The British Home Enhancement Trade Association (BHETA) is hosting the next edition of its popular Meet The Buyer retail networking days with homewares and clothing retailer TK Maxx. The event takes place on January 30at the Mercure Hotel, London Watford (on the A41 Watford bypass).
Buyers from TK Maxx’s kitchenware, dining and tabletop, cookshop, utility, laundry and cleaning and bathroom accessories categories will be attending. The team is looking for great deals to start the year and is urging suppliers to concentrate on the features and benefits of key products.
The retailer is keen to see ideas from across the buying categories, including picnic, BBQ and barware, reusable and recyclable and small electrical products, as well as anything to do with food preparation, cooking and serving, laundry, cleaning, storage and bathroom. Companies participating in the event will be allocated a 20-minute appointment time, with a maximum of two people from each supplier allowed.
TK Maxx is a subsidiary of the American clothing and home goods company TJX Companies based in Framingham, Massachusetts and it has 515 stores in Europe. Originally founded in 1976, its first UK store opened in Bristol in 1994. Created as a budget retail concept, but featuring well-known brands, it has latterly moved into a large department store format with a wider product range. It launched its ecommerce site in 2009.
BHETA’s chief operating officer, Will Jones comments: “We are delighted to be providing members with a great opportunity to schedule face to face meetings with TK Maxx. It has a growing share of the housewares sector, and it prides itself on being a business partner that is easy to deal with. Potential suppliers should note that TK Maxx will collect everything and doesn’t have set terms, so the agreed price is the price. It is also open to annual deals in addition to spot buys.”
He adds: “This event is sure to attract a big response and there will be a limit to the number of people that can be accommodated on the day. Interested participants are therefore urged to make themselves known to Helen Farnell in BHETA Member Services team as soon as possible, so that we can confirm arrangements.”
The BHETA TK Maxx Meet The Buyer event is open to members and non-members and the cost of attendance starts at £99 plus VAT for members. Application forms can be found on the BHETA website www.bheta.co.uk or by contacting Helen Farnell in the BHETA member services team. Helen can be contacted at BHETA on 0121 237 1130 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
* The last Meet the Buyer event of 2019 featured Wilko and welcomed 55 suppliers for over 100 appointments that covered kitchen and dining among other categories. Neil Fairhurst of Wilko reflects: “This was a very productive format from our point of view enabling us to engage with a large quantity of potential suppliers in a short space of time.”
Top: One of the banners on TK Maxx’s ecommerce site.