5 Reasons Retailers Need to Attend ASD Market Week This Summer
Attending trade shows are among the best things retailers can do when trying to strengthen their business. From gaining insight on the latest inventory trends to identifying business solutions to help them operate their stores more efficiently to networking with industry leaders and like-minded store owners, there is no shortage of strengths when it comes to attending trade shows. Keeping this in mind, merchants across the world are prepping for their upcoming attendance to ASD Market Week in Las Vegas, taking place July 30 – August 2, 2017. If you’re not among those already planning to attend, consider the below 5 reasons why you won’t want to miss this exciting trade event for retailers.
#1: Retailers Have Over 2,700 Vendors To Choose From at ASD Market Week
Finding new vendors to introduce into your store assortment is among the best ways to keep your inventory fresh, your product assortment interesting and your customers engaged. With over 2,700 vendors exhibiting at ASD Market Week, merchants are able to discover items they never knew they needed for their stores while also exploring vendors they know and trust will do well for their business. When you factor in that these collective vendors make up over 1 million plus items to choose from, there is undoubtedly no shortage of items for retailers to choose from. Plus, attendees can engage with various business solution providers at ASD Market Week – helping them to further increase their store success.
#2: Merchants Have 19 Inventory Categories to Explore While at ASD Market Week
From apparel to accessories to gifts to novelty to home accents and more, there is an abundance of inventory assortment for retailers to explore while at ASD Market Week. As Jack Change from Living Social said, ASD Market Week is a “great show that I’m digging out of the avalanche of new merchandise leads right now.” Expanding on this, Bonnie McMains of Flaming Gorge Market explains that “we have doubled our gift shop sales since we started attending ASD.”
#3: Attendees Can Gain Education Specific to Retailers That Take Place All Day, Every Day
With 97 educational sessions available for attendees to participate in, there is something for every type of merchant to learn from while at ASD Market Week. Taking place during all four days of the show, the Independent Retailer Conference holds 15 minute, quick learning experiences directly on the show floors of ASD while also offering keynote and break-out sessions for attendees to enjoy complimentary as part of their ASD Market Week experience. Additionally, Source Direct – which is co-located at ASD Market Week – offers educational opportunities unique to sourcing professionals. For a full overview of education opportunities at ASD Market Week, click here.
#4: Retailers Can Discover Unbeatable High Margin Inventory
Historically, margin has meant “keystone” or 50% of selling price yet at ASD you can expect margins to greatly exceed the 50% level. To learn more, watch this video where one retailer explains how they buy necklaces at $2-3 and sell for $49. This is just one example of the value found at ASD where margins not only deliver profit, but help protect inventory mark-up when markdowns may be necessary.
#5: ASD Market Week Attendees Can Network, Mingle and Have Some Fun
Make no mistake… ASD Market Week is a busy stretch of four days that offers value and opportunities to exhibitors and attendees alike. Keeping this in mind, ASD introduces attendees to various networking opportunities and social opportunities, as well. To help discover and manage the various events, educational sessions, social experiences and more offered from ASD, register for the ASD Show Planner here.
Finally, as you prepare for the upcoming ASD Market Week held in Las Vegas, don’t forget to explore the travel perks offered by ASD, as well, to help you plan for your trip. Begin with hotel deals here, then explore ASD online to gain a more complete overview of all that ASD offers to help you prepare for your upcoming attendance to ASD Market Week.