Are you launching your first retail endeavor? Maybe you’re new to the OFFPRICE Show or retail trade shows altogether. Regardless of how you got here, have no fear, retailers of all backgrounds, experiences, and purse power, are realizing the value of shopping the off-price sector. Here are a few of our most-asked questions…
Who Can Attend?
Verified retail buyers can register to attend the OFFPRICE Show for free. Whether you own a small boutique, work for a major, national retailer, run an online store, or need merchandise to fill several gift shops across the country, you will find something at our retail trade show.
Not every vendor will suit your needs—some will require large order placements, others may not have enough of the products you’re interested in. The truth is, off-price buying is all about capitalizing on the opportunity presented. But what can be certain is that if you browse the aisles of our show, you will make the right connections for your business and find value-priced treasures along-the-way. After all, we have about 500 vendors ready to sell apparel, accessories, and footwear for men, women, juniors, and children.
What’s It Like on the Show Floor?
Our exhibitors fill their booths with sample racks for you to browse, which means you can feel the quality material and see merchandise sizing before you place an order. For many retailers, getting this hands-on time with products is key to making a “good buy.” The OFFPRICE Show is an order-writing show, which means buyers bring their credit cards or proof of pre-approved credit to place orders on-site.
Before you place an order, be sure to ask for the vendor’s return policy and expected delivery date. Every exhibitor’s policy is different, so it’s best to inquire before submitting your payment.
Just outside of the wholesale floor is our cash & carry section, which is open to the public. A much smaller section of our show, cash & carry is filled with purses, jewelry, keychains, scarves, and other accessories. You can pay cash for merchandise and take it home with you on the plane. The cash & carry section is the perfect spot to find a few treasures for family and friends, a gift to yourself, or accessories to fill your boutique.
At various times throughout the show, educational seminars will be held in the Networking Hub. The Networking Hub is located in the back-left section of the wholesale floor, and is the go-to destination for snacks and beverages, or making your next valuable retail connection. The nearby café offers meal portions and eating areas for you to take a midday break.
What Kind of Merchandise is Available?
New retailers or even veteran buyers who have never shopped the off-price channel often mistakenly believe off-price merchandise is low-quality or last year’s styles. This couldn’t be further from the truth! Some vendors purchase the in-season overstocks that full-price retailers need to get off their hands. On the other hand, those who manufacture products are producing current trends because that’s what sells.
The OFFPRICE Show has a variety of merchandise for men, women, juniors, and children, including but not limited to:
- Outerwear, sleepwear, activewear, swimwear
- Footwear for all seasons
- Luggage and travel accessories
- Formal and casual wear
- Scarves, headwear, jewelry, handbags, and other accessories
The OFFPRICE Show differs from other trade shows because the merchandise has unbeatable price points. Smart retailers shop off-price because they can responsibly mark up products, while still passing along savings to their customers. Including off-price merchandise into your overall mix will help improve your bottom line and build loyal customers. After all, who doesn’t appreciate a trendy find at a rock-bottom price?
Where do I Begin?
If it’s your first time coming to the OFFPRICE Show, expect to be at least a little overwhelmed. It can be hard to keep track of the aisles and aisles of vendors, but we’ve developed the tools to help you navigate.
A few weeks before the show opens, the OFFPRICE Show App will be available at the Play Store and the App Store for free download. Even seasoned OFFPRICE Show buyers have told us how useful the app is. You can mark which booths you’ve already visited, save your favorite vendors, save photos of product you may want to revisit, collect contact information and much more. If you’re a new buyer, downloading the app is a good idea.
You should also invest in some pre-show planning. You can easily browse our exhibitor list and filter the results by category. Select “View More” and “View Profile” so you can find contact information and websites for vendors. If you’ve found a company you definitely want to see at the show, feel free to reach out and schedule an appointment with that vendor.
If you’d like your OFFPRICE team to help, you can request a buying tour from our staff or ask for vendor suggestions before the show arrives. Putting in some planning time ahead of the show will ensure you make the most of your time on the wholesale floor. When you arrive, be sure to pick up your floor map at the front desk, or, you can browse the floorplan online.
How Do I Register?
It’s best to complete your pre-registration before arriving at the show. You can complete your pre-registration online. Once you arrive at the show, you will check-in at registration and receive your badge. If you pre-register before the show opens, you will have a quicker check-in process.
If you’re a first-time registrant, you may be asked to provide credentials or proof that you are a verified buyer. Your credentials could include business cards, recent invoices, tax registration certificate, or a letter of intent from an attorney or bank stating your intent to start a new retail business. Guests over the age of 18 can also accompany you on the show floor, so long as your application to attend has been approved.
If you’re a returning buyer, you can complete your pre-registration online with your Member ID number. If you’re not sure what that number is, you can give us a call at 262-782-1600 and ask an OFFPRICE team member to complete your pre-registration for you. Once you’ve completed the process, you will receive your email confirmation within 24 hours. Before the show, all registrants will receive their barcodes via email. Feel free to bring your barcode to the show for an easier check-in.
Still have questions about the OFFPRICE Show February 10-13 in Las Vegas? Visit our website or give us a call at 262-782-1600!