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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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