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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

NBS Insider: November 24, 2020
Posted 11/24/2020: NBS Insider: Small Business Saturday, ATA & OR Online Details, NSSF Releases Firearm Data, Holiday Sales Forecast, & More! || NBS Completes Live Events for Two Virtual Markets in November - Thank you to all our Members and Vendor Partners who participated in our Fall Athletic Virtual Market or Hunting & Rugged Apparel Virtual Market over the past few weeks! Although we wish we could have all been together at in-person markets, we want to thank everyone for adapting with us as we navigate through these new Virtual Markets. See more >
NBS Insider: November 10, 2020
Posted 11/10/2020: NBS Insider: Upcoming 2021 Markets, 2 New NBS Members, Frontier Justice Expands, ATA Moves Online, SHOT Show Cancels, & More! || Welcome Shoot Center in Cape Coral, Florida, to the NBS Family! - We are excited to welcome Shoot Center to the Nation's Best Sports Family! Shoot Center is a shooting sports specialty retailer with a 15-lane indoor range located in Cape Coral, Florida. See more >
NBS Insider: October 27, 2020
Posted 10/27/2020: NBS Insider: 2021 NBS Markets, SHOT Show Questions, ATA & OR Cancel In-Person Shows, Vendor News, & More! || Archery Trade Association Pulls the Plug on ATA 2021 - Despite the combined efforts of the Archery Trade Association Board of Directors, staff and the city of Indianapolis, your ATA Board of Directors made the tough decision to cancel the in-person 2021 ATA Trade Show, scheduled to take place Jan. 7-9, 2021, in Indianapolis. See more >
NBS Insider: October 13, 2020
Posted 10/13/2020: NBS Insider: Virtual Market Registration Now Open, NBS to Host Winter Market in Colorado, Beretta Celebrates 494 Years, Vendor Acquisition Updates, & More! || Registration Now Open for the Fall Athletic & Hunting & Rugged Apparel Markets - Registration is now open for the Fall Athletic and Hunting & Rugged Apparel Markets that will be held via our new NBS Virtually Live Platform in November! Our 2020 Fall Athletic Market will take place virtually from November 9-12, while our 2020 Hunting & Rugged Apparel Market will take place virtually from November 17-20. See more >
NBS Insider: September 29, 2020
Posted 9/29/2020: NBS Insider: Upcoming Virtual Markets, Vance Outdoors New Location, Remington Assets Sold, Vista Acquires Remington Ammunition, & More! || NBS to Host Two Virtual Markets in November - In November, NBS will host two different virtual markets via our new NBS Virtually Live! Platform. Our 2020 Fall Athletic Market will take place virtually from November 9-13, while our 2020 Hunting & Rugged Apparel Market will take place virtually from November 16-20. See more >
NBS Insider: September 15, 2020
Posted 9/15/2020: NBS Insider: Mission Ridge Range Joins NBS, Hunting Season Numbers, SHOT Show Insider, August NICS Numbers, REI Sells Headquarters, & More! || Mission Ridge Range & Academy in San Antonio, Texas, Joins the NBS Family - We are excited to welcome Mission Ridge Range & Academy to the Nation's Best Sports Family! Mission Ridge Range & Academy is a shooting sports specialty retailer with a 26-lane indoor firearm range and a 20-yard archery range located in San Antonio, Texas. See more >
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