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Benefits of Becoming a Retail Member

"Because of our Grassroots membership, we receive better programs from my vendors, greater marketing support and increased access to the upper levels of brand management. We see product lines in a more focused and efficient manner at the Grassroots buying shows.  We make better decisions, get on trends earlier and get out sooner.  The collective knowledge and experience of almost sixty retailers makes my business stronger and smarter.  Grassroots membership adds two to four points to my bottom line every year."

Collaboration

  • Four group meetings a year- two at Grassroots shows (June & November) and two at Outdoor Retailer, to share business intelligence, merchant best practices, sell through data, and trends.
  • Facilitated interaction and dialogue between owners, buyers and managers from other independent specialty outdoor retailers across the United States that will help you learn, grow and flourish.
  • Opportunity to access greater and more diversified buying, business and trend intelligence.
  • Retail educational opportunities that help you and your staff become better merchants, owners, buyers and managers.
  • Custom trend and reporting data on Grassroots specific members through NPD and SportsOneSource
  • Access to customizable employee and front office manuals

    Profitability

    • Better terms and discounts with Grassroots Outdoor Alliance brand partners.
    • Regular access to brand management at the senior and executive level.
    • Inventory exchange between membership
    • Priority access to closeout and special makeup opportunities.
    • Collective marketing programs.
    • Annual Member Rebate
    • Substantial reimbursement for travel, food and lodging at our shows.
    • Annual financial study within membership to compare your business to benchmarks

    Sustain Specialty Outdoor

    • Conservation efforts coordinated through our brand partners and the Grassroots office
    • Industry partnerships:
    • SNEWS group membership
      Conservation Alliance group membership
      Special OIA Membership discount
    • You have a leadership role to support, grow and sustain independent outdoor specialty retail.

    Expanded information umbrella:

    • Four group meetings a year at Outdoor Retailer (January and August) & Grassroots shows (June and November) to share business intelligence, merchant best practices, sell through data and trends.
    • Employee and front office manuals
    • Access to a curated selection of value added business services
    • Custom trend and reporting data on Grassroots specific members through NPD and SportsOneSource
    • Inventory exchange between retailers
    • Better terms and discounts with Grassroots Outdoor Alliance brand partners
    • Annual member rebate
    • Retail education opportunities that help you and your staff become better merchants, owners, buyers and managers.
    • Regular access to Brand Management at a senior and executive level
    • Grassroots semi-annual Buying Shows (Summit and Connect, spring and fall).
    • Substantial reimbursement for travel, food and lodging at our shows.
    • Priority access to closeout opportunities
    • Marketing and conservation efforts coordinated through our brand partners and the Grassroots office

    Industry partnerships:

    • SNEWS group membership
    • Conservation Alliance group membership
    • Special OIA Membership discount

    Round tables, seminar and group events

    • Facilitated interaction and dialogue between owners, buyers and managers from other independent specialty outdoor retailers across the United States to learn, grow and flourish. Opportunity to access greater and more diversified buying, business and trend intelligence.

    More access to brand senior sales managers, marketing and design teams. Better buying programs and opportunities as well as collective marketing programs. You play a direct role to support, grow and sustain independent outdoor specialty retail.