Independent Retailer Month

July 9th, 2014

Trade with Your Neighbor & Community during Independent Retailer Month

Independent Retailer MonthNot only is July dubbed Ice Cream Month by President Reagan, but July is also known as Independent Retailer Month. Designed to celebrate independent retailers across the globe, consumers are encouraged to shop at independent retailers instead of corporate and franchised businesses. Why? To highlight the positive social and economic impact these businesses have in our economy.

‘Big Box’ stores, such as Target and Macy’s, are usually stores that come to mind when consumers need a good or service. However, it is time to shift focus from big box stores and focus more on ‘mom and pop’ businesses. Independent retailers deserve some publicity, as according to the American Express Open Independent Retail Index, nearly half of the total retail sales in the U.S. come from independent businesses. From this fact, it validates the value that independent businesses have in the American economy. They are the ‘backbone’ of communities, so by purchasing from independent retailers you are supporting local traders, their suppliers, as well as the people who they depend on to run their businesses.

This is holds true in our barter community, as well. With your New England Trade membership, you are supporting local businesses prosper by trading what you have for what you need. Community trading is a focal point for barter exchanges. A member of a barter exchange is more likely to visit a local business that belongs to the trade network than visit a big box store. Because of this, New England Trade creates the ultimate business network. When a member uses his or her trade dollars at another member’s business, such as  a dentist, that business then reuses those trade dollars earned with another member of the barter network, such as a restaurant. Barter can be seen as the ‘Circle of Life’ where funds are continuously being used within the exchange to help businesses offset cash expenses, move excess inventory, and grow their customer based with fellow business owners from the barter exchange.

Independent Retailer Month’s goal is to:

  • Boost your local economy
  • Rebuild confidence in the community
  • Enable local businesses to prosper and grow.

The same goes for New England Trade! Let’s boost our economy, rebuild entrepreneurs’ confidence in their businesses, and help grow our local businesses through barter. Gain your competitive edge against big box stores with barter as your alternative currency!

Lets Chat!

June 9th, 2014

The Trade Brokers are Here to Help You- Chat with Them!

It has come to our attention that there is a pretty cool feature that can be found on our Marketplace website that many of you are not aware of! So, we figured we should probably correct this problem. What’s the point of having this awesome feature if no one knows about it or is using it, right?!

From 9 AM to 5 PM, Monday through Friday, New England Trade’s Brokers are available to Chat with you via the Marketplace! Simply click on the Chat Icon at the top of the page, located next to the shopping cart icon and the search bar. You will be prompted to type in your Name, Business Name and your Question. After that information is gathered, one of the Brokers will be able to respond to you instantaneously!

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Have a question about your account? No problem! Have a question about a listing in the Marketplace that you are looking at? Ask away! Are you one of the numerous people who is curious to what does the fox actually say? Well, we may not be able to answer that kind of question, but we could give you our most educated guess!

We are here to help make your trading experience run as smoothly as possible.  With Chat we can be available to you during your Marketplace shopping adventures (at least during New England Trade office hours!).

So test it out! Head to the Marketplace, peruse the different Barter Categories ranging from Advertising to Travel. If you have any questions, Chat with us!

Also, many of you are aware of that new feature on your membership card that allows you to just swipe your card at specific locations to pay. If not, well, that’s another cool feature to be aware of! Anyhow, we have added more terminals to members locations! Since more and more terminals are in the works of being added, check out the Barter Category ‘Swipe Enabled Cards’ in the marketplace for an always up-to-date listing of where you can use your membership card at! Fun fact: we have about 10 more terminals that should be up and operational at various locations within the next couple weeks!

New England Trade’s Journey to the 30th NATE Convention

May 27th, 2014

Expanding the World of Trade

On May 15th, New England Trade, Inc. President Gary Oshry, Trade Director Kraig Bloom and Marketing and Social Media Coordinator Kristine Nicholson attended the 30th Annual National Association of Trade Exchanges (NATE) in Orlando, Florida. The convention took place at the Hilton Double Tree Hotel in Downtown Orlando, where exchanges from across the nation attended.

Proud Member of the National Association of Trade ExchangesThis year’s theme was ‘Expanding the World of Trade’ consisted of seminars proctored by various individuals in the Barter Industry. In addition to the seminars, various networking and social activities were planned, ranging from a Welcome Reception to an awards banquet at Walt Disney’s Epcot Center.

