Brand Source logo

BlueTarp is Preferred B2B Credit Program for BrandSource’s 4,500 Retailers

Retailers Can Expand Their B2B Businesses with Competitive Credit Offering, Funding and Risk Protection   PORTLAND, MAINE – May 29, 2019 – BlueTarp Financial recently announced its partnership with BrandSource as the preferred commercial credit program for its network of 4,500 locally-owned appliance, furniture, mattress and electronics retailers. BrandSource is a division of AVB, North… Read more »

photo of woman looking at plastic drawer organizers on a store shelf

How B2B Retailers Can Embrace the Growing Trend of Showrooming

Digital devices have reshaped B2B shopping habits, but not in the ways you might expect. Many online purchases are made after your business customer has visited your brick-and-mortar store to browse and test a product. Essentially, local stores are becoming showrooms for online shoppers. This practice, known as showrooming, has taken off in recent years.… Read more »

photo of business customer looking at digital tablet at retail location

B2B Retailers Can Increase Sales and Loyalty with Webrooming Customers

The explosion of eCommerce has been impossible to ignore, but the vast majority of retail sales – over 90% – still happen in brick-and-mortar stores. The growing trend of webrooming – when customers browse online before making their actual purchase in a store – has been embraced by 82% of consumers, according to a recent… Read more »

photo of group meeting preparing for an uncertain economy

Surviving in an Uncertain Economy

This post was updated in September 2019 Despite continued overall growth in the U.S. economy, recent market fluctuations and ominous headlines about a potential recession have hurt consumer confidence. The S&P 500 and the Dow have recovered from their late-2018 lows, but U.S. bond markets have behaved in ways that signal a future contraction. Meanwhile,… Read more »

Webstraurant Store logo

BlueTarp Grows Retail Client Base with WebstaurantStore and Clark National Accounts

BlueTarp’s B2B Credit Program Streamlines Purchase-to-Payment Process BlueTarp Financial, the leading B2B credit management company, recently announced that e-retailer WebstaurantStore and Clark National Accounts, both brands of Clark Associates, Inc., have partnered with BlueTarp for its customizable B2B credit program including ecommerce integration. BlueTarp’s credit program is a unique combination of technology, services, funding and… Read more »

graph showing the q1 2018 BlueTarp Building Supply Index

The BlueTarp Building Supply Index – 2018 Q1

Click here to download the Index as a PDF   How to Interpret the Index BlueTarp’s Building Supply Index is a quarterly measure of the economic health of the building supply industry. The Index is a weighted composite of proprietary BlueTarp spending and delinquency data as well as three macro-economic factors: building permits, construction spend, and consumer confidence.… Read more »

image of three people collaborating

How to Cut Friction and Boost Collaboration Between Credit and Sales

In many companies, credit and sales goals aren’t totally contradictory, but they’re not perfectly parallel either—a dynamic that can cause unproductive friction that hurts the whole business. The sales team wants potential customers to be approved quickly and seamlessly—receiving a generous line of credit that they can start using immediately. Meanwhile, credit staffers want to… Read more »

image of woman typing on laptop

What Makes an Effective Self-service Customer Portal?

Although there are distinctions between the B2B and B2C buying experience, more and more B2B customers expect their suppliers to mirror the interactions they have with retailers in their personal lives. Today’s B2B buyers are self-sufficient and digitally focused, and they expect easy-to-navigate digital platforms that allow them to complete tasks without disrupting their workflow.… Read more »