World Vapor Expo in May served as the launch of Shop Global Vapor (SGV), which extends B2B off the trade show floor and into the cloud. SGV is a free service open to vapor industry professionals, shop owners and exhibitors, allowing users to purchase products directly. More than 120 worldwide brands are available, along with a social media marketplace where users can get to know vendors and speak directly to owners and product operators.
VAPE: Why did you decide to start SGV, and how did that idea become a reality?
Evans: I am the co-founder of the World Vapor Expo. I love being a trade show operator. With experience developing both online and offline marketing strategies, we set off to build a wholesale vapor business-to-business network online for our exhibitors and B2B attendees. We spent more than a year of research, and along the way took my relationship with Balluun to the next level. We announced a multi-year partnership at Expo! Expo!, the International Association of Exhibitions and Events (IAEE) annual meeting and exhibition in Los Angeles. Together, we launched SGV.
VAPE: Can you take us through some of the exciting features of the site and what users can expect?
Evans: Vapor space retail shops, e-commerce and affiliate webmasters looking to purchase wholesale vapor products gain free access to network, connect and purchase wholesale from more than 100 brands with thousands of in-demand products SGV exhibitors utilize the platform to network, meet and conduct wholesale B2B trade. SGV has the largest selection of wholesale vapor products direct from the best selling brands in the vapor business. Additionally, as an SGV attendee member, you have the ability to submit a purchase order for wholesale vapor products directly from manufacturers and distributors representing high-demand brands from around the globe. SGV members have access to private vapor industry social media and our B2B vapor marketplace on the secure cloud hosted Balluun365 online trade show platform. There are no membership or transaction fees.
VAPE: Are there any other requirements/qualifications to be a vendor?
Evans: New members must provide a business license, legal business name, DBA, business entity, business address, FEIN, Tax ID or corporate number to gain access. Call 1-844-VAPEB2B if you require assistance with membership verification. Membership is restricted to businesses only.
VAPE: How many shops are on the site currently?
Evans: Since SGV’s launch, our attendee/wholesale buyer member base spread to more than 300 verified wholesale buyers. With more than 100 brands to buy direct from, SGV is a turnkey, all-in-one solution for both buyers and sellers of wholesale vapor products.
VAPE: What’s your goal(s) for SGV by the end of the year?
Evans: Future developments include more time saving, B2B commerce infused technology and the full release of SGV’s wholesale point of sale app, dubbed “orders pro.” The app is live on iPad pilot with a select group of SGV exhibitors. Full release is expected to be available cross platform. Join the revolution, join the community.
For more information, visit http://shopglobalvapor.com/.