Industry News 10/29/2013

B$Z: SSL Retailers Realize Big Savings Through CCA Sports Retail Services Partnership

SSL Retailers Realize Big Savings Through CCA Sports Retail Services Partnership
Press Release from Sports Specialists Ltd.

Manchester, NH (Tuesday, October 29, 2013) – Sports Specialists Ltd. (SSL) has taken steps to help its member retailers reduce their cost of doing business through its partnership with CCA Sports Retail Services (CCA), a leading services provider for over 2,700 independent retailers in four different industries in the US.  The partnership provides SSL members with an opportunity to save thousands of dollars through CCA’s low rates on credit card processing and consumer financing, discounts on Grainger supplies and ADP payroll processing, and other business savings programs. 

“Our partnership with CCA gives SSL members a big competitive advantage,” said SSL president/ceo Steve Rogers.  “With over 2,700 locations producing annual sales in the billions, an organization like CCA offers tremendous economies of scale that our members stand to benefit from, and some already have.”  Board member and Princeton Sports (Baltimore, MD) owner Alan Davis was the first SSL retailer to enroll in CCA (members of CCA pay low monthly membership dues for access to their suite of programs and services).  “I can conservatively say that we have added over $15,000 to our bottom line because of the credit card rates we get from CCA,” said Davis.

In addition to operational savings programs, CCA also offers an assortment of discounted, highly effective marketing programs to help retailers drive traffic and sales, including customizable email and direct mail and search engine marketing.  Rogers added, “We firmly believe the value that CCA’s savings and marketing programs will bring to our members is significant, so much in fact that SSL has agreed to cover the first two months of CCA membership for any of our retailers who enroll by November 30th.  CCA has also extended a special offer, where they will pay an SSL member $500 if CCA is unable to beat their current credit card processing rates.” 

CCA president Scott Barrett said, “With so many quality retailers in its group, we are very excited to be partners with SSL.  We encourage SSL members to contact CCA Sports Retail Services and we will conduct a free savings analysis so they can see what they stand to gain by enrolling in our programs.”

CCA Sports Retail Services helps independent retailers maximize their profitability through combined economies of scale and through business savings and marketing programs. These retail services include cost savings and advertising programs designed to save retailers time, increase their revenue and maximize their profitability. For information on becoming a CCA Sports Retail Services member, call CCA SRS Member Services at 1-800-450-7595 or visit

Since 1971, Sports Specialists Ltd. (SSL) has been the leading marketing, purchasing, and merchandising group in the specialty ski, snowboard, outdoor, and casual furniture industries, with over 90 major supplier purchasing programs. The SSL community is made up of 52 retail businesses and over 130 retail storefronts in 26 states and D.C., with over $150 million in total snow sports retail sales.  For more information visit