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When Exhibiting, Push For The Best But Plan For The Unexpected

Your next trade show may very well go off without a hitch. Unfortunately, it could just as well go off with several hitches. I’m gonna be honest I have no idea what the origin of that saying is or if it even makes any sense, but the point is that there are quite a few things that could go wrong at your next show and it is wise to be prepared for any eventuality in order to fix any issues and minimize the damage to your company’s reputation and the bottom line.

Since Blazer Exhibits deals with just about every aspect of the trade show business, including exhibit fabrication, set up and design, we are familiar with the kinds of issues that you may encounter at your next trade show. Anything from braces coming loose, to issues with electronics or power and even perhaps a little typo on your display graphics that doesn’t get noticed until the night before the big trade show (this won’t happen if you order your graphics from us, but it does happen elsewhere.)

There are a few things you can do to make sure that you are prepared for nearly any eventuality or problem that may arise, whether it is during exhibit set up or when actually exhibiting at your next trade show. First, it is a smart idea to have your trade show display vendors on speed dial. If you have never set up a complicated trade show exhibit before you might also want to take advantage of professional set up and tear down services. At Blazer, we do more than design and exhibit fabrication, we also offer a full range of services including exhibit set up.

Another good tip is to have an emergency kit to allow you to make any last minute alterations or repairs to your trade show display should the unthinkable happen. Here are a few items to keep in this kit:

  • Screwdrivers (phillips and regular)

  • Duct tape (indispensable) (seriously, you can’t make a dispenser for this stuff…)

  • Flashlight

  • Extra fabric material

  • Screws of various sizes that match your exhibit

  • Multi-tool

  • Paper and various writing utensils (including a range of sharpie-like pens)

  • Extra batteries

  • Anything else you could use to make a last minute repair

Hopefully, you won’t need to use any of this stuff most of the time. But, still, it is good to have things like this on hand in case you do find yourself in a tight situation and need to patch up your trade show exhibit at the last moment. As always, it’s smart to hope for the best and prepare for the worst.

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