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Spring 2018 Trade Show Recap

Spring 2018 Trade Show Recap

Key takeaways from recent industry trade shows by Frank Mayer and Associates, Inc.

Kiosk Tradeshows Recap
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As trade show season starts winding down, we sat with Vice President of Business Development Joe Holley, Account Executive Carl Maglio, and SVP of Business Development Ron Bowers to discuss their immediate takeaways from three recent spring shows: The M-PACT Show, GlobalShop 2018, and the Digital Signage Expo 2018.

The M-PACT Show

About: The M-PACT Show brings together leaders in the energy and convenience industry as well as support companies affiliated with the trade. This year’s show was held March 13-15 in Indianapolis.

Insight: A key takeaway for Frank Mayer and Associates, Inc. representative Holley was the interest from big energy companies to expand their loyalty programs using self-service kiosks in their stations. Utilizing these kiosks not only allows fuel stations an opportunity to encourage customers to walk through the door, but offers convenience to patrons who can sign up for reward programs, print coupons, view their accounts and more. Holley predicts an increase in these loyalty program kiosks at convenience stores and fuel stations as more energy companies recognize the benefits.

GlobalShop 2018

About: The largest retail design industry trade show, GlobalShop brings together representatives from store design, visual merchandising, retail technology, and shopper marketing industries. GlobalShop 2018 took place in downtown Chicago from March 27 through March 29.

Insight: Often a hub for the latest innovative ideas in the industry, the show provided companies an opportunity to showcase the latest trending products.  Smart flooring equipped with built-in sensors to track the movement of customers through a retail store has been generating more buzz lately, and Maglio saw more exhibitors featuring this technology at the show. In addition, he noticed more creative use of LED lighting, with some businesses highlighting
dramatic shelf-edge light capabilities that could bring a new look to merchandising displays.

Digital Signage Expo 2018 (DSE)

About: According to the DSE website, the show “is the world’s largest and longest running conference and tradeshow exclusively dedicated to showcasing innovative digital display and interactive technology solutions for customer and employee communications.”
Insight: Staying true to the industry move toward “personalization,” the show’s buzz was all about the importance of collecting data on the consumer so the retail experience could be customized to the
patron. Big name companies presented on the significance of data management in retail systems.

Bowers states, “Many companies had exciting demonstrations that utilized data gathering and input utilization of consumer interaction with face recognition and product interaction.” He continues, “It is
now becoming mainstream for self-service digital screens and touchscreen systems to gather and use the consumer information to offer real-time analysis of customer interaction with brands and services.”

From self-service kiosks and trending technology to personalizing the customer experience, recent trade shows have illustrated what’s important to both brands and retailers as well as customers in the coming year. Stay tuned for more recaps detailing the latest developments in the point-of- purchase industry as we continue to attend shows throughout 2018.

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Kiosk Tradeshow – China International Vending 2018

The China International Vending Show 2018 is Now Ready to Showcase the Newest Self-service Technologies and Products to the World

The China International Self-service, Kiosk and Vending Show (CVS) 2018 is the place to get all of the resources you require to achieve your business goals and to fulflil the needs of the entire convenience services industry.

china vending show At this premier event – the second largest in the world – you’ll discover new technologies, products and services from nearly 200 exhibitors, understand how to leverage emerging trends, and build a powerful network of industry allies to grow your businesses.

With our successful history and professional approach, the CVS continues to attract many domestic and foreign mainstream exhibitors.

Influential and Informed
The exhibition will showcase various products including self-service terminals and solutions, comprehensive vending systems, kiosks, currency identification systems, self-service printing equipment, mobile payment terminal equipment, smart card readers, coffee services, micro markets, vending machine related accessories and services.

It’s more than just machines though: We aim to present the newest technologies, host the most valuable tech communication forums and launch an international premium event with the largest influence in the self-service and  vending industry.

Retailing World
bingo kiosk Retailing World is a tailor-made thematic exhibition that’s specially designed for the retail industry. This Pavilion hosts of five sectors including chain stores, retail design and equipment, self-service and devices, cleaning, and property management. Activities like road shows for brands, matchmaking for exhibitors and buyers, International retailing forums, the World Self-service Terminals Summit, and many others, will take place during the exhibition.

Additional Pavilions

There are three other thematic pavilions running concurrently: Hotel Supplies, Commercial Space and Leisure Boating. All these four pavilions together make up an integrated and comprehensive one-stop exhibition for commercial properties known as Hotel Plus (Hotelex Shanghai Phase II) in the Shanghai New Expo Center,
which has a total exhibition area of 200,000 sqm.
Debuted on April 26, 2017, the Exhibition accepted more than 2,000 corporate participants from 120 countries and recorded 136,622 visits over four days. Attendees were from various industries including self-service/vending, boating, hospitality, real estate, manufacturing, engineering, technology, importing/exporting, entertainment, agriculture and many others.

Innovation and Inspiration

This year, we are hosting more exhibitors and expecting even more entrepreneurs who are looking for business opportunities. The once-yearly CVS is the first choice platform that easily helps them to explore the retail market, to analyze the latest market trends, to display the most up-to-date product information, and to collaborate on industrial insights regarding cutting-edge technology and relative services.

The 15th China Vending and Self-Service Show runs from 26th to 28th April 2018 (9am – 5:30pm).
N4, Shanghai New International Expo Center, Shanghai, China

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For further inquiries, please contact:
Ms. Shuree Shen
+8621 33392017