No one designs and builds better crates than Classic Exhibits. No one! Our custom wood crates are fabric-lined and jigged to ensure your booth ships safe and secure. And not just the first time. Every time.
The exhibit and crate come with detailed assembly and packing instructions to save you time during installation and dismantle. The crates are sized, divided, layered, and even the doors built to ensure maximum efficiency. Every crate is a little different because every project is different.
You’ve made an investment in a booth. The crate should do everything possible to protect that investment at the show, during transit, and even during storage. See the difference that attention to detail can make.
Since 1993, Classic Exhibits has been North America’s leading builder of quality trade show exhibits for professional exhibitors. Browse through 1500 contemporary displays or request a custom design personalized to your trade show marketing goals.
Find success on the trade show floor with an exhibit that reflects your marketing message… at a price that will make your CFO giddy. For more information, see http://www.classicexhibits.com.
Product launches can be terrifying, like our NEW SuperNova™ Tool-Less Lighboxes. Did we successfully communicate the features and benefits? Will customers embrace it? Will sales grow and how quickly?
Drum roll please…. To date, SuperNovasales have FAR exceeded our aggressive expectations. It’s the first (and only) tool-free solution without compromises in durability, strength, or assembly. And it’s just as strong as our previous version but 80% faster to set up.
Thank you for your orders and your feedback. It’s been pleasantly terror-free. See the video to learn more about SuperNova.
2020 Portable Modular Awards (PMA)
In 2014, Classic Exhibits and other manufacturers urged EXHIBITOR Magazine to recognize portable modular design. Which they did in 2015. Since then, we have been a sponsor and advocate for the Portable Modular Awards (PMA), including the People’s Choice Award.
Over the past 5 years, the PMA has continued to grow, and the award program has become a must attend event at EXHIBITORLIVE.
Best 10-by-10-Foot Exhibit
Best Fabric Exhibit – An exhibit comprising predominantly fabric components
Best Use of Graphics – Graphics for the entire exhibit and/or individual applications or purposes, such as info graphics, way-finding systems, product-display graphics, overhead-signage design, large-format graphics, etc.
Best In-Line Exhibit (10-by-20s, 10-by-30s, etc.)
Best International Design – An exhibit designed by a company outside of North America or an exhibit designed by a North American firm but launched at a show outside of North America.
Best Island Exhibit Less Than 600 Square Feet
Best Island Exhibit 600 to 1,000 Square Feet
Best Island Exhibit More Than 1,000 Square Feet
Best Reconfigurable Exhibit – An exhibit that can be reconfigured to accommodate various footprints, goals, shows, etc. Entrants must submit photos of the booth in at least two different configurations.
Best Rental Exhibit – A portable, modular, or system exhibit comprising predominantly rented components.
Best Tabletop Exhibit – Any exhibit construction (e.g., panel, modular, pop-up, briefcase, etc.) displayed atop a table measuring 10 feet or less in length.
Best Use of Technology – Innovative and effective use of technology within a portable/modular exhibit
We are finalizing our entries and encourage you to do the same, especially on any Classic-built projects. The early entry date is 9/27, but you can submit as late as 10/11. Let us know how we can assist you.
Special Podcast about Show Services, NAB, and Trends
In a 22-minute podcast, Sue Huff, Director of Global Conventions at Medtronic, discusses rising material handling costs, attendee demographics, the impact of show organizers on rates based on a presentation HCEAConnect.
Other topics include: NAB material handling model, exclusive and non-exclusive rates, how associations can help, and how to impact change.
At one point, Sue described how many days it would take a forklift driver to move one single crate based on the drayage rate. If the material handling rate is $135 per hundred weight, the cost for a single crate was $1,500. Applying the union workers’ wage of $47 per hour against the crate cost, it worked out to be 32 hours to move one crate or 4 days.
Listen NOW to hear the full interview and her analysis.
As you know, Classic Rental Solutions has an extensive rental inventory of standard and customized inlines, islands. and accessories. What you may not know is how often we fulfill funky rental requests, like large quantities of counters, monitor stands, lightboxes, and charging stations.
As a division of Classics, CRS can easily accommodate most
orders since the materials are “in-house” and not purchased from another
supplier. A few recent examples:
Over 40 Counters with Storage (multiple times)
45 Backlit Gravitee Counters
14 Double-sided Monitor Kiosks
18 Bistro Charging Tables
12 LED Lightboxes (varying sizes)
The Power of a Design and Designers
We’ve said this before, but it bears repeating. Other than price, the single biggest factor in closing an exhibit sale is the design and the designer.
When a Classic Designer has direct access to the end-user,
either as a Classic or a “Distributor Designer,” the closing percentage
jumps significantly (to around 75%).
Designers ask different questions and are more likely to hit
the mark on the first rendering when they participate in the discovery meeting.
Including them saves time, saves money, and results in more sales.
Everyone and everything has a story, including your trade show display. Many displays have seen things you haven’t, like the chaos of the marshaling area of a convention hall. You might want to listen to what your display has to say as you prepare for your next show.
My Crates Require a Hammer to Open or Close Them
Most exhibit houses build sturdy wood crates designed to withstand the abuse of shipping and material handling. But even the best crates don’t last forever. Bolts and wingnuts go missing, latches get bent, and doors and lids no longer fit without a little aggressive massage. Visually, your crate looks like it lost a street fight to a woodchipper.
