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Benefits of Membership


The reasons for joining a trade association may be as varied as the diverse member companies who call NARMS “home”. The purpose of belonging may be quite different, even when comparing similar member companies. Quite simply, affiliating and interacting with other members is often related as the single-most valued element of NARMS membership. 

Below, you’ll find a roster sampling of member benefits and services, educational and networking opportunities and human resources support tools that further exemplify the value of NARMS membership. 

Member Benefits
• Partnership: NARMS continues to seek out meaningful alliances and resources
• Voice: NARMS offers a unified voice to retailers and manufacturers on behalf of our retail service members
• Focus: NARMS remains focused and committed to the retail services industry
• Knowledge: NARMS monitors and offers updates on industry trends in an ever-changing industry
• Relationships: NARMS provides networking with firms that span the diversity of the retail services industry 

• NARMS Spring Conference with informative sessions and workshops
• NARMS IFBA Top-to-Top Business Conference to meet with current and prospective clients
• Library of Conference Presentations
• NewsFeed electronic newsletter sent to members three times weekly
• NARMS Today quarterly print newsletter
• NARMS Radio podcast interviews of industry experts
• NARMS advertorials in trade press
• NARMS press releases to trade press 

• NARMS Code of Ethics
• NARMS Standards and Best Practices 

Networking Opportunities
• Annual Conferences
• Advertising in Trade Press
• The Connection - member to member advertising two times a year
• NARMS participation with allied associations
• Membership Directory on “Search the Member List”
• NARMS Member ListServs-community communication systems
• NARMS Division Committees provide member volunteer opportunities to monitor key issues, discuss and propose solutions to industry challenges and plan workshops for the spring conference 

Industry Specific Research
• 2006-2007 MSO Return on Investment (ROI) Study
• PIC Study “Building Out the Future of Retail”
• 2006 MSO Operational Benchmark Survey
• Mark Hunter’s 2006 “Emerging Trends in the Retail Industry”
• Partners For Growth: The New Role of Merchandising Service Organizations
• Inside Sampling and Demonstrations
• NARMS Member Needs Assessment Survey 

Employee/IC Recruitment
• JobBank - area available to list jobs open in the retail services industry
• The Recruiter - searchable database of field reps available for work
• Merchandising Training Manual and accompanying proficiency test
• Demonstrator Training Manual and accompanying proficiency test
• Career Connection - listing of management jobs open in the retail services industry 

Member Services
• NARMS Branding
• NARMS Staff eager to help members
• Searchable website membership directory
• Expanded membership with access to The Recruiter and hotlink to member’s website
• Hotlines for legal, HR, marketing and insurance advice
• On Demand web based tool for targeted market intelligence
• Background Screening
• Drug Testing
• Consultation and support services for drug/alcohol awareness program
• Group Health Insurance
• Workers’ Comp and Business Insurance
• Audio/web conferencing offering volume pricing
• Car Rental
• Associate member resources for software, hardware, staffing, outsourced HR, insurances, merchandising tools, risk management consulting, web-based reporting, website design and hosting, employee benefits programs
• Allied association listing with industry calendar of trade shows

For more information about NARMS and for a membership application, please email Fiona Lipscomb or call her at 720-442-9011 ext #104.