On Tuesday 13th February I presented an interactive, hands on workshop to fifteen amazing business ladies.  Organised by the Hooray Weddings girls as part of the Hooray Workshops series, this was truly a stunning day at a funky Umhlanga venue with eats, treats and yummy coffee to fuel the fierce brain storming and action planning.

The attendees were from a variety of different creative industries, many already selling stunning handcrafted products, but now ready to take the plunge into wholesaling on a larger scale.  I used examples from in store and current suppliers to illustrate the process of wholesaling to independent retailers covering the huge range of topics listed below.  The group of ladies were such a delight to work with and so engaged with all the tasks and note making.  Throughout the day the group were guided to build an action plan for their next steps which they presented to the group as our conclusion to the day.  I truly hope everyone who attended went away with a bagful of tricks for approaching store owners and the confidence to put these actions plans into place.

Let’s Talk Shop 
Getting your products shop ready – Product appraisal / the finishing touches and packaging – Selecting the right shops 
Approaching shop owners/ How to pitch to owners – Pricing products for wholesale
Catalogues, order forms and invoices / how payment works – Terms of ordering & minimum order quantities
Returns and damages policy – Consignment pros and cons – What is exclusivity – What to do when you get an order – the personal touches
Building great relationships with shops / making shops work for you

If you missed this workshop and are keen to learn more about the above topics, please drop me an email.   A 1-1 consultation can be booked with me in store to cover whichever topics you wish.

therubyorchard@hotmail.com

We were all treated to a gorgeous goodie bag and had fab giveaways throughout the day from generous local creatives and businesses – Nicola Ashe, Millamae, The Umhlanga magazine, Lara Waldburger, To The Moon & Back, Hooray Weddings, The Basket Company.

With thanks to IFS coffee Culture for providing a really lovely venue and Mi Treat for the coffees.

Stunning pics snapped by the Hooray Wedding / Hooray Workshops Girls Derryn and Christy, such talented photographers.

 

 

 

 

 

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