By Alan Wolf
Everything’s bigger in Texas, and the Expo component of BrandSource’s 2019 Convention in Dallas was no exception.
Indeed, the buying group reports that exhibit space was up 25 percent over its previous show, breaking all BrandSource records. Driving the expanded show floor was the addition of 20 new vendors, who were excited to display their wares before BrandSource’s ever burgeoning ranks of independent retailers. New product lines were introduced by both bedding and furniture vendors, and many new innovations were spotlighted by appliance manufacturers.
Not surprisingly, vendor excitement at the 50th anniversary show was off the charts. Chad Evans, AVB’s GM of Merchandising summed it up by saying, “It was a very positive event. We had lots of new vendors excited about the future of BrandSource. There was a lot of business done on the floor and our vendor partners are very pleased about the sales they generated this year. They felt they got a lot of good face time with potential prospects as well as the great numbers they saw from both new and regular customers.”
Whirlpool, a top-level Platinum Sponsor of the Convention, could not have been happier with the event from start to finish. As sales exec Mark Hecht commented, “We started off with a bang with a Stampede event that was full of excitement. The dealer energy was incredible, we had a great Stampede! The Expo was phenomenal as well. The dealers have all been very excited to come see our new products and innovation – we have been going non-stop since we started.”
Special thanks to Whirlpool; Gold Sponsors GE Appliances and Electrolux; Silver Sponsors LG Electronics, Samsung, Serta Simmons and Tempur Sealy; and all of our exhibitors for helping to make BrandSource’s 2019 Convention & Expo the resounding success it was.
YSN is published by BrandSource parent company AVB Inc.