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NGCOA Offers Members Significant Discounts On Shipping through
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Logistics Management Company Is Latest Smart Buy Supplier

The NGCOA announced an agreement with PartnerShip®, a leading third-party logistics management provider, to reduce NGCOA members' shipping costs. The program offers discounts on inbound and outbound shipments. PartnerShip's program discounts are available without charge to association members shipping domestic and international shipments through FedEx®, as well as on less-than-truckload (LTL) freight shipments arranged through PartnerShip Select Services® - a comprehensive LTL freight-only service.

"Shipping costs can really mount up for golf facilities, especially those that receive numerous inbound shipments," said Mike Hughes, NGCOA CEO. "This program has the potential to provide dramatic savings for our members."

PartnerShip, a new NGCOA Smart Buy supplier, is the industry leader in developing and managing shipping programs for trade associations and other industry organizations. Relationships with more than 60 national trade associations allow PartnerShip to pass along deep discounts from carriers to participating organizations and their members.

Golf courses routinely receive shipments of equipment and apparel that include shipping and handling charges from manufacturers and suppliers, according to Harry Centa, program manager for PartnerShip. "Shipping charges have become an added profit center for many manufacturers, and overpaying for shipping costs cuts directly into owners' and operators' profit margins," Centa said. "Now, instead of suppliers adding shipping costs on their invoices, owners and operators can be billed at their NGCOA negotiated rates through the PartnerShip program. Using PartnerShip's Inbound Shipping Management tools, including customized routing instructions to manage shipments, owners and operators will save money and increase profits."

NGCOA members enrolled in the program save up to 29 percent* on select FedEx Express® services, up to 20 percent on select FedEx Ground® services, up to 10 percent on select FedEx Home Delivery® services, and a minimum of 68 percent on LTL freight shipments arranged through PartnerShip Select Services. PartnerShip Select Services is a complimentary customized LTL freight logistics management program that features a full menu of LTL freight carriers, no minimum shipping requirements, direct billing from PartnerShip and dedicated account representatives.

There is no cost for NGCOA members to enroll in the NGCOA Discount Shipping Program. To enroll go to www.PartnerShip.com/80NGCOA.

* Includes a bonus 5 percent online processing discount. Full details available at www.PartnerShip.com/80NGCOA/discounts.asp

About PartnerShip
PartnerShip, an independent third-party shipping provider, based in Oberlin, Ohio develops discounted shipping programs for association members by delivering customized shipping solutions to more than 16,500 businesses nationwide through agreements with more than 60 national trade associations and established carriers. Since 1989, PartnerShip has been recognized as the industry leader in helping small and mid-sized businesses reduce shipping costs.

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