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2

Oct

2014

Nickels and Dimes

Author: Steve Moskal

Some friends from Germany recently visited the U.S. for the first time. We were happy that their first stop was Chicago. It was good to see them and it provided an opportunity to show off the city. They were impressed with Lake Michigan’s beautiful shoreline, restaurants, the museums and the architecture.

 

The one negative comment they expressed was, when purchasing something, the price was more at check out than what was posted or tagged. Also, they were surprised that extra charges for their hotel were not included in the original reservation.

 

“Sales and hotel tax,” I said. I also explained taxes varied by city and state, and by certain items like food, drinks and medicine. “Americans are just used to it. We call it being ‘nickeled and dimed’.” 

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Categories: EAC, I&D

Tags: Conventions, Surcharges

24

Jan

2013

A Must-Read For All Trade Show Exhibitors

Author: Steve Moskal

The Exhibit and Event Marketers Association (E2MA) recently posted their 2012 Advocacy Study Presentation titled “Enhancing Exhibitor Value Enables Show Growth” on their website.

 

I urge everyone to read through the report if you have not done so already. While it touches on many important trends and facts regarding show costs and the consumer price index (CPI), it takes special note to identify that over 30% of costs are unknown at the time a booth space contract is signed. These costs include drayage (material handling) and in many instances, install and dismantle labor.

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Categories: EAC, Material Handling, Trends

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