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  S-CUBE Honored with Merriman Above & Beyond Award at Shop! Awards

Chicago, IL (September 10, 2015) — (March 30, 2018) – S-CUBE announced that it was selected from among three finalists as the 2018 winner of the Merriman Above & Beyond Award. According to Shop!, The Merriman Above and Beyond Award named in honor of retired Shop! executive director Klein Merriman, recognizes perseverance and dedication to the customer experience. Books-A-Million, a retail bookstore with more than 260 locations in 32 states and an S-CUBE client for the past five years, nominated S-CUBE in recognition of outstanding customer service.

“We are proud to recognize our members who bring outstanding service to their customers,” said Steven A. Weiss, CAE, Shop! CEO. “Each year, the Merriman Above and Beyond Award winner surprises us with unique ways they are delivering extraordinary service to a customer. Their stories are inspiring and represent the best of our member companies.”

“S-CUBE is honored to be among the many outstanding vendors who have been recognized with this award through the years,” said Dustin Grenier, Sales Executive, S-CUBE, who accepted the award at the Shop! Awards celebration on March 28. “Addressing each and every customer need and developing the custom solutions to meet their unique challenges is what we pride ourselves in.”

Specifically S-CUBE was recognized for its success in cutting Books-A-Million’s costs in half and reducing its installation time by a week during their recent 2nd & Charles rollout. S-CUBE provided the design and development of several new fixtures and value engineered its entire store package resulting in price savings across all product categories.

“Over the past five years, we have significantly increased our business with S-CUBE as a direct result of the outstanding and value-added service, proactive communication, quality control, and attention to detail they provide to us every day,” said Daniel Warren, project manager for Books-A-Million. “It was costing us more and more to open stores, so we asked S-CUBE to value engineer many of our products, and they came back with a savings of almost 50%. S-CUBE earned this recognition.”

S-CUBE also managed Books-A-Million’s product delivery, facilitating the unloading and staging within the store. S-CUBE’s unique color-coding system made it simple to locate the appropriate fixtures from among the many boxes and skids, resulting in a smooth, expedited process. By implementing the S-CUBE system, Books-A-Million cut its install time by an average of one week.

“Throughout our meetings and weekly conference calls, they understood our business and what we were trying to accomplish,” said Warren. “S-CUBE is always trying to improve the processes we have in place even when we don’t ask them to.”


S-CUBE is the custom fixtures division of Specialty Store Services. To better service the unique needs of our custom program customers, we have launched S- CUBE as a distinct division from our continuing catalog business. This new structure provides dedicated staff experts in sales, project management, and engineering to better support the complex program requirements of custom fixture development, production, and distribution. Our unique business model enables us to deliver custom, semi-custom and in-stock solutions. Visit scubefixtures.com for more information.


Founded in 1917 as a street corner newsstand in Florence, Alabama, Books-A-Million, Inc. has grown to become the premier book retailing chain in the Southeastern United States, and the second largest book retailer in the nation. Based in Birmingham, Alabama, the company currently operates more than 260 stores in 32 states and the District of Columbia including 2nd & Charles, their resale chain. In addition to its primary retail component, the corporation includes a book wholesale and distribution subsidiary, American Wholesale Book Company, an e-commerce division operating as BOOKSAMILLION.COM, and an internet development and services company.

Shop! Association

The Shop! Above & Beyond Awards program, established in 2006 and renamed the “Merriman Above & Beyond Award” in 2014, acknowledges the outstanding levels of performance that Shop! members provide to their customers each year by recognizing members that have exceeded their customers’ expectations, and in some cases, made the impossible possible.

Shop! (shopassociation.org) is the global trade association dedicated to enhancing retail environments and experiences. Shop! represents more than 1,500 member companies worldwide from 30 countries. The association brings value to the global retail marketplace through our industry leadership, research programs, industry certification, education and networking events. Shop! produces the award-winning magazine, Retail Environments, offering business-focused content to retailers, brands, designers and suppliers throughout the industry.

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