Are you new into retail business? Or are you planning to start a new retail business? The first thing that comes to mind is what to do? What to sell? And how to sell it? Retail business largely depends on what you sell, when you sell it and how you sell it. Opportunity may come just for a small period of time so time is critical, when that time has passed, that opportunity may never come again. Now once you have decided what to sell, then you must be thinking of where to find it. Of course find a good wholesaler.
So you are through the first step, you have decided which product or product line you would sell, its now time to find place for wholesale merchandise. For finding a good wholesaler, you can ask people around you, the retailers also, if they would like to share the information. Or you can visit a wholesaler directory on the internet to find the best wholesaler of your choice. Another thing could be done, which is very practical, visit you competitors, visit their retail stores, and observe every thing very carefully and make a map in the mind. See how has he arranged the products and items, what products are getting sold more than other, which companys products are most popular etc. This will give you a pretty good idea that how could you start your retail business and what are the things that will bring customer to your store and what will make them loyal customer, and which products to prefer etc. And if the competitor is not of your place, he may share the information related to the wholesaler.
You can visit a trade show as it is one of the best places to buy wholesale merchandise to sell on your store. Once your business is up and running, finding a wholesaler will not be difficult. One thing that could boost your business as well as relationship with your customers is that you can ask your customer what they would like to see in the store. Ask them verbally or make a survey form and request them to fill the form. That way it will be easier for you to find what customers want.
Some manufacturers sell their products at wholesale rates. If this is the case, contact them directly or otherwise ask them to what distributors they sell their products through so that you will know where to buy the items. Retailers could also buy products from importers, who import things from foreign countries or they could buy products from distributors. Distributors have marginally higher prices than of manufacturers price because they have to get their share of profit too. Another good place to look for wholesale merchandise is internet. And on internet the most prominent website that could offer you products and wholesale rates is eBay. Visit their wholesale sections, browse through the items, learn how to use eBay and participate in live auctions. Once you have got some idea of how you can use eBay effectively, you can buy items through auctions which could benefit you and you business.