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Alabama Retail Association (ARA)
Offices: Montgomery, Alabama
Alabama Retail Association was formed in 1943 for retailers by retailers who saw a need for representation when public policy was made. Today, ARA represents almost 4,000 members ranging from large national chain stores to small family owned retail stores with some 6,000 locations statewide. Their primary objective is to lobby the Alabama Legislature on behalf of the interests of retailers. ARA continually monitors legislative activity and represents retailers.
American Booksellers Association (ABA)
Offices: Tarrytown, New York
Founded in 1900, the American Booksellers Association is a not-for-profit organization devoted to meeting the needs of its core members of independently owned bookstores with retail storefront locations through advocacy, education, research, and information dissemination. The ABA actively supports free speech, literacy, and programs that encourage reading.
American Specialty Toy Retailing Association (ASTRA)
Offices: Chicago, Illinois
The American Specialty Toy Retailing Association, better known as ASTRA, believes in the right of all children to achieve their full potential through fun and positive play; believes in educating parents and the community at large about the importance of play and expanding their information about appropriate toys and playthings; and believes in the value of ASTRA in providing an association for the specialty toy industry so that we may further our common goals with regard to children, the community and our individual businesses.
Arizona Retailers Association (ARA)
Offices: Mesa, Arizona
Arizona Retailers Association is a voice of retail in Arizona. ARA is the link between retailers and legislators at the Arizona State Legislature. ARA also represents the interests of the Arizona retail industry through state regulators as well as through a grassroots network with the Arizona Congressional delegation. Their members include large and small independent retailers as well as regional and national chain stores.
Association for Retail Technology Standards (ARTS)
Offices: Dayton, Ohio
The Association for Retail Technology Standards is an international membership organization dedicated to reducing the costs of technology through standards. ARTS has been delivering application standards exclusively to the retail industry. ARTS has four standards: The Standard Relational Data Model, UnifiedPOS, IXRetail and the Standard RFPs. Membership is open to all members of the international technology community—retailers from all industry segments, application developers and hardware companies.


Booksellers Association (BA)
Offices: London, England
The Booksellers Association, which represents over 95% of booksellers in the UK and Ireland, is committed to providing the widest possible range of services to its membership, the value of which far outweigh the cost of being a member. Their services range from the commercial to the practical, such as the 'Christmas Books' catalogue and carrier bags, to the intangible but invaluable, such as representation to Government and the EU.


California Retailers Association (CRA)
Offices: Sacramento, California
The California Retailers Association was founded and incorporated in 1933 to meet the needs of a growing company of retailers marketing a variety of goods in the State of California. The California Retailers Association is a trade association representing all segments of the retail industry. Their members have more than 9,000 stores in California and account for more than $100 billion in sales annually.
Colorado Retail Council (CRC)
Offices: Denver, Colorado
The Colorado Retail Council was founded in 1966 by a group of concerned retailers that desired a stronger voice in the government law-making process. Three decades later, the mission of the Colorado Retail Council remains the same: to promote an environment that encourages profitable retail growth through strong advocacy on government actions and superior services to our members. The Colorado Retail Council is a trade association representing the interests of retailers both large and small at their state's capitol in Denver.
Connecticut Retail Merchants Association (CRMA)
Offices: Hartford, Connecticut
The Connecticut Retail Merchants Association has been representing retailers at the State Capitol and in the marketplace since 1910. They are the only statewide business group that represents only retailers. Their mission is to provide quality service for Connecticut retailers. CRMA negotiates better rates on services to members-services that would be more costly to an individual retailer. At CRMA it is their goal to help by using the group purchasing power of a large association to secure programs and pricing not available to individual businesses.