From the Beach to the Arctic – An Overview of Our First Trade Show

Well, we just got back from our first trade show. The show was The Grand Strand Gift and Resort Merchandise Show in Myrtle Beach, SC.  Along with my wife and son, along came my office manager, Patti, and her family or husband and two kids.  Resort hotel rooms are CHEAP this time of year because of the sheer number of rooms available and no people.  Supply and demand.  There were several heated pools, hot tub, lazy river… so we stayed wet when we were not at the show.  We had a great time and learned alot!

Mainly we were looking to add new suppliers for our Beach Chair line.  We talked to several companies, got to see and touch the chairs and met some nice folks.  What did we learn?  First off, most beach chairs come from China.  Secondly, there are production issues in China today.  Thirdly, you need to order early to get the best selection and quantity available.  Production problems stem from many sources.  The global recession has reduced the capacity because less demand has required many workers to return to their villages to grow food – the government is encouraging that.  New environmental regulations to clean up the air and water has forced power plants to cut back on power production.  This means that importers need to order early to get the product they want.  We are in the process of placing our orders in order to bring you the best products at the best prices.  We will be expanding the Rio Beach line and also adding the Copa brand out of Miami, FL.  We also will be adding to our selection of Hammocks and Hanging Chairs from this trip.

I am looking forward to attending other trade shows for the many different products that we offer.  It is fun, educational AND tax deductible!

Jim Ludwig
Owner, Everywhere Chair

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