AFCI Canada is pleased to offer the following member benefits

 

Creativation – Our events have been around for almost a century creating the industry’s must attend trade events of the year with domestic and international attendees, new products, and thousands of qualified buyers

  

The Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA) is the trade association of the world’s largest and most innovative retail companies. RILA members include more than 200 retailers, product manufacturers, and service suppliers. Upcoming RILA conferences include:

· 2017 Retail Supply Chain Conference: Orlando, FL

Visit the links above to learn more and register for any of these conferences    using the checkout code CHA1617 to receive the RILA member rate. For more information, please contact Suzie Squier

 

AFCI iDiscover Chats – iDiscover Chats are short, 15-minute informative and exciting inspirational talks broadcasted at our Creativation show and on our Facebook page via Facebook Live. It features top speakers and leaders sharing tips, resources and solutions for today’s business world.  

 

 Connections 

 

 

The Ultimate Craft Industry Buyers Guide – Is a unique online tool that gives you quick access to an extensive directory of industry-specific products and services.

 

Vistage International – Is a worldwide network of more than 14,500 executives that helps CEOs and executives grow their business through monthly problem solving meetings with peers, individual coaching, expert speaker workshops, and web-based best practices.

 

Access to private Facebook AFCI Groups  

 

Business Discounts

 

Staples – You are now eligible to receive 20% off your full service printing needs at any Staples Copy & Print Centre. At the time of purchase make sure to mention your discount number 8152138684 and the associate will ensure you receive a lower price. Click here for more details. En français.

 

UPS Savings Program® – NEW – AFCI is excited to announce the UPS Savings Program for our members! You and your business can now save up to 34%* on UPS’s broad portfolio of shipping services, including air, international, ground and freight. Whether you need your documents or packages to arrive the next day or are looking for an affordable shipping option, UPS understands the importance of speed, reliability, and cost. You can receive these discounts even if you already have a UPS account. Plus, the more you ship, the more you can save with UPS.To enroll and start saving, visit savewithups.com/afci/ or call 1-800-MEMBERS (1-800-636-2377), M-F, 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. EST. *See savewithups.com/afci for specific services and discounts. 

Accounting/Finance/Payment Processing

 

AFCI and Chase Paymentech are working together to deliver a tailored payment program for Canadian members to accept credit and debit cards. Let Chase Paymentech provide you with a free cost analysis. If we can’t lower your cost of processing, we’ll pay you $200!? Ready to start saving? Call today! 1.888.850.1134. Read More. en francais.

 

Publications

 

 

AFCI Publications – AFCI offers a host of publications and enewsletters to address different aspects of the industry, membership and award-winning trade shows. The publications include Craft Industry Today Magazinethe AFCI Member News eNewsletter and the AFCI Exhibitor Update eNewsletter. 

 

AFCI Career Corner – Our partnership with The Creative Network brings you monthly career building information and trends, commentary on labor issues, as well as human resources best practices and updates.

 

Creative Scrapbooker Magazine– NEW – a technique-rich paper crafting magazine that features scrapbooking, card making, stamping and mixed media projects. Our members receive a 20% discount on NEW 1-year and 2-year subscriptions to the magazine, plus a 5% discount on wholesale orders of the magazine for retail store members. Use code CHA20FALL at checkout. 

 

Insurance

 

 

Exclusive Insurance Program – Receive competitive rates for a series of insurance products from Health Insurance (Individual & Group), Critical Illness, Dental Insurance, Disability Income, Life Insurance, Visioncare Insurance, Long Term Care and Person Insurance for Businesses. Visit the group website at: http://www.afcigroupbenefitscanada.com/

Direct contact: Brenda Greenwood-Vernem, Investors Group Financial Services Inc. 519-217-3065 (Toll Free 1-888-771-2488, Ext 305) or email at Brenda.greenwood-Vernem@investorsgroup.com

 

Travel

 

 

 HotelStorm –NEW– HotelStorm negotiates hotel discounts only available to AFCI members, with discounts up to 55%. Simply search the website for your favorite destinations and you’ll find savings of 10-55% over other online travel agencies. It’s not too late to book that summer vacation! Visit HotelStorm and use password HOTELPERK to unlock our discounts. 

Rental Car Discounts – Avis and Budget offer AFCI Members reduced car rental rates. 

 

Call Avis directly at 800-228-4341 and refer to the Avis Worldwide Discount AWD Number A482500 when making your reservation. 

