-NBS NEWS-
NBS Hosts Four Sets of Business Development Meetings Throughout the Month of June
Throughout the month of June, NBS hosted four sets of Business Development Meetings (BDMs) to prepare for our upcoming Fall Semi-Annual Market in August. For these BDMs, our merchandising team brings in Committee Members to meet with select Vendor Partners to negotiate Programs, Show Specials, SMUs, and more to be presented to the entire Membership at the upcoming Market.

NBS' Marty Plazo hosted our first set of BDMs for the Fishing and Hunting categories with Committee Members Ken Vandervest (D&R Sports) and Jon Fontius (Dunham's Sports). Following that, NBS' Ken Chandley hosted Camping and Watersports BDMs with Committee Member Rob Glover (Mahoney's).

After a short hiatus, we went back into full swing with two sets of BDMs held simultaneously. NBS' Chris Shadowens hosted Firearms BDMs with Committee Members Todd Vance (Vance Outdoors), Jay Wallace (Adventure Outdoors), and Hunter Simmons (Simmons' Sporting Goods). During that same time, NBS' Luke Cotton hosted Shooting Accessories BDMs with Committee Members Hunter Simmons (Simmons' Sporting Goods), Chikki Shajwani (Molly's Place), and Marcus Batty (Basin Sports).

We want to thank all our Members and Vendor Partners who participated in our BDMs and we look forward to seeing all of you IN-PERSON in August!
Fishing & Hunting Committee
Left to Right: Jon Fontius (Dunham's Sports), Ken Vandervest (D&R Sports), & Marty Plazo (NBS)
Firearms Committee
Top Row: Chris Shadowens (NBS) & Cole Airheart (NBS); Bottom Row: Jay Wallace (Adventure Outdoors), Hunter Simmons (Simmons' Sporting Goods), & Todd Vance (Vance Outdoors)
Shooting Accessories Committee
Top Row: Chikki Shajwani (Molly's Place) & Luke Cotton (NBS); Bottom Row: Marcus Batty (Basin Sports) & Hunter Simmons (Simmons' Sporting Goods)
Market Registration Remains Open for the 2021 Fall Semi-Annual Market
Registration is still open for the 2021 Fall Semi-Annual Market being held from August 23-25, 2021, in Fort Worth, Texas. As a reminder, the hotel reservation deadline is next Friday, July 16. If you plan to attend the Market, please log in to either the NBS Member Website or the NBS Vendor Website now to register.
-INDUSTRY NEWS-
The First Look at the 2022 ATA Trade Show
It’s been a while, but in seven months, we can finally get together in person for the 2022 ATA Trade Show. Everything looks good, and planning is well underway for the three-day event on Jan. 7-9, 2022. | For More...
Shooting Industry Magazine Releases U.S. Firearms Production Report
The U.S. firearms industry finds itself at a crossroads: Now more than 15 months into this period of unprecedented, relentless, and, at times, unforgiving demand surge, nearly every facet of the supply chain has come under strain. However, back in 2019 things were a little different. Using the latest data available from ATF, there are now significant insights into U.S. firearms manufacturing. | For More...
2021 NSSF Range-Retailer Business Expo Begins Next Week
NSSF’s Range-Retailer Business Expo is the premier gathering for entrepreneurs, startups, and well-established firearms range and retail operators. This event is taking place in West Palm Beach, Florida, from July 12-14. | For More...
NICS Firearms Background Checks Tumble in June
NICS background checks, adjusted by the NSSF, were down 41.3 percent in June to 1.28 million from 2.18 million a year ago. For comparison, the unadjusted June 2021 FBI NICS figure of 3.04 million reflects a 22.2 percent decrease from the unadjusted FBI NICS figure of 3,909,502 in June 2020. | For More...
Retail Cargo Continues to See Double-Digit Increases Over 2020
Imports at the nation’s largest retail container ports are continuing to show double-digit growth over last year as strong consumer demand keeps up its momentum, according to the monthly Global Port Tracker* report released by the National Retail Federation (NRF) and Hackett Associates. | For More...
-VENDOR NEWS-
Hoyt Archery Appoints President
Hoyt Archery announced that Zak Kurtzhals has been named the new company president. Currently Hoyt’s VP of operations, Kurtzhals will succeed Randy Walk, effective July 19. | For More...
Todd Lamb Joins Founder Sport Group
Founder Sport Group has brought on industry veteran Todd Lamb as VP–business development and bookstore channel, where he will identify and pursue new revenue opportunities, expand existing customer partnerships and direct the bookstore channel of business. | For More...
-MARKETING & SOCIAL MEDIA-
Best Marketing Advice for Small Businesses
Everyone seems eager to offer opinions and marketing advice for your archery shop, even if it’s not relevant to your unique business. You’ll usually discover what works and what doesn’t through trial and error, but sometimes someone offers revolutionary advice that makes things click now. | For More...
-SHOOTING SPORTS-
Emerging Trends of First-Time Firearm Buyers
During the past year (and counting), millions of Americans raced into gun stores to snap up their first firearms. Now, the industry is left wondering what happens next. How many of them can be turned into repeat customers? | For More...
How to Watch Tokyo Olympics Shooting Events
Although shooting events will probably not be a major part of the television broadcasts, there are still ways to watch Team USA shooters compete this summer at the Olympics. For the duration of the Tokyo Games, the NBC Olympics website will be streaming the majority of the shooting event finals and qualifying events. | For More...
-ATHLETICS-
NCAA Allows Athletes to Profit from Name, Image, and Likeness
Breaking with a long-held stance on athlete compensation, the NCAA Division I schools top rules-making group Wednesday approved policy changes that would enhance athletes’ ability to make money from their name, image, and likeness, beginning July 1, 2021. | For More...
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-NEW MEMBER RECRUITING-
Do You Know Any Independent Retailers That Would Be a Good Fit For NBS?
In case you are not aware, NBS provides a stipend to those who refer and actively assist in our recruiting effort. For more information, or to discuss possible leads, contact Julie Cerza via phone at 817-605-2212 or via email at jcerza@nbs.com.
-HAVE SOMETHING TO SHARE?-
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