Once the initial planning is complete, our team will take the defining points from the brief and start to produce layout sketches to create the working zones.
Thereafter we use the latest software available to create full working drawings to scale, so that each zone can be configured to fit the stand space exactly. From this skeleton, we add the specified components to create the stand design layout that best meets the client’s brief.
We then present the client with initial three-dimensional drawings of the stand without graphics. We find this approach focuses the mind on the actual logistics of the stand without confusing the eye with graphical images.
The design may go through various stages of refinement until a final one is chosen, at which stage we prepare a fully dimensioned drawing with a list of panel sizes, enabling the client to supply us with their final artwork, or the elements for us to provide them with our internal artwork service.
The artwork is then rendered to the design drawing for presentation to the client, so that they can sign off the final design which we will print.
We also offer comprehensive photography and graphic design studio facilities. We have extremely talented artists who's services are available at very competitive rates. We are more than willing to assist at whatever level of graphic design service you require, whether that be advice or a complete design package.
At every stage our clients are fully involved and constantly informed of how the stand design will work within the constraints of the specific venue, as all of this information is considered within the planning brief.
A visit to our showroom would likely prove invaluable, to compare the systems and explore the logistics of each, such as shipping sizes and weight. See here for more details
San Francisco is an iconic city and popular destination for exhibiting in northern California, with its main convention centres hosting many trade shows and exhibitions every year.
It is a diverse city that attracts millions of visitors each year. Home to beautiful scenery, iconic landmarks and world-renowned art and cultural institutions, which leads to high attendees at its events, San Francisco is a popular choice for UK companies choosing to exhibit in America.
Exhibiting at trades shows in San Francisco is easy for overseas attendees with the great transport links to the city. San Francisco International Airport (SFO) offers non-stop flights to more than 39 international destinations and connects nonstop with 77 cities in the U.S. The airport is also directly connected to downtown San Francisco by Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART), making extremely accessible to visitors.
Its largest convention centre, the Moscone Center is located only blocks from San Francisco’s famous Union Square and walking distance to the cities central hotels, restaurants, museums, attractions, and transport.
Trade Show Venues in San Francisco
Moscone Convention Center http://www.moscone.com - The Moscone Center is the largest convention and exhibition complex in San Francisco. It hosts millions of visitors each year. The centre is popular with event organisers as a flexible location with digital registration technology, onsite event management and hundreds of meeting rooms and versatile exhibiting halls.
The centre is undergoing a $500 million expansion that will deliver expanded exhibition space, cutting edge technology and additional meeting space.
South San Francisco Conference Center http://www.ssfconf.com - South San Francisco Conference Center is a large conference and exhibition venue in heart of the biotech region, leading edge of Silicon Valley, minutes from San Francisco International Airport and 15 minutes from downtown San Francisco.
Mission Bay Conference Center http://www.acc-missionbayconferencecenter.com - The Mission Bay Conference Center is a new event destination at the University of California San Francisco in its new 43 acre life sciences campus for teaching and research.
Exhibiting in San Francisco
With the Californian economy the largest in the United States and the state home to nearly 40 million people, attendances at tradeshows and exhibitions are some of the busiest in the world.
However, the cost of exhibiting in San Francisco can be expensive. For UK companies investing in exhibiting in San Francisco the extra costs can quickly escalate. POD Exhibitions along with their partner exhibition design companies have been helping UK business tackle the American trade show market for many years.
We can help with all aspects of show planning, from initial concepts and design to installation and show management. We provide a solution based on individual company’s budget and requirements to provide a tailor made solution to cater for all your exhibition needs.
There are many benefits to using a UK based company for exhibiting in San Francisco. If you are exhibiting for the first time in 2017/2018 trade show calendar in San Francisco, or if you are an experienced exhibitor in the US, talk to our team to see how we can provide a cost effective solution to all your U.S trade show needs.
