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About the NBS Markets

An NBS Market is a unique trade show experience where the exhibiting vendors show their products and Members write orders while the Market is in session in order to receive the pricing approved in the submitted program. Exhibiting vendors offer special pricing programs that are only available to NBS Members, ensuring that vendors walk away from the Market with a high volume of purchase orders in hand. NBS partners with key vendors, so competition between vendors is less than in the open market.

Retailers who attend these Markets are a diverse group of independent retailers and are the local market specialists in their communities. From team athletic retailers to ski shops, shooting ranges to general or outdoor sporting goods stores, NBS Members represent a large cross-section of the sporting goods industry.


How to Become a Preferred Vendor

There is no cost to becoming an NBS preferred vendor, but vendors must contact the merchandiser for your specific category and complete a Prospective Vendor Form in order to become an NBS preferred vendor and attend our Markets. Once you have submitted a Prospective Vendor Form, your category manager will contact you. Your category manager works closely with the NBS Committees, staying abreast of the needs of the Membership, and coordinating those needs with the offerings from vendors. Once you have been approved as a vendor, you will receive a login, which will allow you access to vital information. To find out more information about exhibiting at the Markets, please contact your category manager.


Market Information

Vendors and Members can find the most up-to-date information about our current and upcoming Markets by visiting our Markets page. If you’re unsure about which Markets you should attend, review the categories for each Market, and contact your category manager for further information or to discuss secondary Market options.

Once you receive purchase orders from NBS Members, vendors bill and ship to each Member directly.

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NBS Insider: June 23, 2020
Posted 6/23/2020: NBS Insider: Fall Market, Great American Outdoors Act, Outdoor Retailer Online, Nordica VP Retires, Athletic Events Resume, & More! || Don't Forget to Register for the NBS 2020 Fall Semi-Annual Market - If you haven't done so already, register now for the NBS 2020 Fall Semi-Annual Market from August 21-23, 2020, being held at the Fort Worth Convention Center in Fort Worth, Texas! Please visit the NBS website to login to your account to register and access all Market information. We are excited to see all of you in less than two months! See more >
NBS Insider: June 9, 2020
Posted 6/09/2020: NBS Insider: 2020 Fall Market Registration, NBS Thanks NSSF Video, Fontana Sports Devastated by Rioting, Scott's Outdoor Sports Highlighted, & More! || Registration Now Open for the NBS 2020 Fall Semi-Annual Market - We are excited to announce our plans to go forward with our NBS 2020 Fall Semi-Annual Market from August 21-23, 2020, at the Fort Worth Convention Center in Fort Worth, Texas! Registration is now open on the NBS website where you can login to your account to register and access all Market information. We are excited to see all of you in a few months! See more >
NBS Insider: May 26, 2020
Posted 5/26/2020: NBS Insider: New Form 4473, Fitness Industry Soars, Hunting Fever, Cancelled Events, Marketing Tips, & More! || ATF Announces Release of New Form 4473 - NSSF is pleased to announce that ATF is set to release its newest version of the Form 4473. The Form 4473 is used by all Federal Firearm License (FFL) holders to record pertinent information from persons seeking to purchase a firearm or firearms prior to the FFL performing a background check via the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) or state-approved point-of-contact law enforcement agency. See more >
NBS Insider: May 12, 2020
Posted 5/12/2020: NBS Insider: Sporting Goods Sales Surge, Firearm Background Checks, Shopping Trends, Google vs. Amazon, Facebook Milestone, & More! || How COVID-19 is Impacting the Outdoor Recreation Industry - The Outdoor Recreation Roundtable (ORR) surveyed its member trade associations representing over 100,000 businesses from the RV, camp, boat, hunt & fish, and bike categories about the impact each organization and member companies have experienced during the pandemic. See more >
NBS Insider: April 28, 2020
Posted 4/28/2020: NBS Insider: Economic Relief Bill, March Retail Sales, ICAST 2020 Cancelled, Firearm Sale Trends, Vendor News, & More || President Trump Signs $484 Billion Economic Relief Bill - Last week, President Trump signed a $484 billion Coronavirus economic relief package to aid small businesses, hospitals, and more during this crisis. As part of the measure, $370 billion will be used to aid small businesses with payroll amid temporary closures to reduce the spread of the virus. With the $370 billion, $310 billion will be allocated to the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) providing small business loans to potentially be forgiven, while $60 billion will be allocated to the Small Business Administration (SBA) disaster assistance loans and grants. See more >
NBS Insider: April 14, 2020
Posted 4/14/2020 - NBS Insider: COVID-19 Affects on Shooting Industry, Outdoor Retailer Cancelled, ICAST Still On Schedule, Vendors Donate Supplies, & More! || Hurry Up & Wait? Why Relief to Small Businesses Has Lagged - Speed is of the essence if a federal relief program for small businesses is going to be effective in combating the damage wrought by the coronavirus lockdowns. Yet, days into the program, many Main Street businesses are still waiting for the cash infusion necessary to stay alive. See more >
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