If you havent made plans to book a room for OneShow next week, dont put it off much longer. Attendee registration is already running 20 percent ahead of last years national show, and according to the National Automatic Merchandising Association (NAMA), registrations are coming in daily.
In the last few months, Ive gotten the sense that the industry is re-energizing with new products. Some exciting new manufacturers have gotten into the vending industry. In addition, some established players that have been less active in recent years have developed new products that they are introducing at the OneShow.
Exhibitor registration is 20 percent ahead of last years national show, and that number could get higher still, as exhibitors continue to call daily.
Dont hesitate to book a room and make travel arrangements.
Two of the six hotels that NAMA arranged discounts with still have rooms available. To get a rate, call 866-889-9635.
When NAMA first announced OneShow, some wondered if the difficult economy would discourage operators from coming. At this point, its clear that if the economy is influencing peoples decisions, they are viewing it as a reason to attend OneShow.
Operators recognize they must do a better job serving customers and improving their profits if they want to succeed, and the OneShow is a tool that will help them accomplish these goals.
There is more education, more special events on the show floor, and a host of networking opportunities. There are also more nationally renowned speakers than at any previous national NAMA show.
NAMA has redesigned the floor layout, the badges, the goodie bags, and has added some exciting new features such as the iSpot medallions for innovative products.
The industry remains challenged by the economy, but the decline has ebbed and there are signs of recovery in most geographic regions.
For a video preview of some of the key presenters, go to http://www.vendingmarketwatch.com/video/
See you next week!