Each November, the Convention brings together more than 4,000 industry leaders for educational, business, and social activities. The meeting always features a full Trade Show and provides a cost-effective way to meet with policy-level supplier executives. Since the show is a buying show, distributors can take advantage of exhibitor show specials and prize drawings.
Every three years, STAFDA surveys its associate members on business conditions, sales policies, technology, and Association matters.
Screening new hires for past misdeeds has become a must-do for employers. Companies that use screening measures have found they have less theft, better attendance, and a higher quality of workforce. Information Resources will run criminal checks, credit reports, employment verification, DMV reports, education checks, and more at discounted rates for STAFDA members.
Through Certegy, STAFDA members may utilize the nation's finest check management program at attractive rates. In most cases, the rate is lower than bankcard discounts. Certegy accepts claims even when the check number was not preprinted on the check, the check writer's phone number was not imprinted, Certegy's authorization number was not written on the check, and more. They also honor all claims submitted up to 60 days after the date on the check.
Meritus Payment Solutions offers STAFDA members direct wholesale credit card processing rates and solutions, including Automated Clearing House (ACH), automated invoicing, recurring billing, and more. Meritus processes all forms of payment and provides exceptional client services.
This biennial survey is a compilation of wage and benefits for 33 hard lines associations. It covers salaries, bonuses, commissions, perks, retirement programs, fringes, vacation policies, etc. for 32 job categories. In addition to the survey results, participants receive a report with detailed information specific to STAFDA members comparing STAFDA numbers to the cross-industry sampling. This is a confidential survey available free to those who participate.
The Profile provides industry data on compensation plans, customer/product mix, advertising programs, sales meetings, fringe benefits, vacation policies, data processing, sales terms, etc. The Profile is free to all members and is conducted every two years.
These annual Guides help members make intelligent decisions on computer software purchases. The Guides offers unbiased reviews of 20+ computer vendors who specialize in distribution and offers a matrix of capabilities for over a dozen system categories.
STAFDA members receive discounts of 20-25% on e-mail marketing, survey, and event programs from Constant Contact.
This comprehensive employee policy handbook helps members issue information to ensure fair and equitable treatment of employees. Changing conditions, new laws, and increased civil rights litigation, particularly sexual harassment and age discrimination cases, make it important to remain alert to possible shortcomings in your personnel policies.
Fax discounts may be obtained on Ricoh machines at list price less a minimum of 30%.
STAFDA’s association with Freightquote can help member’s save time and money on shipping. Freightquote is one of the largest freight logistics providers in the nation and a leader in web-based freight transportation management services across North America. Their carrier comparison and shipment management solutions help customers simplify freight shipping and manage their transportation spend. Through the Freightquote website customers can instantly quote and compare the shipping rates of hundreds of national and regional freight carriers. With over 1,200 employees moving more than one million shipments each year, Freightquote consistently earns an A+ from the BBB.
Sentry Insurance offers members competitive pricing on general casualty/liability insurance. They also have other insurance products available to STAFDA members at reduced rates.
Vangent can assist members make better hiring decisions on potential hires through an automated application and screening service. Their system has been proven to reduce shrinkage, decrease internal theft, absenteeism, and other counterproductive behaviors.
For STAFDA travelers, the Association has programs established with several hotel chains for exceptional savings. STAFDA rates don't apply to group meeting rates or other hotel promotions.
In the growing complexities of running a business, combined with increased demands by government agencies to comply with labor legislation, STAFDA presents a prototype of job descriptions common in the construction/industrial channel. These sample descriptions enable members to customize the duties and responsibilities of each job in their organization.
STAFDA members can participate in LEGALCARE America, a legal assistance provider that offers members free legal advice on any business, professional or personal legal concern. STAFDA has paid for and enrolled the STAFDA contact at all U.S. distributor, associate, rep, and affiliate member companies. Members call an 800 number, identify themselves as a STAFDA member and briefly state their problem - vendor dispute, collection problem, contract question, defendant in a lawsuit, government violation, criminal case, divorce, etc. The 800 operator will have a "helpline" attorney call the member within 24- hours. All lawyers are part of LEGALCARE's unaffiliated network of 2000 attorneys, are from your state or city, fully insured, in good standing with their state bar, a practicing lawyer of at least 5 years and a specialist in the members' area of concern. Members have unlimited calls and free time to discuss their problem with an attorney and all calls are confidential. Members can also offer LEGALCARE's services to their own employees as an employee benefit. LEGALCARE America will not deal with employee/employer related cases or labor relations issues.
Legislative and regulatory information is provided by the Small Business Legislative Council. This Washington D.C.-based organization lobbies on behalf of distributor interests, and alerts STAFDA to pending bills and regulations while supplementing our educational and legal needs.
STAFDA has over 500 books, DVDs, and CDs on various business and industry topics. Items may be checked out of the Library for a 3-week period. Many members use Lending Library materials for their company's in-house training programs.
An intensive course for middle-to-senior management is conducted at a leading university. The four-day curriculum is designed to improve critical business skills and classes are taught by nationally known instructors with a distribution background. The school is open to all STAFDA membership categories.
This annual printed Membership Directory is a valuable resource. This 500-page book is a "Who's Who" of the industry. Listings include who makes over 1,000 different products: nearly 2,500 member addresses and contact information; and a recap of association services and activities.
Throughout the year, STAFDA publishes advisories covering a variety of topics: computer, inventory, credit/collections, tax, personnel, legislative, legal, sales, warehousing, etc. Members can order past advisories dating back to 1986.
Many successful STAFDA members use Paychex, a nationwide service specializing in small business payroll preparation, automatic payment of payroll taxes, and filing of quarterly and annual returns. They will assume full responsibility for the accuracy and timeliness of all payroll tax deposits and returns. STAFDA members save 10% off their regular charges.
The annual PAR is a reliable benchmark by which distributors compare company financial performance with industry medians. In addition to the written report of projected management goals, participants receive a diskette to experiment with "what if" scenarios to gauge bottom line impact. Results of this confidential survey are made available to participants only. There is a separate PAR for rep members.
Personnel evaluation is conducted by Caliper Assessment to help members test new hires, candidates for promotion or others employees on their character, strength/weakness and personality traits. Test answers may be faxed to Caliper and they'll respond with a phone recommendation followed by a written report. STAFDA members receive special pricing.
STAFDA surveys its distributor members four times a year on their sales volume and how this compares to the overall construction industry. The report is published in the Association newsletter, the Trade News, and is broken down by region. Members also forecast their sales volume for the next quarter.
Auto rental discounts are available from these companies, Alamo and Herz. Members may call the office to receive discount cards.
Integrated Shipping Solutions (ISS) knows small parcel shipping. ISS representatives will look over a member's 10 most recent shipping invoices and then leverage their knowledge of small parcel carrier pricing structures to negotiate the best deals available with the three major carriers (UPS, FedEx, and DHL). ISS is paid with a percentage of the savings earned for your company – so there is no risk.
The Surplus Sale allows members to list items they wish to sell. All transactions and terms are negotiated between members. Items stay posted to the Surplus Sale for 45 days before auto-deleting. For obsolete or hard-to-find items, members may post their request to the Wish List. Again, all transactions and terms are negotiated between members.
The monthly Trade News reports on timely member news and industry and Association events. It offers thought-provoking management articles, editorials, and an "inside" view of current business activities.
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Additional STAFDA services include: membership plaque; hospitality parties at World of Concrete; free webinars, use of the STAFDA logo; new business friendships; leadership opportunities; industry recognition and an Association staff to serve your specific needs.