Re-Ordering Stock

It’s been a great month! The weather has co-operated, store traffic is up, and fireworks sales have been spectacular! There’s only one problem… your fireworks display is looking shabby!

Over the busy summer months, the average BLAST-OFF Fireworks client will place between one and four inventory top-up orders. Maintaining a wide variety of fireworks products increases customer interest and promotes repeat purchases. We recommend that retailers review fireworks inventories on a bi-weekly basis.

Remember that fireworks are not just a seasonal summer item! It is just as important to maintain adequate fireworks availability in the fall and winter months, promoting impulse customer purchases.

When selecting items to re-order, remember that, “Variety is the Spice of Life”. Retail customers appreciate the ability to choose from a vast selection of products with differing colours, effects, and display lengths. There are three elements to keep in mind when selecting your optimal fireworks top-up: Item type & price, time of year, and delivery lead-times.

ITEM TYPE & PRICE

Regardless of the season, it is imperative to stock a variety of fireworks types at every price point. While emphasis should be placed on low-to-medium priced fireworks products, retailers are encouraged to merchandise a select number of higher-priced finale products. Merchandising a wide variety of item types and price points will increase customer purchase size, while serving all potential customer segments.

TIME OF YEAR

When re-ordering stock for your retail outlet, be sure to check your calendar! Plan ahead for special events and holidays in your community.

Key fireworks selling dates are listed here:

JANUARY New Years
MAY Victoria Day
JUNE Father's Day
JULY Canada Day, Independence Day
AUGUST Civic Holiday
SEPTEMBER Labour Day
OCTOBER Halloween, Diwali
NOVEMBER Guy Fawkes Day, Diwali
DECEMBER Christmas, Boxing Day

DELIVERY LEAD-TIMES

When formulating your top-up order, remember to factor in delivery lead-times. The map below lists typical delivery times in “business days” by geographic location. Please add 1 - 2 days of additional transit time for beyond-point locations.

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ORDER ONLINE WITH DATAPORT™

DATAPORT FEATURE OVERVIEW

After logging into DataPort, the login box at the top right-hand side of the website will be replaced with the DataPort feature menu.

This menu provides access to all areas of the DataPort system:

MY CART - Place your next order electronically and save time! Clicking here displays your item selections.

MY ACCOUNT - View recent order history, re-order previous shipments, and contact your BLAST-OFF Fireworks Account Representative, all within a few clicks.

PAYMENTS - Save time and cheques, settling your account online with Visa and MasterCard. Need to quickly print an account statement? See the payments page for printing options!

AUTOPILOT - Not sure of what to order? Submit your on-hand inventory to Mission Control. Record item numbers, product names, and on-hand quantities to beam this information to Mission Control a top-up order.

CLIENT TOOLBOX - The online, media-rich version of The Client Toolbox. You can also request additional paper-based Client Toolbox booklets for your team members!

DOWNLOADS - Access exclusive “clients only” downloads including posters, signs, forms, and marketing tools.

CREATING ONLINE ORDERS WITH DATAPORT

After logging into your DataPort account, select “CHOOSE YOUR ROCKETS” from the navigational menu at the top of our website.

This will provide access to the entire BLAST-OFF Fireworks product catalogue. You may select any particular category to navigate through the category contents.

To quickly add an item to your cart from the “category view”, enter a quantity in the “Qty:” field, and press the “ADD TO CART” button.

If you wish to view individual product details, click anywhere on the product’s name, photo, or pricing. This will activate the “product view”.

The “product view” displays a wealth of details about our items, including:

  • Descriptions of each individual product.
  • Retail pricing.
  • Cost pricing.
  • Detailed product contents of family packs and retail assortments.
  • High-definition product videos.
  • Product details including UPC, case lot, weight, and item dimensions.
  • Exclusive BLAST-OFF Fireworks Product Score Card ratings.
  • Ability to share links to your favorite products via email and Twitter.
  • Ability to print detailed product information sheets.

After adding a specific item to your cart, the system will commit the desired quantity. The screen will automatically refresh to display a summary of your cart contents.

From this screen, you can modify the contents of your cart by adjusting committed item quantities, or completely removing an item from the order.

When you are ready to submit your order, click the orange “PROCEED TO CHECKOUT” button. Complete your shipping and payment information, then relax... you’re all done

ORDER OFFLINE: PEN & PAPER MODE

Prefer the pen and paper approach? After preparing your personalized top-up order, relay your request to Mission Control using one of the following methods:

CUSTOM PLANOGRAM DESIGN

Looking to take full advantage of your retail space when merchandising fireworks?

Have BLAST-OFF Fireworks prepare the optimal planogram for your retail shelving and fixture configuration. We can provide complete planogram recommendations for existing shelving units, or new fixtures to be installed within your retail outlet. Best of all, we can work with an assortment of Family Packs, loose products, or a combination of the two!

Contact Mission Control today to take advantage of this time-saving service!

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