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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: 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 >
NBS Insider: September 1, 2020
Posted 9/1/2020: NBS Insider: Crown Enterprises OR Magazine Feature, Al's Opens 3rd Location, First-Time Firearm Buyers Approaches 5 Million, & More! || Crown Enterprises Featured in Article Titled 'The Right Thing to Do" in Outdoor Retailer Summer 2020 Magazine - Want to know what it takes to not only survive, but thrive in today’s COVID-19-crushed retail world? Take a lesson from Joe Power, president of employee-owned Crown Enterprises, which operates five outdoor retail store across Montana, Idaho and Washington. Crown Enterprises found a simple way to thrive during the pandemic. The shop puts employees, community and customers first. See more >
NBS Insider: August 24, 2020
Posted 8/24/2020: NBS Insider: NBS Virtually Live!, Two New Members, NSSF Celebrates 2nd Amendment Victory, Outdoor Recreation Discussions, & More! || NBS Completes First Ever NBS Virtually Live! Market Event - From August 18-20, 2020, NBS hosted our first ever NBS Virtually Live! Market Event to replace our cancelled 2020 Fall Semi-Annual Market originally scheduled to take place this month. The interactive live portion of the event concluded last week, but our NBS Virtually Live! Platform will remain open until September 8 for our Members to access Programs and other Vendor documents. We want to thank all of our Members and Vendor Partners who participated in this new Market event format! We hope to see everyone back in Fort Worth in February for our 2021 Spring Semi-Annual Market! See more >
NBS Insider: August 4, 2020
Posted 8/4/2020: NBS Insider: National Shooting Sports Month, Trump Signs Great American Outdoors Act, Firearm Checks Surge, & More! || Presidential Message on National Shooting Sports Month 2020 - "During National Shooting Sports Month, we commemorate our Constitutional right to bear arms by celebrating America’s cherished past time of recreational and competitive shooting sports. Our great Nation has a rich history of fostering responsible gun ownership." See more >
NBS Insider: July 21, 2020
Posted 7/21/2020: NBS Insider: Industry Shows, GAOA Vote, State of Retail, Firearm Vote, Gun Sales, & More! || ICAST 2020 Online Virtual Trade Show Highlights Sportfishing Industry's Resiliency - Buyers, media, exhibitors and other representatives from the global sportfishing industry brought ICAST 2020 Online to life from July 13-17, during recreational fishing’s first-ever virtual trade show. For the first time, with the online venue, the angling public also had the opportunity to participate in the trade show. See more >
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