Registration is now open for the 2016 Retail Shippers Expo & Trade Show, August 10th-14th at the Green Valley Ranch Resort, Spa & Casino, just minutes from the Las Vegas strip. This event brings together the key carriers, vendors/suppliers and subject-matter experts in the industry. Open to all 11,000 store owners throughout the country, there is simply no better opportunity to access these resources and improve your business performance. Last year's was COMPLETELY SOLD OUT, so register today to guarantee your spot at the largest independent AND franchise event in our industry.
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A key feature of the Retail Shippers Expo is the Trade Show. This is your best chance to get that all-important face time with the carriers, vendors, and suppliers who provide us with the crucial products and services that allow us to build and grow our businesses. In addition to the long-term providers and vendors, exciting NEW products and services will be exhibited and demonstrated (some for the FIRST time). As the industry's largest trade show, the Retail Shippers Expo Trade Show should be on your list of "Can't Miss" events in 2016.
The State-of-the-Industry General Session is the "official" kick-off for the Retail Shippers Expo. A presentation by RS Associates President Brandon Gale will get the RS Expo started as these two industry leaders share their view of where we are going as an industry.
As part of the General Session, a review of the Expo schedule of events will guide you through the what, when, and where of the event to ensure you take full advantage of the content-packed program.
Breakouts, breakouts, and more breakouts! Some of the best "nuggets of knowledge" are picked up during the breakout sessions. These informative classes are presented by bona fide industry subject-matter experts and cover a wide range of topics, ranging from store operations to new profit centers. A long list of highly requested sessions run throughout the event. Plan on attending as many as you can.
Several industry organizations and franchise systems will be hosting separate meetings for their constituents and franchsiees as part of the Expo. Following are the groups who are currently committed to attend; Postal Connections, Safe Ship and The Mail Box Store — if you are part of one of these organizations, make sure to note this additional opportunity.
Your Point of Sale software is the powerplant that helps you run your business efficiently, accurately, and as profitably as possible. Today's systems are some of the most robust and dynamic of any retail POS systems available. As an owner, you need to know how to take full advantage of everything these powerful tools are designed to do. Industry POS providers PostalMate, ReSource (recently acquired by PostalMate) and ShipRite will provide user training and system update classes throughout the weekend.
RS Boot Camp was developed by RS Academy for both new store owners and veteran operators and staff. As the seminar title indicates, this intensive program provides a comprehensive overview of what it takes to thrive in the retail shipping and business services industry. New owners will learn all the right steps, but of equal importance, we also show you how to avoid the costly mistakes many owners make. Veteran owners and staff will fine-tune and get their stores ‘back in fighting shape’.
Zoom U? Zoom U is the continuation of support that FotoZoomer offers all FotoZoomer owners with education classes held both on-line as well as events around the country. These classes are design to give more hands on training, production techniques and marketing support to help grow a store owners printing revenue. FotoZoomer is a family and family makes sure you have everything you need to be successful.
Both leading software providers, PostalMate© and ShipRite©, will be providing hands-on training throughout the weekend.
Franchise systems and industry organizations host meetings for their franchisees and constituents as part of the event. Company/Organization board meetings and planning sessions will be conducted at the same venue — specific meeting space and times will be identified closer to the event.
Start your event off right...with hors d'oeuvres and cocktails in the Lobby Bar courtesy of RS Associates.
Breakouts, breakouts, and more breakouts! Some of the best "nuggets of knowledge" are picked up during the breakout sessions. These informative classes are presented by bona fide industry subject-matter experts and cover a wide range of topics. A long list of highly requested sessions run throughout the event. Plan on attending as many as you can.
Franchise systems and industry organizations host meetings for their franchisees and constituents as part of the event. Company/Organization board meetings and planning sessions will be conducted at the same venue—specific meeting space and times will be identified closer to the event.
