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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.

Featured Industry News

Behind the Firing Line: Nashville Armory
Posted 9/4/18: In a recent edition of the NSSF Behind the Firing Line blog, Nashville Armory, an NBS Member, is highlighted for some of their business methods. Nashville Armory is a range and retailer located 10 minutes from downtown Nashville, just off Interstate 65, and there is a second, smaller facility in Franklin, Tennessee, a southern suburb of Nashville. See more >
NBS Concludes Inaugural NBS Expo
Posted 8/31/18: On August 27-28, 2018, NBS hosted the inaugural NBS Expo in conjunction with the Fall Semi-Annual Market at the Fort Worth Convention Center in Fort Worth, Texas. See more >
NSSF Names O.F. Mossberg & Son's Joseph Bartozzi as President
Posted 8/23/18: The Board of Governors of the National Shooting Sports Foundation® (NSSF®), the trade association to the firearms industry, today announced that O.F. Mossberg & Son’s Executive Vice President and General Counsel, Joseph Bartozzi, will be the organization’s next President. Bartozzi will assume his new duties Sept. 10, 2018. See more >
Welcome Cape Gun Works to the NBS Family!
Posted 8/22/18: We are happy to welcome Cape Gun Works from Hyannis, Massachusetts, to the Nation's Best Sports Family! See more >
Paducah Shooter's Supply to Host Grand Reopening Celebration
Posted 8/21/18: After the devastating fire that destroyed Paducah Shooters Supply's storefront in Paducah, Kentucky, our Member is now ready to reopen its doors. Paducah Shooters Supply's grand reopening celebration will take place from August 23-25, 2018. See more >
Crosman Corporation Announces Formation of Velocity Outdoor
Posted 8/14/18: Crosman Corporation, a subsidiary of Compass Diversified Holdings, LLC, recently announced that its board of directors has approved its holding company’s new name: Velocity Outdoor. The board believes that the new corporate identity better reflects the diverse portfolio of brands currently under the Crosman Corporation umbrella and highlights the company’s strengths in the hunting, shooting and outdoor markets. See more >
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