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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

Fall Athletic Market Thank You from NBS Athletics Category Manager Chris Champ
Posted 11/30/2017: NBS joined forces with the Athletic Dealers of America (ADA) buying group for the first ever co-located buying group market November 10-12 in Oklahoma City. See more >
NBS Hosts Winter Hardgoods Business Development Meetings
Posted 11/17/2017: During the week of November 14, NBS hosted a great week of Winter Hardgoods Business Development Meetings at the NBS office in Fort Worth, Texas. See more >
NBS Hosts Shooting Sports Business Development Meetings
Posted 11/13/2017: From November 7-9, NBS hosted the Firearms, Ammunition and Shooting Accessories Business Development Meetings to prepare for the upcoming 2018 Spring Semi-Annual Market. See more >
NBS Hosts 2017 Winter Softgoods Business Development Meetings
Posted 10/31/2017: During the week of October 23, NBS hosted three days of Winter Softgoods Business Development Meetings preparing for the upcoming Winter Specialty Market in January! See more >
NBS Hosts 2017 Hunting & Rugged Apparel Business Development Meetings
Posted 10/30/2017: During the week of October 23, NBS hosted three great days of Hunting & Rugged Apparel Business Development Meetings in the NBS office. See more >
Eagle Armory LLC Joins the NBS Family!
Posted 10/20/2017: We are happy to announce the addition of Eagle Armory LLC from Springfield, Missouri, to the NBS Family! See more >
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