Do You Have Retail Experience?
You have the design concepts, your dream-come-true Los Angeles clothing manufacturer, and the motivation to be successful. But what about retail selling experience? Where’s your target consumer? Where’s the best cash flow? Do you have a knack for inventory planning, point of sale, employee training and management?
Meet Dan Jablons, a retail consultant at Retail Smart Guys who is devoted to helping independent retailers and designers with forecasting, open to buy, and cashflow planning in order to create success in today’s highly competitive retail space. Retail Smart Guys collaborates with clients in 16 countries, has connections with 250 different funding sources, and has an abundance of knowledge regarding today’s brick and mortar industry.
While attending the 2019 Las Vegas MAGIC tradeshow, an incredible source of 40+ countries representing the fashion marketplace and manufacturing of men’s, women’s and children’s apparel, footwear, accessories from around the world, Indie Source met up with Dan to get his advice for YOU.
Understanding & Taking Action
Within the interview, Dan presents several key takeaways, of which our favorite being “turn is king.” Getting new products developed quickly and efficiently will allow for brands to follow new styles without stacking high on unwanted inventory.
Dan continues to explain how brick and mortar is still dominating e-commerce outlets and explains that even small private label clothing brands can build connections with independent retailers to get their products on shelves. When asked how brands should go about producing their products, Dan replies that unless you know the “ins and outs” of production, finding someone with the knowledge and resources needed is a great place to start. Luckily for you, Indie Source is here to bring the best of the industry together in the most transparent way possible to ensure that your products look exactly how you intended, made right here in America. It’s free and simple to learn how you can quickly develop your ideas into marketable products, join the Developmental Bootcamp, and see how easy it is to produce your products with our resources.
So what should designers do if they have a great idea, but aren’t sure how to get them produced? Dan is excited to tell us that for anyone new to this production game “a company like Indie Source is actually your best bet… because they’ve done it a million times!” It just goes to show that no matter how small or big a designer is, their limitations are no match for the incredible resources offered by Retail Smart Guys and Indie Source.
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