Orlando is known for its theme and amusement parks, but it is one of the key destination cities for exhibition and trade shows in America. Exhibiting in Orlando is an easy destination for UK companies choosing to exhibit in the U.S with a major international airport, year round good weather and relatively short flight time from the UK.
As the major exhibiting city in the south east of America, millions attend its trade shows each year. Choosing to exhibit at a tradeshow in Orlando can be cheaper than in other big cities for trades shows like Las Vegas or New York. The use of union labor and drayage charges are not as strict in Orlando as other US states allowing for budget flexibility.
Orange County Convention Center (OCCC) https://www.occc.net
The largest convention centre in Florida and the second largest in America, the OCCC is operated by Orange County Government and situated in the major tourist area of Orlando. The Orange County Convention Center is the primary destination for trade shows in Florida with a busy convention calendar every year and 2,100,000 sq ft (200,000 m2) of exhibiting space.
Exhibiting at the OCCC is a more straightforward process than other tradeshow venues, as it is the exclusive provider of electricity, aerial rigging and lighting, water, natural gas, propane, compressed air and cable TV services to exhibitors. With a flat rate for services, it’s easy to assess the costs of exhibiting at the venue.
The central tourist location of the largest convention centre in Florida, the OCCC means its close to great amenities and hotels. By far the major tradeshows in Florida are held at the OCCC in Orlando. But other convention sites in Orlando include:
Exhibiting in Orlando during the 2017/2018 Trade show Calendar
Some of the major shows for the 2017 trade show calendar include:
ICE USA 2017 - International Converting Exhibition http://www.ice-x-usa.com/
The Plastics Show NPE - International Plastics Showcase, the world's largest plastics conference, exposition and technology exchange http://www.npe.org
MegaCon - the comic book, sci-fi, anime, fantasy, and gaming convention http://megaconvention.com
NBAA CONVENTION - International Aerospace Exhibition, the world's largest business aviation trade show - https://www.nbaa.org
PGA MERCHANDISE SHOW & CONVENTION - International Golf Industry Professionals Exhibition and Convention - http://www.pgashow.com
If you are a UK based company going to a trade show in Orlando, whether you are looking to purchase a new exhibition display or hire a rental trade show exhibit at an Orlando trade show, POD Exhibitions can help.
With partners all over the US, we have been successfully assisting UK companies with their plans to exhibit at trade shows in America. With experience in helping large global companies to small UK companies attending their first tradeshow in Florida, we can provide a cost effective solution for your business.
Los Angles is a key destination for global trade shows and exhibitions. With California’s economy the largest in the United States and said to be the world 6th largest economy in the world, it is a prime global destination for international shows and events.
The number of attendees the L.A exhibitions and trades shows receive annually makes it a primary destination for UK companies exhibiting in America. The opportunities for networking, building relationships and engaging face to face with industry leaders makes attending trade shows in Los Angeles lucrative for UK businesses.
Convention and Expo Centres in Los Angeles
The Los Angeles area is home to a number of convention centres and exhibition halls. Los Angeles is a major hub for international trade and commerce and has a long history of hosting events, so has excellent facilities for exhibiting.
The Los Angeles Convention Center (LACC) http://www.lacclink.com
The Los Angeles Convention Center (LACC) is a major convention center in downtown Los Angeles for trade shows, exhibitions but also a host of major events in California. The LACC is one of the largest convention centers in the United States with over 720,000 sq ft (67,000 m2) of exhibition space
The LACC is one of the most technologically advanced convention and exhibition centers in the world, making it a popular choice for international companies exhibiting in America.
