Summer Tradeshow Recap
Members of STORIS just attended two tradeshows in Las Vegas. We jet-setted to Nationwide Primetime! and World Market. Along the way, we met new people, caught up with clients and went sight-seeing around the conference areas. Both shows were a success and we were happy to be part of them.
Las Vegas proved to be a hot one, with temperatures over 100 degrees. STORIS beat the heat by setting up in both the World Market Center for the Summer Las Vegas Market and The Venetian Hotel, where Nationwide Primetime! took place. Some of our company members even got to go on a tour of Zappos, an event that was sponsored by the NAHFA Next Generation Now.
While on the tour, attendees learned about Zappos’ corporate culture and ideas. As a company that is open to new concepts, we were excited to see how their business operates on a daily basis. One interesting factor that was discussed is the concept of holacracy, which you can learn more about here.
Nationwide Primetime! took place August 2-5th. We experienced a lot of great interaction with different attendees. Alex Knock of Nationwide Marketing Group said, “Dave Bilas, CEO, and Jeff Knock, CCO, kicked off their newly announced roles by sharing the show attendance exceeded 3,900 people. Occupying 185,000 square feet of show space, the traffic was heavy at this largely attended show. The theme “Game Changer: Prepare For Share” is a continuation of the group’s strategy to help their independent retailers gain the most share possible in their marketplace. Industry shifts are enabling the group’s retailers to capture more share than ever before.” As a Nationwide partner since 1998, we were glad to be in attendance at the show and support their initiatives for independent retailers to gain a greater share in the marketplace.
At World Market, our own Donnie and Kaitlin Surdoval spoke with Furniture Today about how STORIS responds to retailers’ needs, including facilitating consumer financing and supporting the transition to EMV Credit Card Processing. View the video here. On the last day of Market, our Business Development Manager, Kyle Mulvaney, gave a presentation about software ROI as well at the NAHFA Retail Resource Center.
Two of STORIS’ employees, Lindsey and Caitlin, got to explore the Red Rock Canyons, just minutes away from the tradeshow venues. They captured beautiful images and fit some hiking into their business trip!
Lindsey and Caitlin also joined WithIt for a cocktail party at Vegas Market. WithIt is an organization for professional women in the home furnishings industry that encourages career growth. Lindsey and Caitlin were able to mingle with other women in the industry and make new connections with members. Caitlin said, “It was great to be a part of an event that showcased women in our industry and to celebrate with an organization that allows us to support one another.”
When asked about her experience at the shows, Lindsey Scapicchio said, “It’s always great to meet new potential partners in Las Vegas, and spend some valuable time with our clients as well. The atmosphere is welcoming throughout the show, which makes it easy to interact and build partnerships.”
We look forward to attending more shows in the future. Up next are the Furniture Today’s Future Leadership Conference & the Casual Furniture Market. View STORIS’ Tradeshow Event Calendar here.