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Symphony Portables w/o Rentals is Like…

March 6th, 2020 2 COMMENTS
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While preparing Design Monday, I asked my wife, Christine Delea, for some creative assistance. I texted her this request, “Need pop culture or clever similes in the vein of Symphony Portables w/o Rentals is like ….

About 30 minutes later she texted me that the list was done. I shared a few in Design Monday, but you deserve the full list. It’s AMAZING! As is my wife’s creativity and imagination.

Just imagine if she’d had another 30 minutes. 😉

  • Beyonce w/o Lemonade
  • Sushi w/o Wasabi
  • Lucy w/o Ethel
  • Han w/o Chewbacca
  • Girl Scout Cookies w/o Thin Mints
  • Bert w/o Ernie
  • Whiskey w/o Aging
  • Cake w/o Frosting
  • The Walking Dead w/o Carol
  • The Yankees w/o Joltin’ Joe DiMaggio
  • Iced Tea w/o Lemon
  • Law and Order: SUV w/o Olivia Benson
  • Autumn w/o New England
  • Russian Literature w/o Tolstoy
  • Hollywood w/o Meryl Streep
  • Boxing w/o Muhammad Ali
  • Peter Pan w/o Tinkerbell
  • Betty w/o Veronica
  • A Beach w/o Shells
  • KPOP w/o BTS
  • Lewis Capaldi w/o Heartache
  • Dracula w/o Fangs
  • Real Housewives w/o Drama
  • A Lighthouse w/o a Keeper
  • The 1980s w/o Cyndi Lauper
  • Kool w/o the Gang
  • Shrimp Scampi w/o Garlic
  • Ramona w/o Pesty Behavior
  • Basketball w/o Michael Jordan
  • Lewis and Clark w/o Sacagawea
  • Oregon w/o Wineries
  • Fashion w/o Coco Chanel
  • Flip Wilson w/o Geraldine
  • Lady Gaga w/o Her Little Monsters
  • Best Movie Lists w/o Casablanca
  • The History of Tap Dancing w/o Eleanor Powell
  • Abbott w/o Costello
  • The Waltons w/o John-Boy
  • Italian Food w/o Pasta
  • The Flintstones w/o the Rubbles
  • George Takai w/o “Oh My!”
  • Weird Al w/o an Accordion
  • Adele w/o 2 Octaves
  • American Poetry w/o Emily Dickinson
  • Scotland w/o Heather
  • Wesley w/o Buttercup
  • Psych w/o Lassie
  • Nancy Drew w/o Ned Nickerson
  • New Orleans w/o Beignets
  • Cats w/o Purring
  • Game of Thrones w/o The Red Wedding
  • Hip Hop w/o the Sugarhill Gang
  • Bees w/o Pollen
  • New Wave w/o Tears for Fears
  • Cab Calloway w/o Minnie the Moocher
  • Aretha Franklin w/o Respect
  • Meditation w/o Mindfulness
  • Christmas w/o Jose Feliciano’s “Feliz Navidad”
  • NY Harbor w/o the Statue of Liberty
  • Flashdance w/o Off-The-Shoulder-Sweatshirts
  • ZZ Top w/o Beards
  • Ed Sullivan w/o Topo Gigio
  • Mississippi Summer w/o Air Conditioning
  • Camping w/o S’mores
  • The Southwest w/o Saguaro
  • Modern Art w/o Frida Kahlo
  • Soul Train w/o Don Cornelius
  • The Music Man w/o Shipoopi
  • Drag Race w/o RuPaul
  • Harry Potter w/o Hermione Granger and Ron Weasley

And one addition from Tom Beard…

  • Harold Mintz w/o His Mustache

–Mel White
mel@classicexhibits.com
http://www.linkedin.com/in/melmwhite

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Classic Exhibits Inc. designs and manufacturers portable, modular, hybrid, custom, 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.

