The Tupelo Furniture Market has implemented incentives and special programming aimed specifically at benefiting small and mid-sized operators. Furniture retailers of all sizes attend the Tupelo Market each year searching for new, cutting edge products and services that will allow them to increase traffic, revenues and profit margins. This year the market has expanded its Buyer Rewards Initiative to include the Small Operator Program, which provides smaller retailers with exciting new buying opportunities.
“Convincing smaller operators that there are opportunities for them at any market has become a challenge,” said Kevin Seddon, Tupelo Market President. “So we’ve worked
diligently to convince exhibiting companies to reduce or drop minimum order requirements, offer special close-out opportunities or introduce other incentives that would benefit the smaller operator. In addition, we have recruited companies that act as distributors for larger manufacturers. These companies offer a wide-range of products with quantities and pricing that appeal to smaller retailers.”
Many companies showing in Tupelo welcome small quantity and partial truck load orders, giving smaller operators the ability to offer more diversity of brands and styles in their showrooms. This, in turn, helps them attract new customers and gives past customers a reason to return.
While every program introduced in the Buyer Awards Initiative has been designed to increase opportunities for all retailers, these programs will benefit small and mid-sized retailers the most. In addition to the Small Operator Program, these retailers can take advantage of a number of different programs such as the Super Early Bird Package, Show Your Badge Program, Hosted Buyer Program, Regional Buyer Shuttles, Buyer and Seller “Matchmaker” Initiative, “Lunch and Learn” Sessions, TOS Club Membership, TFM Show Dollars and the TFM Weekend Pass.
The upcoming Tupelo Furniture Market will take place from August 18th through 21st in Tupelo, Mississippi.