Business Services

    In addition to the many programs ABA offers its members, the Association has developed affinity partnerships with vendors that offer discounted products, services, and business opportunities. For the latest news and updates from ABA’s affinity partners, see Bookselling This Week(rev. 5/1/16)

    AAA Label • Above the Treeline / Edelweiss Applied Merchant •  Biblio Chico Bag Company • Constant Contact Email Newsletters • Libro.fm • PartnerShip • Paz & Associates Bookstore Training Group • Publishers Weekly • W.G. Ellerkamp

    AAA Label

    AAA Label is the exclusive supplier of ABA-designed low-tack book stickers, including black-and-white designs that promote “Staff Pick,” “Autographed Copy,” and “Local Author.” AAA Label is also the official provider of Indie Next List stickers. ABA members save up to 80% off custom low-tack sticker rolls. Contact Laura Moore for more information (laura@aaalabelinc.com). (Please note that quantity discounts are applied after checkout is complete.)

    Above the Treeline

    Above the Treeline creates web-based products that help booksellers connect with books. Treeline Analytics Inventory Management System is a web-based system designed to help bookstores improve finances by optimizing inventory selection and turns. Among its many benefits, it allows booksellers to spot sales trends and to measure store performance. The set-up fee is waived for ABA members setting up new accounts, and all ABA members receive 10% off the standard monthly fee. Some key benefits of Treeline Analytics include:

    • Treeline Top Sellers: See bestselling titles that may be missing from inventory, top-selling titles from across all independent bookstore subscribers, and present and historical stock positions on titles.
    • Store Performance: Booksellers can compare store data with other anonymous stores and gauge strengths, weaknesses, and opportunities for change.
    • Title Lists: Subscribers can view title lists submitted by suppliers or create their own.
    • Category Comparisons: Subscribers can evaluate a category's performance over time and compare it to other stores, and review sales and inventory trends to evaluate inventory efficiency.
    • Publisher Partnership Program: Retailers can choose to participate with all, some, or none of ATL's publisher/supplier customers.

    ATL also offers Edelweiss Interactive Publisher Catalogs, an online, interactive, cross-publisher catalog service that supplements or replaces traditional hard-copy publisher catalogs. For a summary and details about Edelweiss, visit the ATL website. To learn more about Above the Treeline tools contact Joe Foster (jfoster@abovethetreeline.com). For Edelweiss inquiries, write to edelweiss@abovethetreeline.com.

    Applied Merchant (previously Bancard Systems Credit Card Processing)

    Applied Merchant, a payment processing company, offers exclusive, low rates for ABA member bookstores and free side-by-side rate comparisons. ABA member booksellers are eligible to receive a rate of 0.12 percent and $0.06 above Visa/MasterCard cost, meaning bookstores will pay Applied Merchant 12 cents for every $100 worth of transactions, plus six cents for each transaction. In order to offer seamless services to ABA members, the Applied Merchant team worked with a list of point-of-sale vendors provided by ABA to ensure optimal compatibility and easy integration of systems. Booksellers will not need to purchase new equipment to use its services and will not experience any hidden fees. Applied Merchant is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week for customer support. Please see this flier for more details.

    For questions or mmediate assistance, contact either the Dedicated Association Division via email at association@appliedmerchant.com, or the in-house support center via email at merchantservices@appliedmerchant.com. Both departments can also be reached by calling (800) 236-2179 Option 6.

    Applied Merchant
    Jeff Gallo
    26775 Malibu Hills Rd, 2nd Floor, Calabasas, CA 91301

    Toll Free: 800.748.6901 | Direct: 818.965.7825 | Facsimile: 866.939.9555
    jgallo@appliedmerchant.com

    Biblio

    Biblio.com is an online marketplace that specializes in used, rare, and out-of-print books. Its white-label affiliate program with ABA enables member stores to give their website visitors instant access to millions of these titles, from more than 5,000 sources, via a customized co-branded portal. Biblio provides all of the banners and search boxes to put on your site, and your customers visit a co-branded version of Biblio with links to your website. For information and sign-up, A Biblio FAQ page may be found here. ABA members can visit http://www.biblio.com/app/affiliate/aba_signup.

    Chico BagsChico Bag Company

    ChicoBag provides fun, unique and eco-friendly bags in all shapes and sizes with various fabric options including the ChicoBag rePETe, which is manufactured from 99% recycled content. Every ChicoBag features an attached carrying pouch with clip for taking the bag anywhere. Customers love that they can fit a ChicoBag into their pocket, purse or clipped to their backpack, so they can always have a bag on hand. When open, ChicoBags are full-size shopping bags, totes and other bag styles that are incredibly durable, machine washable and come with a manufacturer warranty.

    Member bookstores save 5% off and a free display on their first standard order of ChicoBags.
    Member bookstores save 10% on all custom printed ChicoBags with your bookstore’s logo.

    For more information, please see this flyer. You may also contact Crystal Viars at ChicoBag at 503-717-2158, or email crystal@chicobag.com.

