Chairman’s letter – March 2021

The board of shop-sa is pleased to note that paid-up membership for 2021 has increased over last year. The individual certificates are in the process of being mailed to you.

There is no doubt that the Certificate still lends credibility to our members.

Thank you for your contribution to keep the association going and stay relevant to you the members.
Now, more than ever, the slogan “none of us is as strong as all of us” applies to our Association.
The 2021 BTS season has finally come to an end and we are pleased to inform you that the follow-up to our Survey of Expectations for BTS 2021 during Covid-19 will be mailed to you shortly.
The feed-back from both retailers and suppliers involved in back-to-school will provide a clearer picture of how the pandemic affected their business.  Therefore, please participate in the survey!

Theft and fraud in our industry
seem to be on the increase as was reported to us by a number of companies. It is critical that anyone affected uses shop-sa’s Crime Alert and reports incidents, big or small.

The sale of stolen goods has serious consequences for our industry and only combined efforts and awareness can stop it.
Finally, we would like to draw attention to our Product Source Guide and invite suppliers not yet listed to do so. The guide is a valuable source for anyone looking for a product and its source.
These and other planned initiatives will assist paid-up members in navigating these still uncertain times – not to mention the third wave if it does arrive!
Hans Servas

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