Whatever your role in the supply chain retailer, supplier, wholesaler, marketer, distributor you will find value in the top-notch education, daily networking events and hundreds of innovative suppliers. The State of the Consumer. It doesn't matter what ethnicity they are or where they are from, these new store owners are in our channel and we support the channel. But I think you're seeing these groups start now because people realize more and more how beneficial it is to start an association. In addition to the Asian American associations, Davis said there are other groups with similar missions, including several Muslim groups. Although the buying groups are referred to as Asian American store associations, all three of the regional associations CSNews Online interviewed stressed that an individual does not need to be of Indian or Asian descent to join the group. We want to show the retailers how they can be more profitable at their stores.