For the first time in many years we will not be hosting out traditional tradeshow. There were lots of logistical questions as far as getting manufacturers here (many fly), using a caterer or a hotel, etc. We could plan ahead, but then the rules could so easily change at the last minute that it didn’t seem like a great idea. Plus the idea of someone getting sick (or worse) because we were trying to sell an extra pair of skates, just didn’t seem right. Instead we’re trying to put together as much info as possible online for you. The goal is to keep our employees and customers safe while also getting out as much info as possible.
INVENTORY – On the inventory front, we’re doing as much as we can as fast as we can to keep you supplied. The manufacturers are all working hard, putting in extra hours, but the fact is there is only so much that can be done on short notice, especially when so many products are coming from overseas. We will continue to send out email blasts to let you know about new shipments that arrive. First priority is going to remain on getting products to our existing customers, and we may need to limit orders on hot items to try to let everyone get at least a few pair. If you aren’t signed up for our email list, you can do so on our homepage at www.seskate.com.
RINK LIST – We keep a list of rinks on our website to try to send as much traffic to the rinks as possible. There is no charge to be on the list and you do not even need to be one of our customers to be on the list. Please take a minute to check out the list at Find a Rink to make sure your rink is listed. If you see something that looks off about your own rink, or rinks in your area that need adding or editing, just email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with all of the details.
PROMO ITEMS – Remember that we can get you some great promo items to help advertise your rink. Some of the more popular items include custom cake knives (great for birthday parties, cut the cake with a knife with your rink info printed on it), pencils (your name and website printed on the pencil, great for party favors or to hand out at local schools), and wooden nickels (contest prizes, with “free soda” or similar printed on one side).
POSTERS – We’ve got plenty of posters from skate manufacturers to decorate your pro shop, ask for some with your next order.
FOLLOW US – We have an email news list, go to our home page (www.seskate.com) to sign up. That is probably the best way to stay up to date on all of the inventory issues that are going on. We’re also on Twitter (twitter.com/seskate), Facebook (facebook.com/southeasternskate), and Instagram (www.instagram.com/seskate).