The Massachusetts Package Stores Association is a not-for-profit association dedicated to serving the needs of the retail package store owners of the Commonwealth. The Association's mission is to provide services to members that are not available to them as individuals and to use the collective strength of its membership. Our motto; Strength in Unity. MassPack provides its members with a full time lobbyist for legislative and governmental issues, legal information, educational services and member benefit programs such as Workers Compensation and Health Insurance. In addition we offer a number of discount programs to help cut costs. Our membership is made up of family or independently-owned, and operated alcohol beverage retailers of Massachusetts.
To our Associate Members, please contact our office at (800) 322-1383 if you would like to advertise your business on our website.
About the Massachusetts Package Stores Association, Inc.
The Massachusetts Package Stores Association (Masspack) was founded in 1942 for the following purposes:
- To protect the interests of the independent package store owners of Massachusetts in all matters of concern.
- To furnish the membership with information and advice concerning matters relevant to the beverage alcohol industry.
- To provide the membership with various meetings, seminars, and other functions so as to promote discussion of matters concerning their personal welfare and ·the welfare of the entire liquor industry.
- To educate the membership to higher business standards and practices.
- To promote pending pieces of legislation and regulation which would improve business methods and the economic climate of the industry, and to oppose such legislation which would prove to be detrimental to the public, the retailers, or the beverage alcohol industry as a whole.
The Massachusetts Package Stores Association maintains full time lobbyists in Boston to oversee the progress of legislation, and it maintains an executive director and office staff to schedule meetings, seminars, and trade shows and to communicate with the membership on a regular basis. A working board of directors made up of liquor store owners throughout the state meets regularly to decide on necessary policies and procedures.
Masspack offers many other features and benefits to its members. Included are reduced registration rates to seminars and server-training sessions, programs offering substantial discounts on paper and office products and electronic ID checking equipment, discounted credit and debit card services, as well as various insurance programs offering reduced premiums and/or dividends.
Membership in Masspack is figured on an annual basis, and is renewable each year in January. Both regular and associate memberships are available. Member dues are $295 annually. Associate member dues vary, depending on the nature and size of the prospective member's business.
In order to receive membership information and an application; or for information on current pending legislation, scheduled server-training seminars, or our annual trade show, please contact our offices by mail, telephone, fax or email. Also, members who provide us with their updated email information will receive regular, updated memos and information.
Frank Anzalotti, Executive Director
MASSACHUSETTS PACKAGE STORES ASSOCIATION
SEAN BARRY - FOUR SEASONS PACKAGE STORE, HADLEY
BUDDY CARP - DEBUCA'S WINE & LIQUORS, RAYNHAM
ROBERT SELBY - KAPPY’S, EVERETT
JOE SAIA - W CONCORD LIQUORS, CONCORD
JACK CHISHOLM – CHEBACCO LIQUOR MART, ESSEX
ARMEN DERDERIAN - A&B LIQUORS, METHUEN
SHARON SORCENELLI - CEDARVILLE WINE & SPIRITS, PLYMOUTH
FRANK ANZALOTTI, MASSPACK OFFICE (413) 736-6164
JEFFREY CANANE – JAN’S PACKAGE STORE, CHERRY VALLEY
DONALD COREY, JR. - MARSHFIELD BLANCHARDS, MARSHFIELD
CHRISTOPHER GASBARRO - GASBARRO'S SEEKONK LIQUORS, SEEKONK
CYNTHIA NEWELL - GREENWOOD WINE & SPIRITS, WAKEFIELD
RICHARD HURLEY - CANTERBURY WINE & SPIRITS, SANDWICH
CHUCK LYNCH – LYNCH PACKAGE STORE, UXBRIDGE
RON MALONEY - JULIO’S LIQUORS, WESTBORO
JAY PATEL - POWERS LIQUORS, LOWELL
JACK PENDERGAST – CAPE COD PACKAGE STORE, CENTERVILLE
RAJMINDER SAINI – SHOP-N-SAVE LIQUORS, QUINCY
BEN WEINER – SAV-MOR LIQUORS, SOMERVILLE
DAVID WNUKOWSKI – DOUGLAS VILLAGE PACKAGE STORE, E. DOUGLAS
LOBBYIST/COUNSEL – ROGER DONOGHUE, TARA O’DONNELL DONOGHUE, BARRETT & SINGAL, BOSTON
JACK CATEN(retired) – TOWNSEND PACKAGE STORE, TOWNSEND
JOHN HARRINGTON – HARRINGTON WINE AND LIQUORS, CHELMSFORD
BURT MILLER – BROOKLINE LIQUOR MART, ALLSTON
Massachusetts Package Store Association
181 Park Ave., Suite 5
West Springfield, MA 01089
Phone: (413) 736-6164 Fax: (413) 736-5880
Frank Anzalotti, Executive Director
Robyn Seymour, Executive Assistant
Lynn Hansen, Administrative Assistant
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Why Join the Massachusetts Package Stores Association?
