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Our non-profit organization provides exclusive membership benefits strategically targeted to strengthen the community and business success within our network, as well as within the Specialty Running Retail Channel as a whole.
NEW Freight Program - Save 35% Annually*
Introducing the RIA’s new, premier member benefit - a discounted shipping program that will provide an average of 35% savings on annual freight costs, which translates into higher profits for your store. Under the program, retail members will receive substantial discounts with UPS Small Package on incoming/outgoing freight, third party dropships, and return freight.
We saw significant savings right away! Our accounts payable manager actually thought there was something wrong with an invoice because the freight was so low. (Click to read full testimonial).
—John Benedict - Playmaker’s, Okemos, Michigan
Professional Development – Don’t Just Stay Competitive, Excel as a Business Owner
As an RIA member, you will have access to face-to-face educational summits and complimentary webinars that offer industry best-practices and insight to keep you on the cutting-edge as a business owner.
RICS’ education content has proven to be receptive to our ideas. We like working with people that want to see us succeed. ~ Eric Ott, Owner, Geneva Running Outfitters
We love RICS because of the customer service and education they provide. Their retail webinars are terrific. ~ Brendan Barret, Owner, Sayville-Smithtown Running Co
THANK YOU for hosting the buying class. It helped me so much! My cash flow is better!! I am starting to look at and understand all the reports in RICS and making much smarter buying decisions. My turns have increased and I am rarely out of key sizes. Justin’s spreadsheets are the best! What a difference it has made in my life—less stress, less time spent blindly buying! ...the increased volume will help me increase my profit margins. I am just feeling grateful for all the support, so I thought I would let you know. ~ Kim Hall, Totally Running and Walking
Free and Discounted Services – Members-Only Ways to Save Money
We know small businesses are always looking for ways to tighten the ship. Becoming a member means saving money on business services like credit card processing, POS terminals, and free consulting from our commercial leasing partner.
When it came time for me to sign a new lease, I was nervous that my rent would skyrocket. I reached out to RIA for help, and they introduced me to Rich Aires of ESR Commercial. Rich gladly offered his time to educate me on my current lease, CAM, and all the comps in my area. We were able to negotiate free rent for upgrades and no increases for the first two years. I doubt that would have happened without his guidance. ~ Kim Hall - Totally Running and Walking - Cumming, Georgia
Free Market Intelligence – Make Better Buying Decisions
In partnership with the running channel’s leading research firm, Sports Marketing Surveys, RIA retail members receive market share and product trend data free of charge – enabling retailers to make smart, effective buying decisions.
Retail Dashboard – Increase Your Profitability
This highly-detailed planning tool allows retailers to better manage their business. The dashboard is a sophisticated, yet simple-to-use, block of linked spreadsheets that help you create product assortments, manage inventory, analyze daily sales, set goals, make smart buying decisions and most importantly, improve cash flow.
The biggest improvement for us...has been in managing inventory. We have eliminated our unproductive SKUs, allowing us to invest more in the merchandise that has worked well, as well as pick up a few new items to keep the store fresh.
—Bruce Haines at Aardvark Sports Shop
National Run Safety Month and Lace Up Local – Increase Your Local Market Visibility
These two online initiatives offer programming packed full of plug and play assets designed to market your store locally with content that draws customers.
Advocacy – The RIA Has Your Back
The RIA is committed to helping our members remain competitive in today’s digital world. We are currently the ONLY organization that actively promotes and supports the specialty running channel.
RIA Think Tank – Industry Insight at Your Fingertips
This member forum enables peer-sharing on relevant topics, as well as access to information from fellow members. Formerly known as the RIA List Serv, the RIA Think Tank, is a platform that allows you to send email communications to the entire membership base.