The British Home Enhancement Trade Association (BHETA) is to host another in its series of Meet The Buyer Days – this time with multi-channel retailer Argos.
The event, which is exclusive to BHETA members, will take place on February 19 at the Holiday Inn in Milton Keynes. The Argos buying team will include all categories and will be headed up by Argos trading manager Yvonne Stinston. Participating members will be allocated a 20-25 minute appointment with the relevant buyer for a maximum of two people. Suppliers will be supplied with a template presentation format to ensure their limited time is put to maximum use.
With over 750 stores located within a ten mile radius of 90% of the UK population and the nation’s third most visited website, Argos is hoping to meet new suppliers, of both branded and own-label products, to enhance its current product offer. Existing Argos suppliers are also welcome, but need to focus on new products outside of current listed business. In all cases, Argos is aiming to find new and innovative ranges of product as it seeks to increase its SKU base significantly.
BHETA home enhancement sector director Will Jones commented: “This is a unique opportunity for new and existing Argos suppliers and as such, is sure to attract a big response. There will also be a limit to the number of people that can be accommodated on the day and the BHETA team need to plan the event schedule well in advance. I would therefore urge all interested suppliers to contact BHETA as soon as possible with a view to confirming the category or categories of interest.
“We will do our upmost to accommodate all interested members but it may prove necessary to select participants by lottery. This would be with a view to securing a further event, to accommodate any initially unsuccessful parties as early as possible.
“We therefore need to receive initial applications no later than January 16. So please contact BHETA on 0121 237 1130 or email firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com as soon as possible.”