Gourmet Catalog Adding Storage To Membership, Catalog

Gourmet Catalog & Buying Group announced today that it is expanding its membership ranks into the storage segment and is reaching out to storage vendors.
According to Gourmet Catalog, storage vendors fill a growing and important niche in an increasingly hectic society, as consumers look for practical ways to simplify and organize their busy lives. The recent emphasis on uncluttered, sustainable living signifies that well-planned, well-produced kitchen and housewares storage is a trend that will only grow in the future.
“Storage is a natural category for kitchenware stores due to the complementary role it plays in food prep and its positive effect on kitchen organization,” said Janis Johnson, president and founder of Gourmet Catalog. ”In conjunction with a desire to provide the best in customer service, Member Stores always are ready to take on categories that make life easier for their customers.”
Gourmet Catalog offers storage vendors exposure in more than 225 store member locations nationwide and a chance at inclusion in the Spring and Fall print and online Gourmet Catalogs. As members, storage vendors would be invited to attend the annual Gourmet Catalog Start the Year Member Conference. Attending the Conference, according to Gourmet Catalog, gives Vendors the opportunity to show new products to store members and to interact with members in a personal way.
Vendor Members also may attend a separate Vendor Forum held each year prior to the Chicago International Home & Housewares Show in March. This forum is open to all GC Vendor Members and is focused on discussions regarding issues and challenges facing vendors in our industry. The IHA Show includes a large collection of storage and organization vendors.
“Kitchen Window has recently expanded our Kitchen Storage & Organization section, and the customer response has been overwhelming!” said Natasha Georgia, senior buyer for Kitchen Window, a GC Store Member in Minneapolis, MN. “We’ve always been proud to offer the best cooking equipment and finest ingredients, and now we have all the tools you need to keep your kitchen organized, efficient and clutter-free.”
Gourmet Catalog noted that storage vendors can also receive additional benefits such as a dedicated Vendor Web page, the exclusive KIT Campaign, the Gourmet Catalog Buying Guide, weekly e-mail updates and add-ons like freight discounts and credit card processing.