The State-of-the Industry General Session is the "official"
kick off for the Retail Shippers Expo. Beginning with a look at the "State of The Industry" by RS Associates President Brandon Gale to get the Expo started. A review of the RS Expo schedule of events will guide you through the what, when, and where of the event to ensure you take full advantage of the content-packed program.
You’ve heard of Speed Dating -- this is the Retail Shippers version. 30 topics, 30 tables, 30 presenters, and someone with a stop watch and whistle make for a fun and chaotic way to get a LOT of information in a short period of time. You’ll need a shot of espresso before this one...
Join us for the official RS Expo Welcome Reception to enjoy drinks and hors d’oeuvres and find out who the DHL Authorized Shipping Center Top Shippers are.
All-Access Pass holders get a first look at this year’s Trade Show. Spend some quality face time with the carriers and other exhibitors.
Get a great start on a very busy day with a hearty breakfast and a special presentation from UPS.
Package carriers, POS systems, new products, new services, and new technology--the latest and greatest will be on display for you to see first-hand. Of equal importance is that critical face time with the representatives from over 30 companies committed to helping you succeed.
Join FedEx for an evening of food, fun and entertainment.
The final day of the 2016 RS Expo gets off to a rousing start with breakfast sponsored by the PostalMate© followed by a Town Hall Meeting. This is your chance to hear about what’s happening in the industry and to ask questions that have been on your mind.
Note: All times and events are subject to change.
Course is designed to give potential and new store owners a comprehensive overview of what it takes to get started - and survive - in the retail packing and shipping industry. Know what to expect, avoid major pitfalls, and start your new business with a professional edge. Presented by RS Associates President Brandon Gale .
Premium Member: $350
Basic Member: $395
($100 discount for any additional students from the same store)
International shipping is a substantial profit center for retail shipping centers, but remembering every detail, procedure, and regulation can be a challenge. Rules and services can change every day - and knowing how to adjust to those changes can mean the difference between great profits and great losses!
Premium Member: $80.00
Basic Member: $100.00
Find a box in the nearest dumpster, throw your stuff in, slap some duct tape on, mark it "Fragile", then ship it. Simple, right? Wrong. Many Retail Shipping Store operators make a grave mistake in thinking that packaging is simple. But in order to properly prepare your packages to survive the rigors of the transportation network, you must follow very specific carrier rules and the physics of packaging dynamics. This class covers both the science and rules; containers, packaging/cushioning materials and how to use the "right" one for the job, packaging techniques, sealing, carrier rules, and tricks of the trade that will make you a true packaging expert.
Stock box sizes don’t always fit items being shipped or sent via freight. Custom box/container design and construction is an art, and the product can be a significant profit center with extraordinary margins. Learn – and practice - professional techniques for custom box building for fragile, large, awkward and valuable items. Become your neighborhood Packaging Expert.
If postal services are a part of your product mix, the United States Postal Service plays a vital role in your day-to-day operation. As a regulator, the USPS requires compliance with the rules and regulations imposed on private mail box rental services through the Commercial Mail Receiving Agent (CMRA) program. And as a business partner, the USPS Approved Shipper Program provides marketing tools and operational support for reselling USPS products and services in your center. This three-hour operations course covers all the basics – and all the bases.
DHL has built the world’s premier global delivery network by trailblazing express shipping in one country after another. Over 220 countries and territories later, DHL is the global market leader of the international express and logistics industry. DHL specializes in providing customers with innovative and customized transportation solutions from a single source. Find out more about DHL by visiting the links below.
DHL Authorized Shipping Centers are DHL’s only retail presence in the U.S.
We are FedEx, with more than 280,000 people from different places and different backgrounds to rally around a common mission. FedEx is committed to providing outstanding customer experience, to being a great place to work, a thoughtful steward of the environment and a caring citizen in the communities where we live and work. While our early days are legendary, today’s FedEx has grown into a $39-billion network of companies, offering transportation and customer solutions. And we still back our services with the “absolutely, positively” spirit you expect from the trusted FedEx name.
