USRA is a Non-Profit organization incorporated in 1977.
Members of the WSA created the USRA (formerly the WSRA) out of necessity for the west coast retailers, to give them a voice in the shoe industry. Since then, we have expanded our benefits to be of service to the Retailer, Vendor AND Sales Rep nationwide.
USRA is an organization serving the independent shoe retailer and the entire shoe industry. USRA provides members with special benefits to enable them to run their businesses in a more profitable manner. Membership in the USRA will help cut operating costs and increase the bottom line.
In 1994, the first USRA May Event took place. The USRA May Event is a unique three day event bringing all aspects of the Footwear Industry to one place to find ways we can grow the industry while helping each of our businesses thrive – TOGETHER. It was the first of its kind in the Footwear Industry. Many have tried to replicate the May Event, but no one has even come close. The USRA May Event has truly become an Industry Production and has grown into the biggest and BEST Networking Event you can attend.
The May Event is not focused on shoes, but rather on the people and companies who sell the shoes. It is not about making the sale at the May Event. It is about making the connection — Putting a face to a name Partnerships are more vital today than ever before. The Relationships, Friendships and Partnerships that we build along the way, can and WILL make the difference.
In 2009, Vendors stated joining the USRA so they could also take advantage of the USRA Programs. In 2012, after receiving numerous requests from Sales Reps asking USRA to create a program that they too could be a part of, the USRA Board added a Committee made up of Sales Reps and together we created the “United Sales Reps” (USR) Program. This program is designed specifically for the Independent Sales Rep.
USRA offers special rates on: Insurance Packages, Bankcard Rates, Shipping Rates, Marketing, Printing, Office Supplies, Trade Publications, Business Management & Consulting Services, Email Marketing, Store Signs, Legal Services, Web Site Design, In addition, USRA also offers: The USRA May Event Seminars & Golf Tournament Trade Show Seminars & Events, Networking Opportunities and Much More!
THE USRA MISSION STATEMENT The USRA is an organization dedicated to members nationwide. USRA will strive to provide members with imperative cost saving services, incomparable educational opportunities and superior networking events. The USRA is proud to partner with the best in the Industry — By partnering with the best…
USRA can offer the best to its members.
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