Here is a cool new resource for those of you looking for liquidation lots near you in the Southeast. Specifically, liquidation lots available in Florida.
Macy's comparable store sales fell 2.1% in November and December, according to its latest earnings release. The company said it will be closing 68 stores. These closings are part of the previously announced 100 stores closings. With some additional restructuring, the total impact on employees will be a reduction of more than 10,000 jobs. The move is expected to save the company $550 million per year.
There is a decent chance that the store reductions will create a short term bump in liquidation volume, but that is not certain. The company may move inventory to other nearby stores or sell it onsite in closing sales.
Longer term, the continued reduction in revenue will mean a reduction in returned inventory. Customers can't return what they don't buy. We will see how things develop, but if they are not able to successfully drive the shift to online fast enough to make up for shrinking revenue in stores, the company will be in for additional pain--store closures and job losses.
Anyone who has bought Home Depot store returns and .com returns will appreciate the higher quality of this e-commerce merchandise. The .com merchandise is really head and shoulders above general store returns. I've noticed lately that the .com lots they are selling on their official liquidation marketplace are going for similar prices to the stores merchandise. This is a clear indication of a great opportunity to score some killer deals.
The .com loads are currently truckload only quantities and, as of the date of this post, they are mixed categories. However, in around 3 weeks time they are telling me that they will be offering category sort truckloads. This will be a huge improvement for most buyers who can't deal with items across the wide variety of categories.
Get registered now and bid on some of these .com loads. I think you will be very pleased with what you get. Great money-making opportunities here.
There has been a very significant quantity of brand new (slightly older model) appliances selling on BStockSupply.com over the past month or two. The lots seem to be continuing and the inventory looks fabulous. Dishwashers, refrigerators, washers and dryers have all been available in various quantities. Brands represented include: Frigidaire, KitchenAid, Whirlpool and many others. I would highly recommend taking a look.
This is interesting. You can now visit https://events.bstock.com and bid on the furniture and other fixtures being used at the Rio Olympics in the athletes' apartments!
There are 31 towers that will house around 18,000 athletes, coaches, trainers, etc. Each of these apartments is furnished with the basic necessities (beds, couches, chairs, tables, wardrobes, etc.). All of this furniture will be sold and moved out of the village immediately after the Olympics ends. Well, you can bid on and purchase, in container load quantities, any of this stuff you like!
In addition to apartment furniture, they are selling crowd control barriers, lockers, and other random assets.
This is a slightly different marketplace for the B-Stock Sourcing Network, since it is not selling inventory for a retailer or manufacturer, but for secondary market buyers, it represents a great opportunity nonetheless. Check it out and get a piece of the Rio Olympic Games!
The apparel industry has been taking quite a beating over the past few quarters. Companies like Macy's have reported real weakness in sales in this vertical. On May 12, a Fortune headline read, "Kohl's Joins the Retail Bloodbath With Dismal Sales", as further weakness in sales hit the company hard. In fact, at the time, Kohl's shares were down by 50% from their 52 week high. The Gap has suffered similarly.
As Fortune said, "What these companies have in common is that they are very reliant on apparel, a category with an industrywide oversupply that has led retailers to discount, discount, discount to win business."
Of course, this has created a massive opportunity for secondary market buyers. There has never been so much quality inventory flooding the market and it is driving prices down.
Two new marketplaces have launched in the B-Stock Sourcing Network that can help you take advantage of this golden opportunity. HSN and QVC have both launched new liquidation marketplaces. They are selling a wide variety of goods, but apparel is a big part of it. Lots are large and small, new and returns. They have something for everyone. You should definitely check them both out.
HSN Liquidation Marketplace: https://hsn.bstock.com
QVC Liquidation Marketplace: https://qvc.bstock.com
A weakness in consumer demand for apparel and the shift to online retail are hitting Macy's hard. The company has just slashed their sales forecasts on the heels of a drop in comp store sales of 5.6% in Q1. This was the 5th consecutive quarter of declining comp store sales for Macy's.
According to the Wall Street Journal's Suzanne Kapner, "Discount chains like T.J. Maxx and fast-fashion retailers such as H&M Hennes & Mauritz AB that can offer jeans as cheap as $17 and polo shirts for $10 are stealing foot traffic and hurting demand for the $50 jeans and $80 polo shirts that Macy’s sells."
The great news is that there is a significant push among consumers for value. This is where the secondary market shines. The bad news for Macy's is that their primary business will continue to suffer.
It is very likely that we will be seeing a flood of Macy's excess in the secondary market over this next quarter, so keep an eye on sites like BStockSupply.com to find some deals.
B-Stock Solutions has launched a new marketplace in Europe, called A2Z Liquidation Auctions. If you take a close look at the site and its terms and conditions you can see that the seller here is Amazon. There is a great mix of product available on the site. It includes new product as well as returns in a variety of lot sizes. The product is located in the UK, but they seem to be shipping all over Europe.
I highly recommend that you get registered to buy right away. There are some amazing deals available here.
In this article in the International Business Times by Avaneesh Pandey, she points out how inventory levels are rising heading into the critical holiday shopping period. Just in Q3 in fact, she says that inventory levels at American businesses have grown by $56.8 billion. She goes on to quote a Macquarie Research report suggesting specialty stores and apparel companies are currently experiencing “a build-up in inventories beyond the natural increase ahead of the holidays”. The same report also named 10 companies where inventory is growing faster than sales, including Lululemon Athletica, Nike Inc., Under Armour Inc. and VF Corp.
This situation will have very positive implications for consumers this holiday, as the markdowns are likely to happen early and be deep. Beyond that, if consumers don't show up with their wallets open this holiday season, we are going to see a tidal wave of product hitting the secondary market at year end and in early January.
Starting accumulating capital now so you are in position to take advantage of these upcoming buying opportunities.
In an effort to make this blog more useful to its readers, I thought asking you how we can help would be an easy way to do so. Anything interesting to share with our community? Know of any great liquidation opportunities or trying to move some products? Let me know via comments below and we'll try to help.