Strength in Unity
No one of us is as strong as all of us. Together, our voice is strong.
What Benefits are Available if I become a MassPack Member?
We have a strong voice and excellent reputation on Beacon Hill… Our Association maintains an employment contract with the most highly rated lobbying firm in Boston. Through their efforts, along with the assistance of the Executive Director, we are able to effectively communicate our point of view and that of our membership on all pending legislation, both in-state and on the federal level.
You can save some of your hard earned money… Many programs and saving are available through our association and its partners. By participating in even just one of these programs, Members can save 2, 3 or even 4 times their membership fee. Here are just a few programs you can save as a member:
- By purchasing your workers’ compensation insurance through our Self-Insurance Group with First Cardinal Comp, your up-front premium discount and return of dividend can total as much as 40-50% each year!
- You can choose from several fairly-priced health insurance options when purchasing from our agency of choice, Association Benefits Insurance Agency (ABI).
- You can save as much as 10% when you upgrade or purchase your security system from Black Lab Alarm Co.
- You can save significant money on goods and services when you register as a MassPack member. These include:
- Paper products and paper bags from WB Mason
- Gourmet foods and artisanal cheeses from Sid Wainer & Son
- Electricity supply from Glacial Energy, where allowable
- You will pay the lowest server training rates through our program, Beverage Alcohol Training
The Massachusetts Package Stores Association is an organization representing the hundreds of independently-owned retail liquor stores across the state. The Board of Directors are also owner/operators of liquor stores. Like you, we are subjected to the daily challenges of operating a business – insurance availability, wage, labor and tax issues, etc. We also face the challenge of preventing illegal sales and maintaining a positive public image. Your membership demonstrates your belief that the beverage alcohol industry, through its retailers, provides many positive benefits to our society.
Please refer to the attached application for an explanation of Associate Membership levels. Once you have selected your level of membership you will then have the exclusive right to advertise in our newsletter and/or place a banner or link on our website (www.masspack.org). Please click here: Associate Membership Application.
Your Associate Membership provides the following benefits your business and supports our industry:
Benefits to the Industry:
As an Associate Member, you will be publicly demonstrating your support for the Massachusetts package store industry. You will assist us in providing strong, effective representation for the industry to our elected officials in Boston and Washington, DC.
Benefits to you:
- A one-year subscription to the MassPack Newsletter, a monthly publication which will keep you informed of developments in the industry.
- Eligibility for enrollment in our Workers’ Compensation Insurance Group. All associate members, not just industry businesses, qualify for enrollment. For the past twenty years, group members have been realizing significant, up-front premium discounts, along with return dividends based upon our excellent loss ratio. Some are saving as much as 50% of their total premiums…..you can save too!
- Recognition of your company in our newsletters, at our Annual Trade Show, and at any other association-sponsored functions throughout the year. We are pleased to announce to our retail members on a regular basis who our Associate Members are and encourage them to support these businesses as well.
- The exclusive right to advertise in our newsletters belongs to Associate Members, only. You must reserve space ahead of time and provide us with 250 printed copies of a 1 or 2 sided single-page insert (8.5” x 11”). We will have your ad inserted in the newsletter and mailed to members electing traditional mail. In addition, we will email 600+ electronic versions to our Membership AND have your ad displayed for one month on the MassPack website. The fee of $250.00 for these services must accompany the insert.
Click here to view a full list of 2014 Associate Members.
THE MASSACHUSETTS PACKAGE STORES ASSOCIATION
...acknowledges those suppliers who have shown their support
for the package store industry in Massachusetts by becoming one of the...
2014 ASSOCIATE MEMBERS
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Group Health Insurance
Group Health Insurance now Available for Small Business Owners
The Massachusetts Package Stores Association is proud to introduce a new and exciting benefit. The partnership that brings you our very successful workers’ compensation program has formed the Retailers Association of Massachusetts Health Insurance Cooperative (RAMHIC), a cafeteria style offering of health insurance plans at group rates. Plans have been available since April 1st of 2012. These initial plans being offered have been presented to us through the Fallon Triple Network Plan and the Fallon Community Health Plan/Steward Community Care Network. In addition to the Fallon plans we now offer Blue Cross/Blue Shield plans.
