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Cutting Costs Without Cutting Corners: A Q&A on the Perks of an ABPA Membership


For collision repair facilities everywhere, one very basic equation has remained constant from the Model-T to the Tesla: Quality materials + quality work = a job well done. But as current events have shown us, the unexpected can quickly add variables to that equation. And now more than ever, it’s clear that when it comes to creating a satisfied customer and a satisfactory bottom line: the “tools of the trade” go far beyond the product you’re working with and the tools you use to do it.

In more ways than one, an edge is a powerful tool. And that’s why the ABPA and Savings4Members became partners in the first place: to give members an edge. But this edge is a bit different. By partnering with ABPA and hundreds of groups like it, Savings4Members has built a cooperative network 100% focused on giving member businesses the buying power typically only available to large, corporate competitors. By coming together, ABPA and Savings4Members connect members with powerful cost cutting benefits and a full team to help you take advantage.

With this in mind, we talked to Veronica Pratt, Account Relationship Manager at Savings4Members to learn how members can cut costs by taking full advantage of the edge their membership provides.

What updates has Savings4Members made to make cutting business costs even easier?

Veronica Pratt: BIG updates – and there are even more to come. For the past year we’ve been focused on making it faster and easier for members to take full advantage of their benefits. The biggest upgrade ABPA members will notice right away is our completely overhauled Member Dashboard. Here, we’ve made it easier than ever for members to check out the discounts they have access to, activate them, and quickly get in touch with a Savings Expert by phone, email, or live-chat. Whichever is most convenient.

So, how should a member get started with their discounts?

V.P.: It’s very easy. Members can call 844-346-3746 and talk to a Savings Expert immediately, they can chat with someone via the chat option on our website, or they can access their Savings Dashboard online 24/7 by entering their business email address at myS4M.com. The best part about that, is there’s no need to remember a username or password. All a member needs to do is enter their email and a link to their unique Savings Dashboard will be e-mailed directly.

In addition to monthly email updates on new, updated, or recommended perks – our Savings Experts will also check-in from time to time to see how we can help. So be on the lookout!

Every member should know, our team is your team. And we’ve grown our Savings Team in the last year to ensure there’s always someone available to help you make the most of membership. A large part of that also means ensuring they’re all awesome people who are happy to help make the process painless.

Are there certain types of members that should be using your service?

V.P.: Honestly, no. Everyone can take advantage. Your ABPA benefits can make an impact whether you’re a large company or small and family-owned. With over 20+ cost-cutting opportunities, there really is something for everyone. For some members, that means saving money on everyday expenses like office supplies and uniforms. For others, it’s cheaper fuel for company vehicles and lower fees on credit card processing. Across the board, our leadership team works really hard to negotiate great opportunities for members.

What common misconceptions prevent some members from taking advantage?

V.P.: We hear all the time that members don’t have time to look into their benefits or that they already have the lowest offering. What’s great about our service is we have a team here to do the legwork for each of them. Do you really have the lowest rate on expenses like credit card processing or payroll? Once you pass along some information to your team, we’ll make sure that’s true.

Another common misconception we hear from members is about their vehicles. ABPA members have access to some incredible fuel discounts for fleets. Often, we hear, “But I don’t have a fleet – just a couple trucks.” And that’s more than enough to qualify to save more on every single drop of gas.

How should members learn more about the benefits available through their ABPA membership?

V.P.: If a member hasn’t already they should definitely visit their Savings Dashboard, they can see everything available, what they’re currently taking advantage of, and any next steps required. They can get a link by entering their email at mys4m.com. Another great resource outside of the Savings Dashboard is the business resource section on our website. We’ve been working hard to put together content and resources focused on helping every small business on topics ranging from operations and hiring to marketing, profitability, and more.

What else is new with Savings4Members?

V.P.: Our team is always working on better ways to help members succeed, but I’ll keep it short! Members should keep their eyes on their inbox these next few months. We’ve got some great updates and helpful additions coming that we will be announcing in emails they receive monthly. From great new programs to even more enhancements to their member dashboards. The perks of membership are only getting better and easier to take advantage of.

As a dedicated partner of the ABPA, Savings4Members exists to tip the scales in favor of member businesses across North America. Every week, the Savings4Members team actively supports members with comprehensive cost-cutting services and easy access to benefits focused on boosting profitability and saving members thousands. Every member has access to a unique savings dashboard. To access yours, just enter your business email address at mys4m.com and your unique link will be sent.

For over a decade, Veronica Pratt has made it her mission to listen, learn, and lead while working with member-businesses of all sizes from a wide variety of national associations, cooperatives, and franchises. As Savings4Members’ Account Relationship Manager, Veronica works directly with leaders and members of America’s best organizations to connect them with the powerful value of the Savings4Members network.

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