Louisville, Ky. – Mega Group USA, the buying group for independent majap, bedding, furniture and CE dealers, has concluded “a very successful” national fall convention here, president Rick Bellows reported.
The show, held Sept. 6-9 at the Marriott Downtown and Louisville Convention Center, drew record attendance and yielded record orders, Bellows said.
Highlights included a tour of GE Appliance’s nearby dishwasher, refrigeration and laundry plants by 150 members, and keynote addresses by author and sales consultant Don Hutson on “The High Performance Selling Edge” and economist Dr. Stephen Happel, who’s two-year financial forecast received a standing ovation.
Member dealers also participated in product trainings, industry reviews and best practices discussions, Bellows noted.
In addition, Mega introduced at the convention a redesigned merchandising tool called RetailDeck that helps dealers efficiently merchandise, price, tag and sell their sales floors. Among its features, the web-based program:
- consolidates pricing guides into one place, including side-by-side lists of MSRP, MAP, Mega costs, and vendor and group rebates, as well as competitors’ pricing;
- produces professional price tags in seconds without manual data entry, and keeps tags up to date by tracking tagged products and alerting retailers whenever changes in the marketplace may require a tag update;
- automatically generates QR codes; and
- allows sales staff to access product images, specifications, accessories, and pricing and availability via any Internet-enabled mobile device to help improve the customer’s in-store experience.