Who Is RS Associates


Retail Shipping Associates is a trade organization that supports the entire retail shipping community through training, vendor/carrier relations, profit-directed programs and advocacy.

As the largest organization of its kind, RSA’s 7,000+ membership is comprised of both independent (non-franchise) and franchised stores throughout all 50 states, the US Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico.

Long-standing relationships with DHL Express, FedEx, UPS and USPS positions RSA to uniquely represent our constituency (our Members) with our carrier-partners.

In addition to our carrier relations, we also cultivate and maintain relationships with the vendors who provide either products or services to the industry—in many cases, we’ve leveraged the buying strength of 7,000+ stores and negotiated pricing and discounts that are exclusive to RS Associate Members and guaranteed by the vendor to be the best available to the industry.

RS Associates is a member of the Package Shippers Association (www.packageshippers.org) - Formerly Known as Parcel Shippers Association, a watchdog/lobbying group based in Washington, DC. Parcel Shippers Association membership is comprised of the largest parcel shipper 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.

As a member-driven organization, Retail Shipping Associates’ success is intertwined with the success of our constituency. The RSA team's sole focus is the financial health and well-being of our Members.



Retail Shipping Associates was founded in February, 2007 due to an identified need for an industry trade organization that understands the unique challenges of operating a retail shipping store. RSA management has over 50 years of combined industry experience—as store owner-operators and trade organization management. This experience and credibility gives RSA the insight, foresight and ability to recognize and implement programs and profit centers that have immediate positive impact on our Members. Since 2007 we have grown to over 7,000+ RS Associates Membersrepresenting over 70% of the entire market.