As an industry trade association, RS Associates fulfills multiple roles for our members. One of the more important aspects of what we do is connecting our members with the vendors and suppliers who provide the products and services that are essential in a successful retail model.
RSA views this responsibility as a two-way street. Our members need easy access to proven suppliers, and suppliers need efficient, and effective access to the large buying group our members represent.
These suppliers have been fully vetted by RSA and we stand behind their products, service and support. Additionally, RS Premium Suppliers offer a “Premium Advantage” to all RSA Premium Members. The Premium Advantage guarantees best-in-category pricing, service, or support exclusively to RSA Premium Members.
These suppliers have also been vetted by RSA and have established history of providing products and service to our members. RS Basic Suppliers typically participate in advertising, promotion, training and events for the retail shipping community.
RSA has identified suppliers who have products or services that may fit into your model or other members have done business with.
Are you looking for a special packaging container? Where to buy tape guns at wholesale prices? How about point-of-sale software or hardware? Digital fingerprint equipment, signage, labels, mailboxes, supplies, envelopes?
We’ve created a dynamic, product and word-searchable database of practically any supplier you might need, so there’s no reason for you to waste time searching elsewhere. And our RS Premium Suppliers give our RS Premium Members the guaranteed best pricing in the industry, so you don’t have to worry about negotiating—we’ve already done that on behalf of our 7,000+ Members.
Consider the RS Supplier Program as your one-stop shopping resource for all things related to retail shipping, etc.
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.
Now your customers can manage their postal mail & packages online, 24/7 from anywhere, with Digital Mailbox service from iPostal1. Tap into a huge new market for your store’s services. Add more mailbox rentals. Grow your revenues. Create more loyal customers. Expand your geographic reach. Defend against competition.
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. College students use it to get their belongings to school. Artists love it for shipments to galleries and customers. Even more people use it to ship electronics, antiques, motors, tools and furniture.
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.
PackageMapping.com, the first universal visual package tracking service, has been helping online businesses track packages for more than 8 years. Improving customer service and generating more business by keeping customers on your website.
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.
Since 2002, Refund Technology has saved millions of dollars for thousands of FedEx and UPS shippers. We audit for Ground, Express and International service failures and provide detailed history reporting on those items. We also offer FREE UPS non-void reports. These are by far the two most significant revenue recovery opportunities for retail shippers.
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.
Sagwholesale.com is a recognized leader in packaging, shipping, and office supplies for retail and in-house use. We provide supplies to many retail shipping stores in the parcel shipping industry at unbeatable wholesale price.
Processing payments has never been safer, simpler or less expensive than it is with SignaPay (formerly NextPay) as your payments partner. Accept all payments from any terminal, smartphone, tablet, computer, or POS system like PostalMate, ReSource or ShipRite. 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.
With 20+ years of experience as retail operators, we at SmashDiscount understand and appreciate the premium associated with counter space in a retail store. That’s why we created our SmashDiscount Smartphone Accessory Kits to utilize the smallest retail space, while providing the highest rate of return possible. Pack and Ship stores across the nation are creating a 125%+ ROI using our counter-based, turn-key, Smartphone Accessory Kit.
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.
Swift Passport Services is an innovative US Passport expediting service. Did you know that it can take more than 6 weeks to obtain a passport? With Swift, you can obtain a passport in as little as 8 hours. Swift turns the often complicated and daunting passport application process into a refreshingly simple and hassle-free experience. With Swift, you can count on a friendly, experienced staff of experts to help you get the job done on time so that your clients don't have to worry about missing important international trips.
With over 20 years of experience in serving companies who sell aftermarket toner and ink cartridges, TonerCycle/InkCycle is THE company to turn to when your retail business is looking for an additional income stream.
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.
WeSpeakPOS has been a primary source for POS hardware to Mail & Parcel/Business Centers like yourself for over 20 years and is made up of a select group of folks who have an intimate working knowledge of your industry and your POS needs. We are located in Denver, CO and have thousands of storeowners, (independent stores as well as major franchise organizations) using our POS systems. It is our goal to provide you with the very best tools available and be your POS partner for many years to come.
The Retail Shipping industry has become a staple of the US retail landscape. With over $3 billion in annual sales, approximately 11,000 locations, both independent and franchised in all 50 states provide easy and convenient access to a wide range of products and services to the general population. Small businesses account for 70%+ of sales, with 30% coming from non-commercial customers and/or occasional shippers.
RSA uses multi-modal resources to communicate with the entire industry on marketing, strategic, and sales messaging:
Full color trade publication distributed subscription-free to over 10,000 store locations bi-monthly. RS News combines industry-specific content, news, and editorials with carrier and vendor advertising. In addition to traditional advertising, a “ride-along” option allows a vendor to send a catalog, sales brochure, or promotional piece with every copy via poly-bag insert.
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The most comprehensive one-stop resource for Retail Shippers, providing information, training, supplier access and industry news. A full-feature online community ensures constant and recurring member visits to the site. Banner ads* help to keep your brand in a top-of-mind position with site visitors.
Scheduled and as-needed graphic-rich email messaging.
The industry’s largest trade show provides valuable face-time with prospects and existing customers.
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Self-study, live, and online training are available to RS Members. Vendor and carrier relations and intertwined throughout.
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RSA hosts regional Workshop Weekends which are mini-conventions that accommodate members who cannot travel to the annual RS Expo. Vendors and suppliers can attend and present during the workshops.
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For a more one-on-one approach, vendors can contract with RSA to send direct mail marketing to all RSA Members and prospects.
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RSA hosts webinars on a variety of subjects. Vendors are encouraged to utilize our webinar network to present their product or service to RSA Members.
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In summary, there is simply no better way to market and promote your product or service to the Retail Shipping community. Efficient, effective, and pervasive—the perfect combination.
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*Premium Suppliers only