MAI RETAILERS

MAI RETAILERS is a Premier Retail Networking Organization. We are a growing network of 45+ business owners, some of which have multiple stores. Our organization was formed in 1993 as Sew Smart and originally focused only on products that could be personalized. A few years later, the organization began to see the need to re-brand into Monograms America, Inc. The membership created a 50 mile radius territory protection among other benefits that are still in place today. The territory protection allows our members to freely share what works, and doesn't work, when it comes to merchandise ordered for their stores without fear of competition. More often than not, when one or two stores order an item, the information is shared through our private networking capabilities and before a buying show is over, more stores will have placed the order for that product. It is through that buying power that Monograms America member stores began to grow into diverse gift stores & boutiques. That growth and change produced another need to re-brand. In 2017, we renamed our organization to MAI Retailers to accurately depict our member base. Our focus now is to not only maintain a strong network of like-minded retail business owners, but to also create strong relationships that will positively impact the small and major brand vendors with our loyalty in reoccurring orders. This produces buying discounts that return a positive impact in our member's individual business.

BENEFITS OF MEMBERSHIP

  • 50 mile radius territory protection
  • Networking opportunities with like-minded retail/boutique business owners
  • Exclusive buying discounts with major brands.  Many of these discounts will pay for the member dues several times over!
  • Product exclusives created just for our members
  • Access to the members only section of the MAI RETAILERS website which houses the member & preferred vendor directories
  • Exclusive, private entry to the MAI Lounge located in AmericasMart during the January & July Atlanta Gift Shows
  • Access to the Vendor Forum Showcase event in conjunction with the January & July Atlanta Gift Shows. This is a private members only order writing event.
  • Free hotel night & discounted rates during market week at downtown hotels surrounding Atlanta's AmericasMart, as well as, hotel comps that occur during other market weeks in Las Vegas & Dallas gift shows
  • Educational opportunities planned on a regular basis
  • Access to the private Facebook group page.  This is our primary form of communication.

REQUIREMENTS TO OBTAIN MEMBERSHIP

  • Brick and Mortar Store
  • 50 mile radius from other members
  • Minimum 2 years in business
  • Presence on Facebook
  • Must offer at least TWO or more of the following products or services, in house:
    • Apparel, Premier Jewelry Lines, Gift, Home Décor, Personalization (Embroidery, Vinyl/Heat Press, Engraving, Sublimation), or Apparel Decorator (Screen Printing, DTG)
  • $250 Application Fee must be paid to obtain entry into the private Facebook group page
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