Advanced Order: An order for show services sent to the service contractor before move-in and usually less expensive than an order placed on site.
Advance Warehouse/Receiving: Location set by show management to receive freight before the start of the show. Freight is stored at this location and then shipped to the show at the appropriate time.
Backwall: Panel arrangement at rear of booth area.
Exhibitor Appointed Contractor (EAC): An Exhibitor Appointed Contractor (EAC) is any company other than one of the designated official contractors which an exhibitor wants to employ before, during or after the show. EACs are not allowed to provide any of the below services:
• Booth Cleaning and Vacuuming
• Catering / Food Service
• Drayage / Forklift Operations
• Electrical, Plumbing & All Other Utilities
• Telephone / Communications
Corkage: The charge placed on beer, liquor and wine brought into the facility but purchased elsewhere. The charge sometimes includes glassware, ice and mixers.
Direct to Show Site: Shipments sent directly to show location.
Decorator: An individual or company providing installation and dismantling of exhibits and booth and hall dressing services for a trade show and/or its exhibitors
Egress: A direction or path or escape from harm; to move away from.
Freight: Properties, products, and other materials that are shipped.
General Service Contractor: A company providing services to a trade show and/or its exhibitors. The general contractor is the official contractor designated by show management for a given show.
Installation/Dismantle: Also referred to as I&D. The set up and tear down of exhibits.
Lead Retrieval: Lead retrieval is a means for capturing and follow-up of sales leads generated at a event, trade show, or conference. Lead retrieval systems give exhibitors the ability to measure results against sales or event objectives and by doing so, justifying the investment in time, energy and budget to exhibit at the event.
Line of Sight: Displays in exhibit spaces must be designed and operated in a manner that respects the rights of other exhibitors and attendees. Displays shall not block or obstruct the view of a neighboring exhibitor. Side walls between neighboring booths cannot exceed more than 4 feet in height.
Loading Dock: Area on premises where goods are received.
Marshalling Yard: Specific retention area (lot) for all vehicles to park prior to going to the show hall/convention center for loading or unloading.
Material Handling: Unloading your shipment, transporting it to your booth, storing and returning your empty crates and cartons, and reloading your shipment at the close of the show.
Pipe & Drape: Pipe material with fabric draped from it to make up side rails and back wall of an exhibit booth.
Pop Up Booth: A term generally referring to a booth that requires minimal tools to set up and is set up by the exhibitor.
Rigging: The overhead suspension of objects from any portion of the physical building.
Strike: Dismantle exhibits.
Suitcasing: When a company tries to sell its product or service on the show floor without the permission or consent of the event's management.