Portable exhibits have numerous advantages, ranging from the assurance that you will be able to present your best front to potential customers wherever you go to the simplicity inherent in knowing all the materials you need for your trade show exhibits will be present. Of course, the quality of your presentation depends on your ability to securely transport its components.
While portable exhibits can serve your company for years, you must exercise proper care when moving your precious cargo. Taking a few simple measures will all but ensure maximum performance from your materials.
Safely Transporting Folding Displays
If your trade show exhibits fold for transport, packing is a critical factor in their safety. Always be sure to stow your booth on top of other luggage, not the other way around. Otherwise, you run the risk of warping the structure or even damaging any custom graphics, and it’s always harder to replace a damaged component than to protect it in the first place.
Shipping Exhibits Long Distances
Larger trade show displays generally need to be shipped commercially from convention to convention. While larger stands afford you many advantages, it is vital that you protect them thoroughly when you transport them. This is especially true due to the higher cost and complexity of repairing or replacing larger exhibits.
Larger stands have two primary vulnerabilities: your customized media, such as your company’s logo and any other customizations you have made to the stand, and any structural supports, especially corners. Any customized surfaces should be protected from scratches, scuffs, and piercing, and supports and joints must be securely padded to ensure safe transit.
Taking Exhibits On Planes
Often, the easiest way to transport your display is by taking it with you on a plane. Depending on the airline – and how lightly you pack – you may be able to do so without incurring any extra charges for baggage, and you can keep a closer eye on your livelihood than would otherwise be possible. However, having your stand travel on the same plane does not guarantee its safety.
Airline employees tend to be quite careless when loading checked luggage onto planes. As you have surely noticed, checked bags are likely to be thrown around each time they are handled. Finding the sturdiest possible case for your stand helps ensure that it will stand up to any punishment the airline might deliver. At a fraction of the cost of a new booth, a strong case is easily one of the most valuable investments your company can make in the future of its convention presence.
Moving Trade Show Displays By Car
Space permitting, a car is generally the safest way to transport your booth. First and foremost, you have a much greater degree of control over the environment to which you subject your cargo than if you were shipping or flying with it. Second, many trade show displays will fit easily into the trunk of a large car or in the rear passenger area. With a bit of padding, you can ensure that your booth, and its accompanying materials, will arrive safely at your destination.
Chris Harmen is an author for Skyline, leading providers of trade show displays in Cleveland. Skyline offers the region excellent portable exhibits, Cleveland custom booths, and banner stands for every business need.
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