started:
- Hotel Reservations
- Lots of Business Cards
- Cell phone and charger
- Pre-planned appointment schedule
- Credit information for new vendors
- Estimated budget
- Knowledge of store inventory – what’s selling and what’s lacking
- Open-to-buy purchase plan by categories
- Assignments for each member of your buying team
- Planned merchandise delivery dates
- Re-sale license or local sales tax number
- Fast Badge Registration for returning buyers
- Comfortable shoes
We want everyone to have the best possible Market experience in Atlanta– starting before you ever leave home. Use AmericasMart.com and the AmericasMart Magazine to plot a course for each day. Don’t forget to include time for educational events (there are some phenomenal learning opportunities at Markets) as well as some of the social events. The Atlanta Buyer’s Guide available at all registration desks has a complete, day-by-day list of what’s happening.
Markets are about more than shopping ’til you drop – have a focused plan so you also have time to enjoy Atlanta hospitality!