As a member-driven trade organization, RS Associates sole focus is on the health and well-being of our Members. To that end, we are obligated to provide [every] benefit/resource available to help them succeed. At RSA, we understand our responsibility to our customers and take that responsibility seriously. We trust the following list of Member benefits demonstrate our commitment to your success and hope you will consider membership in RS Associates a necessary piece of your business model.
We offer a growing list of RS-Branded programs that were designed and developed by RSA in conjunction with an expert service provider and partner.
We leverage 7,000+ member buying power to get the best guaranteed exclusive pricing, products, service and support for our Members.
Training manuals, CDs & "How To" DVDs, LIVE seminars, online webinars, videos, and one-on-one—you name it, we’ve got it covered.
RS News magazine, industry news feed and email alerts and notifications keeps you informed and on top of the latest news affecting your business.
We have compiled a broad library of resources that cover practically everything you need for operations, marketing and best business practices.
Pose questions, share information, coach, advise and sometimes just blow off steam with other store owners who share the same concerns.
7,000+ RS Associates Members represent great buying power to suppliers and vendors. RSA leverages this buying power to get the best pricing, products, service and support for our Members. RS Premium Members receive exclusive, guaranteed best pricing from our RS Premium Suppliers.
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RS Associates offers a growing list of RS-Branded programs that were developed by RSA in conjunction with an expert service provider & partner. These programs were custom-made to fit the particular needs of Retail Shipping Stores.
Retail shipping store owners need a freight tool that combines competitive rates, multiple carrier options and a seamless, automated ordering process—backed by professionals who understand every aspect of domestic and international freight. That is exactly what RS Associates has provided to our members. So now, even the “novices” can offer freight services to their customers—and look like experts doing it!
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Let’s face it, you’re not a web designer, you don’t have the time to learn how to do it yourself and commissioning a fully custom built website is not always economically feasible. An RS Store Website is your solution. Our in-house web design experts have developed a website template specifically tailored to the retail shipping industry. With over 30 “Service” page options, 17 color choices and the ability to add your own logo, store picture and personalized text, RS Store Websites offer a custom-built look at a fraction of the custom-built price.
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RSA Direct Mail & Print marketing campaigns are created from your desktop by using our unique web application that combines mail piece design, printing, list creation, and mailing into one easy-to-use process. This dynamic new tool allows store owners to surgically market to the precise demographic and neighborhoods that define their customers.
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RS Package Insurance is underwritten by Marsh, the world’s leading cargo insurance broker and risk adviser. Marsh has over 24,000 employees and provides advice and transactional capabilities to clients in over 100 countries. Through the RS Package Insurance program, Marsh is now offering full coverage package/cargo insurance to the Retail Shipping industry at highly competitive rates and with a value proposition that revolutionizes the way shipments are covered.
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The RS Notary Network provides an Internet marketing opportunity for retail shipping centers who provide Notary services as part of their store's product mix. Accessible through the Notary Network Store Locator website, www.rsnotary.com, a listing in this national database of Notaries Public with storefront locations is exclusive to RS Associates Members.
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Premium Members of Retail shipping Associates are eligible for premiums that are lower than those to the general public on variety of products and services available from Mutual of Omaha Insurance company of one of it's affiliates. They provide; Critical Illness Insurance, Disability Insurance, Life Insurance, Qualified Retirement Plans, Business Plans, Annuities and Free Financial Strategy.
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A global supplier of brand-name office supplies, office furniture, business products and services. RSA members receive discounts up to 80% on the entire Office Depot catalog of products and services.
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RS Premium Members save up to 30% on Intuit products that cover every aspect of your operations. Our software line-up includes; Quickbooks for you financial system, Enhanced Payroll for paying your employees and Payment Solutions to take credit card payments in a store or on the road.
With NextPay, you will save with each swipe! On average, RS Associates Members that have switched to NextPay have saved an average of $46 on their monthly statement. That’s almost $600 a year. With NextPay, you get the best rates in the industry; and with our straight-forward pricing, you will be able to measure the savings each month.
RS Associates has built relationships with the key carriers, vendors and service providers who sell directly to the industry. RSA represents extraordinary buying power to these providers and we negotiate pricing and discounts that you simply can’t get on your own. Our Premium Suppliers, in particular, have been vetted by RSA to ensure they are the best-in-category. Premium Suppliers also achieve that status by providing guaranteed best pricing and discounts exclusively for RSA Premium Members.
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.
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. In the United States, Aflac is the number one provider of guaranteed-renewable insurance.
FotoZoomer is a walk-up, self-service, standard picture to poster-size, full color printing system. The system has the ability to print digital pictures that are stored on DVDs, CDs and standard digital camera storage media. Using a simple to use interface the customer can walk-up to the system and load their images.
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.
For more than 100 years, Mutual of Omaha has been one of America’s most trusted brands. Growth in financial strength over the years has helped Mutual of Omaha earn consistently high ratings from leading, independent ratings agencies and fulfill our promises to policyholders to pay benefits.
OLSON & IVES is 100% focused on Point-Of-Sale hardware for retail shipping centers. We’ve been in business for over 20 years and are proud of the relationships we have established with customers all over the USA. We’re located in the small mountain town of Twisp, in the Cascade Mountains of Washington State. We don’t even have a stop light! But we do have a talented staff with great computer skills. Our service is what makes us different. We’ve received numerous customer service awards including “Supplier Of The Year” several years in a row.
PostalMate® is a powerful shipping application used by thousands of retail shipping centers throughout the United States. PostalMate's® comprehensive rate comparison screen allows the shipper to see the date and time of delivery for packages carried via DHL, FedEx, and UPS. This information is updated in real-time to give you the most accurate information available.
