Member Benefits

The RIA focuses on creating value for our members through a variety of platforms.  Our members enjoy money saving discounts that return membership dues many times over, educational opportunities, peer connections, advocacy, market data, and much more. 

Discount Freight Program

RIA’s premier retailer member benefit - a program that will provide an average of 35% savings on annual freight costs, which translates into higher profits for your store.

Professional Development

RIA’s Webinar Wednesdays are educational webinars free of charge in partnership with our associate members on a variety of relevant topics.


We are committed to helping our Retail Members remain vibrant in their local communities.

RIA Think Tank

This is the RIA’s peer-sharing platform – Have a question or issue, or need some advice from your fellow retailers?

Access Retailers

The RIA website is designed to provide you with improved access to our retail members, and more importantly, allow them improved access to you.

Brand Visibility - Sponsor Opportunities

As a member, you have the opportunity to get exposure to over 300 specialty run retailers across the country through sponsoring various RIA activities and events (professional development summits and training seminars).

Free & Discounted Services

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.

RIA Brand Showcase

Tired of logging on to multiple brand b2b sites?

Retailer Dashboard

In collaboration with Karnan Associates, the RIA provides annual updates to highly detailed, downloadable buying management tools that allow stores to better plan and manage assortments, inventory turn, and cash flow.

RIA Bulletin Board

Your members-only access to product promotional materials from RIA Brand and Associate partners.

RIA Events

RIA Members get exclusive access to events like the RIA KICK Show, our annual buyer’s market in May, where product lines from the top brands in the channel are presented by the people who developed the product.

RIA Member Portal

Logon to your members-only landing page where you can read content relevant to specialty running retail, download exclusive resources and connect with other members, all in one easy to navigate area within the RIA website.

Money-Saving Discounts

Our flagship offering is the RIA Freight Discount Program, which saves the average member over $6000 annually, and sometimes much more. There are no fees, and no catch. Simply sign up and save. We also offer discounts POS services, credit card processing, leasing services, admission fees to industry events and more.

Market Intelligence

In addition, the RIA will be introducing our new Cadence market dashboard in August, a weekly report that allows our retail members to compare their results to the entire channel on dozens of relevant business metrics.

RIA Pulse Newsletter

Keeps members up to date on RIA initiatives, member news, market intelligence, and events. Includes links to informative articles, videos and webinars. All content is archived for members to explore, share with staff, or copy to social media feeds.

Access Members Through RIA Connect

Use these tools to update contact information for you or your staff, change emails and phone numbers, turn on/off Think Tank and Newsletter access, and add or remove employee contacts for your company. You can also register for events, and manage your event schedule, and look up other members in the RIA database.

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