Virtual Showroom Inspo Guide Vol. 1

Over the last year, we've seen Virtual Showrooms evolve into an essential aspect of running a modern-day wholesale business. In this post, view real brand examples from our Virtual Showroom Inspo Guide featuring Jonathan Simkhai, PatBo, and Nobis.

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How The Outdoor Apparel Industry is Becoming a Leader in Fashion

Outdoor apparel brands are doing some things right to meet consumers’ needs that may have little to do with pure functionality. This article will offer a quick look at three of the reasons why outdoor apparel is leading in the fashion world.

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The latest retail news, tips, and sales strategies in a digital era.

The Sell-Through Strategies of Fashion's Top Retailers

To improve wholesale sell-through, look no further than the views of the top retailers themselves. Execute a highly-targeted wholesale campaign, leveraging the power of B2B e-commerce and the buying strategies of the top retail minds at Highsnobiety, Nordstrom and Intermix. 

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[Recap]: Meet the New Buyer Webinar with Nordstrom, Saks Fifth Avenue, and Bloomingdale's

Missed our Meet the New Buyer Webinar with Nordstrom, Bloomingdale's, and Saks Fifth Avenue? Read our webinar recap here and find the link to watch it on-demand.

Our Meet the New Buyer Webinar gave brands from all over the world the rare opportunity to speak with an expert panel of buyers from Nordstrom, Saks Fifth Avenue, and Bloomingdale's. We covered a lot of important info for building and establishing vital retail partnerships, and we've compiled key takeaways in this post.

Want to skip ahead? Click below to watch the full webinar on-demand.

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Must-haves during virtual market appointments

Among our panel of buyers, there was a strong consensus on the importance of efficiency, storytelling, and meaningful partnerships. Below, read more on how your brand can implement these aspects during a virtual market appointment.

Efficiency is a key

Efficiency is key in digital market appointments. Come prepared to your market appointments by uploading your linesheets and preparing your collection highlights, prices, and delivery dates in NuORDER ahead of time. This enables your buyer to browse offerings before, during, and after with ease. All of this preparation helps direct buyers to what's most important when and how they want to.

A seamless buying experience

Make the most of your B2B eCommerce platform with cohesive storytelling throughout your brand homepage. Fully utilize all its features and add supplemental assets to allow buyers to view the inspiration behind the line, color story, and virtual showrooms with shoppable hotspots. This is a great opportunity to feature videos or images that share the key inspiration behind your designs. All of this creates a seamless buying experience that paints a clearer picture of what your brand has to offer..

 Mutual goal of growing business and being successful together

COVID-19 tested brands and retailers to rapidly implement new buying terms, flexibility on orders, and go deeper into their existing partnerships. Aside from great product, buyers are looking for brands that will partner through the ups and downs with the mutual goal of growing the business and being successful together. 

Common B2B pain points in the buying process

Establishing meaningful retail partnerships means understanding the biggest pain points your buyers are facing. Do your best to anticipate their needs before they ask and build the mutually beneficial partnership they're looking for.

Unclear, ununified order placement process

Buyers are exclusively turning to NuORDER explore, buy, and plan assortments. With one centralized platform, brands can give their buyers the unified experience they want and need to be successful. Here's what one buyer had to say:

"Using NuORDER has 100% streamlined our buying process. We can see a full assortment and a full season in one platform. And we can sort in many different ways whether by class, month, brand, and all of our item intent is in one place, making it easy to review with our team."

JOYCE LIN, NORDSTROM BUYER, WOMEN'S ADVANCED CONTEMPORARY
Cumbersome, inflexible payment options

B2B payments are finally catching up to the plethora of options B2C buyers have. NuORDER Payments gives buyers the ability to split payments, pay-upon-ship, and the ability to pay from where ever they might be globally. Gone are the days of manually input payments, cumbersome phone calls, and the security vulnerability of pen and paper. Elevate your payment options to give buyers the experience they have on B2C portals. 

Visualizing buys in a digital context

Just because things are remote doesn't mean you can't offer buyers a top notch digital experience. Embrace all the technology available to best convey your brand story. Details like "guided" virtual showrooms tours turn a presentation into an opportunity for brands and retailers to collaborate on creating the best possible assortments. 

