Industry News 5/13/2014

B$Z: SMC Teams Up With CCA Sports Retail To Enhance Retailers’ Bottom Lines

SMC Teams Up With CCA Sports Retail To Enhance Retailers’ Bottom Lines
The partnership with CCA gives SMC members access to world class rates on programs such as credit card processing, consumer financing, payroll processing, and more.
Press Release from The Bike Cooperative

As it focuses on strengthening the vitality of its member businesses, Snowsports Merchandising Corporation (SMC) is reinvigorating its long-term 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 with CCA gives SMC members access to world class rates on programs such as credit card processing, consumer financing, payroll processing, and more.  With an eye towards maximizing the benefits of this partnership for its retailers, SMC has negotiated two free months of CCA program access for members who sign on with CCA by May 31, 2014.   

 “SMC is excited to extend our partnership with CCA Sports Retail Services.  Their goals align very well with those of SMC – enhance the profitably and quality of life for independent retailers,” commented Tom Gately, president of SMC.  Joe Vitale, longtime SMC member and owner of Danzeisen & Quigley (Cherry Hill, NJ), was one of the first SMC retailers to sign up with CCA: “CCA Sports Retail Services saves us about $9,000 in operational costs each year by the rate reduction in American Express processing fees.  This goes right to the bottom line!”

The operational savings programs offered by CCA are proven to increase the profitability of member retailers and CCA also offers an assortment of highly effective marketing programs to help retailers drive traffic and sales, including customizable email and direct mail and search engine marketing.  “CCA combines buying power of independent retailers across several different industries which allows our members to gain from rates they could not get on their own” said Gately.

CCA Sports Retail Services president Scott Barrett added, “We are in business to help independent retailers thrive, that is our passion.  The fact that we’re also passionate about winter sports makes this partnership a natural fit. ”

ABOUT CCA SPORTS RETAIL SERVICES
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
www.ccasrs.com.

ABOUT SNOWSPORTS MERCHANDISING CORPORATION
Snowsports Merchandising Corporation is the premier buying group of specialty ski and snowboard shops in the United States.  Their mission is to provide their member retailers with a collection of programs and services designed to increase their profitability, support their customer service, and enhance their knowledge in an ever-changing snowsports industry.  SMC is comprised of 61 retail businesses and over 154 retail storefronts covering 26 states.  For more information visit
www.snowsportsmerchandising.com.