    Constant Contact Email Newsletters

    Constant Contact makes communicating with customers easy and measurable. Constant Contact manages every aspect of an email campaign, from creation to mailing to customer support. ABA Regular bookstore members receive an annual rebate based on average monthly usage.

    For more information about the benefits of using Constant Contact, refer to this two page PDF that reviews how permission-based email can help you to stay connected to your customers. This one page customer support PDF provides tips and support designed for ABA members. Additional downloadable resources from Constant Contact are 10 Easy Ways to Build an Effective Email List and 10 Truths for Creating Almost Perfect Subject Lines.

    To sign up for the program and take advantage of the ABA rebate, go directly to the Constant Contact website via this link. (Note – this link must be used in order to participate in the rebate program.)

    Libro.fm logoLibro.fm

    Libro.fm enables independent stores to sell digital audiobooks through a co-branded experience. It's easy for your customers, and it's easy for your bookstore.

    Start selling immediately with no inventory • No up-front costs, fees, or technical expertise required • Digital audiobooks play on all devices • Excellent support for you and your customers • Sales of digital audiobooks up 34% in 2015. Find out more about the Indie Partner program and sign-up to receive complimentary Audiobook Listening Copies (ALCs). Take Libro.fm for a test drive and shop from the list of partner stores. Ready to get started? Contact Mark Pearson at mark@libro.fm

    PartnerShip

    PartnerShip®, the endorsed shipping management provider of ABA, helps you save on every shipment you send and receive. This program is available to all ABA members with no obligations and no minimum shipping requirements. Members who enroll in the ABA Shipping Program save on select FedEx® services.

    Small Package and Freight Shipping

    • Save up to 31%* on select FedEx Express® services
    • Save up to 30% on select FedEx Ground® services
    • Save up to 10% on select FedEx Home Delivery® services

    Freight Services

    ABA members save up to 70% on less-than-truckload (LTL) freight shipments with leading national and regional carriers, and competitive rates on truckload, tradeshow, and expedited shipments.

    Visit PartnerShip.com/07ABA for complete program information and to enroll in the free ABA Shipping Program. If you have any questions, please call PartnerShip at 800-599-2902 or email sales@PartnerShip.com.

    *Includes a bonus 5% online processing discount. Full details available at www.PartnerShip.com/07ABA/FedExdiscounts.

    Paz & Associates Bookstore Training Group

    Are your hopes and dreams related to owning a bookstore? Whether you want to learn how to start a bookstore, buy an existing store, or simply want to become more proficient at running a sustainable bookstore business, Paz & Associates' bookstore workshops and training guides are the best way to lay the foundation for your success. If you need one-to one help with business plans, bookstore design, inventory selection, newsletter marketing, retail management, or business valuations, call Paz at 904-277-2664 or visit their website. ABA members receive a $200 discount on tuition for the Owning a Bookstore workshop, and a 20% discount on the Opening a Bookstore Essential Planning Guide.

    Publishers Weekly

    Publishers Weekly is offering ABA Regular and Provisional member booksellers a free one-year subscription, a $289 value, which includes 51 print and digital issues, additional special issues, and premium online access at publishersweekly.com. As part of the free subscription, booksellers are eligible to access premium subscriber content at PW and to add free digital subscriptions for up to three of their colleagues. ABA members may subscribe, renew, or add colleagues to their Publishers Weekly subscription at any time during the year; booksellers with a BookWeb log-in can do so here.

    W.G. Ellerkamp

    Supplier of IndieBound natural kraft recycled bags, with or without store customization, as well as reusable totes, biodegradable plastic bags, and specialized gift wrap for bookstores. ABA members receive a 25% discount on shipping.

    Biodegradable Plastic Bags

    These environmentally-friendly plastic bags offer an inexpensive alternative to paper bags. 

    Recycled Paper Shopping Bags

    Natural kraft recycled bags with IndieBound designs. Optional customization with your store logo is available.

    • Recycled Buy Local Shopping Bags Natural kraft recycled bags with WG Ellerkamp's exclusive Buy Local designs. Optional customization with your store logo is available.
    • Laminated Reusable Totes Our newly designed, better-quality, more colorful Laminated Reusable Totes with IndieBound designs and Buy Local information in the gussets. Optional customization with you store logo is available.
    • Special Bookstore Gift Wraps Imported directly from Switzerland or specially ordered domestically, these papers are fantastic! Hundreds of other papers are available as well.  All ABA members receive 15% of gift wrap purchases. 
    • Gift Card Folders A 3½" x 4¾" handmade paper folder designed for your store’s gift cards ….or anything else. Optional customization with you store logo is available.
    • Graeham Owens Paper Bookmarks and Journals  Designed exclusively for ABA, these handmade products feature popular IndieBound spirit lines. 

    Order from W.G. Ellerkamp  Contact: Jack Ellerkamp, jack@wgellerkamp.com or call 800-805-0012 or 603-924-4000. Remember to mention that you are a member of ABA.