Associated Independent Stores - UK buying group

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The AIS Logistics team are able to negotiate extremely competitive shipping and haulage rates from around the world with the major Shipping Lines and Freight Forwarders and offer these rates to the members who join the AIS Freight Club. Membership of the club provides the opportunity to reduce costs and improve margins which can make a big difference in today’s competitive market.

AIS Retail Division has teams of experienced and enthusiastic professionals offering a full budgeting, sourcing and merchandise management service for fashion, linens and homewares categories.

In addition to Trade Shows at Cranmore Park Exhibition Centre there are many other networking opportunities and formal communication channels between members and the AIS team.

AIS has a dedicated, proactive marketing department providing various services to members. The marketing team are also behind the logo and marketing collateral designs or our exclusive Own Brand ranges. The department regularly produces material such as seasonal and event POS themes, lifestyle photography and promotional customer facing leaflets or brochures. Many of these items can be customised to meet an individual member’s specific needs. Within the team there are also web and online specialists who can advise members in these areas and help with digital marketing support. 

The need for training to meet the challenges of today’s competitive retail environment is widely recognised, but to find affordable, effective programmes is not easy.

An important part of AIS membership is the sharing of business data between members and the provision of statistical data.

We offer our members access to a specialist procurement team who can save members money across a number of not for resale areas such as utilities, low energy lighting, waste, insurance, packaging materials and many more.

CENPAC – or Central Payment of Accounts – is a fundamental part of the Group’s administration and affords considerable benefits to members and suppliers alike.