Founded in 1907 as a messenger company in the United States, UPS has grown into a $49.7 billion corporation by clearly focusing on the goal of enabling commerce around the globe.
Today UPS is a global company with one of the most recognized and admired brands in the world. We have become the world’s largest package delivery company and a leading global provider of specialized transportation and logistics services. Every day, we manage the flow of goods, funds, and information in more than 200 countries and territories worldwide.
PC Synergy is the leading supplier of automation to the retail shipping industry. PC Synergy offers more features to assist at every level of the retail shipping business. PostalMate is a comprehensive yet easy to use solution, providing automation for shipping DHL, FedEx, UPS and USPS. Included with PostalMate is a complete point-of-sale, accounts receivable and mailbox management system.
PH: 800-485-6901 | WEB: www.pcsynergy.com | EMAIL: email@example.com
FotoZoomer systems print professional-quality indoor and outdoor banners, poster-size calendars, canvas portraits, signage, photo enlargements, magnet backed prints, and more.
PH: 864-286-6868 | WEB: www.fotozoomer.com | EMAIL: firstname.lastname@example.org
Now your customers can manage their postal mail & packages online, 24/7 from anywhere. Tap into a huge new market for your store’s services.
PH: 845-579-5770 | WEB: www.ipostal1.com | EMAIL: email@example.com
ShipRite™ began selling its software in 1997. At that time, and for the following 4 years, ShipRite’s™ Global Connect, proudly held the title of the ONLY Windows software with shipping and POS for mail & parcel Centers. ShipRite’s™ customers included independents as well as other franchises such as the Mail Boxes, Etc and Airborne (now DHL.)
PH: 315-733-6191 | WEB: www.shipritesoftware.com | EMAIL: firstname.lastname@example.org
Accept all payments from any terminal, smartphone, tablet, computer, or POS system like PostalMate. SignaPay, a leading national provider of merchant services, guarantees you will save money while receiving state-of-the-art payment products backed by outstanding customer service.
PH: 877-899-8274 | WEB: www.signapay.com | EMAIL: email@example.com
The U.S. Postal Service® delivers more mail to more addresses in a larger geographical area than any other post in the world. We deliver to over 149 million residences, businesses and Post Office Boxes™. Interested in growing your business? Become part of the USPS Approved Shipper Program. What’s in it for you? Increased customer traffic; increased store revenue; association with a trusted, well known brand; no fee license agreement; and point of purchase signage, free of charge from the U.S.P.S.
YOU CRATE provides a dependable, customer oriented option in the moving and storage industry which parallels the service and dependability provided by R+L Carriers in the LTL industry.
PH: 877-558-2580 | WEB: www.youcrate.com | EMAIL: firstname.lastname@example.org
13 Straight years of revenue growth says it all about AES Logistics’ ability to remain in the forefront of the Logistics Industry.
PH: 866-365-8988 | WEB: www.rscentral.org/Freight | EMAIL: CustomerCare@rscentral.org
When a policyholder gets sick or hurt and is unable to work, Aflac pays cash benefits fast. For nearly five decades, Aflac insurance policies have given policyholders the opportunity to focus on recovery, not financial stress.
PH: 214-680-1906 | WEB: www.aflac.com/jack_pausman | EMAIL: email@example.com
AMPC (Associated Mail and Parcel Centers) was founded in 1982. In 2014, we became AMBC-(Association of Mail and Business Centers) a member owned non-profit and changed our name to reflect the evolving environment of our industry. Our mission: provide our members the opportunities for success through advocacy, education, resources, research, and programs.
PH: 815-316-8255 | WEB: www.ambc.org | EMAIL: firstname.lastname@example.org
Anytime Mailbox is a white-label, digital mailbox software platform for postal & shipping operators. You have full control of your service plans including the fees you charge your customers. Your digital mailbox web portal, customer invoicing and mobile app are fully branded with your company logo. There are zero upfront expenses. Simple flat-rate pricing model, free training, we can invoice your customers on your behalf at no charge and we market your location via our global marketing campaigns. We are your partner, not your vendor. Ask us for a free demo account today!
