Just back from the NY Wholesale Expo at the Javits Convention Center in New York City. Having done wholesale merchandise shows in New York I realize the need for this wonderful regional show to connect wholesalers and east coast buyers and couldn’t be happier that the New York show tradition continues.
Over the last several years there has been a lot of changes in the merchandise shows around the country. There is a resurgence of regional shows that are doing very well across the country and while the shows bring in less traffic than the mega-shows in Las Vegas, they are quite important to the local regional markets.
One of the major changes for the NY Wholesale Expo was the creation of a 2-day trade show instead of the standard 3-4 days. This is unique and I have not seen this done before, so asked several of the wholesalers at the show how they felt about it. The response was overwhelming that as long as they got orders from the show, they were ecstatic about being able to compress 3-4 days into 2. And from what I was able to view at my day at the show, there was excellent order writing so I think most exhibitors were happy about the shortened show time.
Personally, on smaller regional shows, this new format is ideal for both the buyers and sellers. Having two days to explore the smaller show leaves plenty of time to view all of the merchandise as well as interact with the exhibitors. Being someone that drives in and uses the local lot for $50 a day, cutting a couple of days off the show can save money also!
Congratulations to the NYC Wholesale Expo for pioneering a new concept in shorter, more intense trade shows and for continuing to develop the New York City market, which we feel is one of the most viable in the USA!
What did you think about the show, or the new 2-day schedule. Blog with us!
August in Las Vegas – only 110 degrees, but as they say “dry heat!” Hot is hot and off we head to Las Vegas for the ASD Trade Show at the Las Vegas Convention Center. Forum Publishing will have booths at both the lobbies of Central Hall (near Registration) and upstairs at the South Hall exhibit hall entrance. We will have our current issue free for the taking as well as a display of our latest books and directories available for purchase.
We are looking forward to a well attended show and over the last year have found the show more well organized than ever which makes it quite helpful for the buyers. Having all of the booths at one convention center (although I miss Sands Expo) is a huge deal. Especially not having to ride the bus or taxi’s from one location to the other. More productivity means more time for the buyers. Hopefully they’ll use that extra time buying instead of at the blackjack tables.
We are packing to head off to Vegas on Saturday. Considering the airlines are complaining about business and profits – how come it cost me 700.00 to fly from JFK and I am in the seat all the way rear, adjacent to the toilets! It’ll be a fun flight for sure.
We will report back from the show and in the meantime invite readers to post their comments: pre – during and post show and share their thoughts on the show.
Updates of the show…Well, thanks to the generous airline I was able to “upgrade” my seat away from the toilets for just 79.00. What a deal! The day before the show when I went to set up our booth none of our freight could be found. This was a good three hour delay while the good folks at GES scrambled around to locate 5000 lbs. of freight. You would think it would be hard to misplace that much freight. With the freight found our booths were set up and I went back to crash at the Hilton. Sorry, LVH – they changed the name but should also consider changing the decor. Same old tired Hilton. Everything is so tired that they even shortened the name to LVH because it is less words to speak.
A wrap-up of the show: I think the summer show is a bit less attended than the winter one so we expected less of a turnout. In all, the show lived up to expectations and connected buyers with sellers and remains one of the premier trade shows for our industry. Earlier I longed for the days at Sands Expo and learned that the March 2013 will have the show at both the Sands and the South Halls of LVCC. Sands means Venetian hotel….just what I wanted to hear. It’ll be a great show.