"Because we're coming in live from the showroom, they're able to pull the samples as we go through NuORDER and at the same time we're moving it logistically in NuORDER so it's live and in tandem and that's been a lifesaver during COVID." 

WENNY LUO, BLOOMINGDALE'S BUYER, WOMEN'S MODERN COLLECTIONS

Wrap-up

Looking to dive deeper into what these buyers had to say about their current pressures, changes they'd like to see from brands, and how technology is improving the buying process? Watch the full webinar on-demand here.

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[Recap]: Meet the New Buyer Webinar with Nordstrom, Saks Fifth Avenue, and Bloomingdale's

Posted by NuORDER Team on Apr 20, 2021 2:43:35 PM
NuORDER Team

Our Meet the New Buyer Webinar gave brands from all over the world the rare opportunity to speak with an expert panel of buyers from Nordstrom, Saks Fifth Avenue, and Bloomingdale's. We covered a lot of important info for building and establishing vital retail partnerships, and we've compiled key takeaways in this post.

Want to skip ahead? Click below to watch the full webinar on-demand.

Watch Now

Must-haves during virtual market appointments

Among our panel of buyers, there was a strong consensus on the importance of efficiency, storytelling, and meaningful partnerships. Below, read more on how your brand can implement these aspects during a virtual market appointment.

Efficiency is a key

Efficiency is key in digital market appointments. Come prepared to your market appointments by uploading your linesheets and preparing your collection highlights, prices, and delivery dates in NuORDER ahead of time. This enables your buyer to browse offerings before, during, and after with ease. All of this preparation helps direct buyers to what's most important when and how they want to.

A seamless buying experience

Make the most of your B2B eCommerce platform with cohesive storytelling throughout your brand homepage. Fully utilize all its features and add supplemental assets to allow buyers to view the inspiration behind the line, color story, and virtual showrooms with shoppable hotspots. This is a great opportunity to feature videos or images that share the key inspiration behind your designs. All of this creates a seamless buying experience that paints a clearer picture of what your brand has to offer..

 Mutual goal of growing business and being successful together

COVID-19 tested brands and retailers to rapidly implement new buying terms, flexibility on orders, and go deeper into their existing partnerships. Aside from great product, buyers are looking for brands that will partner through the ups and downs with the mutual goal of growing the business and being successful together. 

Common B2B pain points in the buying process

Establishing meaningful retail partnerships means understanding the biggest pain points your buyers are facing. Do your best to anticipate their needs before they ask and build the mutually beneficial partnership they're looking for.

Unclear, ununified order placement process

Buyers are exclusively turning to NuORDER explore, buy, and plan assortments. With one centralized platform, brands can give their buyers the unified experience they want and need to be successful. Here's what one buyer had to say:

"Using NuORDER has 100% streamlined our buying process. We can see a full assortment and a full season in one platform. And we can sort in many different ways whether by class, month, brand, and all of our item intent is in one place, making it easy to review with our team."

JOYCE LIN, NORDSTROM BUYER, WOMEN'S ADVANCED CONTEMPORARY
Cumbersome, inflexible payment options

B2B payments are finally catching up to the plethora of options B2C buyers have. NuORDER Payments gives buyers the ability to split payments, pay-upon-ship, and the ability to pay from where ever they might be globally. Gone are the days of manually input payments, cumbersome phone calls, and the security vulnerability of pen and paper. Elevate your payment options to give buyers the experience they have on B2C portals. 

Visualizing buys in a digital context

Just because things are remote doesn't mean you can't offer buyers a top notch digital experience. Embrace all the technology available to best convey your brand story. Details like "guided" virtual showrooms tours turn a presentation into an opportunity for brands and retailers to collaborate on creating the best possible assortments. 

"Because we're coming in live from the showroom, they're able to pull the samples as we go through NuORDER and at the same time we're moving it logistically in NuORDER so it's live and in tandem and that's been a lifesaver during COVID." 

WENNY LUO, BLOOMINGDALE'S BUYER, WOMEN'S MODERN COLLECTIONS

Wrap-up

Looking to dive deeper into what these buyers had to say about their current pressures, changes they'd like to see from brands, and how technology is improving the buying process? Watch the full webinar on-demand here.

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