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30 Trade Show Exhibit Conspiracies
- Your inbound freight arrives late to show.
- Dealing with lost or misplaced crates/ cases.
- There is no electrical laid in the booth.
- Electrical was not ordered for the booth.
- Too little electrical was ordered for the booth.
- No carpet order on file at desk.
- No carpet order was submitted to the General Contractor by you or your display house.
- Your shipment arrives to your booth space, and there is damage.
- You’ve shipped your 42” HDTV monitors cross country in their original cardboard boxes.
- There are critical parts are missing from your exhibit structure.
- The wrong graphics were sent to the show; the proper graphics will arrive tomorrow.
- The last exhibit repack was unbelievably sloppy (or got incredibly bounced around during shipping to the show).
- Your exhibit system structure is a brand new booth, shipping directly from the manufacturer.
- No instructions or CADs are in the cases with the display.
- Incorrect booth orientation was provided to the I&D team.
- There was no booth orientation provided to the I&D company.
- There is a hostile GC / labor force.
- There are trust and communication issues between exhibitor personnel and their trade show coordinator (or display house sales rep, or their boss, etc.).
- Exhibitor personnel badmouths their exhibit house repeatedly.
- Exhibitor wants to “reconfigure” the booth during set-up.
- The AV vendor you’ve selected doesn’t “hang” stuff (they only “deliver” stuff).
- The exhibitor has decided during install that you want to add 2 more ??? (you name it).
- You (the Exhibitor) have neglected to mention anything about the Internet service you require.
- The exhibit “empties” are mis-delivered -- 4 aisles over from your booth space.
- One of your wood crates never makes it back from storage for the dismantle / repack.
- No pre-printed outbound labels were provided for your 51 piece shipment.
- No outbound freight carrier information of any kind has been provided to your I&D team.
- The extra “additional shipment” you put together at end of show (literature, unused giveaways, etc.) has not been communicated to your exhibit house or I&D contact.
- Tired of waiting for your empty cases to return, you decide to: a) walk back on the docks and look for your crates, and b) bribe the closest forklift driver to “get them” for you.
- The General Contractor forces your freight. Ouch!!!!!
Written by Chris Griffin. Chris is a 25 year trade show executive who specialized in exhibition logistics and U.S. labor relations. He is the President of Trade Show Supply and TS CREW, a company that provides installation & dismantle labor service, and exhibit rental solutions in over 20 U.S. cities.
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