The lynchpin 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 RS Expo Trade Show should be on your list of "Can't Miss" events this year.
The State-of-the-Industry General Session is the "official" kick off for the RS Expo. Presentations by our carrier/partners DHL Express, FedEx, UPS, and USPS along with a look at the "State of The Industry" by RS Associates President Brandon Gale will get the RS Expo started.
A review of the RS Expo schedule of events will guide you through the what, when, and where of the RS Expo 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 "How to turn Drop Offs into Dollars" to "Growing Your Business Through Social Media". A long list of highly requested sessions run throughout Saturday morning. Plan on attending as many as you can.
Presented by the industry's top vendors, Profit Builder Clinics are designed to do just that – BUILD YOUR PROFITS! Learn not only what their products and services do and cost, but (just as importantly) how to market them to your existing and prospective customers – and learn it directly from the vendor.
Your Point of Sale software is the power plant 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 and ReSource will provide user training Sunday Afternoon.
If you have unfulfilled dreams of winning the 100 meter dash or hitting a perfect 10 on the balance beam, join us for the Shipping Olympic Games sponsored by FedEx for another “shot at the gold”.
We’ve designed a series of events that will challenge both your industry skills and your sense of humor; including favorites like "Blind-folded Box-Tape Race" and "Drop-Off Toss". Five teams will vie for the title of Best All-Around Retail Shippers during an evening of food, drinks, and Olympic level fun! Check back soon for a complete list of events and instructions on how to submit your application to be a Team Captain.
This 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.
The State-of-the-Industry General Session is the "official" kick
off for the RS Expo. Presentations by our carrier/partners DHL Express, FedEx, UPS,
and USPS along with a look at the "State-of-The-Industry" by RS Associates President,Brandon Gale will get the RS Expo started. A review of the RS Expo
schedule of events will guide you through the what, when, and where of the RS Expo
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 "How to turn Drop Offs into Dollars" to "Growing Your
Business Through Social Media". A long list of highly requested sessions
run throughout Saturday morning. Plan on attending as many as you can.
You’ve heard of Speed Dating--this is the Retail Shippers version. 10 topics,
10 tables, 10 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 DHL Express for the official Expo Welcome Reception. Enjoy drinks and hors
d’oeuvres and find out who the DHL Authorized Shipping Center Top Shippers
All-Access Pass holders get a first look at this year’s Tradeshow. Spend some
quality face time with the carriers and other exhibitors.
Get a great start on a very busy day with a hearty breakfast.
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 companies committed to
helping you succeed.
Presented by the industry's top vendors, Profit Builder Clinics are designed to
do just that – BUILD YOUR PROFITS! Learn not only what their products and
services do and cost, but (just as importantly) how to market them to your existing
and prospective customers – and learn it directly from the vendor.
If you have unfulfilled dreams of winning the 100 meter dash or hitting a perfect
10 on the balance beam, join us for the Retail Shippers Olympics for another “shot
at the gold”. We’ve designed a series of events that will challenge
both your industry skills and your sense of humor. Five teams will vie for the title
of Best All-Around Retail Shippers during an evening of food, drinks, and Olympic
The final day of the 2014 Retail Shippers Expo gets off to a rousing start with
breakfast sponsored by RS Associates.
This is your chance to hear about what’s happening in the industry and to
ask questions that have been on your mind.
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
Note: All times and events are subject to change.
We are currently in the process of finalizing the Breakout Sessions that will be presented at the 2014 RS Expo & Trade Show. If you would like to suggest topics to be covered in the Breakouts please complete and submit the short form below. We look forward to hearing from you.
We are currently in the process of finalizing the SpeedRounds that will be presented at the 2014 RS Expo & Trade Show. If you would like to suggest topics to be covered in the SpeedRounds please complete and submit the short form below. We look forward to hearing from you.
We are currently in the process of finalizing the Profit Builder Clinic schedule for the 2014 RS Expo & Trade Show. If you would like to suggest topics to be covered in the SpeedRounds please complete and submit the short form below. We look forward to hearing from you.
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.
Premium Member: $328.50
Basic Member: $365.00
(Only $175 for any additional students from the same store)
Designed for new store owners and staff, this course covers the basics and the essential rules, requirements, science, and best practices for small package shipping in the United States. Subjects covered: specific carrier (DHL, FedEx, UPS, USPS) rules and terms of carriage, shipment size and weight limitations, insurance and shipment value protection, packaging requirements, package processing, pricing, shipping product options, service guarantees, automation options, and carrier account setup.
Premium Member: $76.50
Basic Member: $85.00
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!