An Interview with Jim Shelman, GM of Classic Rental Solutions

October 2nd, 2018 COMMENTS

Every week, Tim Patterson, a.k.a. Tradeshow Guy, conducts an interview on his Monday Morning Coffee video/audio broadcast. Sometimes it’s someone from the trade show community, but more often it’s an expert on various business topics. It’s my go-to stop every Monday morning. 

This week Tim interviewed our own Jim Shelman, the GM of Classic Rental Solutions. They chatted about rental trends, the evolving reasons to rent, and why purchase and rentals are not so different. The interview starts at 4:15. Enjoy! 

CORT Rental Furniture on EDS | Made Even Easier!

May 23rd, 2018 COMMENTS

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There’s a Time for Subtle Suggestions… But Not Today

For years, Classic Distributors would grumble about ordering rental furniture for clients, like sofas, chairs, and conference tables. You hated it. And for good reason. Your client would give you a link to the General Show Contractor (GSC) page with the show rental furniture options, which included the price. You handled it and charged the client a processing fee, typically 20 or 30 percent. Which is more than fair.

Except not to the client, who feels filling out a form should be cheap, or in many cases free. The fee introduces a financial “rub” between you and your client over an insignificant (but important) transaction.

About 60% of all exhibitors rent furniture, and according to my EAC sources that percentage keeps increasing, whether islands or inlines. So how do you take care of your client without the financial “rub”?

It’s Easy

You already use Exhibit Design Search. Two years ago, we added two Rental Furniture Galleries to EDS with CORT products. Classic Distributors loved it! While it didn’t include the complete CORT product line, it was a good place to start, and all the prices were in retail. Even better, the prices were competitive with GSC show book prices. EDS was the perfect place to direct your client to choose rental furniture options.

Recently, we made it even easier. You simply call CORT and tell them you are a Classic Distributor. Repeat.. Tell them you are a Classic Exhibits Distributor. They will give you the special Classic wholesale prices. Each region has an Account Manager, but the 855-663-2678 will get you to CORT’s Customer Service Department.

Even Better

CORT recently added over 100 new products to their EDS galleries — more conference tables, chairs, sofas, accessories. It’s impressive. And all include retail prices and predictable margins.

Now’s the time to eliminate that financial rub between you and your client on furniture rentals. Use the EDS CORT Galleries and FINALLY make predictable margins on those sales. You are already doing the work. You might as well get paid for it. And your client will be delighted with the service.

Have questions? Give me a call or contact your local CORT Strategic Account Manager. There are six across the United States.

  1. John Peck, Northwest, john.peck@cort.com
  2. Jill Jensen, Southwest, jill.jensen@cort.com
  3. Adrienne Fitzgerald, North Central, adrienne.fitzgerald@cort.com
  4. Derek Argo, South Central, derek.argo@cort.com
  5. Sarah Mainhart, Northeast, sarah.mainhart@cort.com
  6. Sean Colvin, Southeast, sean.colvin@cort.com


–Mel White
mel@classicexhibits.com
http://www.linkedin.com/in/melmwhite

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Classic Exhibits Inc. designs and manufacturers portable, modular, hybrid, and custom 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.

Classic Exhibits Inc. | A Glimpse Into Our Production Capabilities

January 10th, 2018 COMMENTS

If you are in the trade show business, as a designer, builder, marketer, general contractor, etc., you often get a puzzled look when someone asks, “What do you do?” It can be frustrating, particularly if the person asking has never attended a large trade show (as opposed to a home and garden show or craft fair).

Now imagine you are a Classic Exhibits employee. How frustrating would it be to get that same question from a Classic Exhibits Distributor. For example, “Don’t you build portable hybrid displays?” Yes we do… but we also build custom modular, custom, iPad stands, charging stations, LED lightboxes, and even hanging signs. We design and build what you ask us to build. Sometimes it’s a table top, but more often, it’s a highly customized display for a trade show, retail store, event, or corporate environment.