Thanks to the generous contributions made by sponsors, the NATE Convention Committee was able to execute the entertaining networking and social events. For 2014, the Platinum Sponsors were TradeFirst, located in Michigan, and Trade Studio, located in Washington. Additional Convention supporters included Alamo Barter Corporation, Barter Business Exchange, Inc., New England Trade, Inc., and The Barter Company.

At the convention, NATE offered free Certified Trade Broker (CTB) and Register Trade Broker (RTB) training for those who wanted to increase their knowledge in the Barter Industry, as well as advance their brokering skills. An individual who has been in the Barter Industry under two years is eligible to become a RTB. After two years, RTBs are eligible to develop into a CTB. This year, NATE is pleased to announce the addition of four new CTBs and three RTBs in the Barter Industry.

In recognition for his dedication to NATE, Fred Detwiler, owner of TradeFirst, received the NATE Member of the Year award. New England Trade Inc.’s very own Gary Oshry received the NATE Board Member of the Year award for his hard work and commitment to NATE.

The 2014 NATE Officers are:

  • Maurya Lane, Barter Business Exchange, Inc.,  newly elected NATE President
  • Paul Richardson, Arizona Trade Exchange, newly elected NATE Vice President
  • Gary Oshry, New England Trade, Inc., NATE Treasurer
  • Kim Ames, TradeAmericanCard, NATE Secretary

For more information about on the 30th Annual NATE Convention, contact us at 781.388.9200 or at barter@newenglandtrade.com.

Barter & Beer: What a Trade!

April 7th, 2014

Warning: This will make your Monday even better.

National Beer Day, trade

Believe it or not, today is National Beer Day. No, I swear I am not making this up- I read it on the Internet!  This unofficial holiday was created in honor of President Franklin D. Roosevelt who on April 7th, 1933 signed the Cullen-Harrison Act into law. So what is the big deal about this law, you ask? It ended the 13 year long prohibition of alcohol in the United States. Basically, today is the day so many years ago that beer became legal to buy and sell. Beer enthusiasts around the United States rejoiced, as you can imagine.

In honor of today’s ‘holiday’ why not celebrate by visiting a restaurant available on trade?

Here are some ideas:

You can use your new and improved New England Trade membership card at Sports Grille Boston, Sports, Spirits & Steaks, and Fat Cactus! Otherwise, call the office at 781-388-9200 or visit the Marketplace to order some scrip. Have it mailed, or come say hi at the office and pick up some scrip. Then go out tonight, all on trade and enjoy this one of a kind holiday! And do not forget to raise a glass to President Roosevelt for his act of duty.

Cheers!

New England Trade Membership Cards

March 25th, 2014

Attention New England Trade Members:

Have You Seen Me?

New England Trade Membership Card

Last Seen: With Your Company’s 1099

It has come to our attention that some members do not know about their NEW membership cards. The new membership cards went out at the end of January with the 1099s. If your business did not receive a 1099 from New England Trade, the membership cards still went out at the same time.

The newly designed membership card features a sleek look, with swipe technology and scanning capabilities. In conjunction with our app, members can scan the back of fellow members’ card when making an authorization. The buyer’s account number will be inputted into the corresponding field upon scanning. Haven’t downloaded the app yet? What are you waiting for?! It is available on iTunes and Google Play. After downloading the app, sign in using your Marketplace username and password.

Use your membership card, equipped with swipe technology, at various member locations. Within the next few weeks, ten more swipe terminals will be added – so keep checking the Marketplace for an updated list of members accepting your membership card instead of scrip!

Until next time!

Happy Pi Day Barterers!

March 14th, 2014

And no, I do not mean pie as in the delicious baked dessert or as in a big pizza pie, which actually sounds pretty good for lunch right now…

I am talking about the Pi, the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter, 3.14159 …and that is all I can name off the top of my head.

Why celebrate you ask? Well it is a national holiday that is why! Perplexed? No need. On March 9, 2009, Congress may March 14th a national holiday in order to show support for the National Science Foundation and to encourage the study of mathematics.

Pi DaySo what should you do in order to celebrate this one-of-a-kind holiday? Well you can crack some jokes and puns such as ‘Did you know that 3.14% of Sailors are Pi Rates’. Get it? If that just  made you roar with laughter, there are a 101 more jokes where that came from.

How does a Friday night, movie night sound? You could watch the ‘Life of Pi’, ‘American Pie’, or if you are looking for a psychological thriller, there is the movie ‘Pi‘.

Feeling poetic? Create a Pi-ku! No, not a haiku with the traditional 5-7-5 syllabic pattern, this type has a 3-1-4 syllabic pattern, of course!

