A buyer group harnesses the buying power of individual archery and bowhunting retailers into a cooperative membership group to receive manufacturers’ best wholesale pricing. These groups also work on concerns specific to managing independent retail businesses. If you’re not already a member, consider joining one today.
Joining a buyer group is advantageous for many reasons. For example, most buyer groups:
The ATA-member buying groups include Nation’s Best Sports, the Archery Range and Retailers Organizationand the National Archery Buyers Association. Let’s look at the membership requirements and benefits of each so you can determine which one(s) to join.
NBS members have access to members-only Facebook groups. Photo Credit: NBS
Who Can Join: The requirements differ according to the categories and products each retailer carries. Julie Cerza, NBS’s executive director of membership, invites retailers to contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org, and she’ll help them find the best category for their operation.
Cost: Varies based on membership category. Cerza said the membership benefits more than cover the cost of membership, which is minimal.
How to Join: Contact Julie Cerza, NBS’s executive director of membership, at email@example.com or (817) 605-2212.
“NBS is truly a family of retail members, vendors and manufacturers, and industry colleagues working together to strengthen the independent retailer,” Cerza said. “NBS is incredibly diverse as we service every category of sporting goods. Our members have the opportunity to diversify their product mix to grow their business.”
The ARRO Hot Show at the ATA Show offers some of the best discounts of the year. Photo Credit: ATA
Who Can Join:
Cost: $400 due annually with a $200 one-time stock purchase. ARRO offers travel reimbursements to members who attend the ARRO Hot Show and annual meeting at the ATA Show.
How to Join: Email Deb Colgrove, ARRO’s chief administrative officer, at firstname.lastname@example.org or complete the online application and email it to Colgrove.
“ARRO is a member/stockholder cooperative buying group that has been in business since 1981,” Colgrove said. “When retailers join ARRO, they become an owner. By working and buying together, ARRO members are able to prosper in today’s competitive marketplace. If your shop qualifies for an ARRO membership your chances of succeeding in a tough archery industry are much higher!”
Who Can Join:
Cost: $500 due annually on July 1 with a $100 initiation fee. Retailers who belong to another buyer group and want to try out a NABA membership for a year can join for $300.
How to Join: Visit www.naba-archery.com or call Kelly Kelly, NABA’s executive director, at (903) 675-2233.
“When you join the NABA family, you’re joining the largest, most prestigious, nonprofit organization with little to no overhead to pass on the savings to you,” Kelly said. “In our business climate, our retailers continue to ask for ways to keep their shops open, thriving, and competitive with big-box stores. When inflation is high and overhead is higher, the fiscally responsible choice is to join NABA and make the archery industry and the sport stronger together.”
Each buyer group has unique benefits and requirements. Conduct your own research to find the best fit for your business. A buyer group membership is a good complement to an ATA membership. Contact the ATA business, membership and Trade Show office for more information at (507) 233-8130.
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