30 Days Hath September
So, yea, here it is November and I just realized that the last time I blogged was in September. *facepalm*
In my defense, it has been a very busy month or so in the world of kids belts. Basically, the whole end of September and first half of October was lost the black hole that is ABC Kids Expo. This is the largest trade show we do and so it takes time to
plot and scheme er… plan and set up! (but more about that in a minute) Then, the whole end of October is spent recovering and rebuilding inventory from all of the shows orders. Needless to say, we have been on a non stop freight train and happily, it’s slowing back down to a manageable pace.
Back to the ABC Kids Expo. This year rocked! We were so excited to be going back to Vegas and had very high hopes for this show. Let me tell you this, it did not disappoint. We had some great face time with a several of our current retailers and were able to add many to retailers to the mix!
I know you are asking, “But what does that mean for me, the end customer?” Well, I’m glad you asked! It means there are more stores for you to actually walk into and pick up Dapper Snappers. “But, Chelle, where are these stores that you speak of?” There is a list of all of our retailers on our website, which lets you narrow it down to search in your state! See how easy we try to make it for you, our loyal, wonderful customers!
The other great part about the ABC Kids Expo this year was that there was a large presence of international distributors. It’s hard for manufacturers to gain traction in other countries with our a distributor simply because shipping costs are prohibitive for a small store. For example, a small store could place an order for $250 in product and have to spend an additional $50 in shipping and that doesn’t include any duties or taxes. Basically, they would have to sell Dapper Snappers for a ridiculous amount, or not make any money on them at all (and what would be the point in that?). When we work with distributors, the shipping and handling cost can be spread over much larger quantities and that makes it way more affordable for our international stores. The bottom line is that we are thrilled to have made so many connections with distributors at this event!
Anyway, that’s what I have been up to the last few weeks. How about you? Anything interesting you want to share?