Take advantage of the deals this holiday has to offer! Starbucks is offering a free Grande brewed coffee with the purchase of a breakfast sandwich. It may not be a pie, but who could pass up a free cup of coffee? Pizza Hut, between 1 and 4 PM (get it, 3 hours, between 1 and 4 PM is 3.14!), will be giving away 140 $10 gift cards when you tweet using the hashtag #PizzaHutPiDay.

Lastly, if all else fails bake a pie! For some  inspiration, check out these recipes for some great ideas. To rationalize baking the scrumptious dessert even more so – it is Albert Einstein’s birthday! Whether it be apple, blueberry, banana cream or whatever your heart desires, grab yourself a slice and sing happy birthday to the Father of Modern Physics. And remember, if you need any taste testers, you know where New England Trade’s office is located.

Have a great weekend everyone!

Did you know?

March 3rd, 2014

There is more than one way to obtain authorizations.

Most members are aware of the ability to call the New England Trade office to receive an authorization number.  But did you know there is an automated phone number, a website and an app that does the same? These three alternative ways to obtain an authorization are available to you 24/7!

  • Automated Line:
    • Allows you to make authorizations or to check your account balance simply by dialing 888-784-4888. Have your account number ready, along with the buyer’s account number and the amount.
  • Online:
    • Besides calling the automated line, members can go to www.bartherauth.com to submit a transaction for authorization. All you need is your account number, the buyer’s account number, the amount, and a short optional, but recommended, description. Also, if you are logged into the Marketplace, there is a link at the top of the page that directs you bartherauth website.
  • App:
    • Ifauthorizations you own a smartphone, go to iTunes or Google Play and download the free New England Trade barter app! Currently, the app only allows for authorizations, however there are big plans for the future- so be on the look out! To log in to the app, simply use your Marketplace username and password. To obtain an authorization, simply have the same information needed as any other form. Your account number will already be displayed in the Seller’s Account field.  Fill in the other necessary information, have the buyer sign at the bottom with their finger, and off you go! But wait! There is one additional feature to the app. Instead of typing in the buyer’s account number, you may scan the barcode on the back of the buyers New England Trade membership card simply buy pressing the camera icon next to the Buyer Account field. Upon scanning the card, the buyer’s account number will automatically be imputed. An email will be sent to both the buyer and seller account’s primary contact with the confirmation of the authorization for your records.

We are consistently trying to make your trading experience as simple as ever. If you have any comments or suggestions about the New England Trade app, please let us know! Email Kristine@newenglandtrade.com. Your feedback is important to us and will aid in making barter transactions and authorizations quick and easy as possible!

Until next time!

Policy Update: Time Sensitive Orders

February 24th, 2014

 Happy Monday New England Trade Members!

Sending Mail

After a short hiatus, New England Trade’s blog is back and up and running!

To start off, we would like to inform everyone of an updated policy regarding time sensitive orders.

If an order is placed and is time sensitive (for instance, tickets to a show that will occur within 3-4 days from the day mailed), there will be three options for mailing:

  1. Members can pick up your orders at the New England Trade office in Malden, MA
  2. The order can be shipped UPS or FedEx. Simply provide your UPS or FedEx shipping number for billing.
  3. The order can be shipped USPS Priority Mail, and the tracking number will be provided for your convenience. Priority mail is NOT guaranteed. Per your request, your order may be mailed out by USPS Express Mail, which is guaranteed delivery, for an additional fee.

For more information, please talk to your broker!

Until next time!

All Asia Cambridge Has Closed

July 26th, 2013

All Asia in Cambridge has closed as of July 26, 2013

As stated in our Scrip & Gift Certificate Policy, Certificates dated April 1, 2013 to July 26, 2013 may be returned for credit.

Scrip must be returned to New England Trade by September 1, 2013 for credit.

We apologize for any inconvenience. Call New England Trade 781-388-9200 if you have any questions.

Fat Cactus Randolph Location Closed

May 1st, 2013

Fat Cactus Randolph  has closed as of May 1, 2013

As stated in our Scrip & Gift Certificate Policy, Certificates dated February 1, 2013 to May 1, 2013 may be returned for credit.

Scrip must be returned to New England Trade by July 1, 2013 for credit.

We apologize for any inconvenience. Call New England Trade 781-388-9200 if you have any questions.

 

Please Note: Certificates are Valid at Fat Cactus in Lynnfield, MA