WRLA Membership Benefits

NETWORK - connecting you within the LBM industry

The WRLA hosts and supports a variety of networking events throughout the year. Events include the annual WRLA Buying Show, three golf tournaments, NexGEN student activities, and many more! WRLA understands that business is built upon the strength of relationships and we are here to help our valued members connect to each other in meaningful ways. Each event provides a unique opportunity for you to connect with your customers and vendors.

All the services and activities in which the WRLA facilitate are for our paid, current WRLA Members only. Therefore, a company must be approved for WRLA Membership and in good standing to access our annual show and attend other events throughout the membership year.

WRLA Buying Show

Each year in January, the WRLA hosts our closed-show, for WRLA Members only. Suppliers, service providers, and retailers can network with each other whether on the show floor or at one of the special events hosted throughout the week. Our opening night event brings hundreds of LBM Industry professionals together in a fun, casual setting. This is an event you don't want to miss!

At the show, exhibitors (WRLA Associate and Affiliate Members) meet with retailers to showcase and sell their products. We encourage exhibitors to offer exclusive onsite deals and show specials for retailers.

Retailers have FREE unlimited entry to the show. This is considered a key membership benefit for WRLA Retail Members. Retailers can take advantage of special exclusive pricing and checkout the latest and greatest products to bring into their stores. In addition, there are always retailer incentives and draws for those who purchase at the show.

The Buying Show Live Stage is a platform for special guest speakers, new product demos, and product knowledge sessions. The WRLA Board of Directors invites all WRLA Members to attend the Annual General Meeting (AGM) which takes place during show hours. This is your chance as a WRLA Member to get involved and add value to your association and industry.

Golf Tournaments

The three annual golf tournaments held in each Prairie Province bring together hundreds of industry professionals for a fun-filled day of networking and business development. While you’re enjoying your game of golf, know that you’re also doing good as ALL profits made goes towards the WRLA Awards Program.

WRLA Memorial Golf Tournament

Annual Calgary Classic Golf Tournament

Kenosee Golf Tournament


The Yardstick - Industry News Magazine

Published six times a year – this magazine provides leading information on business practices, industry trends, innovative technology, arising legal and legislative issues, and new products and services that impact the building supply industry in the Prairies and Western Canada.

Toolbox eNewsletter

Direct to your inbox on the first and third Thursday of each month – this brief newsletter provides quick and current industry news, WRLA membership updates, and reminders for important deadlines. 

Annual Industry Directory & Product Source Guide

The most comprehensive information source available for the building supply industry. WRLA’s published Annual Industry Directory & Product Source Guide is a must-have year-round reference resource for retailers and vendors.

Each paid WRLA Member location receives one (1) complimentary published directory valued at $60 + GST. Just simply contact us if you and your team require more. We will invoice you at $60 + GST per each additional directory and send them directly to your office.

WRLA Member information is not distributed to non-WRLA Members nor sold to third-parties.

Free Career Opportunities Postings

WRLA Members can post unlimited Career Opportunities directly on the WRLA website – at no charge! Email Iris Chrol at irisc@wrla.org with your career posting to be included on the WRLA page. 

Industry Surveys

Surveys such as wage and salary, business conditions, banking, and others as needed by our members provide you with important, useful information to benchmark your company with others in the building supply industry.


EDUCATION/TRAINING – Professional development; excel in your role 

Educational Training

Education and training are key factors these days in hiring and retaining quality employees. It also increases your ROI. Keep your employees safe by registering them for CERVUS Operator Safety Training Courses.

Invest in your employees by registering them for WRLA Education Courses today!

• Manual Estimating LEVEL 1 (Decks & Garages)
• Manual Estimating LEVEL 2 (Residential Construction)
• Principles of Yard & Warehouse Operations

CLICK HERE to view our Education Course Calendar

WRLA Awards Program

Bursary and scholarship awards are available to university, college and technical students. Owners, employees, and dependents of member companies are eligible. Click here to learn more. 

Occupational Health and Safety Policy

This procedure manual is a guide and resource only. It may be a good idea to keep the attached file as your master template document to refer to after modification. The fields to insert your company name and information are underlined. Read the document carefully and modify accordingly to your specifications.