Trade Shows and Expos in the 2017-2018 Exhibition Season
LOS ANGELES AUTO SHOW - The Los Angeles Auto Show is one of the most influential and best-attended auto shows globally http://laautoshow.com
E3 - ELECTRONIC ENTERTAINMENT EXPO – The World's Premiere Trade Event exclusively dedicated to Showcasing Interactive Entertainment and Educational Software and related products https://www.e3expo.com
WONDERCON Comics Fair. COMIC-CON is an event that celebrates the historic and ongoing contribution of comics to art and culture http://www.comic-con.org
GREENBUILD EXPO - World's largest conference and expo dedicated to green building. https://greenbuildexpo.com
THE LA TRADE SHOW – the corporate and entertainment travel trade show http://thelatradeshow.com
Los Angeles Trade Show Displays & Exhibits
POD Exhibitions deliver turnkey exhibition stands for UK companies exhibiting in Los Angeles, providing stand design and fabrication, graphics, logistics, install and dismantling , Audio-visual, flooring , furniture, show-services paperwork and on site supervision.
With years of experience and partners all over the US, we are able to provide a cost effective solution to exhibiting in America. From first class exhibition stand design to modular lightweight stands that you can see completely prebuilt in our UK factory before you travel to the states. We can take the stress out of organising and take care of the entire process for you, or just provide what your budget allows for.
Las Vegas continues to be the top destinations in the world for exhibiting, and remains America’s number 1 venue for tradeshows and exhibitions. Las Vegas boasts more than 11 million square feet of exhibit and meeting space – more than all of the UK for exhibiting, making it a top destination for global companies.
Hosting some of the key international tradeshows and with 150,000 hotel rooms on the doorstep of all the major Convention centres, it has become a key destination in the exhibition calendar.
3 of the America’s largest convention venues find their home in Las Vegas.
Las Vegas Convention Center
With more than 3 million square feet, the Las Vegas Convention Center (www.lvcva.com) is one of the most modern, functional and largest trade show facilities in the United States hosting some major global exhibitions. It has 16 exhibition halls with movable walls, 144 meeting rooms with seating capacities ranging from 20 to 2,500.
Sands Expo & Convention Center
The 1.7 million square foot Sands Expo and Convention Center (www.sandsexpo.com) also includes 500,000 sq. ft. of The Venetian/Palazzo meeting space. This destination offers more than 7,000 suites, world-renowned restaurants, entertainment, shopping and nightlife all under one roof.
Mandalay Bay Convention Center, Resort and Casino
One of the largest convention centres in Las Vegas this a 2.1 million square foot centre of meeting and exhibiting space is set on the south Strip of the famous Las Vegas Strip. (www.mandalaybay.com)
Why UK Companies are Choosing Las Vegas to Exhibit
According to www.vegasmeansbusiness.com “On average, attendance increases 8 percent when conventions rotate into Las Vegas. Research also shows that attendees spend more time in meetings and on the trade show floor when programs are held in Las Vegas.”
And with so many key global trade shows taking place in Las Vegas each year, more and more UK are making the investment to exhibit in the U.S. With the huge exposure, companies can gain at these massive international events, the retuns and contacts gained at these shows are invaluable for UJ businesses.
One of the key events held in Las Vegas each year is CES – the global consumer electronics and technology tradeshow organised by the Consumer technology Association. With 165,000 attendees expected for CES 2017 it is one of the worlds largest shows. https://www.ces.tech
The exhibition calendar is a busy one for all the expo centres and Convention centres in Las Vegas. Other large shows taking place in 2017 include:
If you’re exhibiting at a tradeshow in Las Vegas in 2017, why not contact us for help on exhibiting in 2017. Whether it’s your first U.S trade show or you are a global exhibitor worldwide, our experience at the major venues in Las Vegas can provide a cost effective solution for exhibiting in Las Vegas.
For more information on the costs incurred with exhibiting in the U.S take a look at our article ……..
Chicago is a key destination for exhibitions and trade shows. Home to the largest convention centre in America, it is visited by millions of visitors each year exhibiting at trade shows and exhibitions in the city each year.
With Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport being in the top 5 busiest airports in the world, Chicago is a city that home to big industry, big events, over 300,000 businesses and the world’s leading convention centres. And with more people travelling to Chicago for overnight business than any other U.S. destination, it is a city many UK companies have found as a key destination in the trade show calendar.