Large freight is an increasingly important menu item for today's successful Retail Shipping Store. As a high-potential profit center, freight can be complex and certainly has risk, so understanding the rules, options, and opportunities is crucial. This course covers the details-National Motor Freight Classification, trade lanes, carriers, Full Truckload, Less Than full Load (LTL), Air Cargo, Sea Container, shipment preparation (crating, palletizing, specialty packaging/handling), pickup and delivery options, and pricing. Become your neighborhood freight expert and start packing the profit pounds on your bottom line.
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.
Most Retail Shipping stores are adding freight shipping to their existing small package shipping repertoire. This means preparing large, awkward, and heavy items for transportation. In many cases, a crate is the best method of protection for these items. Although you can always out-source your freight packaging needs, the profit margins in crate building can be very attractive, so it makes sense for you to handle the entire transaction. In this hands-on class, you’ll learn how to build a variety of different types of crates using standard tools. Once you’ve mastered a few techniques, you’ll be able to build crates for virtually anything. This class will pay for itself on the first crate you sell.
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.
Proper accounting, tax planning, banking, and financial analysis are mandatory in any successful business. This course teaches established best practices on how to manage your income, accounts payable, cost centers, payroll, profit and loss analysis, and sales forecasting. The course instructor is a career accountant with extensive experience with retail shipping stores.
This class is designed for the new store owner, new user of QuickBooks or a current user that wants to learn the basics of how to use QuickBooks more efficiently. Subjects covered: company set-up, chart of accounts set-up, accounts payable, accounts receivable, payroll, how to enter transactions, what financial reports are available and how to use QuickBooks as a tool to measure the success of your business.
When rules and regulations change, so does the way you do business. It’s not enough just to know the changes - you need to understand how they will affect you, your business and your customers. And equally important, you need to know how they will affect your profitability. Designed as a continuing education class for veteran operators, this three-hour forum examines changes, additions and eliminations of products, services and procedures affecting the retail shipping industry.
One of the most challenging aspects of the retail shipping business is determining how to continually “prime the pump” with new customer prospects and, once you’ve done that, to maximize every selling opportunity for the highest revenue-per-transaction. Marketing, merchandizing, and up-selling are acquired skills that you will learn in this class.
Notary services can be a very robust and profitable offering for your customers, but the list of rules, regulations, and best business practices is long and often confusing. This class covers the spectrum to ensure you properly represent and execute the duties of a Notary Public. In addition to the general rules of notary services, state-by-state requirements and restrictions are also addressed.
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.
13 Straight years of revenue growth says it all about AES Logistics’ ability to remain in the forefront of the Logistics Industry.
Featuring the most respected names in state-of-the-art technology, Pacific Office Automation is recognized nationally for our award-winning sales, service and customer support.
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.
FotoZoomer systems print professional-quality indoor and outdoor banners, poster-size calendars, canvas portraits, signage, photo enlargements, magnet backed prints, and more.
JMP specializes in rubber stamps for the retail shipping industry and offers the Brother Stampcreator Pro system for quick and highly profitable in-house production of high-quality pre-inked stamps.
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.
Navix is an online marketplace dedicated to rewiring the way insurance is purchased by leveraging technology, community and industry experience.
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.
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.
ReSource is the proven leader, with over 20 years providing turnkey Point of Sale systems backed by live, experienced and knowledgeable support.
Shipsurance is a private shipping insurance provider with over 20 years of experience covering the retail shipping industry.
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.
With years of experience working with thousands of parcel shipping centers and self-storage sites, Supply Side USA can help you meet your retail goals.
We offer packing and shipping training and operational products which include DVDs, manuals, and The Packaging Expert software.
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.
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.
The All-Access Pass provides attendees with full access to all 2014 RS Expo & Trade Show sessions, events and meals (excluding Pre & Post Event RS Academy Training). Below is a comprehensive list of activites included with the All-Access Pass:
Register for RS Expo & Trade Show before January 17th and receive discounted Early Bird rates. The first 100 stores to register with All-Access-Pass will also receive one (1) RS Academy Professional Skills Certification class FREE—an $85 value!
Register for RS Expo & Trade Show between the above dates for Standard Registration fee.
It’s late, but not too late. You can still register for RS Expo & Trade Show up until the event start date.
If you can’t make it for the entire RS Expo & Trade Show, that’s a shame, but you can attend theTrade Show on Saturday for FREE. You must register in advance, by Friday, April 4th, 2014 for your FREE Trade Show-Only Pass. Walk-up registrations on the day of the show will be charged a $25 administration fee.
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.
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