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Via Trading Streamlines Liquidation Purchasing

by Claudia Bruemmer, June 14th 2012

Via Trading, a leading liquidation wholesaler, has come out with a buyer-centric solution to obtaining manifested liquidation inventory. The liquidation company has been in business since 2002 and specializes in supplying individuals and businesses with popular merchandise from the nation’s largest department stores at a fraction of its original cost. To save its customers time and effort, Via Trading launched its new Load Center in June 2012. The Load Center is a unique online database of liquidation loads and manifests – and one of the first of its kind in the liquidation industry.

Via Trading’s Load Center, the company’s latest innovation in the liquidation and customer return industry, features a complete list of the company’s full and partial truckloads, manifested pallets, case lots and opportunistic deals. For the first time, liquidation buyers worldwide can gain free access to hundreds of available loads at a glance on one screen, streamlining the wholesale purchasing process considerably. The Load Center was created in response to this collective problem within the industry, as well as to streamline Via Trading’s own internal efficiency. An extension of Via’s website, the Load Center offers detailed functionality and an easy-to-use interface to aid wholesale buyers in locating specific loads for their business.

As department stores liquidate their surplus inventory, liquidation companies like Via Trading purchase them by the truckload and resell them to secondary channel resellers like eBayers, swap meet vendors, discount store owners and auctioneers, etc. Merchandise on the liquidation market thus moves very quickly, creating a challenge for wholesale buyers searching for available inventory. A high volume of liquidation merchandise is moved throughout the country daily, and the availability of loads fluctuates by the hour. Without a centralized database of loads and manifests to examine, buyers must contact companies directly to ask for available load lists, an often time-consuming and inefficient process. Buyers may wait a business day or longer to receive updated inventory lists and manifest attachments, missing out on relevant deals as loads continue to sell out while they wait.

Glen Rundell of SpecialzOutlet.com found the Load Center to be useful for his purchasing department. “?It’s simply awesome. I can easily sort by product, brands, price and all this is available 24/7. I have not seen this system anywhere else- I’ve even taught some of my employees to use it to search for specific items that our customers have requested? really great!” As Rundell notes, available online 24/7 the Load Center makes detailed wholesale purchasing accessible from any computer in the world, anytime. Buyers can log on and see current availabilities, find loads based on specific search criteria like category, price and condition, download manifests onto their computers and narrow their searches quickly and easily. Best of all, it is free to use by anyone looking for liquidation merchandise to resell.

In more detail, the Load Center offers users the ability to:

  • View all available loads and relevant information
  • Filter loads by various criteria (condition, price, location, store, category, etc.)
  • View and download single or multiple manifests instantly
  • Manipulate and summarize manifests
  • See most recent loads added
  • View discounted or “on sale” loads
  • Eliminating the need to email a company and wait for a reply, the Load Center removes human response time from the equation and facilitates the purchasing process. Buyers locate the products they need, obtain shipping quotes on the spot and place their orders online to reserve the goods before they sell out.

“Continuously striving to innovate in the industry by proposing solutions to common buyer problems, Via Trading will continue to improve the features of its website and the Load Center,” said Via Trading Marketing Manager Nathania Stambouli. “Stay tuned for what comes next!”

Read the original article in Top Ten Wholesale’s Newsroom.

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