We saw the problems.
Facing immense uncertainty over the effects of FDA regulations and market saturation, the vape industry is already suffering from more work, more headaches and less profit.
Retailers see regulations narrowing profit margins and choking-off a ready supply of products. Many fear being penalized for rules they didn’t even know they were expected to follow.
Brand Owners and Manufacturers feel the direct consequences of market saturation, often fighting competitors on an uneven playing field. Many welcome some form of FDA regulations as the means to solving the saturation problem, but worry they might also fall victim to the cure.
We found a better way.
Instead of competing, the industry must collaborate as a cohesive unit. VIBE is building a community of vape retailers, brand owners, distributors and manufacturers who are positioning themselves to survive FDA regulations.
Professionally-minded retailers connect with compliance-minded suppliers who are serious about longevity. A portion of our revenue goes to fund advocacy while our members get group buying power, professional coaching, expert guidance and marketing assistance.
Suppliers also get access to a large retailer network, affordable pharma-quality co-packing facilities, expert assistance from compliance professionals. In a constantly changing and challenging environment, we're working to provide VIBE Members a greater chance of thriving.
VIBE Was Formed to Help Vape Industry Businesses With:
VIBE’s product qualification standards for manufacturing, packaging, labeling, insuring and branding are in place to help you, and the industry as a whole, mature within a culture of compliance.
Group Buying Power
Whether you are a solo player, a chain or a franchise, our buyer’s group will collectively have the power of hundreds of shops, affording you the lowest-tier pricing for hardware and eLiquid!
Through our relationship with VapeMentors, the largest vape consultancy and developer of online training programs, we bring the world’s top thought leaders to your business.
The vape industry is a minefield of legal questions post deeming regulations. We can help you find the right legal counsel to guide you through the maze of regulations and restrictions to keep you out of trouble - and in business.
We have relationships with the leading advocacy groups in the United States and around the world including SFATA and R2B Smoke-Free Coalition. Our relationships provide a great resource for companies seeking the latest information that affects your vape business.
Marketing & Compliance
Our innovative marketing and partnerships with technology experts will help drive your business to the next level while keeping you ahead of compliance issues.
Meet VIBES's Founders And Volunteer Advisory Board
The Founders Of VIBE include:
James Arbaugh – VIBE Managing Member
James has four years experience in the vaping industry, three as the National Sales Manager of a high-volume, cGMP-compliant eLiquid manufacturer, working directly with retailers & wholesalers. He spent 18 months on the road, personally calling on hundreds of vape shops around the U.S.
With over 10 years experience consulting for businesses in every segment of the supply chain and eight years experience in the state political & regulatory environment, he’s well-suited for his new role at VIBE.
James has carefully studied FDA and state regulatory activities for several years now, and has developed an extensive knowledge of manufacturing standards and the structure and schedules of the FDA’s Deeming Regulations.x
Norm is the founder of VapeMentors and has worked with more than 40 vape businesses worldwide. He is the author of “Vapreneur,” and hosts VAPE Radio, which is the largest vaping radio show in the world with more than 1.3 M downloads.
As a writer for VAPE magazine since 2013, Norm has been involved with dozens of vaping events as a reporter, event promoter and speaker, both domestically and overseas.x
Content Dynamics Media
CDM is an entrepreneurial braintrust comprised of some of the top minds in digital marketing and technology. Having invested in several start ups. CDM is a strong advocate for smoking alternatives and believes the future of the vape industry holds huge promise both as an industry for profit as well as an opportunity to improve human health.x