Buying groups

Consolidated Buying Company, LLC (CBC)

Consolidated Buying Company, LLC (CBC), based in Westmont , Ill., is a marketing services company and North America 's largest buying group for independent operators in the petroleum, convenience store, and automotive industries. CBC provides its growing network of 15,500-plus member locations with access to education tools, national and regional rebates, promotions and preferred pricing on products and services from leading suppliers. For more information, please visit CBC at www.powertocompete.com.  

Consolidated Buying Company, LLC (CBC)
P.O. Box 5287
Oak Brook, IL 60522-5287
Web site: www.powertocompete.com
E-mail: info@powertocompete.com
Pamela Romeli, Vice President, Retail Division
Phone: 630-455-0175 x 113
Fax: 630-455-5946
E-mail: romeli@cbuying.com

CITGO Buying Group

The CITGO Buying Group, a part of CBC, helps local marketers and retailers meet their business goals and flourish even in the current economic downturn. Running an independent small business can be extremely demanding in any industry; however, the complexities of the petroleum and convenience store sectors make it even more challenging. CITGO Buying Group offers customized business solutions for the daily challenges facing independent owners. Available to each of the CITGO marketers and the nearly 7,000 locally owned CITGO stations, the Buying Group provides industry leading rebates, savings and incentives on products and services to help businesses grow. Since the group's inception, these services have given back more than $7 million to CITGO station owners and operators. The CITGO Buying Group offers classroom and computer-based training for a range of key issues including customer service skills for owners and employees, eliminating employee theft, new employee orientation and training, reducing net operating costs, improving CITGO mystery shop scores and eliminating vendor theft. The group engages marketers and retailers with pragmatic services and training programs based on their individual needs.

Power Buying Dealers USA

Power Buying Dealers USA has 3 regional operations, PBD West, PBD Midwest and PBD East. The western region services Arizona, California, Louisiana, Nevada and Texas with 865 members and expansion plans to exceed fifteen hundred members within the next two years. The partnership between the three regions has resulted in very lucrative national and regional convenience store programs that benefit both the dealer organization and the vendor community.

PBD West headquarters ( Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Idaho, Louisiana, Montana and Nevada):
2459 W. 208th Street, Suite 100
Torrance, Calif. 90501
Phone: 310-212-9999
Toll-free: 888-472-3937
Fax: 310-323-3113
Contact: David DeVolder
E-mail: ddevolder@pbdwest.com

PBD Midwest headquarters ( Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota):
1301 West 22nd Street
Suite 515
Oakbrook , IL 60523
Phone: 630-706-7060
Fax: 630-706-7061

PBD East headquarters ( Alabama, Connecticut, Delaware, Georgia, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Mississippi):
200 Brickstone Square
Suite G01
Andover , MA 01810
Phone: 978-749-8900
Fax: 978-749-0800

Royal Buying Group Inc. (RBG)

Royal Buying Group Inc., headquartered in Lisle, Ill., is a national organization dedicated to maximizing sales and profitability of Convenience Stores, Petroleum Locations, College Book Stores, Truckstops/Travel Plaza Centers, Auto Repair facilities, Tobacco Outlets, and Liquor Stores. Named to the Inc. 500 in 2008, 2007, and 2003 and named to the Inc. 5000 in 2010, 2009, and 2006 - RBG continues to be one of America's fastest growing companies. RBG also was ranked the 6th fastest growing company by Crain's Chicago, and is listed as one of the largest privately held companies in the Chicago area. Royal Buying Group Inc. now represents over 6,600 locations, in addition to providing exclusive representation for 30,000+ Shell Oil, Sinclair, Irving Oil, Tesoro, Tetco and US Fuels locations nationwide. The core service capabilities include negotiating with regional and national suppliers for impactful and competitive sales and marketing programs, providing category management expertise, state of the art marketing support, focused customer service support, complete promotions management, in-store merchandising services execution, complete store operations training services and additional service offerings for its membership, as well as, the entire convenience retailing channel. Royal Buying Group's TD Linx relationship provides additional range to manufacturer/supplier programming opportunities. Royal Buying Group benefits its members by selecting, negotiating, implementing and tracking the best possible vendor programs on their behalf.

