Benefits and Services

Here are just a few of the benefits and services provided to members of the Southern Association of Wholesale Distributors (SAWD).

Representation and Advocacy

Lobbying on Industry Issues – Lobbying on industry issues nationally is handled by our National affiliate the American Wholesale Marketers Association. Our individual member states lobby on the state level. The role of the Southern in the legislative arena is one of support and political education. Through our faxed legislative updates to members we keep them informed of late-breaking legislative information from throughout the region. The Southern assists states in organizing grassroots efforts on behalf of the convenience products distribution industry.

Encrypted Tax Stamping – Prompted by the manufacturers of encrypted or “digital” tax stamping equipment, various state legislatures around the country are dealing with the issue of changing the manner in which tax stamps are applied to cigarettes. The Southern is on the leading edge of this issue and has prepared a “white paper” outlining the major issues states need to consider. For the latest information on this topic, contact us at 770-932-3263.

 is a tremendous resource for stakeholders to understand and fight proposed tobacco tax increases.

Professional Development

SAWD offers top-notch seminars and educational events throughout the year. Centering around the distribution of convenience products, these seminars are geared with the distribution channel in mind. Most seminars are inexpensively priced and some are free!

Member Services

Member management services for assistance with applications and payments. 
Member communications on upcoming deadlines, resources and events. 
Meeting registration management throughout the year. 
Development and distribution of the Southern’s Annual Meeting Magazine. The Annual Magazine is published once a year and is distributed to all wholesale distributors in the region. The magazine features information about the annual meeting, as well as informative articles by and about members. For advertising information, please fill out the appropriate form (PDF file):