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Meetings and Events in a Post-COVID World

August 25th, 2020 COMMENTS
Rental Partitions, Lightboxes, Counters, Workstations, and Sanitizer Solutions

Over the next 6-9 months, events and meetings won’t go away, but they will be smaller and more regional. They’ll need A/V, podiums, backdrops, and furniture. They’ll also need other items generally not available from the hotel, convention center, or local event companies. Like workstations, locking counters, LED lightboxes, genius bars, monitors, charging stations, and sanitizer stands.

Rent Your Event Furniture

Although you know us for trade show rentals, Classic Rental Solutions has always had a significant non-trade show business because of our ability to handle custom requests and large quantities. Need 25 counters with LED perimeter lighting? We can handle it. How about 10 LED lightboxes in various sizes? Not a problem. As both a designer and builder, our capacity isn’t limited by what we can obtain from others. If you need it (and it makes us both money), then we’ll build it. It’s that simple.

Keep us in mind for rental furniture for meetings as your clients shift to smaller events. We’re ready.

Symphony Portables w/o Rentals is Like…

March 6th, 2020 2 COMMENTS
Symphony Portable Rental Designs

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.