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Are you losing too much money every time you process a credit-card transaction? Are you tired of paying hefty shipping charges when you need to send product? Are you worried your insurance isn't covering your business adequately? Well, the TIA is working to help you reduce your expenses and gain more value for your dollar.

Through an expanded list of partnerships, TIA members can benefit from a wide variety of money-saving initiatives and services. "We've put together a quality roster of benefits and services, and we're always looking to expand our offerings to members," says TIA Executive Director Jolyn de Boer. "Together with our affinity partners, we're reaching out to the entire industry — retailers, pros, facility operators, manufacturers, associations, and more. And we're going to continue to add value to TIA membership."

TIA Merchant Card Services

The Merchant Card Services agreement with Preferred Card Services brings credit-card processing rates down as low as 1.23 percent, plus 25 cents per transaction. It's one of the most competitive rates in the country. "With our TIA Merchant Card Services program, we're making it much easier for retailers and facilities to keep more of the money they earn," says de Boer. "As soon as you join the TIA, you're immediately eligible to take advantage of our Merchant Card Services agreement."

Preferred Card Services has helped retailers save hundreds, and thousands, of dollars per year. By working with the entire tennis industry through the TIA, PCS can leverage the buying power of retailers and facilities. In addition, PCS lists many Fortune 500 companies as its customers, so it can pass on these significant savings to tennis retailers, too.

"We know how to service both small and large retailers," says James Parmes, the national sales manager for Preferred Card Services. "As a TIA member, we'll work with you to come up with a plan to increase your profitability."

For a free comparison quote or for more information, contact Parmes at 800-656-0077, ex. 16, or email him at TIA@Preferredcard.net.

Shipping Discounts

Need to ship product? As a TIA member, you can enjoy discounts with some of the country's premier shipping companies. To receive any of the program discounts below, call 800-MEMBERS.

DHL offers rates as low as $12.95 for overnight shipping, with no weight limits for DHL's ShipReady Package service.

Airborne Express offers savings from 20 percent to 40 percent to TIA members, based on shipping volume.

Menlo Worldwide, which provides heavyweight air freight delivery, offers up to 45 percent savings.

Roadway Express & Yellow Freight System offers up to 52 percent savings on LTL ("less than truckload") services.

Travel Discounts

The TIA Advantage Card offers hotel, air, car rental, event, and other discounts for all TIA members through the Active.com network. Enjoy savings when you travel on airlines such as American Airlines or America West, or rent cars through Budget or Avis, or stay at hotels such as the Comfort Inn, Quality Inn, Clarion, and many others.

TIA Advantage Card discounts also extend to dining and entertainment, event tickets (including with TicketMaster), savings at Barnes & Noble, travel assistance programs, and much more.

Insurance Discounts

The TIA Sports N' Sure program, provided by Stratus Insurance, is designed to meet your general and/or product liability needs. For TIA members, it's solid, affordable insurance coverage at competitive rates.

As a bonus, Sports N' Sure is available through your current insurance agent — there's no need to switch agents or companies. A new program for 2007 is being tailored for TIA retail and facility members.

Publication & Media Discounts

TIA members can receive a 25 percent discount on advertising rates from Racquet Sports Industry magazine. Plus, members can receive In-Tenn online magazine and Bob Larson's Tennis News at additional savings. For members looking to advertise and market nationally or locally, the TIA's partnership with Blue Plate Media will help you get the most from your marketing dollars.

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