Dear Members,

It’s an exciting time for America’s Hometown Brand Center! We are happy to announce that we have merged with MEGA Group USA. MEGA is the premier buying group in the home furnishings industry representing all major categories: appliance, furniture, mattress, outdoor and consumer electronics; leveraging a rich history of helping independent retailers become more successful and profitable. This decision is one we feel is in the best interest of you, our members.

Membership Benefits
This new arrangement gives all AHBC dealers access to the many services and resources needed to be competitive in today’s ever changing retail environment through MEGA’s strong partnerships. Effective October 1, 2016, you will be added to MEGA’s membership directory and receive full access to their programs* and services.

Some of the benefits MEGA brings to you include:
• Stronger rebate programs
• Additional programs with vendors like Speed Queen
• Financing programs featuring Synchrony and TEMPOE
• Monthly advertising campaigns that include circulars, direct mail and online
• Industry leading digital marketing including websites, search, display, email, marketing automation, and more
• Special MEGA-exclusive programs and products
• Bi-annual buying show
• Leadership, sales and product protection training

We will roll out a schedule of webinars that detail MEGA’s programs and services, aimed at providing you a firsthand review of what is being offered. Over the next 30 days, you will receive a welcome packet from MEGA outlining many of these benefits, as well as information on how to navigate the member site. Membership paperwork will be included for you to fill out and return. *specific details on each program and benefits will be provided in introductory webinars and welcome packet.

Trial Period
There will be a free trial period of 90 days for you to utilize the programs and services MEGA has to offer. If you decide during the 90-day trial period to opt-out of this membership, you can submit your opt-out notification to us in writing.

All AHBC members will receive the Web Fronts Level 1 website at no charge upon completion of the membership application, and you will immediately have access to many exclusive vendor rebates and financing specials.

Membership Dues
As of January 1, 2017, dues will go to $150 per month under our new relationship with MEGA. We strongly believe this move positions you to excel.

We fully anticipate that you’ll quickly see the value that MEGA brings and the depth of resources available. If you don’t believe you’ve realized the full value of the benefits and services available in the first year, you may cancel and receive up to 50% of your dues paid, less any dollars earned via MEGA Group.

We sincerely hope you share our excitement over this new relationship with MEGA. As we begin to execute this transition, both Becky and I will continue on through the end of 2016. My plans are to retire in early 2017, and Becky will assume the role of AHBC’s managing director within the MEGA organization, and will be your primary contact.

Look for more information coming soon and make plans to join our first webinar on October 10, 2016.

We certainly welcome your calls as we move into this transition period; please feel free to reach out to our office immediately.

Wayne Neelley
America’s Hometown Brand Center
Phone: (888) 251-1601
Fax: (800) 761-9840

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