These days more than ever in the trade show world excess weight will cost you. In the past 15 years, as exhibits structures morphed into lightweight aluminum and fabric hybrids from heavy wooden components, the general contractor charges to bring material into trade show halls has increased up to five fold. Add an overtime or off target move in rate and your material handling charge could finance your kids first semester of college.
More exhibitors are becoming tired of the ever increasing expenses associated with trade shows. The most common complaint is the cost of material handling . In the 90’s the average cost per 100 weight was around $ 35, today it is typically over $ 100. For a typical crated 10 x 20’ exhibit, that would cost roughly $ 700- per show or more. The latest exhibit solutions offer drastic weight loss and in many cases can be brought into the convention center yourself, bypassing the forklifts altogether.
It pays to look at how the current breed of lightweight portables can support high quality graphics, especially for in line spaces. The simplest solution is, of course, roll up banner stands. For a more expansive complete presentation in a 10 x 10 or larger space, there are many lightweight options. Digitally printed silicon edge graphic (SEG) fabric stretched over frames can span 20 feet or more at eight feet high with just a few supporting feet. With a case these weigh in at under 60 lbs. per 10’ . Other solutions like the 10’ Burst, a collapsible frame with the graphic always attached, sets up in minutes and can be carried over your shoulder, is vitually fool proof. This display is perfect when different people all over the country will be setting up. There are no loose pieces to assemble.
The nice part about these exhibits is they lighten your load without lightening your pocketbook.