"Currently, we're in negotiations with 25 vendors who offer everything from glass, accessories, and tools to cleaners and towels," said Tim Smale, chief executive officer of the IGA.
"We're even in discussions with a provider of property and casualty insurance."
was established in response to a recent survey of IGA members, in which 85 percent of them requested that the association develop a group-buying program.
takes its cue from the success of group-buying programs for independent businesses in other industries, such as pharmacies, hardware stores, and auto parts, Mr. Smale
"With nearly 10,000 independent glass shops operating nationwide, there's a tremendous opportunity to create economies of scale by banding independents together for a group-buying program," he
"The establishment of AmeriGlass
is a key step forward for the IGA
in its mission of developing ways for independents to succeed in today's business environment."
also offers excellent opportunities for vendors, Mr. Smale
"This program provides vendors with a very efficient way to market to the thousands of independent glass shops across North America and to develop long-term relationships with them."
With interest in the AmeriGlass Group-Buying Program running so high, the IGA
is now working on developing other programs to benefit members.
"We're exploring ways for independent shops to direct bill insurance companies," said Mr. Smale
"We're also looking at programs for a national warranty, safety and quality training, installation certification, and marketing.
Judging from the enthusiastic response to AmeriGlass
, the sky's the limit in terms of leveraging the power of the independents as one cohesive body."