One-stop-shop – A term which originated in the USA in the late 1920s, early 1930s. The earliest I can find is this advert for a car repairer, from The Lincoln Star, Lincoln, Nebraska, July 1930. They managed to sum up what the term was all about in their strapline – “Have it all done in one place. Save your time. Save your money “. (Source: Guy Martin, Phrasefinder).
For decade upon decade, exhibitions have been recognised as one of the most efficient and powerful tools for effectively doing business. As a face-to-face meeting point, trade fairs and exhibitions are basically a target opportunity for achieving your trade objectives. They are a cost-effective means to reach your market audience – at one time and in one place. Among the key advantages of trade show participation are customer contact, public relations and a high return/expense ratio. According to the global Center for Exhibition Industry Research: 76% of exhibition attendees arrive with an agenda; 48% of exhibition leads don’t require a sales call to close the deal; exhibition leads cost 56% less to close than field sales calls; 87% of exhibition attendees say they will share information obtained at exhibitions with their immediate superiors. (Source: Wikipedia, November 2013)
With no doubt about the need for and effectiveness of exhibitions the opportunity to expand the offering to exhibitors presents itself. With this in mind, Exhibitions SA has examined the growing trends of the industry and its market. It has fine-tuned a product mix to enhance its service range – a one-stop-shop. In addition to its core business of custom and system stand design and construction – ESA Exhibitions – the Exhibitions SA shop now provides additional branding services, namely:
ESA Portable – banners, flags, pop-ups, bunting, gazebos and other fully portable indoor and outdoor products;
ESA Print – with 20 years design and print experience under their People in Graphics banner Exhibitions SA offers design and print of brochures, calendars, point-of-sale and other marketing material as well as more substantial projects such as annual reports, multipage catalogues and perfect bound books;
ESA Promo – Exhibitions SA are official resellers for the top gifting importers and manufacturers in the country providing their clients with the hassle-free service of sourcing promotional hand-outs, executive gifts and corporate clothing.