Purchasing Power and Nation's Best Sports
NATIONS BEST SPORTS is the largest volume, sporting goods buying group in North America. Our Over 300 members operate over 800 retail sporting goods stores in North America, with a combined retail volume in excess of 3 billion dollars. As a consequence, we are in a position to negotiate the most advantageous programs for our members.
To accomplish this, we rely on the strength of combined knowledge, objectives, teamwork, and member involvement and input.
In addition to our discounted programs with major vendors, our members may take advantage of the many special purchase opportunities which become available throughout the year, as well as the Show Specials which are available at the NBS Markets.
Strength Of Purpose
The purpose of NBS is to enhance our members’ position in the competitive retail sporting goods business through increased buying power combined with retail identity, marketing services, and information resources. To accomplish this we rely on the strength of combined knowledge, objectives, teamwork, and member input and involvement.
NBS is wholly owned by our members, operated under by-laws, and governed by a board of directors. The active involvement of individual members in our negotiation process with our suppliers is what gives NBS its vitality and permits the successful representation of the membership.
NBS is a resource for valuable information that can strengthen retail performance. Retailers share experience on common issues such as buying trends, pricing structures, sales promotions, merchandising methods and more.
Expanded Selection / Customer Satisfaction
Lines of merchandise become accessible that might not be available to non-members. This gives you the opportunity to offer full lines of merchandise for customer convenience and satisfaction.
NBS provides brands that are exclusive to our members. This exciting feature gives NBS members greater margins while offering your customers a unique selection of quality merchandise found only at NBS member stores.
NBS electronically transmits a weekly Bulletin to all members, filled with buying opportunities, new products, and special deals. The bulletin also provides a forum to level-out inventory. Members sell products to each other at cost, helping each other maintain profitability, an excellent method to supplement and/or control stock.
Member Service Programs
- MasterCard and Visa Discounts - NBS members are automatically
pre-qualified for participation in MasterCard and Visa discount
programs. Members realize substantial savings using these negotiated
- Fixture and Packaging Discounts - NBS researches and finds
vendors to provide special discounts on fixtures and packaging.
- Freight Rates - NBS employs an expert on freight rates to garner premier
rates. This guarantees that shipments from the manufacturer to you will
be at the lowest possible rate, all the time. Special discounts with Fed
Ex, Estes, YRC and other major freight carriers assures you of the lowest
rates, regardless of the size of the shipment.
- Housing, Air and Ground Transportation Discounts - Special hotel rates
are established for each NBS market.
Our considerable buying power comes from teamwork. Specialized buying committees work in tandem with in-house purchasing and merchandising managers to establish the best price and payment terms.
The bigger the membership, the greater the buying power, the smaller the prices. It’s that simple. Members receive advantageous pricing on products your customers want and need. Your profitability increases because of the additional discounts received.