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How to Maintain Balance between Inventory Investment and Profit

Inventory Management

Maintaining a balance between inventory investment and profit can be challenging. If you stock too much inventory, your profits can dip. Too little and you might miss a sale. Ideally you maintain a smaller inventory but have a more frequent delivery schedule. This is where FedEx and the AWSI Freight Savings Plan can help.


FedEx offers day-definite shipping with FedEx Ground, backed by a money-back guarantee.* If the package is not delivered on the standard scheduled delivery day, you can request a refund or credit of your shipping charges. FedEx Ground service maps make it easy to plan inbound shipments so that you can stock only the amount of goods you require and plan delivery to suit your needs.


As an AWSI member, you can save up to 25% on select inbound FedEx Ground® shipments. Just sign up for the AWSI Freight Savings Plan. Enrollment is free, quick and easy. If you have questions or need help routing your inbound shipments, call Siriani at 1.800.554.0005.


*The FedEx Ground money-back guarantee applies to deliveries within the U.S. and to brokerage-inclusive shipments to Canada. Restrictions apply. For details, see the FedEx Ground Tariff.


For eligible FedEx® services and rates, contact your freight savings program provider, Siriani & Associates. All FedEx shipments are subject to the applicable FedEx Service Guide. FedEx service marks used by permission.


Great savings offered for AWSI Members on Father's Day Shipping


AWSI Freight Savings Plan

Valued AWSI Members, 

Please follow the link here to take advantage of FedEx shipping discounts for you.


Manage Your Time and Strengthen Customer Loyalty 

When you’re expecting a shipment, it helps to know when it will arrive. You can organize your staff, manage your time and keep your customers informed.  The more your customers know about the status of a shipment, the more confident they feel about you and your service.

See how easy it can be to keep track of all your shipments—and keep your customers more satisfied—with the new FedEx Tracking. FedEx Tracking offers unparalleled insight into where your package is, when it’s scheduled to arrive, and any events along the way. It’s easy to use and offers 24/7 access to information about your shipments.

You can now track the status of FedEx Express®, FedEx Ground®, FedEx Home Delivery® and FedEx Freight® less-than-truckload (LTL) shipments all from one convenient place. You also have the option to see your shipments in list view or calendar view, nickname shipments and create watchlists for important shipments.

As an AWSI member, you can save up to 26% on select FedEx Express shipments and up to 25% on select FedEx Ground shipments. Substantial discounts are also available on select FedEx Freight shipments. Join the free AWSI Freight Savings Plan and start saving! If you have questions or need help with tracking, call Siriani at 1.800.554.0005. 

For eligible FedEx® services and rates, contact your freight savings program provider, Siriani & Associates. FedEx Express discount includes a 5% discount for creating shipping labels for eligible FedEx Express® shipments using FedEx Ship Manager® at fedex.com or other approved FedEx® electronic shipping solutions. All FedEx shipments are subject to the applicable FedEx Service Guide or FXF 100 Series Rules Tariff. FedEx service marks used by permission.


Pismo Beach Kitexpo 2013

2013 Schedule:

April 11: Winemaker’s Dinner/Kinsley’s Birthday Giuseppe’s Italian Restaurant, Pismo Beach, CA. Seating is limited to 80 people. Email marina@thekiteboarder.com to get on the list. We have organized an amazing winemaker’s fundraiser dinner the evening of April 11 with 91 to 93 point pinots courtesy of Tudor Wines. Cost is $85/pp and space is limited. This dinner will be held at the best Italian restaurant in the county starting at 7 pm with meat, vegetarian, and paleo options. Every attendee will get a raffle ticket for the chance to win two delectable bottles of Tudor Pinot Noir and four Tudor wine glasses valued at $140.

April 12-14: SUP demos 9:30 am to 12:00 pm (or whenever wind starts blowing!), Kite demos 12 pm to 5 pm.

April 13: Hawaiian-style BBQ courtesy of Maui Mike and the Lujan family followed by a bonfire on the beach, tunes, and fire dancing courtesy of Rachel and Grom of Best Kiteboarding/Pro Leezure. Musicians welcome!

Join us on the beach for:

  • Trainer kite area for those interested in getting into the sport. For those wanting to get continue with lessons, California Kiteboarding is offering free t-shirt with lesson and IKO Instructor James Ropner is offering to donate 50% of lesson costs back to the ThomasWong donation fund.
  • Pro rider clinics in the works!
  • Killer raffle and silent auction items/prizes including a brand new Best Cabo wave kite, $1000 credit toward Vela holiday of your choice, custom board from NE Wind Italy and more!
  • New layout adds buffer zone on either side of every two brands for more launching/landing room
  • 10% discount at Sea Venture Hotel in Pismo Beach when you mention Kitexpo. This is an awesome property located directly on the beach by the pier with on site restaurant, walking distance to restaurants/bars and private jacuzzi on each deck when you mention Kitexpo
  • $99 king bed room special offered by Oxford Suites when you mention KiteXpo
  • Litewave Dave has two rooms available in killer beach house for $100 pp/night. Emailinfo@litewavedesigns.com
  • Got family or a group? Contact www.coastalvacations.net and ask for Bille
  • For other lodging options see www.classiccalifornia.com


Airush – Axis Kiteboarding – Best – Core – Dakine – F.One – Gaastra – Liquid Force – Litewave Designs – Loyd Surfboards – Manera Acccesories – Mystic – North – Ocean Helmets and Sunglasses – Peter Lynn – RRD – Slingshot – Xenon Kiteboards


Raffle drawings will be held at BBQ on Sat and sometime on Sunday depending on wind. Winners must be present to claim prizes (we will have list of Sat raffle winners available on Sunday. If prize is not claimed by the time Sunday raffle begins, it will go back into the mix!). Silent auction date TBD. So far, we have over $10K in prizes to giveaway or auction!

Special thanks and appreciation to the following sponsors for stepping up with $500 or more value items!

Axis Kiteboarding – Best – Gaastra USA- Dakine – Kurtis Surf Googles and Sunglasses – Litewave Designs – Loyd Surfboards – NE Wind – Overthewavesdesigns.com – Patagonia – Tudor Wines – Vela Kitesurf

Interested in donating something toward the ThomasWong raffle fundraiser? Emailmarina@thekiteboarder.com