PH: 866-444-8417 | WEB: www.anytimemailbox.com | EMAIL: email@example.com
The Advertising Specialty Institute (ASI) is the largest media, marketing and education organization serving the promotional products industry, with a network of over 25,000 distributors and suppliers throughout North America. ASI leads the industry in technology solutions, providing cloud-based e-commerce, enterprise resource planning software (ERP) and customer relationship management software (CRM). ESP Web™ is the industry’s leading tool for sourcing hundreds of thousands of products.
PH: 800-301-9158 | WEB: www.asicentral.com
We wholesale unique novelties, impulse items and gifts to stores. We guarantee our products after a 60 day trial.
PH: 951-325-8324 | WEB: www.bloomhousedistributors.com
Certifix Live Scan, founded in January of 2007, is head-quartered in the city of Anaheim, CA. With our advanced fingerprinting system, you will be able to provide applicants with a seamless and convenient fingerprinting experience. We have been certified by both the State and Federal government to offer fingerprint systems to the private sector. We offer a toll-free support line to answer any questions that you may have about fingerprint-based background checks. We strive to make the process as fast, secure, and convenient as possible, which makes us the Most Trusted Name in Live Scan!
PH: 714-496-3850 | WEB: www.certifixlivescan.com
With over 25 years of experience in the postal industry and more than $5 billion in postage printed, Endicia is the leading Internet Postage service provider.
PH: 800-576-3279 | WEB: www.endicia.com/MPC
Gemini Gifts and Greetings represent three groups of merchandise for retail stores -
Gifts, Stationery, and Specialty Food Products. For the gift shop style MPC, we provide products to give, to inspire, and to raise the average sale. With 20 plus years of retail store ownership and merchandising experience, Gemini's bringing value and pizzazz to Las Vegas in August.
PH: 919-847-8386 | WEB: www.geminigiftsandgreetings.com | EMAIL: firstname.lastname@example.org
Global Printing and Packaging is a full-service printing company that has been in business since 1965. One of our most popular products are our Decorated, Ship-Ready Gift Boxes. Available in 3 sizes and 30 colorful designs, these sturdy corrugated boxes protect valuable gifts and include self-sealing tape and tear strips for easy sealing and opening. Your customer just Buys it, Packs it, Seals it, and Ships it in style!
PH: 800-610-1089 | WEB: www.gprinting.com | EMAIL: email@example.com
Intuit is the perfect business companion to support the needs of your small business. Our suite of software products and services enables the effortless integration of every step of your business operations for total financial management.
PH: 858.215.8171 | WEB: www.intuit.com
JMP provides rubber stamp equipment and services. Use our Brother Stampcreator Pro System to make pre-inked stamps for your customers in just three minutes while turning $9 in materials into a $25 sale. Fast, clean, simple and fun! Great service and support have made us Brother’s #1 Stampcreator distributor in the USA. We also provide custom stamp and engraving services including quick turn-around and a full 50% discount on most items.
PH: 800-782-6722 | WEB: www.rubber-stamp.com | EMAIL: firstname.lastname@example.org
kübox is easy crating. It is specially designed to ship things that are too heavy, fragile, or valuable to ship in a corrugated cardboard box, and it’s a great choice when serving customers with higher value, higher weight shipments.
PH: 512-387-1582 | WEB: www.thekubox.com | EMAIL: email@example.com
Marsh is the world’s leading insurance broker and risk adviser. Marsh has over 24,000 employees and provides advice and transactional capabilities to clients in over 100 countries.
PH: 866-365-8988 | WEB: www.rscentral.org/Insurance | EMAIL: CustomerCare@rscentral.org
The world’s largest supplier of brand name office supplies, office furniture, business products and services. Office Depot proudly offers its customers over 14,000 products to choose from. Buying Power has negotiated discounts up to 80% on Office Depot products and services.
