The National Bulk Vendors Association has formed the Young Bulk Vendors Group. According to group spokesperson Heidi Schwarzli, the contingent already boasts about a dozen members, and is seeking to grow its ranks.
"The purpose of the group is to give young people a comfortable and open environment in which to voice their opinions regarding the industry," said Schwarzli. "The young are the future for the NBVA, so we want to get them involved as much as possible."
Schwarzli noted that the younger generation of bulk vending professionals is more tech-savvy and marketing-oriented than its predecessors. "Young people tend to see things from a different perspective than the older generation," she said. "They really have a new way of thinking about the industry. And today's market is a very different market than it was even 10 years ago."
The group held its initial meeting during the NBVA's Las Vegas convention last spring, and has been holding a group conference call on the third Wednesday of every month. Plans to supplement these efforts with more tech-based communication, including a forum on the NBVA's website, are currently in the works.
"The most important thing is to get young people who have stayed at the sidelines active in the NBVA because they have a lot to offer the association," Schwarzli summed up.
So what's the age threshold of a young vendor, according to the NBVA? To qualify as a Young Bulk Vendor, applicants must be younger than 45 or in the industry for less than five years.
NBVA'S Website Renovation
The NBVA has made several major upgrades to its website. New features include an online payment hub for membership dues, donations and other fees, which will provide payment-plan options. An “Ask the Experts” section puts operators in direct contact with experienced bulk vending professionals. A “members only” component allows association members password-protected access to association resources such as information on relevant current issues, future event details and a host of downloadable resources. “The website is being set up like a service center that operators and suppliers alike can go to for the information they need,” said Carl Morcate, chairman of the NBVA’s website marketing committee. “It’s going to be a value site where they can get access to an increasing amount of resources.” Visit nbva.org.