3 Tips for Beating the Weather as an Outdoor Vendor

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shutterstock_254989831The summer is in full effect and everyone everywhere is enjoying everything the season has to offer! This prime time is the perfect opportunity for outdoor vendors and merchants to capitalize on the influx of shoppers. Even though the sun may be shining, the weather can drastically change in a moment’s notice and that means you have to be prepared for anything Mother Nature throws at you. Whether you run your business under a tent or with a pop-up cart, protection from the elements is crucial because you can’t afford the risk of damaged or ruined merchandise. So what can you do to protect your outdoor business.

  1. Weather Check

One of the most important things you can do every day before you open up shop is check the weather! While the summer is generally a sunny season, it is also susceptible to precipitation that can vary from a light and quick drizzle to an intense and lengthy thunderstorm. Depending on the days’ outlook, prepare to be either opened or closed during certain times of the day. As a general rule of thumb, view hour-by-hour conditions and make the best judgement call before you set everything up.

  1. Custom Equipment Cover

Is your outdoor business operated on a cart, kiosk, table or tent? Whichever kind of set up you have, you must always be mindful of how your merchandise could be affected by a quick change in weather conditions. It’s a fact that the weather forecast can instantly change which makes it extremely important to have outdoor equipment covers to protect your business and products. By having equipment covers readily available, you can turn your business from open to close just as fast as the weather changes. This is very beneficial because you won’t have to run around with merchandise in hand to find it protection.

  1. Storage, Storage & More Storage

As another safeguard against unpredictable weather, make sure you have rainproof storage boxes, large plastic tubs (with lids) and plastic bags. In the event it starts to downpour while your outdoor shop is open, you can quickly place merchandise and products into these storage solutions. Additionally, the plastic tubs and boxes can act as display tables and overflow storage for products.