Meet the Team: Interview With Sarah Shifflett, New Sales Representative at Next Level Apparel
Leading supplier Next Level Apparel is proud to introduce the latest veteran joining their ranks: Sarah Shifflett, their newest Sales Representative. We sat down to pick Sarah’s brain on what excites her the most about joining the Next Level team, what tips she has for distributors selling Next Level products and of course, her personal favorite apparel item.
Q: It’s nice to meet you, Sarah! How has your 2021 been so far?
Sarah Shifflett: Couldn’t ask for a better start to 2021.
Q: Speaking of, welcome to the Next Level Apparel team. Have you worked in promo previously before taking this role?
SS: Thanks for the warm welcome! I feel like I’ve grown up in the promo industry. Starting off as a young mom in customer service with Virginia T’s/Heritage and working my way to Merchandising Director. Twenty plus years making some incredible friends.
Q: What made you want to join Next Level vs. other suppliers in the space?
SS: Next Level hands down has innovative products and future ideas that I definitely wanted to be a part of.
Q: How have your first weeks been with Next Level so far?
SS: Absolutely incredible first couple weeks, with lots of support from my teammates and customers. Already feels like family.
Q: Was there anything that surprised you while being onboarded and learning about the brand?
SS: I was blown away by the whole scoop of the brand. Next Level is truly an inclusive brand not only in product but making me feel as part of the team going right in.
Q: What elements about Next Level’s offerings excite you the most, from a sales perspective?
SS: Wow, this is a tough one because I’m excited about it all. As I was going through my product rack earlier today, I found myself pausing just to touch and feel the different collections. They make it seem simple but it’s actually a lot of thought that is poured into each piece. For example, having tearaway labels for the inspired dye collection and throughout other pieces; Next Level is not just thinking of themselves but the customer’s main objective: allowing others to brand the product. Providing exceptional quality and opportunities for the customer.
Q: What are the most important things you think distributors should convey to clients about Next Level’s products?
SS: Most important is that Next Level Apparel is a partner. We are in this together for the long haul and inspired by the customers. Next Level Apparel products are a testimony to our dedication to value and service for all levels.
Q: Can you share any details with us about exciting projects in the works at Next Level for the future?
SS: Excited about expanding our Fleece line with four new styles that have just been finalized. Two of those styles will be a sueded fleece. Soft, velvety feel in fashion fleece which I can’t wait to get in our customers’ hands.
Q: Last but not least … do you have a favorite Next Level product?
SS: This is another tough question, but how can I not say the sueded tee, 6410? After all, it is “my favorite tee”!