It’s a New Year and Time for Resolutions

This year, my #1 resolution is to do a much better job of communicating our capabilities. That way, I don’t have to kill you when you visit our shop and say, “Oh, I didn’t know you did that!” Please watch the video below which shows our extensive production capabilities. The life you save may be yours. 😉

–Mel White
mel@classicexhibits.com
http://www.linkedin.com/in/melmwhite

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Classic Exhibits Inc. designs and manufacturers portable, modular, hybrid, and custom 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.

EXHIBITORLIVE | Get the Skinny from Classic Exhibits

February 9th, 2017 COMMENTS

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March 12-16 at Mandalay Bay

I don’t know about you, but we are delighted EXHIBITORLIVE is a bit later this year. It was a crazy January at Classic Exhibits, and February has already gotten even wackier with designs, quotes, and orders. Thanks for all the business.

So, what can you expect from Classic Exhibits at EXHIBITORLIVE? [All future references to the show will be “EL.” If I have to type all caps and then change LIVE to italics again, I will lose my friggin’ mind]. As a reminder, the show runs from March 12-16 at Mandalay Bay. Or translated, March 13-15, which is the show hall dates. I’m never quite sure what anyone is doing on Thursday, except packing their exhibit, but there must be classes, seminars, and stuff going on somewhere. It just doesn’t apply to me, so I don’t care. 😉

You can get a FREE Show Hall pass by using code #4044. Use it or not. EXHIBITOR hypes the codes to exhibitors. Supposedly we can win a 10 ft space next year by having the most people use our code. Hmmm… I’m sure it’s legitimate. I’ve just never heard anyone boast about their free 10 ft. EL space.

According to Kevin, this is our 23rd year as an exhibitor. Even after 9/11 and throughout The Great Recession, we participated and supported the industry (a pat on the back to us). Location:  #1645 in a 20 x 30 space. Same spot as the past three years. Our neighbors change, but we stay. Not quite sure what that says about us.

GK-2002dOur main focus will be the Gravitee One-Step Modular System. Gravitee sales have soared the past six months, both for purchase and rentals, but like all new products, distributors need to see and touch it. Here’s your chance to see me demo it 1587 times over the course of three days. Connect. Plunge. Stack. Connect. 90 Degree. Adjustable Hinge. End Cap. Believe me, I’ve got it down to a Vaudeville act at this point, minus the burlesque show. It’s pretty impressive actually. The system… Not my presentation.

We’ll also show our Charging Station designs. These keep evolving based on your requests. Frankly, it’s been a lot of fun seeing how this category has grown and changed. The same point could be made for LED Lightboxes. So many leave our building everyday, both single and double-sided, in a variety of shapes. Recently, we are experimenting and selling programmable RGB lights. This is a situation where graphic design is a step behind the light technology, but once graphic designers understand what can be done, you will see some pretty exciting visual effects.

image6As you may know, Classic Exhibits has supported EL’s Portable Modular Awards since its inception. This year, we have five finalists. The awards ceremony will be held Tuesday at the conclusion of the show hall hours (3:30 pm). We would love for you to be our guest. There’s no charge (which is one reason we’re so graciously inviting you to be “our guest”).

All kidding aside, we encourage you to attend and vote for the PMA People’s Choice Award. EL will only continue to support this program as long as attendees see it as valuable. We believe, as we hope you do too, that portable modular design should be recognized in our industry. Please attend and celebrate all the nominees and winners.

Finally, we will be serving sweet treats in our booth this year. It’s not candy. And it’s only marginally healthy. But it’s for a good cause and comes around only once a year. We promise to have ALL your favorite flavors. That’s all the hints you get.

See you at EL. Don’t forget about Strategic Partner Hours on Tuesday and Wednesday, beginning at 10 am.

–Mel White
mel@classicexhibits.com
http://www.linkedin.com/in/melmwhite
https://twitter.com/melmwhite
https://www.facebook.com/Classic-Exhibits-Inc-113601405319757