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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, 2020
Posted 12/23/2020: NBS Insider: Winter & Spring Virtual Market Registration, Len Hale of The Sportsman's Headquarters Passes Away, NPD Sales Reports, & More! || Registration Now Open for the 2021 Winter Specialty Virtual Market - Registration is now open for both the 2021 Winter Specialty Virtual Market! This Virtual Market will be held from January 11-30, 2021. See more >
NBS Insider: December 8, 2020
Posted 12/08/2020: NBS Insider: Upcoming Virtual Markets, Kendall Whitley Joins NBS, ATA Virtual Show Info, Vendor Acquisitions, Holiday Sales Trends, & More! || NBS to Host Virtual Markets for the 2021 Winter Specialty Market & 2021 Spring Semi-Annual Market - Last week, we announced the cancelation of our physical 2021 Winter Specialty and 2021 Spring Semi-Annual Markets due largely to circumstances out of our control. At this time, we are working hard to put together Virtual Markets for both of these events and will release more information about both of these Virtual Markets in the near future. We thank you for your understanding and for adapting with us as we navigate these Virtual Markets together. See more >
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 >
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