5 of the best B2B marketplaces for ordering super-speedy in-season stock

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Online product sourcing has become a popular choice for buyers wanting to save time and reduce travel expenses. While social media is great for discovering new brands, B2B marketplaces provide a gateway to suppliers, allowing retailers to browse full collections and place direct orders. In most cases, registering for an account is completely free for professional buyers. And while each platform has its own unique requirements and terms, other key benefits include free delivery, low minimum order requirements and interest-free credit. Here’s our pick of leading wholesale marketplaces that ship to independent retailers in the UK…

CREOATE

LOCATION: UK

BEST FOR: sustainable products, wellbeing, food and drink, gifts, cards, stationery 

Beginning life as a small shop in Covent Garden, Creoate enables buyers to buy stock directly from independent brands based on their values – whether that’s prioritising sustainability, supporting female founders or committing to being plastic-free. The suppliers on its site are from the UK, Europe and US and buyers can search through various categories and collections to choose from over 200,000 potential products. There are great perks with having an account too, including 60-day interest-free payment terms, a credit limit of up to £3,000 and free delivery on orders over £300. Retailers can also return unsold stock within 60 days if it’s the first time they’ve bought from that particular brand.   

REGISTER FOR AN ACCOUNT: creoate.com/signup/retailer/

FAIRE

LOCATION: US

BEST FOR: Fashion, homewares, jewellery, beauty and wellness

Founded in San Francisco in 2017, Faire was created to help small businesses compete on a more level playing field with the likes of Amazon. It grew quickly and now has offices around the world – landing on our shores in 2021 – to become the globe’s largest wholesale marketplace. The site works a bit like Etsy for professionals, allowing buyers to filter suppliers based on location, category, minimum order and lead time. Retailers can choose from 85,000 independent brands across various product categories located in the US, UK, Europe, Canada and Scandinavia. There are flexible payment terms with up to 60 days interest free credit while thousands of its brands offer a low minimum order requirement of £100 or less. Buyers can also test the water with products, with free returns on opening orders available within 60 days.

REGISTER FOR AN ACCOUNT: faire.com

SPARKINITY

LOCATION: UK

BEST FOR: Home, accessories, lifestyle, gifts, groceries, stationery, children’s toys

Created with independent retailers in mind, Sparkinity offers professional buyers a personalised toolkit to help transform how they stock their store. The site carries a range of categories including home, jewellery and beauty but doesn’t currently offer womenswear. Retailers using the site receive a range of benefits including free orders with new brands, sale or free returns on all orders up to a certain amount and up to 90 days interest-free credit. The wholesale marketplace aims to make the process of trying new products risk free and retailers can return orders within 30 days if products aren’t right for their store. Orders are shipped from each brand directly and arrive in-store within two weeks.

REGISTER FOR AN ACCOUNT: sparkinity.com

ANKORSTORE

LOCATION: France

CATEGORIES: Fashion, jewellery, beauty

Offering an inspiring line-up of international brands, French B2B marketplace Ankorstore offers two million products from 30,000 curated brands. The site offers the full product spectrum from womenswear and accessories to home and kitchen, food and drink, beauty, jewellery and childrenswear. It’s only been around for four years but is already present in 33 countries with local offices across Europe and in the UK. Retailers can place low minimum orders worth £100 and receive free delivery on multi-brand orders over £300. It also offers 60-day payment terms to help indie reduce the cashflow burden. Buyers can pick up in-season clothing and candles alongside French skincare and niche chocolate brands.

REGISTER FOR AN ACCOUNT: ankorstore.com

CURATE BEAUTY

LOCATION: UK

CATEGORIES: Skincare, make-up, grooming, wellness

Perfect for indies looking for niche beauty products, B2B marketplace Curate Beauty offers an inspiring line-up of 250 curated independent brands. Its concept is the brainchild of award-winning beauty journalist Samantha Freedman and luxury retail specialist Margot Vitale who used their collective expertise to reimagine the beauty buying process. Every aspect of the journey has been built for maximum efficiency and ease with flexible payment options allowing buyers to split payments interest-free over three months using a Visa or Mastercard.  Buyers can register for a free retailer account on the website, which will give access to full product information and ordering. Purchasing can take place as soon as the account is approved while new retailers can order complimentary sample packs to try out products before they buy.

REGISTER FOR AN ACCOUNT: curate-beauty.com/account/register