8 Popular Retail Trade Shows in 2017

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It is crucial that your business, retail or otherwise, is in the public eye and networking as much as possible. For those of you in our community working in retail, check out some of these popular trade shows that would give you the chance to take a leading role in your market.

Location: Las Vegas Convention Center, NV, USA

ICSC Retail and Real Estate Convention strives to bring the top retail and real estate professionals to network, create working relationships, and learn together. This event brings more than 32,000 attendees and 1,000 exhibitors, making it one of the largest retail and real estate conventions annually.Learn more here.

Location: McCormick Place West, Chicago, IL

IRCE brings together retail industry experts and solution providers, and they take pride in their unrivaled agenda content. With thousands of like-minded industry professionals, you will have the chance to network and create valuable connections.Learn more here.

Location: Washington State Convention Center, Seattle, WA

This conference brings together leaders in the retail world, custom experience professionals, and IT executives to focus on in-store innovation. Future Stores also provides strategies for brick and mortar retailers to enhance customer experience.Learn more here.

Location: Gaylord National Harbor, Washington DC

This is the nations leading retail loss prevention specific conference. The conference days focus on key issues such as organized retail crime, online fraud, e-fencing, interviews, investigations, pandemic preparedness, and much more.Learn more here.

Location: San Diego Event Center, CA

The Total Store Expo is this industrys largest gathering of influential community members. It offers a combination of both strategic and tactical business discussions between existing trade partners, and new trade partners. This expo allows you and your company the opportunity to gain new insights into todays evolving marketplace. Plus, its free!Learn more here.

Location: The Ritz-Carlton, New Orleans, LA

This unique conference is three days worth of discussions revolving around design, best practices, evolving trends, maximizing resources, and fresh strategies for engaging shoppers. It is recognized as the premier educational and networking event for store design and visual merchandising professionals.Learn more here.

Location: LA Convention Center, Los Angeles, CA

Want to learn more about e-commerce, online marketing, and mobile commerce? If so, the Retail Digital Summit will be a key event for you! Attended by thousands of retail professionals every year, this event offers educational and networking opportunities for merchandising professionals of any size and industry.Learn more here.

Location: The Crowne Plaza Hotel, Warwick, RI

This trade show has a little something for every sort of merchant and shopper. You can go and meet, or exhibit as crafters and vendors see great, unique holiday-style gifts. They also offer networking opportunities for those exhibiting.Learn more here.

Our team is here for you and all of your trade show needs!Click here to learn about Skylines extensive line of displays and designs to help you with all your event and trade show needs.

Download this all-in-one trade show planning timeline to keep track of your trade show deadlines. Our timeline includes exhibit design & build tasks, technology considerations, pre-show promotions, booth staff tasks, lead management and miscellaneous items. Also included is; budget planning information, a booth staff schedule, typical show services deadline list and a budget calculator perfect for trade show veterans and those newer to the industry.

Mary Rita Crowe is a Chicago native and the Managing Director at Skyline Exhibits Chicago. She has been in the trade show industry for 15 years working with companies to provideChicago trade show displaysand solutions.

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2017 trade shows will mimic 2015, predicts Kevin Carty and Mel White from Classic Exhibits. Kevin and Mel expect more new builds with a focus on I want what I want and less of Ill get what I need.  If that prediction holds true, we will all benefit.  So what else is in store for 2017 trade shows?

2017 will show a continuing increase from 2016 in companies managing their own shows. These shows will be branded as events, but in reality they are in-house mini-shows with their companies preferred partners and customers. These events allow companies to define the attendee list and manage what attendees see (and dont see). Thats not to say that companies are abandoning their exhibit programs at national shows. Not at all, but adding these events will give a comp a higher ROI for specific product launches, training sessions, or sales events.

Customers are wanting their corporate environments, show floor spaces and events to be consistent, which will cause branding in all spaces to grow. This includes re-purposing graphic messaging or better yet, using parts of their exhibit in their corporate environments during off-show times.

Charging stations, lightboxes and rental furniture will continue to be hot trends.  Rental exhibits and accessories have been having a 25% sales increase year-over-year for seven straight years.  Expect rentals to continue this climb at the same pace.

Just like with the color of the year, will see a renewed push for sustainable materials and practices in corporate exhibits and event programs. As trade shows become less wasteful and more Earth-minded, clients will be interested in what their partners can offer when it comes to using sustainable practices in order to help them meet their sustainability goals.

Exhibitors continue to rely on system structures like aluminum extrusions to build their properties. Less and less of it is seen via creative graphic applications or integrated custom wood fabrication, cladding, powder-coating, etc, though. Aluminum extrusion sales are increasing we are just seeing less of it visually.

Education and technology are becoming ever more important.  You are no longer just going to a show to see the vendors but also to be educated. Besides classes being offered, more in-booth demos are going on and digital-based products are being used. This is leading exhibitors to have smaller digital demos, featuring the newest digital equipment that associations dont show in their training sessions.

While technology is every increasing, the trade show industry is eating it up.  There are more touch technologies, more virtual reality experiences and those events expanded from just one simple experience.  3D printing is allowing smaller models to do the talking, while the actual large product is left at home.

Some information taken from Classic Exhibits 2017 Predictions.

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Stop by one of our trade show booths at any of these shows in 2017.

BusCon is an annual expo held for professionals operating buses in the public transit, paratransit and private charter industries. Suppliers such as idrive, provide fleet owners with a one-stop shop for bus equipment ranging from vehicle technology to brand new buses. To learn more about BusCon visit:

The IANA Intermodal expo is an annual tradeshow put together by the Intermodal Association of North America. It is usually held in cities with large ports and this year is being held in Long Beach, California. The show has both an expo and a series of education seminars for intermodal professionals to attend. The expo has a range of products from technology to equipment manufactures and shippers. To learn more about IANA visit:

The APTA (American Public Transportation Association) is held every three years in conjunction with the APTAs annual meeting. The Expo is a place where the public transit industry can come to see all of the latest and greatest products. The products shown at APTA range from payment collection to vehicle parts. This is idrive 2ndtime at the show, idrive will be showing it brand new Idrive D8 and Visual Telematics services.  To learn more about APTA visit:

Translogistica International Transport and Logistics Expo is an annual expo held in Bucharest, Romania. Translogistica is a show for transportation and logistics professionals in Romania, Eastern and South-Eastern Europe. Companies from all over eastern Europe come to display to see new new products for the transport industry. This is idrives second time exhibiting at this show. To learn more about translogistica expo visit:

The GPN (Global Passenger Network) is an international group of motor coach professionals that have annual and spring meetings in various cities around the world. Members and supplier members come together for a weekend at a hotel and have meetings, dinners and intimate tradeshows to network with each other. Attendees come from all over the world to trade ideas and learn about new products. To learn more about the Global Passenger Network visit.

For the first time idrive will be exhibiting at the 2017 Expo Transporte in Guadalajara, Mexico. Expo Transporte is for both private and public transportation companies over various industries. The show is one of the biggest in Mexico and takes place in over 4 convention center halls, with designated areas for particular industries. Attendees from all over mexico will be coming. To learn more about Expo Transporte visit

Intermodal Europe has been Europes premier intermodal show for over four decades with over 6,000 participants from across the world. The show has exhibitors from all aspects of the intermodal supply chain. This is idrives first time exhibiting at the show. The show is free for attendees to come and see what products are available. To learn more about the show or to register to attend visit