Ready to show off (and sell) your products? Participating in a trade show is an excellent way to market yourself, but it requires a lot of planning and organizing and at least a little money. As you pull together all the materials you’ll need for your exhibit, and the costs add up, you may be looking for ways to lower the cost burden without lessening the opportunity.
Shipping your booth and materials to and from the show can be very expensive, especially if you use the official show carrier. There is no requirement to use the official carrier, and you stand to save a lot of money when you use a 3PL like FreightCenter to book your trade show freight shipping. What’s more, when you call on FreightCenter to take care of your trade show shipping, you’ll receive excellent service for a fraction of the cost. The key is competition, and FreightCenter is where top carriers compete for your business.
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And if you’re looking for a little trade show inspiration, the following show descriptions might interest you.
Trade Shows Everywhere!
No matter your business or pleasure, there’s a trade show for that. Technology darlings like COMDEX and CES immediately spring to mind, but there are also shows for fashionistas, pet lovers, toy resellers, designers, makers, foodies … From A-to-almost-Z, there’s a trade show for your industry.
Arts & Crafts
The Association for Creative Industries puts on an annual event for creative professionals, including manufacturers, retailers, designers, makers and educators, to learn, connect, and discover. Creativation offers up the latest trends in paper crafts, art materials, jewelry and bead supplies, sewing and textiles, woodworking, and leather and metal craft supplies; it’s also the chance to meet or be one of the service providers for small, medium and large retailers.
If beauty is your business, have we got a show … or two … for you. New York or Las Vegas: What’s your pleasure? The International Beauty Show happens every year in both cities and is open only to the trade. Each event features more than 100 educational classes, a show floor packed with products and tools from top beauty brands—offered at professionals-only prices—competitions, and jaw-dropping main stage performances.
Craft Brewing & Distilling
To the delight of connoisseurs, as well as the average consumer, brewpubs and boutique distilleries have taken hold in America and show no signs of slowing down.
For those in the craft brewing industry, BrewExpo America boasts more than 800 vendors showcasing the newest, best products in brewing and provides prime networking opportunities for buyers and exhibitors alike.
Craft distillers can get the latest on their industry at the ACSA Distillers Convention and Vendor Trade Show. Billing itself as “the largest gathering of licensed craft spirits producers in the U.S.,” attendees can hob-nob with their peers and sample the latest trends in distilling from top vendors.
Do you live and breathe women’s athleisure? Children’s shoes? Men’s suits? Or all of the above? Then you need a little MAGIC in your life. This all-encompassing marketplace convenes twice a year in Las Vegas to showcase the latest in apparel, footwear, accessories and manufacturing. Be part of the MAGIC.
Gourmet & Organic Foods
Let’s say quality food is your jam. And not only is it your cup of tea, it’s how you bring home the bacon. If you’re the big cheese at your foodie facility, these shows can help your business be the cream of the crop.
The Fancy Foods Show is offered twice a year, once in the winter and again in the summer. It focuses on gourmet products from hundreds of international exhibitors, alongside thousands of industry professionals. Discover new products, network with other vendors and peers, and see what’s trending in specialty foods.
The Natural Products Expo is also offered twice a year, once on the west coast and once on the east. It’s the place to be if your focus is on organic, naturally derived products. Connect with 20,000+ industry professionals and roughly 1,400 exhibitors to meet other like-minded people passionate about natural, GMO-free, organic foods and beverages.
Whether you’re a retailer or a manufacturer, if your business is furniture and housewares, you belong at the Dallas Total Home and Gift Market. Held four times a year (once every season), this is the place to sell or buy what’s on trend, not only in home décor, but also in the gift, gourmet, accessories and lighting markets.
Leisure & Attractions
If you take fun so seriously, you built a business around it, you’ll want to take part in the IAAPA Expo. The International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions caters to owners and purveyors of theme parks, family entertainment centers, museums, zoos, aquariums and more. Rub elbows with other vendors and trade professionals to keep current in the industry, buy or sell new products and services, and build your network.
The annual Invention & New Product Exposition (INPEX) calls itself “America’s Largest Invention Trade Show.” For more than 30 years, the show has been a way for inventors to exhibit their creations and connect with companies to license, market or manufacture their new product ideas. Innovators may also gain insight to intellectual property, prototyping and manufacturing.
Toys aren’t just fun and games … They’re big business, too. If you’re a registered “play professional,” the annual Toy Fair in New York City is not to be missed. Join more than 1,000 exhibitors, including manufacturers, distributors, and importers, showcasing more than 150,000 toy and entertainment products, and learn about the industry’s newest ideas and hottest trends.
If there’s an absolute truth in this world, it’s that people love their pets. And the growing pet industry can bank on it. Every year, the Global Pet Expo invites more than 1,000 international companies to display their latest and greatest products for every type of pet, including dogs, cats, reptiles and rodents. Here’s the chance to meet audiences from across all channels, from pet and big box superstores, to the mom-n-pops alike.