For more information on the various plans or to apply for the Health Insurance Cooperative, please click on the following link: RAMHIC Information
Please contact the MassPack office at (800) 322-1383 for further information on obtaining a quote.
Group Dental Insurance NOW Available
The Massachusetts Package Store Association now offers dental insurance at group rates to its members
The Massachusetts Package Stores Association is pleased to announce that it has entered into an agreement with DMS Dental (Altus Dental) to provide package store owners and their eligible employees a reasonably priced dental plan. Entry into this plan is only available to stores whose MassPack membership is current.
Click below for the following forms:
If the above does not give you sufficient information, please feel free to contact DMS Dental at (800) 456-8715. When you are ready to enroll, please complete the forms and send them to MassPack, 181 Park Ave., Suite 5, W Springfield, MA 01089 and we will expedite the processing of your plan.
Massachusetts Workers’ Compensation
For the past twenty years, group members have been realizing significant, up-front premium discounts along with return dividends based upon our excellent loss ratio. Some are saving as much as 50% of their total premiums…you can save too!
Massachusetts Retail Merchants
Workers Compensation Group, Inc.
Organized and Sponsored by
Retailers Association of Massachusetts
Massachusetts Package Stores Association Inc.
- 3,800 members strong and growing
- Serving package stores in MA since 1991
- Over $50 million in dividends to participants
- Superior claims and customer service
- No expense constant and a savings of 5% on DIA
- A rated reinsurance protection
You may call Cove Risk direct at 1-800-790-8877 or, if you would like to be referred to an agent, contact the Mass Pack office at 1-800-322-1383 for a list of referrals.
MassPack 2014 Member
Your 2014 membership gives you access to new, cost-saving pricing programs as part of our MassPack Marketplace. Only MassPack members in good standing are able to receive these special offers from these vendors. Some of our programs include:
- First Data merchant processing rate of .039 per transaction plus the Interchange rate… no monthly fees, no batch header fees, etc. We challenge you to find a better rate with no hidden fees. Contact Suzanne Briller at 508-320-4719.
- W.B. Mason offers two programs; a paper bag program with unbeatable prices and an office supply program with contract pricing customized to your purchasing needs. Get one of your bag invoices ready and give them a call for a price comparison. Contact 1-888-WB-MASON (888-926-2766).
- Sid Wainer offers a specialty food program with contract pricing for those members looking to add a new profit center in their store. Contact Jana at 800-423-8333.
- Glacial Energy offers a money-saving energy program… Up to 20% savings, easy enrollment & flexible terms. Contact Stephen Zeitler at 978-407-9920
In addition to these new programs, your membership also gives you access to existing programs such as our very successful Worker’s Compensation Insurance through CoveRisk, and our Group Health Insurance Cooperative with our partner RAM.
We are confident the savings and benefits our members receive by utilizing these programs far exceed the cost of membership. If you aren’t doing so already, please contact the above vendors or our office for more information on how you should be SAVING money with your MassPack Membership. We can be reached at (800) 322-1383.
MassPack would like to thank all those who support the industry by becoming Associate Members. Please CLICK HERE to view a full list of our 2014 Associate Members.
MassPack is pleased to offer Affiliate Programs & Discount pricing in the following categories:
Members may contact us for vendor referrals in any of these areas.
MASSPACK TRADE SHOW 2013
We would like to thank all those who participated in this year’s Trade Show by exhibiting, advertising or sponsorship. It is with their support that our association can continue to grow and strengthen. Please click here to view a list of the show exhibitors and sponsors: SHOW SUPPORTERS LINK
Also, thank you to all of our retailers who took time out of their busy day to attend the show or allowed their managers and employees to attend.
MARK YOUR CALENDARS & SAVE THE DATE...
Next year’s Trade Show will be held Wednesday, October 15, 2014.
We hope to see you there!
Annual Meeting of the Membership
November 13, 2013 – 10:00am
Best Western/ Royal Plaza Hotel, Marlboro, MA
For more information or if you plan to attend, please contact the MassPack office at (800) 322-1383.
MassPack Trade Show
Wednesday, October 15, 2014
Save the Date!
Board of Directors Meetings
All of our Board Meetings are open to Members of the Association.