We offer complete POS hardware packages which include PC’s, digital scales, touch screens, receipt & thermal label printers, credit card readers and software, bar code scanners, and cash drawers.
PH: 800-205-0650 | WEB: www.olsonives.com | EMAIL: firstname.lastname@example.org
Paper and Packaging continues to offer the “large” company
benefits with the “small” company feel and rewards. We offer
quick, efficient delivery with low minimums to CA, NV and
AZ. We believe building a strong alliance with our customers
is achieved through commitment and a joint effort in making
your business stronger. We understand your needs, offer
unmatched product selections at competitive pricing and
quality and are committed to providing the highest level of
service and support.
PH: 909-794-1108 | WEB: www.prpaper.com | EMAIL: email@example.com
For over 30 years – The leader in Document Imaging and Office Technology. Featuring the most respected names in state-of-the-art technology, Pacific is recognized nationally for our award-winning sales, service and customer support.
PH: 855-530-5790 | EMAIL: firstname.lastname@example.org
Penntext has a simple system for retail stores nationwide to buy textbooks and other items in-store from customers, for a commission. This turn-key system easily integrates into and complements your core business, and will help you generate extra income and draw new people into your store. We have over 20 years of experience in the textbook business and close to 400 stores on our network. There are no fees to sign up and participate, and Penntext provides all the training, support and materials necessary for success.
PH: 610-873-4010 | WEB: www.penntext.com
PrinterShoppe is a full color Graphic Design and Printing profit center which can be added to an existing store for FREE (After credits). No on-going fees. Full on-going support. Easy to implement & operate..
PH: 478-955-8474 | WEB: www.printershoppe.com
Each FedEx & UPS package you send it guaranteed to arrive on time or it's FREE! Since 2006, Refund Retriever has audited Ground, Express and International packages for late deliveries and billing mistakes. We have tons of reports and analytics. Late deliveries, un-voided labels, duplicate charges and other billing mistakes do not stand a chance.
PH: 800-441-8085 | WEB: www.refundretriever.com/ | EMAIL: Brian@refundretriever.com
Refund Technology is in the business of auditing the FedEx© and UPS© shipping activity of our customers for the purpose of determining whether or not the carrier has met their service guarantee. When the carrier does not meet their service guarantee, we take the steps necessary to get the shipper’s freight cost refunded in accordance with the carrier’s guarantee policies.
PH: 888-438-7801 | WEB: www.refundtechnology1.com | EMAIL: email@example.com
Shipandinsure.com is a preferred provider of transit coverage, insuring packaged shipments for loss or damage, sent by FedEx, UPS, USPS or FedEx Freight & other carriers, up to $500,000.00 plus, with extremely competitive rates. Claims are paid promptly, giving you peace of mind, with discounts of up to 40% off FedEx shipping rates.
PH: 877-393-5310 | WEB: www.shipandinsure.com
Shipsurance is a private shipping insurance provider with over 20 years of experience covering the retail shipping industry.
PH: 866-852-9956 | WEB: www.shipsurance.com
Simplify your work with easy solutions such as electronic package management, auto mail notification, custom email blasts, ad messages and even turning your phones into signature pads.
PH: 888-491-6340 | WEB: www.smartalertservice.com
We offer packing and shipping training and operational products which include DVDs, manuals, and The Packaging Expert software.
PH: 866-365-8988 | WEB: www.visionalliance.com | EMAIL: firstname.lastname@example.org
VSoftwareTools, creator of PMTools, is an independent software support provider to small businesses. VSoftwareTools expert consultants are available to assist in many of your technology needs.
PH: 888.888.8888 | WEB: www.vsoftwaretools.com | EMAIL: email@example.com
Not only do we provide new store owners with the best hardware package to start their business successfully, we also offer additional POS equipment and services (such as integrated POS card processing and cloud backup solutions) for current businesses looking to upgrade or replace dated items.
