BECOMING A MEMBER OF RAM IS ONE OF THE BEST DECISIONS YOU CAN MAKE FOR YOUR BUSINESS.
By joining you gain access to exclusive, money saving discounts on services and programs, legislative updates and advocacy as well as valuable educational opportunities. We aim to help you grow and protect your business, promote the retail industry and save your business money.
As the active voice of the retailing community, RAM represents members and their interests before all branches of state government in an effort to protect, preserve and promote the thriving retail sector of the Massachusetts economy. RAM's staff of registered lobbyists remains keenly engaged in the debate and discussion on both the legislative and regulatory fronts with regard to all issues that impact the retail community. RAM breaks down the issues so you can clearly see the potential impact they could have on your business.
The Benefits of Membership
RAM uses the combined buying power of our members to offer a variety of services and programs that can increase your business' profits. Whatever your business needs, we can recommend a program for you. We've done the research and negotiated on behalf of our members with the providers, thereby getting the best deal possible to save your business money. By utilizing RAM's cost saving programs and services, members realize a quick return on their annual dues investment, more than making up for their RAM membership fee by what they save on their fixed costs.
MA HOLIDAY SALES DISAPPOINT WITH 1% DROP
Despite seeing consumer confidence levels unmatched for the last 15 years, retail sales in Massachusetts dropped 1% among the 4000 members of the Retailers Association of Massachusetts this holiday season (Nov-Dec). The RAM survey exclusively measures small, locally based sellers, and does not reflect either national chains or online sellers. RAM had previously projected a 3.9% increase over the prior year. The disparity in the projection coupled with the strong consumer confidence levels raises the question whether consumers truly spent less this holiday season, or sent more of their dollars out of state to online sellers.
Free e-Training for Members
RAM is pleased to offer social media and e-commerce training to retailers throughout the state of Massachusetts. The training is free for employers and employees whose organization pays into the state Workforce Development Fund. All for-profit employers with payroll employees in Massachusetts contribute to the Workforce Training Fund. Some nonprofit organizations with payroll employees in Massachusetts contribute to the Workforce Training Fund, but others do not.
Shop Local Campaign
For local retail stores to survive, jobs to remain, and for public funding to continue, we must all recognize that where we spend our discretionary dollars makes a real difference in a time when 70% of our economy is driven by consumer spending. RAM is working this holiday season to remind our consumers that where and how we spend our money is truly important.
2016 Awards of Excellence Winners
In this rapidly evolving marketplace with technology further empowering consumers, our Main Street businesses must work ever harder to deliver the unique and high quality products and service which set them apart. The RAMAE’s were created 19 years ago as a way to shine a light on the hidden jewels of the retail industry here in Massachusetts. It is vital to recognize those innovators that are doing it the right way for their customers, and to also use them as beacons for others to follow. Our 2016 winners are leading the way in our industry in these increasingly challenging times.