 

Call Budget directly at 800-527-0100 or visit them online at www.budget.com and refer to the BCD Offer code Z855500 when making your reservation. 

 

Marketing/Advertising

 

 

Constant Contact – NEW – Constant Contact®, Inc.’s email marketing and online survey tools help small businesses and organizations connect to customers quickly, easily, and affordably and build stronger relationships. Craft and Hobby Association Members receive an additional 10% off the standard prepay discounts. That is 20% off six months, or 25% off the full year. Pre-payment is required for these member exclusive savings. Click here to start today! 

 

Vital Imagery – NEW – provides AFCI members with a 25% discount on 1 year subscriptions to over 25 million

stock photos and illustrations at clipart.com, iCLIPART.com, iPHOTOS.com, and AnimationFactory.com. The widest selection and lowest prices for all file types and sizes are now available royalty-free. Start your next project with the perfect copyright released stock image by visiting the AFCI Member Benefits website or contacting www.vitalimagery.com.

Member Access Codes and URLS: 

– clipart.com: coupon code – CL_CHA25

– AnimationFactory.com: coupon code – AF_CHA25

– iCLIPART.com: coupon code – CHA25C

– iPHOTOS.com: coupon code – CHA25P

Promotional Bundles are available by calling toll free 800-713-0398. 

 

Product Testing and Compliance Services

 

SGS Consumer Testing Services – SGS is the world’s leading inspection, verification, testing and certification company. Recognized as the global benchmark for quality and integrity with more than 75,000 employees, SGS operates a network of over 1,500 offices and laboratories around the world.From textiles to art materials, furniture, cosmetics and electronics, our complete range of services facilitates the quality, compliance, and safety of consumer products across global supply chains. Our customers rely on our inspection, audit, certification and testing capabilities and product testing laboratories to help them comply with the regulations governing their products, as well as to ensure the integrity of the inputs received from their suppliers. Through product evaluation, factory assessment, product inspection and shipment control, we identify potential production pitfalls allowing faster market entry and compliance with any regulatory regime.  For more information about SGS Services for Consumer Goods and Retail, visit www.sgsgroup.us.com/cgnr.

 

Insight Laboratories – is a proud service provider for AFCI members. As a fully-accredited (ISO 17025) and CPSC-approved laboratory specializing in consumer products, Insight Laboratories is an expert in quality assurance services. Insight’s offerings include product safety testing, factory social audits and inspections, and product assessments. Clifford Brechner, CEO of Insight Laboratories, shares, “The safety of our clients’ products is important to us but we want to help them with much more than just that. It’s important that our clients have a clear understanding of the testing process. By providing deeper education about the requirements they need to meet, our clients are better able to design and market products that are compliant from the onset.” 

AFCI members receive a special discount on Insight testing services. Simply identify yourself as an AFCI member when contacting Insight Laboratories and you’ll receive an automatic 30% discount. Higher volume clients may be eligible for even higher discounts. Insight Laboratories is a partner you can trust when it comes to quality assurance and product testing services. For more information call John Sullivan at 860-435-1477 or email jsullivan@insightlabs.com.

 

Regulation Compliance Support – With decades of experience working directly with testing labs and manufacturers, John Yi, owner and chief engineer at Growing Roots Engineering, is one of the industry’s leading experts in product safety regulation. He works around the clock as a compliance consultant, answering all manner of questions about CPSIA, communicating with labs and helping clients navigate other regulatory issues. John’s invaluable services are now available to our members. He can work directly with a testing lab to offer complete support. In the meantime, contact John at your convenience for expert regulatory compliance advice at john.yi@gr-engineering.biz or 206.687.7346. He strives to be available to you 24/7, which is good, because you’ll soon discover you can’t do business without him. John Yi and BV – Safety on Speed Dial.Member Price List.

 

Research

 

 

2016 Creative Products Size of the Industry Study – Discover the critical data you need to know to make the right decisions in your business! This study reveals unique industry and consumer insights, including the size of the creative products opportunity, spending patterns of crafters, their demographic profiles and the attitudes they have toward their creative activities.

 TRENDS REPORT

AFCI Designer Section Trend Reports

  

VALID8D™ DESIGN PREFERENCE RESEARCH TOOL– Test your designs before they go to market with this new tool constructed to run efficiently and quickly! VALID8D is a cost effective research tool created to pre-determine which designs within any given product offering are most likely to sell. It provides a screened panel (300-400 qualified consumers) by craft channel or by specific retailer. Test up to 24 designs in each survey!

 

 

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