Express, Limited clothes supplier needed

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12 Jan 10 02:03:03 pm
Hi,

Does anyone know a supplier for clothing by The Limited, or Express?

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12 Jan 10 10:33:29 pm
Hi dps103,

Often the only way to get branded wholesale merchandise is to either apply with the company to become an authorized reseller yourself or through liquidation, in which case you can try,

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13 Jan 10 12:28:24 am
Thanks, Satya.
These companies won't even respond to us. You can call and email 1000 times asking to apply for liquidation. They don't even call you back or email an answer. What am I missing? Is there a protocol? Also, I'm not sure what you mean by 'through liquidation'.
I look forward to your response.

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13 Jan 10 12:54:10 am
Not sure what is happening with via, their customer support is usually as sharp as it comes. I can't even see a reason why they wouldn't want to call you back, they should be able to answer all of your questions right there and then.

You won't need to apply or anything, they are a liquidator, so anything you buy will be liquidated stock.

Email is never a really good idea, it's not 100% guaranteed of making it, and most companies leave it as the last call of duty, preferring use their time over the counter and and phone inquiries.

It's unfortunate, but most seem to have the opinion that email inquiries are mostly a waste of their time, and they treat them as such.

What is believe that satya meant with term 'thorugh', is just that you may be able to source these products through liquidators as a supply source.


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13 Jan 10 04:40:18 pm
fudjj,

I meant calling the actual company as Satya suggested. What she told me to do is contact 'Express' or 'The Limited' an apply for liquidation. I've contacted numerous companies, such as , Cache, Chico's, Express/Limited parent company, Newport News/Spiegel...etc...None of them respond, ever.
As far as Via, AML, DLM, I'm familiar and have purchased from those liquidators. They always have the same stuff. I'm looking for fresh stuff like Victoria Secret, Express, The Limited, or any other popular namebrand that my customer is asking for.
If Satya meant purchase these brands through these liquidators, fat chance. All they have are Macy's/JCP/Walmart/Kohl's, which I can get myself.

Any suggestion? I read your answers to others all the time. You know this stuff. Thanks.

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13 Jan 10 10:43:25 pm
Ahhh, ok, now I'm on the same page.

If you want to contact companies direct with the intention of establishing a supply contract, then the department you are best off going through would be their marketing arm.

Different companies operate with different clearance structures, some have a tendering process, some will only clear through their own contracted agent, and then some will only clear merchandise through their own retail network in the way of sales.

I would suggest calling them and work your way through to the sales/marketing department, but prepared for some frustration as the usual game will be you talking to 20 people who all want to pass you on to the next 20, and so on.

First part in this process is finding out just what their clearance distribution policy is, from there you will be able to find out how to get your foot in the door, providing they have a door of course.

As you have noted, the top name designer brands in this industry is very well protected, the last thing a designer brand wants is their products being devalued through surplus sales, that,s not at all good to maintain there over all retail value in the marketplace.

Those that protect that best won't even sell through their own channels to clear stock, they will simply burn it if they have to, because that maintains a high retail value for their brand name.

Sorry for my earlier confusion, but hopefully that was a little more helpful.

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13 Jan 10 11:56:19 pm
Hi dps,

By 'through liquidation', I only meant that a great way to get designer clothing and brand name items for below cost is by using liquidation suppliers, or buying from liquidators. See, liquidators will often carry store returned, excess stock, or out of season items - in most cases, branded items. So it may be a very cheap way to buy brand name stock in new or nearly new condition.

Your other option is to contact 'Express' or 'The Limited' and inquire how you could become an authorized distributor yourself as most designer goods are sold through authorized distributors only.

I'm so sorry for the confusion, dps. And thanks Fudjj, for the clarification.


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14 Jan 10 01:34:05 am
Thank you both! And Fudjj, I would have never approached a company's liquidation process through their marketing department. Now I will. Thanks again.

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14 Jan 10 01:57:08 am
No problems dps, the actual person you are trying to get hold of is a purchasing manager in most cases, and in a lot of cases that is the sales manager or sales department head.

The one who orders in is usually the one in charge of disposal.

You'll find them lerking about in the sales and marketing departments of the larger companies, but if they don't have a specific purchasing manager, which many don't, someone in that department should be able to advise you.

Good luck with it.


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