Upper Deck believes strongly that brick and mortar hobby shops are a group worth investing in. For years now Upper Deck has partnered with the company’s network of Authorized Distributors to help out shops the company works with. Both Upper Deck and the company’s distributor partners have taken profits and reinvested them into Certified Diamond Dealers in the form of a co-op advertising program that is completely customizable to the shop’s business.
How It Works:
Why does Upper Deck choose to run a program like this? Maybe because the company’s President (Jason Masherah) and Vice President of Sales (Mike Phillips) actually owned and operated card shops. Upper Deck’s leadership team knows first-hand the challenges these retailers face and are focused on helping these shops succeed.
“I believe that the program is the catalyst that pushes retailers to do things to improve their business that they have been thinking about doing, but just haven’t pulled the trigger yet,” said Mike Phillips, Vice-President of Sales for Upper Deck. “We are all in this together and this program shows that. We are excited to see what our CDD’s do in the future.”
Recently Phillips hosted a panel at the company’s annual Certified Diamond Dealer Conference. Three shops told the stories of work they had done on their shops to other dealers to help explain how the program works and inspire them to take advantage of it.
For dealers to see the work that has been done through the Upper Deck co-op program just for these three shops in the last year was a jaw-dropping experience.
It’s not all store renovations however. Upper Deck spends a significant amount of the company’s co-op budget in online improvements for stores. “I think it’s important for Upper Deck to invest in improving dealer’s online presence because in today’s day and age, most people go to a retailer’s website for information about the shop and the products that they carry before they venture out to their physical location,” said Phillips. “This first impression will go a long way toward whether or not that prospective customer will visit that shop.”
Upper Deck and the company’s network of Authorized Distributors help shops out with a variety of other co-op projects. Here’s a look at a small sampling of those:
There is a popular hashtag that goes around on social media to support this network of brick-and-mortar retailers: #supportyourlcs which means, “Support Your Local Card Shop.” Clearly, nobody is standing up to do that more than Upper Deck. If you are a hobby shop looking to improve your business, ask your Upper Deck Authorized Distributor about this program today!