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SIBA Saves You Time and Money
Business Services for SIBA Members

As a trade organization SIBA uses its collective bargaining power on behalf of its members to negotiate for special terms with other businesses and service providers to give SIBA members special and competitive rates. Members can take part in these special offers as they see fit. SIBA also uses its resources to provide some basic business services it has identified as being of use to its members.Simple websites and online networking, facilitating the sharing of resources, acting as an archive of useful business forms and letters…the organization works hard to help its members become more efficient businesses without having to reinvent the wheel.

Shipping Program from Freight Management Systems
SIBA has partnered with Freight Management Systems to offer to members in good standing discounted shipping rates. The program offers international shipments and volume shipment significant discounts with many major carriers, including ABF, American Freightways, Central Transport, Clipper, Old Dominion, Overnite Transport, SAIA, Roadway and Wilson. Discounts are also available for Canadian/Mexican Shipments (With select carriers) and international shipments and volume shipments will be quoted on a flat rate basis. Shipments (150 Ibs. or more) may qualify for the UPS less-than-pallet-load (LPL) program through Freight Management Systems. Full details are on the SIBA website at www.sibaweb.com.

Customer Loyalty Program from Capture Systems
Capture Systems Customer Loyalty Program and Credit Card Processing Service can reduce your credit card processing fees with special SIBA member pricing. It is six times more expensive to obtain a new customer than it is to retain one. Capture Systems is working with SIBA to offer members a true benefit through their association. Capture provides programs designed to increase average tickets, drive margins higher and produce greater profits. Capture Systems offers the ability to not only track spending of your customers but also reward the for purchases, all through the existing expense of credit card processing. Imagine being able to send a customer a happy birthday email or reward them for buying books all year with a gift card. It is all possible with Capture’s loyalty programs. Capture is also helping SIBA members reduce their costs with National Account Pricing on credit card processing and will conduct a free analysis for SIBA members.Capture was founded to bridge the gap between the capabilities and the commitments of large service providers and the reality of what is delivered. Capture’s strength lies in its relationships with associations created in order to better serve their members. To learn more about Capture Systems and our SIBA loyalty and processing program, please call (800) 5370338 ext. 305. Full details are on the SIBA website at www.sibaweb.com.


The Document Library
On the theory that there is no need to reinvent the wheel, SIBA created The Document Library as an archive of useful forms and papers for its members. The Document Library contains dozens of sample forms, letters, signs and templates free for use in your store. Most of the available documents were submitted by fellow SIBA booksellers, who have field-tested them in their own business operations. Others are handouts from some of SIBA’s many educational seminars. Every file is available for members to alter to fit the needs of their own store. Files are copyright-free and include such things as coop claim forms, policy letters for self-published authors, forms for tracking book club members and orders, personnel time sheets, book marks, shelf talkers, and other kinds of store signage. There are even budget spreadsheets which can be adapted to the needs of your store.
Documents are all in MSWord, PDF, or Excel formats, and specific documents can be converted to other formats on request.