Member Benefits

Learn about the financial and non-financial benefits of an N1 Buying Group Member.

Misconceptions Addressed

We address some of the most common misconceptions and FAQ about becoming a N1 Member.

Your Membership Benefits

Centralized negotiations on major product categories

N1 Supplier Partners are selected by the Members, for the Members. Product Committees will vet, and then vote on the key suppliers and product categories they will allow into the Group. Members will be encouraged to participate on the Supplier Committees to help pick the right suppliers for the group.

Confidential Rebates

Rebate programs have been established with all N1 Supplier Partners for our Members to earn rebates on their purchases through the Group. Rebates are paid out by the buying group periodically throughout the year, completely confidential to the Member and to the Supplier Partner. Pricing continues to be negotiated by each Member.

Ongoing Customer Service

N1 Buying Group provides ongoing customer service to all Members and Supplier Partners to provide:
• Program Training of payment/invoicing platforms
• General buying group inquiries
• Central Billing and invoicing assistance
• N1 website and marketing material inquiries
• Supplier Program questions

Central Billing for Improved Invoicing and Payment Processing

N1 Buying Group uses Central Billing technology to streamline the invoicing and payment processing. Central Billing consolidates the invoicing process for the Members to create efficiencies for both Members and Supplier Partners. N1 carries accounts receivable insurance on all Member purchases to N1 Supplier Partners, which allows guaranteed payment to Supplier Partners.

Only purchase through N1 when it makes sense for your business.

Members are encouraged, and rewarded, but are not required to switch all their purchases through to the Group's participating suppliers. At times, Members may be receiving better pricing or regional benefits on the same products available through a non-N1 Supplier Partner. At the end of the day, you must do what makes sense for your business!

Best Practices Sharing

There is a saying amongst buying groups, and it is that "Members may join for the financial benefits, but they stay for the networking benefits." The sharing of best practices is yet another benefit N1 provides to Members. An exclusive and personal environment where Members can discuss individual best practices in a friendly matter. Even if you are direct competitors. The confidence and comradery is strong within buying groups.

Access to a Forum of Top-Level Member & Supplier Executives

Many Members within buying groups develop close relationships with their fellow Members to a level where some become close friends. When networking and trading within N1, Members and Suppliers have direct relationships with owners, and other top-level executives.

Access to Industry Top-Tier Suppliers & Product Categories

Some of the industry's biggest names and brands are Supplier Partners with N1 Buying Group. Each have a confidential rebate program already in place for N1 Member purchases. Top suppliers in Primary Chemicals, Brushes, Car Wash Equipment, POS, Vacuum Systems, Water Reclaim, Towels, and more!

Improved Access and Understanding of Purchases

Each Member will have access to reports on purchases they have made through the N1 to track involvement and determine ways to maximize future rebates by changing their purchasing habits.

Exclusive Annual Meetings & Events

Annual General Meeting - Members meeting to discuss industry trends, educational forum, group development, and a post networking dinner with Members and N1 Supplier Partners.

Car Wash Start-up Expertise

For those Members growing their businesses, N1 Buying Group has access to a collection of experts for best practices in developing or opening a new car wash facility.

Improved Payment Terms

With negotiated programs and guaranteed payments to suppliers, Members may receive improved payment terms through N1.

Why Join Now vs Later?

In this ever-changing world of corporate consolidation, private equity buyouts and the loss of the personal touch to business, N1 Buying Group believes in working to keep independent businesses independent by working together to compete on a much higher level, all without compromising your independence.

Video: Don’s Carwash shares why his family business joined the N1 Buying Group

How the Group Works

Member Purchasing Process

Members still negotiate their own prices with every N1 Supplier Partner. Rebates earned by the group are in addition to any discounts the Member negotiates on its own with each supplier.

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Supplier Selection Process

Suppliers are recruited and asked to present a program to N1 Members during one of N1 Suppliers Selection Meetings.

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Supplier Program Negotiations

Every N1 Supplier Partner establishes a set of standard payment terms and a rebate program that they will offer to all members on their purchases.

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