You need to make a decision. If you plan to keep your exhibit for a while longer, then you should probably replace the crate(s). A new crate will ensure your exhibit has the best chance of surviving future shipments and drayage. Plus, if your exhibit has changed over time, the new packaging will be jigged to protect those extra components. No one, including the labor crew, likes to wrestle with a worn-out crate at the end of the show. It’s frustrating and eventually expensive.
My Instructions No Longer Match the Parts and Pieces
Very few exhibits remain the same over time. Graphics change, accessories are added, and broken and lost parts replaced. Your booth evolved as marketing plans change and that’s a good thing. However, with each change, the instructions no longer match the current design. Now, only one person knows how to assemble it.
This can’t continue. In most cases, your exhibit house can assemble the booth in their facility, check and replace any numbering, and print new graphics. If your exhibit house didn’t build it, then they will contact the manufacture for updated instructions based on their notes.
My Graphics are Dirty, Scratched, or Delaminating
Too often, we don’t see what others do. Think of those times someone pointed out a stain on your shirt/blouse that you didn’t see. Trade show graphics have a limited life, either because your message changes or they get damaged or dirty due to repeated handling. On the show floor, first impressions are always lasting impressions.
What’s with ALL the Extra Parts?
When the booth was new, there were no “extra” parts and pieces. Replacement parts, perhaps, but no extra ones. So what happened? The answer isn’t always straight-forward. If you’ve ever seen a booth that leans a bit or graphics that don’t fit perfectly, it’s usually because someone took a shortcut assembling the display. Which means, they didn’t bother reading the instructions.
Hey, the Rental Booth Across the Aisle Looks Better Than Me!
Admittedly, a rental exhibit from a reputable exhibit house should look indistinguishable from a new one. It may not have all the bells and whistles, or be totally custom, but it shouldn’t be the equivalent of a 1978 Chrysler Cordoba. When your exhibit pales in comparison to the rental exhibit across the aisle, it may be time to consider a display upgrade. And a rental just might be the right next step.
Why is My Disassembly and Repacking Such a Nightmare?
The show is over and you want to go to dinner, go to a bar, or simply go home. But, not yet. The exhibit has to be disassembled and repacked in the crate or case. That task can be straight-forward or a nightmare. There’s a good chance your dismantle team, whether the company’s employees or the hired I&D labor crew, may be unfamiliar with the repack.
Quality packing instructions and reusable packaging materials might be the single best investment you make in your exhibit. Not only will ensure that your exhibit looks good show after show, but it will also make the disassembly a stress-free. You’ll save money on labor, reduce damage, and ensure that no component gets left behind. Before you buy your exhibit, demand to see how the booth will be packed. And repacked. And repacked.
What’s with My Boring Flooring?
Flooring shouldn’t be an afterthought. It’s another opportunity for effective branding or creativity in your (very expensive) booth space. Some would say even more important than a hanging sign.
More than ever you have choices: an extra layer of carpet padding, foam tiles, printed graphics, or even raised wood flooring. Heck, some companies are using vinyl graphics on the concrete floor to create interesting and effective graphics. You don’t have to default to rented black or white carpet.
I’m Back in the Shop ONCE AGAIN? Repairs, Storage, and Turnkey Services
Storage and turnkey services are a given on nearly all large exhibits and most program clients. Most businesses don’t have room to store crates nor the time to inspect the exhibit before and after every show. At some point, however, those costs plus any ongoing repairs mean it’s time to consider a new exhibit.
You can minimize repairs and turnkey services by taking care of the exhibit at every stage. Storage fees are negotiable, depending on how much you store and how many other services you tap into at your exhibit house. And when it’s time to retire your display, then either sell it (via a used exhibit broker) or dispose of it. You would be surprised at how often companies continue to pay storage fees long after they no longer use the exhibit.
Still wondering what to do before your next show. Contact us. We’ll make sure you’re next show is successful, without a lot of backtalk from your exhibit.
Classic Exhibits Inc. designs and manufacturers portable, modular, hybrid, custom, and rental exhibit solutions. Classic Exhibits products are represented by an extensive distributor network in North America and in select International markets. For more information, contact us at 866-652-2100 or www.classicexhibits.com.
Tim Patterson, a.k.a. The Tradeshow Guy and TradeshowGuy Exhibits, created this terrific video. In the video, he shows “Three Cool Things” on his branded version of Exhibit Design Search, like how to create a display gallery. Well done and worth sharing. Great video Tim!
LED Lightboxes should be more than just a pretty face. They should also be functional. SuperNova Lightboxes already have single or double-side shelving options. See MOD-1615, 1616, 1617, and 1618 for examples. We’re delighted to add another practical feature.
Announcing the new MOD-1375 Adjustable Tablet Mount for iPad, Surface, and other tablets. The mounts are ideal for conducting surveys, lead retrieval, or simple web navigation. The mounts attach directly to the lightbox and can be positioned either inside or outside the LB frame.
In addition, the mounts adjust vertically without tools. As with all Port/Land tablet enclosures, the tablets swivel from portrait to landscape within a 180 degree rotation. See the video below or click here for more details.