Why Exhibit in Chicago
One main feature of exhibiting in Chicago is its accessibility to so many people. According to http://www.cvent.com “Its accessibility certainly plays a role in its popularity, as about 46 million people are within one day's drive of Chicago. These staggering numbers have a strong impact on the Chicago event-planning world.”
So within easy reach of upwards of 46 million people by car, and direct routes into the city from 150 destinations around the world, it has become a world class location for exhibiting.
Exhibition & Convention Centres in Chicago
The largest convention centre in the US is McCormick Place. McCormick Place comprises four state of the art buildings, the West, South and North Buildings and Lakeside Center. These buildings have a combined total of 2.6 million square feet of exhibit space, 1.2 million square feet all on one level, making it America’s largest convention centre.
Other venues for exhibiting in Chicago include:
Merchandise Mart - the iconic building in downtown Chicago host to the top Design shows in America http://themart.com
Navy Pier - an impressive location with a 1000m pier of the shoreline of Lake Michigan https://navypier.com
Donald E. Stephens Convention Center – a purpose built convention centre close to Chicago’s main international airport http://www.rosemont.com/
Major shows held in Chicago include:
PACKEXPO - North America's largest packaging and processing show showcasing state-of-the art materials, machinery and methods for packaging and processing http://www.packexpo.com
CHICAGO BOAT, SPORTS & RV SHOW - Boat, RV & Sportshow http://www.chicagoboatshow.com
INTERNATIONAL HOME + HOUSEWARES SHOW - International Home and Housewares Show offers consumer lifestyle and product trends for all areas of the home. http://www.housewares.org
BEA - BOOKEXPO AMERICA - The largest publishing event in North America http://www.bookexpoamerica.com
INTERNATIONAL FLORICULTURE EXPO - International Trade Show dedicated to the Floral Industry http://www.floriexpo.com
Attending Trade Shows in Chicago
Is your next event in Chicago? If you are a UK based company exhibiting in Chicago during the 2017-2018 Trade show calendar, using a UK based exhibition company like POD Exhibitions can be a cost effective solution.
No matter the size of exhibition booth or space, we have been helping both UK and global companies with their trade show displays in Chicago. With our T3 lightweight modular stands we can assist in all aspects of trade show planning from design to installation. Talk our sales team about how we can help with exhibiting in Chicago.
Exhibiting in the US can be considerably more expensive than in the UK or other cities around the words. In fact, trade show costs are often cited as being 80% higher! But with key international shows taking place in America shows each year, the U.S market so lucrative, and huge numbers attending U.S tradeshows, it’s a market not to be missed.
And with just three of America’s states, California, Texas and New York– as separate countries, ranking in the world’s top 14 largest economies, it is little wonder why more and more UK companies are exhibiting stateside.
However, unlike the UK where one company can handle all your exhibition needs and take care of the process from design to installation and set up, the process is far more complicated in America. Navigating the lingo, ‘booth’ rather than an exhibition stand, a ‘tradeshow’ rather than an exhibition, is the easy part. The planning for you’re a show can prove to be a real headache if you are not prepared for the other differences.
Getting an idea of the scale involved with U.S exhibiting helps with to understand the process involved. Here are few things UK companies should consider:
Key U.S Exhibiting Facts to Consider
Drayage: This is the charge made for moving material from the loading dock to the stand space, then returning and storing empty crates and materials during the show. It’s also charged on repacking the crates and returning to the loading dock after the show. Drayage is charged by the weight of the materials.
Measurements: Imperial feet and inches rather than metric metres and centimetres.
Voltage: 110v in America rather than traditional 220V in the UK
Union Labour: US Convention centres require hiring union labour to set up and disassemble your exhibition booth. And to complicate things labour is categorised based on the specific skills or job required so must be hired separately, ie carpenters to build and dismantle your display, electricians to install electrical services and lay cables, etc. Labour hourly rates approx. $100-200 are regulated by local Union contracts and can vary with location, day and time of the job.
