By Moe Lastfogel
Director of Sales and Marketing for The Retail Observer
For more than fifty years, people have read The Retail Observer in its various forms and have enjoyed the articles, called friends to discuss their picture in the magazine or just caught up on the newest products or events of the latest tradeshow. After speaking with many of our readers all over the country, we are now searching for more manufacturers, distributors and associations that offer a wide array of products and services to fulfill the needs of the independent dealer in multiple areas of their business. These connections include installation companies, plumbing, consumer electronics manufacturers, parts suppliers, advertising agencies, display and design firms, promotional products, furniture & mattresses, accessories and décor, and lighting — the list goes on and on.
We know that your time is valuable, and our aim is to help you find what you are looking for to build, run and grow your business today and into the future.
We are currently studying the plumbing and internet products and solutions categories to aid you in the new Digital Revolution. We are looking to highlight these products in the near future to help keep you abreast of this rapidly growing marketing category, as well as many others.
We are also joining with additional associations to bring you their news and inform you of the benefits you will find in their networks. From plumbing and lighting to Smart technologies and living in place, we are looking at what you sell today and what products you can add to your line cards to aid in increasing your traffic flow, and of course, your bottom line.
We have seen numerous products and services at the various trade shows and buy fairs that we feel would be a great benefit to many of you. As we broaden our market for you, we would appreciate your vauable feedback. After all, this magazine is for you, the Independent Retailer, and we truly appreciate your input. If you feel you have a service to offer, know someone that would benefit by being part of what we do or are looking for something special, we are here for you. Please don’t hesitate to email me with your thoughts.