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Smaller buying groups take retailers a step ahead

Volume 26/Number 17; January 7/14, 2013

From education to networking to competitive pricing, FCA Network gives members what they need to be successful.

In today’s economic climate, retailers have to fight for every piece of the market, no matter how small or large the slice. Buying groups are not only for new products and services, but can also provide retailers with the tools needed to succeed in business.

Two buying groups, FCA Network and Big Bob’s, have unique characteristics
that attract retailers to join. FCNews contributing editor Emily Cappiello spoke to several members of both groups to find out what makes the organizations different and why joining was the best decision for their businesses. Continue reading Smaller buying groups take retailers a step ahead

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Specialty vendor, Stainmaster roll buy in spotlight

Las Vegas—When the National Floorcovering Alliance (NFA) meets here each year on the morning prior to Surfaces, one of the primary goals is to expose its members to vendors not present at the group’s two major gatherings in the spring and fall. Referred to as tier 2 suppliers, members have the opportunity to spend three hours with “specialty vendors” in a table-top trade show format, allowing them to fill in gaps and/or further differentiate their product lineup from their competition. Continue reading Specialty vendor, Stainmaster roll buy in spotlight