The retail sector in Luxembourg continues to suffer very hard times with the closure of many wonderful businesses and many job losses. Many retail companies we have talked with have indicated they urgently need foot traffic into their stores and greater customer activity to survive.
Likewise, most companies throughout the Luxembourg economy are also struggling and the end result this year is lower profits and therefore less money available for salary increases and bonuses.
These difficult business circumstances have gotten us in AMCHAM wondering what can we do to help?
- How can AMCHAM help retail stores which don’t have money to advertise get more foot traffic and business into their establishments with customers motivated to buy?
- How can AMCHAM help companies cost effectively give an additional benefit to thank their employees for all they are doing during this difficult period when money for bonuses and pay raises is very limited?
- How can AMCHAM help employees get more purchasing power from their monthly salaries when their incomes are not growing?
After some serious brainstorming discussions amongst ourselves and with retail establishments, the AMCHAM.lu team has decided to launch an AMCHAM Member Benefits Club (AMBC) program. Our idea has been to invite high quality retailers and restaurants to become partners with AMCHAM (without paying any fees to AMCHAM) on condition these retail establishments and restaurants agree to give a minimum 10% discount to AMCHAM affiliated persons who show up with a personalized AMCHAM Member Benefits Club (AMBC) card. We have had a great response to this idea with over 120 high quality retailers and restaurants already signed up as partners and all agreeing to give at least a 10% Discount to our members. We hope to have many more good retailers and restaurants join us over time. If you know a good quality retail establishment or restaurant who would benefit from this program, please introduce them to us!
In turn, we have done an internal budget review and reprogramed funds to pay the cost for offering this program as a public service initiative to help/support the relaunch of the retail sector economy. We offer to AMCHAM member organizations a specific defined number of free MBC cards (with the number of free cards depending on the category of membership of the organization, and with the possibility to purchase additional cards for the rest of their employees along with cards for spouses/partners, at a very nominal cost of only 10 euro per card).
Please see the complete details on this program and how it will work in the other articles published in this Newsletter. If you are an employee of an AMCHAM member, please get your AMBC members card by having your company contact: firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org. If you and your company are not yet AMCHAM members, please first join AMCHAM by contacting: Daniel@amcham.lu, Jane@amcham.lu, Sonja@amcham.lu. If you need any help, contact us and we will help work things out!
We are only strong as a society and country if we are united and support one another. As we proudly say in Luxembourg: Let’s make it happen!
With respect and very best wishes,
Paul Michael Schonenberg
Chairman and CEO
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The purpose of this discount program is to create win-win deals for our members and our partners, together we can make the difference in rebuilding the economy in Luxembourg after a long period of lock-downs and online shopping.
- Members get immediate discounts in the partner shops
- Our partners get free publicity and new customers from a 6.000 affiliated membership base
- Our support to relaunch the economy in Luxembourg
It’s a pleasure to have you with us and helping the local businesses.
To find out more about our partners, please feel free to consult our site: https://www.amcham.lu/amcham-benefits-club/ where you can find all the partners participating by category.
To order a card please check with your HR department on how to obtain the card or email us at: MBC@amcham.lu.
The card is personal and non-transferable. It can also be asked for the partner of our members.
This is your opportunity to have full privilege of all the advantages this card offers the whole year round.
Every paid membership has a certain number of free cards:
- Chartered Members: 20 cards
- Corporate Members: 10 cards
- Small Entrepreneurial Companies: 5 cards
- Students, Senior, Micro Co, Affiliates: 2 cards
Additional cards for employees and their spouses can be ordered from Amcham for 10 Euros per card.
HOW TO BECOME A PARTNER:
Please sent us your contact details to Mbc@amcham.lu
- Name of the Partner-shop
- Owners name
- Mobile phone
- Discount offer you would like to make
How to Become a member: please click on the link below: https://www.amcham.lu/online-membership/
Friendly Quotes from some Partners, as to the significance of our Club
“It is such a tremendous pleasure to be part of this program and thank you so much for helping us to continue to develop our businesses in this difficult period. Thank you so much.”
“It is essential to have an actor like AMCHAM at this difficult time in order to help companies promote their brand image. A very big thank you to you for your support.”
“We are proud to be part of the AMCHAM Member Benefits Club-Program, the largest private Chamber of Commerce in Luxembourg! As the very first insurance company active in the Grand Duchy we are pleased to prove our 100 years experience and to offer exclusive and tailor-made services to the Luxembourg and the Greater Regions community.”
Katrin Maus, LALUX
“Thank you to AMCHAM Luxembourg for this initiative to promote our hotel, especially in these difficult times. We look forward to this collaboration which I hope will be fruitful. See you soon at the City Hotel Luxembourg! We look forward to welcoming you and making you discover our beautiful city ”
“L’Occitane en Provence would like to thank AMCHAM Luxembourg for its help during this difficult period. To mark this collaboration, it is with pleasure that we welcome all members in our stores.
“We are profoundly touched but the initiative of Amcham, in helping our small business to believe in these difficult times. Thanking you deep heartedly” Bonsai Flowers
WHO WE ARE :
The American Chamber of Commerce in Luxembourg (AMCHAM), is the largest private Chamber of Commerce in Luxembourg with over 350 members companies representing approximately 6000 employees, without counting their families in Luxembourg. Our companies are a melting pot of nationalities with 30% coming from the USA, 20% coming directly from Luxembourg origin and 50% affiliated with parent organizations Head-Quartered around the world. Principally English speaking, our companies and their employees represent considerable purchasing power, and all these companies and their employees are potential customers for your business.
AMCHAM has been in business in Luxembourg for 25 years and has developed a solid reputation for high quality service to its members and the broader society. We are primarily a business focused support organization which strives to ensure that Luxembourg remains an optimal European location for international businesses. We are a franchisee of the US Chamber of Commerce which gives us strong US connections, and a member of the Federation of American Chambers of Commerce in Europe which gives us a pan-European network. We have 13 Committee for various sectors of activities, normally put on 30 plus events a year and publish a digital newsletter weekly or more as needed. We have four principal activity streams: Networking to connect our members (In English) with each other or with the others in the Luxembourg ecosystem they should know; providing information on how Luxembourg works; problem solving to improve the business operational environment here in Luxembourg, and communicating with the government to lobby for the best interests of our members. We also publish an encyclopedic book every 5 years called Doing Business in Luxembourg, which is virtually a bible for understanding who to connect with and how to get things done in Luxembourg. Soon available in Russian and Mandarin in digital form.
Click on the link below to sign up for a membership: https://www.amcham.lu/online-membership/