RS Freight & Cargo is a web-based rating/shipping engine that allows you to get real-time quotes from more than 40 freight carriers across the country—which results in rates and service you can’t get on your own. Use this tool to quote, price, and book freight—right from your PC. Start making hundreds (or thousands) of new dollars every month—with no investment but your time.
Properly covering your customers’ shipments for loss or damage is an integral part of the service you provide. It protects both you and your customer while representing a significant profit opportunity for your store. The best means of protecting your customers’ (and your) financial interest is to purchase full coverage package/cargo insurance.
RS Store Websites were designed by Retail Shipping Store owners for Retail Shipping Store owners. The RS Store Website development team considered hundreds of options before settling on the current template because it serves the design and function needs for the majority of our Members. We addressed your concerns for layout, graphics, color scheme, edit capability, marketing language, package tracking, coupons, customer contact and more. Your finished website will look polished and professional while giving your customers a sense of it being personalized to reflect your store.
Supply Side USA is the leading supplier of packaging, shipping, moving and storage products to the specialty retailer. We sell to over 9,000 such outlets in the USA and Canada. Our customers consider us a valuable merchandising resource and their supplier of choice.
Vision Alliance Network (VAN) is the self-study division of RS Academy. Designed for the do-it-yourself owner, VAN has been providing training manuals, CDs and DVDs to the Retail Shipping industry for over 17 years. VAN materials are fully vetted for content accuracy and are updated annually to reflect any and all changes in shipping rules, regulations, requirements and best business practices.
VSoftwareTools, Inc. is a leading provider of business technology services. Our flagship product PMTools (Profit Management Tools) made us a software leader of the Mail Ship and Parcel Industry.
Our business background helps our team identify relevant technology building blocks to support your small business growth and profitability. VSoftwareTools creates solutions to fit your needs, your budget and your release schedule. Our teams background experience consist of small business owners to a past with corporate technology giants bringing skills sets and knowledge to the small business entrepreneur. We pride ourselves in bringing experience and knowledge afforded normally to Fortune 500 companies to the small business at an affordable small business price.
The Retail Shippers Academy offers industry-specific training on 12 different subjects ranging from Packing 101: The Basics of Packaging, to Operations 102: CMRA Mailbox Rental Management &
USPS Approved Shipper Program. These college-level courses are taught by RS Academy certified trainers and include detailed instruction on the rules, science, and best practices. Students must pass a test in order to be certified as a subject-matter expert. Course certificates are intended for in-store display to illustrate your expertise to your customers.
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RSA hosts webinars on a variety of subjects—new products and services, shipping and freight services, marketing, “How-to”, etc. These webinars are provided at no cost to RS Associates Members.
The Retail Shipper Expo & Trade Show is the largest industry event of its kind and the best opportunity for you to access a variety of industry training; RS Academy classes, breakout sessions, Profit-Builder clinics, and vendor training are part of the event.
RSA also hosts Regional Workshop Weekends throughout the year, providing local, convenient member access to certification training.
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Available only to RSA Member, RS BootCamp is designed to give potential and new store owners (as well as veterans) a comprehensive overview of what it takes to thrive in the retail shipping industry. Topics covered during this day-long seminar include; Store operations, general administration, products and pricing, store design and finish-out, fixtures and equipment, marketing strategies, site selection, and more.
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Vision Alliance Network (VAN) is a division of RSA that has been producing training materials for the industry for over 14 years. Known as the industry’s best and designed for the Do-It-Yourself student, VAN offers up-to-date, comprehensive manuals, CDs and DVDs on industry-specific subject matter
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As an RSA Member, you will automatically receive the Retail Shipping News, a bi-monthly periodical that is delivered subscription-free to more than 10,000 retail shipping centers across the United States. RS News content is specific to the industry, with sections covering best business practices, industry events, new products/services, regulatory and legislative news, and articles by industry experts on how to grow and maintain revenue, manage risk, and adjust to market changes.
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RSA combs through hundreds of print, online, and broadcast news items daily and posts only those that are industry-relevant. Topics include package carrier news, legislative/regulatory changes, vendor updates, service alerts, and more.
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RSA proactively notifies our members on time-sensitive items that could potentially impact their daily business. Weather-related package delivery delays, significant industry announcements, emergency alerts, etc. are sent via email blast to all RSA Members.
RSA has compiled a broad library of resources that cover [practically] everything you need (or need to know) to create a success track for your business. Resources include marketing materials, templates, reference documents, contact information, videos, account applications and much more. This library changes and grows with the industry—keeping you up-do-date and up to speed.
Do you have a question or concern or need to know a specific rule/procedure? Are you having an issue with a carrier or supplier? Trying to find the “right” person to fix a problem? Email or call RSA. If we don’t know the answer, we know how to find it.
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As a store owner, there are limits to your ability to fight for your rights with carriers, vendors, legislators and regulatory agencies. RSA actively advocates on behalf of the industry, often fighting for your rights and against unfair regulations and/or business practices. RSA is a member of the Parcel Shippers Association (www.parcelshipppers.org), a watchdog/lobbying group based in Washington, DC. PSA membership is comprised of the largest parcel shipping companies in the US and works to influence postal, legislative, and regulatory actions that may impact the shipping industry. We also actively monitor the Postal Regulatory Council, TSA, and Department of Transportation on industry-relevant topics and actions.
One of the more compelling benefits to membership is your ability to connect and network with over 7,000 of your peers. The RS online discussion group allows to pose questions, share information, coach, advise and sometimes just blow off steam with others who share the same concerns.
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