If you are interested in attending a meeting,
please contact our office in advance to get the specific details
and so that we may ensure proper seating is available.
Below you will find a list of dates for 2013 scheduled Board Meetings:
Feb. 6th, April 10th, June 5th, Sept. 11th, Nov. 13th, & Dec. 11th
Tobacco Excise Tax Increase Beginning July 31st
As part of the newly passed tax package, cigarettes, cigars and other tobacco products were subjected to a significant tax increase as of July 31st.
Below we have provided a link to the MA Department of Revenue tax increase notice and information, as well as the form CIN (The Cigarette Inventory Tax Return).
You were required to complete your inventory and CIN form as of July 30th. Payment of the calculated inventory tax must be remitted with form CIN by Aug. 20, 2013.
Also, be advised you were required to increase the retail cost of your tobacco products as of July 31st. If you have questions about your responsibilities you should contact your tobacco wholesaler and/or the DOR Tobacco Excise Unit at (617) 887-5090.
Massachusetts: Mayors Behind Push for Greater Local Control of Alcohol Licenses
Source: Dorchester Reporter, Colleen Quinn, State House News Service
Aug. 19, 2013
A Boston city councilor and three mayors are pushing to overturn the state's "antiquated" liquor license law by lifting caps and wrestling control away from the state to give it to local communities.(CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE)
TIPS Alcohol Training Program Launches ID Verification App
Source: Health Communications, Inc.
August 20, 2013
Health Communications, Inc., providers of the TIPS (Training for Intervention Procedures) Program, today announced the release of the TIPS Mobile ID Guide. As part of TIPS training, participants learn to verify the authenticity of an ID, a task that has become more challenging as fake IDs have become more sophisticated.(CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE)
Responsible Retailing Forum (RRF) launches the “Massachusetts Responsible Retailing Program”
MassPack supports the Responsible Retailing Forum (RRF) in its launch of the Massachusetts Responsible Retailing Program. The Massachusetts Responsible Retailing Program provides alcohol sales licensees with resources to prevent underage sales, including feedback by legal-age Mystery Shoppers on actual staff ID-checking conduct. The RRForum program--which has been developed with support from distillers, brewers, distributors and American Beverage Licensees and a Small Business Innovation Research award from the National Institutes of Health--was pilot-tested by MassPack members in a one-year pilot program and is now being rolled out as a statewide program.
For information on the program and its benefits or to enroll in the Massachusetts Responsible Retailing Program, click on the link(s) below:
Restrictions on the Use of Electronic Benefits (EBT) Cards
The MA Department of Transitional Assistance has created signage that you may post in your stores. This signage explains the prohibited products and highlights the penalties that can be suffered by card users and retailers for violating these prohibitions. You can view and print these signs for your use by visiting the DTA website (www.mass.gov/dta/retailers). For your convenience here are the direct links to the signs:
Member Alert: Changes to Bottle Bill Redemption Fees
The Mass Department of Environmental Protection has issued a Regulatory Change Advisory with Provisions for Recycling Beverage Containers.
To read the full advisory which was issued on July 3rd, please CLICK HERE.
INDIVIDUALS CERTIFIED IN 2011 MUST BE RE-CERTIFIED IN 2014
Beverage Alcohol Training (BAT)
Massachusetts Package Stores Association
Your Chance to Train Your Staff for Safe and Legal Alcohol Sales
Now that we have entered a period of increased social awareness, we find the need to make changes in the way we operate our businesses. Business practices have changed and new attitudes have emerged. One of the attitude changes which impacts retailers is the urgency to eliminate illegal sales and to keep alcohol out of the hands of underage persons. If you fail to do so, you potentially face severe criminal and civil penalties - penalties which could cost you your business.
To help protect you, MassPack provides a Beverage Alcohol Training (BAT) program for package store employees as an education and certification tool. Our seminars provide training in many very important areas, i.e., recognizing fake and altered ID’s, handling intoxicated and problem customers, and preventing sales to legal customers who are buying for underage people. Each seminar also provides ample time for student interaction and testing for certification. The three-year certification will satisfy the requirements of any local authorities, and may save you a great deal of money on liability insurance.
The Association offers “BAT” trainings throughout the state in both the spring and fall. We have recently completed our spring schedule and will post a new schedule of the fall training dates and locations by this September.
As MassPack members, you are able to take advantage of reduced rates to attend or send your employees to the trainings. Do not hesitate to call our Office (800-322-1383) if you have questions or need further information.
Wishing you good health, prosperity, and business success in 2014!