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Is Your Show Cancelled?

ASD Online Market Has You CoveredSo, the next ASD Market Week, originally scheduled in August, was cancelled, but that doesn’t mean you have to wait until your next trade show to shop for your wholesale creative products. With the holidays quickly approaching, it’s still important to provide high margin offers in your store. But with COVID-19 and the economic shutdown impacting supply chain and manufacturing, you may be experiencing some difficulties. That’s why ASD Market Week has launched the ASD Online Market – the one-stop free resource to locate, connect, and do business with an exclusive mix of vendors from anywhere – many of them ready to ship right now.

ASD Online Market is not a live virtual event, but it is a year-round online platform hosting thousands of vendors – both virtual-only and those who will be participating in the next ASD Market Week live event. Thankfully, buyers, like you, can find products in a wide variety of categories including handmade, crafts, toys, plush, and much more, all in one online location. From there, you can customize your shopping experience by choosing your favorite vendors, getting matched by recommendations based on your profile, and making appointments and directly messaging the right vendors for your needs.Here’s how it works.

First, it’s important to complete your online profile. That’s because the ASD Online Market uses this information to match you with products and vendors based on your product category, drop shipping and ecommerce needs, and more. These will be conveniently stored in your Recommendations Page, so that when you enter your account, you already have a list of vendors waiting to connect with you. Check this page to find out who might be perfect for your needs.

Next, with millions of products in any category like gift, hobby, jewelry, and more, if you just want to search products for yourself, you can. You will be happy to find them sorted by product category, can’t-miss deals and special promotions, product photos in the Product Preview, and videos in the Video Gallery. Additionally, you can search by keyword to further customize your experience. Keep track of your favorite vendors simply by clicking the “star” next to their company name or vendor listing.

The best part is that once you have found the products you’ve been looking for, you can start talking and making online or in-person appointments right away. No need to search for that important contact and hope you reach the right person. The ASD Online Market messaging system allows you to directly message the vendor you’re interested in, and vendors are guaranteed to be notified when you reach out to them through the platform. Plus, keep track of your conversations and appointments in your provided online calendar, so that you never miss an opportunity to connect with your favorites.

To complete your online market experience, ASD Online Market also hosts a virtual education hub with free on-demand webinars on the most current retail happenings. Learn about how to grow your online business, cater to the new customer shopping habits, and selling strategies for brick-and-mortar stores.The next live ASD Market Week takes place on February 28 – March 3, 2021, but participants of ASD Online Market are getting started right now. While the world is at a standstill, you don’t have to be. You can still follow your holiday schedule by getting your shopping done whenever and wherever you need to. Create your online profile to get started today.

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