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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: December 23, 2019
Posted 12/23/2019 - NBS Insider: Happy Holidays, Business Development Meetings, Winter Outdoor Magazine, Amazon, Tariffs, & More! || NBS Hosts Hunting & Archery Business Development Meetings - Two weeks ago, NBS hosted two sets of Business Development Meetings in the NBS office to prepare for the 2020 Spring Semi-Annual Market in February. Over four days, our Hunting and Archery Committees collectively met with dozens of vendors representing over 50 brands. See more >
NBS Insider: December 10, 2019
Posted 12/10/2019: NBS Insider: Al's Sporting Goods, Gun's & Gear Store, Black Friday, Cyber Monday, Vendor News, & More! || Al's Sporting Goods to Open Third Location in Idaho Falls - Al’s Sporting Goods, the Logan-based company, has set their sights on a new location in Idaho Falls. The family-owned retailer has been operating in Logan for nearly a century. Al's purchased the former 30,000 square foot Toys-R-Us building at 2395 East 17 Street in Idaho Falls and anticipate opening sometime in September 2020.
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NBS Insider: November 26, 2019
Posted 11/26/2019 - NBS Insider: Small Business Saturday, Two New Member Announcements, AOB Changes, UPS Strategies, Interest Rate Cuts, & More! || Shop Small for Small Business Saturday: Saturday, November 30, 2019 - In these days of ever changing retail, it is important for all of us to understand the significant role that Independent Retail plays in our country. Independent dealers are why NBS exists, and today we are comprised of over 400 independent retail Members representing over 1,000 store fronts across North America.
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NBS Insider: November 12, 2019
Posted 11/12/2019 - NBS Insider: Business Development Meetings, Tariffs, NSGA, Bushnell, Kahr Arms, E-Commerce, Social Media & More! || NBS Hosts Multiple Sets of Business Development Meetings in October & November - Over that past few weeks, NBS has hosted multiple sets of Business Development Meetings (BDMs) in preparation for our upcoming Markets.
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NBS Insider: October 29, 2019
Posted 10/29/2019 - NBS Insider: Winter BDMs, Shooters World, Paddlesports Report, SIA Program Launch, ADA Website Compliance, Mobile Shopping Stats, Holiday Shopping, & More! || NBS Hosts 2019 Winter Softgoods Business Development Meetings - Last week from October 21-23, NBS hosted our annual Winter Softgoods Business Development Meetings (BDMs) to prepare for January's Winter Specialty Market! Thank you to our Committee Members and Advisors; Jason Larsen (Al's Sporting Goods), Cami Jung (P.F. McMullin Company), Brigitte Liedke (Summit Sports), and NBS Category Manager Ken Chandley; on hosting a great few days of meetings with a dozen of our winter softgoods vendor partners. See more >
NBS Insider: October 15, 2019
Posted 10/15/2019 - NBS Insider: Security Sporting Goods, Shepherd & Schaller, Tariffs, Dick's Decision, Gerber, Facebook Ads, & More! || Security Sporting Goods Celebrates 70th Business Anniversary - Congratulations to our Member, Security Sporting Goods, in Alexandria, Louisiana, who will be celebrating their 70th Anniversary this Thursday, October 17th! See more >
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