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31 Tips to Win the Heart of a Retailer

Everyone wants to know what everyone else does to get their products into stores!  Here are 31 fabulous tips to try out.  I think each and every suggestion is a valuable one and should be taken to heart and given a fair try.  Thanks again to my fabulous Entreprenette Experts!

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  • As a retailer I love all the tips! They are excellent and so true! Taking the opportunity, I’m looking for Private Label candles and fashion forward gym bags (like Bebe Sport styles). If anyone offer them or knows of who does please let me know. Thank you so much!

  • I agree with Aline, these are terrific tips! I especially loved the tip on how to warm up a cold call by sending a flyer first. Aline, you can find some great private label candles at http://www.madisonavenuecandles.com. Thanks again Sarah for these helpful sales tips.

    Christie Wanlass,
    Kohana Skin

  • Ashley Jobe says:

    I absolutely love the tips, read throught the entire list, #31 is the best!!

  • Heather says:

    Lots of great tips! I am really excited to start using these. I want to get my purses in more stores, but I currently make everything. Any tips on manufacturing to be able to fill more orders?

  • […] 31 Tips To Get a Retailer’s Attention. Anyone who’s ever tried to penetrate the retail market knows the challenge of getting your products into small much less large retail stores. Without retail exposure you can always sell your products online of course, but winning over retailers can open up a whole new world for your business and create increased opportunities for your company to grow. Here are 31 tips to help you get started collected by entrepreneur Sarah Shaw. The Entreprenette Gazette […]

  • Tom Shay says:

    I would agree these are great ideas about getting your merchandise into a retailer’s store, but where is the help in getting the merchandise sold by the retailer?

    Where are the suggestions for how to display merchandise? How about finding lines that compliment your line so that both will sell better? Are we going to teach them inventory control so they order enough but not too much? Are we going to teach the retailers how to advertise or just give them some photos of the items and some co-op money? Do we teach them how to have an event as compared to just discounting merchandise in an ad?

    It is not about the manufacturer or the product; it is about the retailer being able to move goods to the consumer and having the consumer return – with a friend – to do more shopping.

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  • Thanks for these great tips! I’ve been doing research and putting together my catalog and line sheets to approach some retailers over the next few months. I’ve heard a few of these tips, but a few are new to me. I especially like the tips about personalizing my business and my products. Thanks!

    sara
    5 o’clock crows : handmade textiles

  • Grace Wieber says:

    I ♥ synchronicity ~ These 31 tips have come just as I have decided after a decade away from the NYC retail / showroom scene to dive back in at the deep end. Thanks for your wonderful newsletters, audio visuals, etc….
    Best to you. ~ Gracie

  • […] 31 tips to get a retailer’s attention. Anyone who’s ever tried to penetrate the retail market knows the challenge of getting your products into small much less large retail stores. Without retail exposure you can always sell your products online of course, but winning over retailers can open up a whole new world for your business and create increased opportunities for your company to grow. Here are 31 tips to help you get started collected by entrepreneur Sarah Shaw. The Entreprenette Gazette […]

  • […] 31 tips to get a retailer’s attention. Anyone who’s ever tried to penetrate the retail market knows the challenge of getting your products into small much less large retail stores. Without retail exposure you can always sell your products online of course, but winning over retailers can open up a whole new world for your business and create increased opportunities for your company to grow. Here are 31 tips to help you get started collected by entrepreneur Sarah Shaw. The Entreprenette Gazette […]

  • Diana says:

    LOVED THE TIPS. my partner and I re-invented the zip lock bags and have had some success but its moving very slow. We believe our bags will one day change the way America packs lunches, leftover and whatever other fun stuff you pack in your baggies. But i will def follow, remember and put some of these tips into practice.

    Thanks!
    Di

  • Katrinna says:

    Thank you for the great tips and hints!

  • Lisa Illman says:

    Great ideas and I will be using many of them!
    I also do in store Demos. Retailers love the idea of the actual owner and/or inventor of a product to come to their store (who better to sell it!) and train the employees while I am there.
    It also gives me access to their mobile phone (send them text messages to let them know I am on my way etc) and stay in touch with updates of how the Demos went etc.

    Cheers,

    Lisa Illman, President
    Kritter Kommunity, LLC
    http://kritterkommunity.com
    lillman@kritterkommunity.com

  • Lisa Illman says:

    CONTESTS
    have contests for their employees (example: who ever sells the first Kritter Kondo, Outdoor Pet Enclosure today has lunch on me with a gift certificate from a local restaurant)

    They contests really inspire the employees to work for you; this tends to be contagious.
    There is a little friendly competition in all of us!

    Lisa Illman, President
    Kritter Kommunity, LLC
    http://kritterkommunity.com
    lillman@kritterkommunity.com

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  • Thank you so much for the great advice. I’m a new Manufacturer Sales Rep for Dolce Mia and I must say, I hate cold calling but it does work, however, I love the idea of sending out information before the call and I am seriously going to try that. Thank you so much and I invite all of you to check out my website at http://www.odarlene.dolcemia.com. Continued success and prosperity to you all.

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