With labour costs so expensive, US stands tend to be modular components which are fully prepared and prefabricated off site, then shipped and assembled on-site to keep costs down. If you are bringing your stand in from the UK it is also good to know the U.S. Customs and Border Protection specific rules on shipping in supplies for trade shows in the U.S
However, while the costs can be daunting, the return on investment can also be huge. So many UK companies are taking the stress out of exhibiting in America by using a UK company that understands the challenges of the process.
POD Exhibitions are in partnership with companies all over the U.S to take the stress out of planning a trade show in the U.S. Why not talk to POD about attending your next US tradeshow.
Exhibiting in America can be a minefield for the inexperienced exhibitor. But even companies that regularly attend U.S trade shows can save money by considering the advantages of buying in the U.K
Here are 10 reasons many U.K companies are take this route:
Dealing with a team of experienced exhibition contractors means all communication can be carried out when it suits you without worrying about time zones. This takes away the logistical complications of dealing with US companies that can be up to 8 hours behind.
The crucial elements of design can be planned in the UK, with face to face meetings if required. A complete prebuild of the stand can be visited in our UK factory, so any issues are dealt with well before the show begins. The logistics of any shipping and dealing with U.S Customs and Border Protection are all dealt with knowledgeable staff that can take the stress out of U.S Customs regulations.
Partnering with a UK company provides a single point of contact which saves time, money, effort and reduces errors. This experience can mean even small details such as conversion from metric measurements used in UK to feet and inches used in America, understanding of booth sizing in U.S Convention Centers and even the different electric voltage is understood and cared for ahead of time.
Using modular stands that are lightweight and compact reduces shipping costs and simplifies transportation. These modular versatile stands can be reconfigured and reused for multiple events. The stand hardware is stored in America cutting down on expensive shipping costs. It is easy to integrate bespoke elements and achieve a custom look and feel at a fraction of the cost. The lighter weight of stands means that expensive drayage charges are reduced. (Read more on drayage here)
Modular systems such as the T3 system require no tools to assemble. A simple twist and lock connection that can be assembled and dismantled quickly, is a fast cost effective solution when US regulations insist on Union Labour installing the stand. This results in less runaway costs as the stand can be erected in far less time than traditional exhibition stands.
A Modular stand allows you start with a simple shell scheme exhibition stand and grow into a large, space only stand as your requirements grow. By simply adding onto your framework the booth can be reconfigured at different events. And these systems are designed to be clad with different substrates with the flexibility and versatility to equal any bespoke display.
The use of fabric graphics cuts shipping costs considerably. Graphics can be folded and are incredibly lightweight and easy to transport, cutting expensive drayage charges. Large unbroken graphic walls provide real impact with no unsightly panel joins.
For a completely hassle free approach using a UK exhibition company like POD Exhibitions to provide a full turn-key service that will deal with every aspect of the tradeshow is ideal. However, if budget is restricted or if as an exhibitor you want to take care of some aspects yourselves, a tailored the package can be organised so you only pay for what you need.
POD and its partners have been dealing with global companies exhibiting all over the world for many years, but our extensive knowledge and contacts in the U.S means we can provide an exceptional level of service that other companies cannot offer. Cutting the expensive costs incurred with exhibiting in America and steering you though the minefield of US regulations.
If your staff have to spend time when they arrive stateside tracking down exhibition packages, dealing with Expo Centres and organising union labour it is all costs that are rarely accounted for before. Using a UK Company to coordinate stand design, production, show services and transportation will ensure you exhibition booth is delivered on time and within budget!
POD Exhibitions have helped UK companies save on exhibition costs with their T3 Modular Display system. This system can be used to great effect in the American market. For more on the benefits of T3 take a look at this PDF here. As a lightweight versatile system, why not let us see if we can help you save money while exhibiting in the U.S.