PH: 800-818-0492 | WEB: www.wespeakpos.com | EMAIL: firstname.lastname@example.org
The All-Access Pass provides attendees with full access to all 2016 Retail Shippers Expo & Trade Show sessions, events and meals (excluding Pre-Event RS Academy Training and RS BootCamp). Below is a comprehensive list of activites included with the All-Access Pass:
Register for Retail Shippers Expo & Trade Show before March 1st and receive discounted Early Bird rates.
Register for the Retail Shippers Expo & Trade Show between the above dates for Standard Registration fee.
It’s late, but not too late. You can still register for the Retail Shippers Expo & Trade Show up until the event start date.
If you can’t make it for the entire Retail Shippers Expo & Trade Show, that’s a shame, but you can attend the Trade Show on Saturday for FREE. You must register in advance, by Friday,
August 12th, 2016 for your FREE Trade Show-Only Pass. Walk-up registrations on the day of the show will be charged a $25 administration fee.
RS Boot Camp was developed by RS Academy for both new store owners and veteran operators and staff. As the seminar title indicates, this 8 hour intensive program provides a comprehensive overview of what it takes to thrive in the retail shipping and business services industry. New owners will learn all the right steps, but of equal importance, we also show you how to avoid the costly mistakes many owners make. Veteran owners and staff will fine-tune and get their stores ‘back in fighting shape’. Our goal is to help you build a Million-Dollar-Store.
NOTE: Second student from the same store: RS Premium Member – $250 | RS Basic Member — $295
NOTICE: The All-Access Pass includes all meal events. These meal-only tickets are offered to accommodate spouses and attendees who do not purchase the All-Access Pass.
Date: Friday Night – 6:00p Presentation: TBD
Date: Saturday Morning – 7:30a Presentation: TBD
Date: Saturday Night – 7:00p Presentation: TBD
Date: Sunday Morning – 7:30a Presentation: TBD
Green Valley Ranch Resort, Spa & Casino is the finest luxury hotel in Henderson, NV, equally exquisite both inside and out. Their attention to detail, impeccable guest service, outstanding amenities and expansive pool and garden area have earned them a reputation for being one of the very best luxury resorts in the country. Green Valley Ranch offers expansive state-of-the-art meeting and event facilities, unmatched hospitality, and a wealth of on-site dining options that will make winding down from a long day of learning and networking that much sweeter.
FREE AIRPORT SHUTTLE For Retail Shippers Expo Attendees
Green Valley Ranch Resort, Spa & Casino offers the most luxurious hotel rooms in the entire Las Vegas Valley. Our spacious, elegant rooms feature large bathrooms and modern conveniences, offering guests everything they need for the perfect stay. No other off the Strip hotel. can compete with the comfort, luxury and value provided by GVR.
Green Valley Ranch is home to the best restaurants in Henderson, featuring excellent food at affordable prices. We're known for serving up authentic Italian cuisine, superb Japanese food, and the best steaks and seafood in Sin City. If it's a more casual dining experience that you're craving, then our Feast Buffet and food court are sure to please your palate.
Play to your heart’s content at Green Valley Ranch’s state-of-the-art Casino, open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Choose from thousands of your favorite slot machines, or try your luck at table games, video poker, bingo and keno. For a more interactive gaming experience, visit our incredible poker room or spend some time at our thrilling race and sports book. The action never stops at GVR, where your chances to hit the jackpot continue getting bigger by the minute!
Green Valley Ranch is home to the best off the Strip entertainment, featuring world-class headliners and incredible concert venues. On your way to the show, be sure to stop by one of our many inviting bars or lounges, where amazing cocktails and great times are always on offer. If it's family-friendly entertainment that you're after, then you can rest assured that our on-site movie theater, arcade and sprawling pool area are sure to provide plenty of family-friendly fun!