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Panini America develops reward program for card shops

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

Panini America is offering a special rewards program for card shops.

The Panini Roundtable recently launched with more than 800 stores in the United States and fewer than 300 in Canada. The purpose of the program is to drive customers into brick & mortar shops, giving local card stores opportunities to thrive.

“When you talk about longevity and things that are major drivers to have a sustainable business, you start with brick and mortar and end with brick and mortar,” said Panini America’s Tim Franz, Director of Sales.

Stores in the Panini Roundtable program will get extra benefits. One of the first will happen this week with the Black Friday promotion. Card shops in the program will get Black Friday promo packs to give out to customers on the biggest shopping day of the year. Panini has been promoting these packs all week and will include autographs, rare parallels, memorabilia cards and more.

In addition, store owners will get sneak peeks of new product and get products early.

One of the goals of the Panini Roundtable is to make launch day more like a holiday in card shops.

“If you look what Magic has done exceedingly well, they have a launch and have 300 people in a store,” Franz said. “When we launch a product, we need to create that experience in a store.”

Panini America tried it earlier this year with an early launch of 2012-13 Prime Hockey in Canada shops. The Canadian stores had a five-day window before anyone else to promote Prime and give customers a VIP-like treatment.

“Prime just broke beautifully,” Franz said. “It gained a lot of momentum and there was so much exposure to the product. It had a nice slow build that led to the success and selling out of the product.”

To be part of the Panini Roundtable shops have to support Panini products in a 30 percent ratio in at least one sport.

Not all card collectors have B&M stores near them to participate in some of the programs. So, Panini will emulate certain program in its online store for those customers, but Franz also recommends finding stores who also have a strong online presence to take part in the promotions such as Black Friday.

“This thing has been a long time coming,” Franz said. “I’m excited to implement it and be part of it. It’s great to deliver those added bonuses.”

Susan Lulgjuraj is an editor at Beckett Media. You can email her here with questions, comments or ideas. Follow her on Twitter here. Follow Beckett Media on Facebook and Twitter.

 

4 Comments

RJ

That’s great, maybe my LCS will finally start participating in these promotions … haven’t ever been able to get in on the Father’s Day and Black Friday stuff.

Posted November 26, 2013 at 3:58 pm | Permalink
Pete

By far and away one of the best ideas I’ve heard in a long time. Hopefully by creating a reason for people to head to B&M stores again will result in more of them popping up and being able to support themselves. All depends on the owner but this should help all the existing B&M stores everywhere. I’ve not been a fan of Panini products but I’ll support their products with decisions like this one. Great idea!

Posted November 26, 2013 at 4:21 pm | Permalink
phillies_joe

Great idea’s as mentioned above for getting folks to head to the B&M stores. Problem is (in my world anyway as I collect only baseball), without logo’s or team names on the cards, I’m not buying anything regardless of the promotion. Really like the looks of the products so hopefully in 4 years I’ll be able / want to participate.

Posted December 2, 2013 at 12:03 pm | Permalink
Nathan Boyle

I like the products. Even without the logos. Great Job Panini is doing.

Posted December 3, 2013 at 6:59 pm | Permalink

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