Procedure Manual Provincial References

Retail Job Description Handbook

The WRLA has developed a list of job descriptions specific to the building supply industry composed from various sources to assist store owners and managers. This is a guide and resource for members that can be developed and tailored for specific purposes.

Click here to download the Handbook



GROUP INSURANCE PLANS - We've got you covered!

WRLA Group Property Insurance & WRLA Employee Insurance Benefit Plan

The WRLA gives you access to group property and employee benefit plans. WRLA understands that small and medium businesses may not have the same buying power for optimal insurance plans as large corporations. Well-developed employee benefit plans are a key factor in attracting and retaining quality staff.   

No matter the size of your business, your WRLA membership gives you access to a variety of options for property and employee insurance benefit plans. 

Learn more about WRLA Group Property Insurance Plan and WRLA Employee Insurance Benefit Plan today!

Additional Insurance, Travel, and Communication Programs

In addition to the WRLA Group Property Insurance Plan and WRLA Group Employee Insurance Benefit Plan, current WRLA Members and their employees can also take advantage of these cost-saving benefit programs offered through HUB International:

• Car rental hotels and vacation savings
• Home savings
• Health savings
• Additional insurance and related services

Perks Program Details 

Like what you see? Want to see any other specific benefit programs? We want to know!
Contact Wynne Au, WRLA Member Services Manager WynneA@wrla.org to submit your feedback.

Deferred Profit Sharing Plan

Deferred Profit Sharing Plans permit employees to share in their company’s success through employer contributions. A tax saving strategy to better protect your business and reward your employees.

Brochure


DISCOUNTS & SPECIAL OFFERS – More for our members!

UPS

Make the most out of your WRLA membership and take advantage of some of the most competitive rates available on shipping services with the UPS Members Benefit Program. We’re excited to share this opportunity with you and enhance our members’ savings through UPS.

Small Packages Services

  • 40% off shipments within Canada
  • 30% off brokerage entry preparation fees
  • 40% off shipments to the US
  • 40% off shipments to worldwide destinations Automatic Daily Pickup - (weekly service charge waived)
  • 40% off imports into Canada UPS 
  • FREE UPS Pickup services
  • FREE UPS Access Point locations within Canada 

Freight Services

Savings start at 70% off heavyweight, LTL shipments Freight Collect 3rd Party Surcharge - (Surcharge waived)

Plus, UPS is committed to providing value that goes beyond cost and on-time delivery. Customized solutions and reliable services for shipping, tracking and billing drive greater efficiency and streamline internal processes. Put logistics to work for you. You can receive these discounts even if you already have a UPS account. It’s free to sign up and there are no minimum shipping requirements. To enroll and start saving, call 1-800-MEMBERS (1-800-636-2377), M-F, 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. EST

Visit: membersbenefitprogram.com/wrla to enroll today!  

Commercial Gas Cards - Petro-Canada SuperPass

High security cards offering choices between single/multi users, vehicle or station assigned cards. Offering discounts on gasoline and diesel credit card purchases, a graded-pricing system benefitting high volume users, flexible invoicing and payment options, and more!

WRLA Super Pass Application Form      WRLA PetroCan Super Pass Information


NRHA - North American Retail Hardware Association (NRHA) Training Program

The WRLA has partnered with the NRHA to provide Independent dealers in Western Canada added product knowledge and training courses. All courses are available online for employees to take according to their own schedules.

What you get with your NRHA Membership: As a member of the NRHA you have unlimited access to a number of valuable training and information resources provided through the members-only portion of NRHA.org. These include:

NRHA's Basic Training Series

NRHA's new Basic Training Course in Hardware Retailing and Basic Training Course in Building Materials Retailing are comprehensive product knowledge training programs that include coursework, testing, instant grading feedback and a complete progress report for each student enrolled from your business. You get a fully administered training program up and running with very little effort. And, best of all, you can train an unlimited number of students at no additional cost. These courses are designed to help both new and existing retail sales associates gain the confidence they need to be successful on the sales floor or out in the lumber yard.

NRHA's Basic Training Courses:

  • 11 Core Hardlines and 9 Building Materials Chapters
  • Product Photos and Descriptions
  • Frequently Asked Questions
  • Up-selling and Add-on Selling Techniques
  • Selling Skills
  • Merchandising Techniques

45-page Presentation: "How to get started with Product Knowledge Training in your Store"

www.nrha.org

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