Royal Buying Group Inc.
2100 Western Court, Suite 350
Lisle, IL 60532
Phone: 630-353-7950
Fax: 630-353-7990
Web sites: http://www.royalbuying.com/
www.royalbuyinggroupinc.com
E-Mail: rbg@royalbuying.com
Media contact: Donna Rubis, Executive Assistant
630-353-7981
d.rubis@royalbuying.com

WAM Enterprises, Inc.

WAM Enterprises Inc. is a privately owned company located in Saginaw, Mich. It acts as a marketing agent on behalf of its distributors and retailers. WAM combines the resources of 22 convenience-store distributors throughout the country,

WAM Enterprises Inc.
4835 Towne Centre Road, Suite 104
Saginaw, Michigan 48604
Phone: 989-964-0644
Fax: 989-964-0664
Contact: Win Schiller, Jr.
Director of Retail Services
Website: http://www.wam-aim.com/newsite/index.html

Other Buying Groups

There are several buying groups for New Americans and various ethnic associations. Others are based on region/location, while some are based on religious affiliation.

AATAC - Asian American Trade Associations Council
AATAC Receivables
2780 E. Fowler Ave. #241
Tampa, Fla. 33612
Ph: (888) 662-7780, EXT 104
Web: http://www.aatac.co

This national association is comprised of smaller buying groups and other trade organizations under one blanket representing thousands of locations across the United States. The mission of AATAC is to represent the industry and to assist its retail members in increasing their effectiveness and profitability by recommending knowledge, solutions, and the best products and services available by fostering productive, efficient relationships with industry suppliers, distribution lines, and partners.

Atlanta Retailers Association
3300 Buckeye Road, #698
Atlanta , GA 30341
Ph: (770)-455-4455
Web: http://www.araonline.org
Mansoor Qamruddin, President

ARA Association is an association of Gas Stations and convenience Stores around Metro Atlanta Area. Atlanta Retailers Association (ARA) represent its members in a way that will improve their image within the industry by supporting fair practices and promoting a system of free, competitive enterprise Create partnerships with our suppliers there by give its members the money saving opportunities for the purchase of products at Volume Pricing. Since its beginning in 1995, the Atlanta Retailers Association (ARA) has grown into a nearly 900 member trade association. The Association is comprised of persons who came together as a result of having a common faith and who own or operate convenience stores in the region. ARA member stores work together to represent their members' collective interests for purposes such as being up to date on the industry's latest trends and interacting with vendors. The Association is governed by its by-laws and an elected honorary board of directors.

Asian American Retailers Association
30 Hillside Avenue, Suite 201
Springfield, NJ 07081
Ph: (973) 315-3118
Web: http://www.aarausa.com
Prashant Desai, secretary 

The Asian American Retailers Association is a forum for the growing ethnic small business community in New Jersey. AARA, an association created to protect, promote, and aid the interests of Asian American retailers, is the largest growing association of its kind. Members include owners of convenience, liquor, gas station, and pharmacy establishments. In addition to organizing trade shows, AARA utilizes group purchasing power to better position its members. AARA is also a major political force as it fights to develop favorable policy for retailers.

South Texas Merchants Association
1777 NE Loop 410 #906
San Antonio, TX 78217-5234
Ph: (210) 826-3786
Web: http://www.mystma.com
Nooruddin Kara, vice president

South Texas Merchants Association is a cooperative of small business owners. The members of the association are based throughout South Texas . STMA has been helping independently owned small businesses since 2000. The vision statement is: A Business Cooperative, whose members work together in harmony to improve the quality of their lives, anchored in the principles of ethical practices, integrity and humanistic values, as exemplary citizens of the United States of America .

Neighborhood Market Association
8923 La Mesa Blvd., 2nd Floor
La Mesa, CA 91941
Ph: (619) 464-8485
Web: http://www.neighborhoodmarket.org
Mark Arabo, Vice President, Marketing & Development

Neighborhood Market Association is a non-profit mutual benefit corporation dedicated to empowering independent retailers in the food and alcohol beverage industry throughout California , Nevada , Arizona and the West Coast. Objectives are to provide representation, education, leadership, and community outreach, buying power and support to our members in order to improve their quality of life and simultaneously facilitate prosperity in the neighborhoods they serve.

Tri-State Trade Association
1196 Poplar View Lane South, #2
Collierville, TN 38017-3438
Phone: 901-850-8788
Nizar Manjiyanim, president 

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