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  • 3/29/2019 12:00:00 AM
  • John Spaulding

Exeter, PA – NTP-STAG will be hosting EXPO 2020, its annual dealer event, at the Gaylord Texan in Grapevine, TX, January 13-14. “We are returning to the Gaylord Texan in 2020 because it is a great location to host an event,” says John Spaulding, Director of Communications and Events at NTP-STAG. “It’s an incredibly easy place to get to no matter where you are coming from and the weather in January tends to be more predictable and less severe than more northern and remote locations. Our customers coming from Canada, the Midwest or either coast will find Texas a welcoming atmosphere full of hospitality,” he adds.

EXPO 2020 will host RV University and the PRO Education Seminars on day one of the event. That evening will feature an opening reception on the show floor. The following day will be highlighted by a full day on the exhibit floor and special closing reception. The EXPO is expected to attract more than 200 exhibiting companies and NTP-STAG customers from across North America. “It’s important for us to show our appreciation to our customers by hosting this event every year. Their loyalty to our programs and people are critical to our success and we like to celebrate that with them by providing excellent educational programming, terrific buying opportunities and plenty of fun,” says Spaulding. Follow the build up to EXPO 2020 at expo.ntpstag.com.

For more than 50 years, NTP-STAG has been serving fellow enthusiasts and professionals across the industry. Today, as a division of Keystone Automotive Operations, the company is highly regarded as the leading distribution company across the recreation vehicle market and is uniquely positioned to offer customers and suppliers substantial scale, the most comprehensive inventory selection in the industry, high levels of customer service, and innovative marketing support. NTP-STAG is committed to expanding its offerings to meet the ever-growing needs of its customer base, providing them what they need, when they need it.

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2020 RV PRO Speaker Lineup for The EXPO

Exeter, PA (October 7, 2019) – Today NTP-STAG, the leading distribution company for the recreational vehicle market, announced the RV University (RVU) Professional Retail Organization (PRO) Education Speaker Lineup for The Expo 2020 that will be held January 13 – 14 at the Gaylord Texan in Grapevine, TX. Now in its tenth year, the RVU PRO business development seminar series offers free live and web-based continuing education courses to RV Industry professionals. While the education series launches each year at The Expo, add-on webinars are added quarterly with courses providing instruction on subjects ranging from store readiness and customer and team member relationship management to e-commerce and salesmanship.

“We’re extremely pleased to be presenting the PRO education series for our tenth consecutive year,” stated NTP-STAG President Bill Rogers. “With more than 60 industry critical online courses available to professionals of all skill levels to review at their convenience, PRO is a valuable tool for retail organizations seeking a convenient way to stay abreast of the latest retail trends and best practices leading to profitability.”

The speaker lineup is selected by NTP-STAG to provide attendees with compelling, impactful, results-driven content.

2020 RVU PRO Speakers:

Sardek Love

Dr. Sardek Love is Chief Executive Officer of Sardek Love International. Dr. Love has worked in 32 countries inspiring, developing, and educating managers from Fortune 100 companies, high tech organizations, local, state and federal government agencies and global brands on how to become more effective leaders in their workplace. From working in west Siberia during the most frigid of winter temperatures, to being lost in the Libyan desert in the scorching heat of summer, to traveling to the incredibly lush and extremely remote jungles of Indonesia, and revitalizing a workforce in war torn villages of West Africa, his real-world experiences serve as the foundation of his powerfully captivating stories from which he brings his sessions to life. Dr. Love will enlighten the Expo PRO attendees on “Pow vs Wow: No Cost Secrets for Generating Increased Sales and Repeat Customers”.

 

Mary C Kelly

Dr. Mary Kelly is an economist and best-selling author specializing in business and leadership development to improve efficiency and profits. A graduate of the US Naval Academy, Mary spent 21 years on active duty, achieving the rank of Commander. She has trained over 40,000 military and civilian personnel in multi-cultural environments all over the world. She now builds successful strategies for corporate and association leaders.

She has been quoted by the Wall Street Journal, Money Magazine, Entrepreneur, Men’s Health, and other periodicals. Fun and funny, Mary is a college professor, international speaker, and author of award-winning leadership books. Mary’s workshops are content-rich, enjoyable, and tailored to meet the needs of each audience. Dr. Mary Kelly will capture the audience with “Leading for Profit Growth” at the 2020 NTP-STAG Expo.

 

Gabrielle Bosche

Returning by popular demand, Gabrielle Bosché is America's Millennial expert. She is a best-selling author, TEDx presenter and international keynote speaker. Gabrielle has developed employee retention and engagement strategies for presidential campaigns, Fortune 500 CEOs and top military generals. She has been featured in outlets such as the Washington Post, Huffington Post, Fast Company, Business Insider, Bloomberg Radio and NPR. Gabrielle is the author of three books on her generation, including 5 Millennial Myths: The Handbook for Managing and Motivating Millennials and The Millennial Entrepreneur: Side-hustlers, Startups and Disrupters Restarting America.

Gabrielle is the Founder and President of The Millennial Solution—an international training and consulting firm helping generations work better together with online and live training workshops. Gabrielle will build on her 2019 Expo RVU PRO Generational Leadership 1.0 presentation with “Generational Leadership 2.0: How Your Age Determines How You Lead, Manage and Work.”

About NTP-STAG

For more than 50 years, NTP-STAG has been serving RV dealers, retailers and service professionals across the industry. Today, as a division of Keystone Automotive Operations, the company is highly regarded as the leading distribution company for the recreational vehicle market and is uniquely positioned to offer customers and suppliers substantial scale, the most comprehensive inventory selection in the industry, high levels of customer service, and innovative marketing support. NTP-STAG is committed to expanding its offerings to meet the ever-growing needs of its customer base, providing them what they need, when they need it.

NTP-STAG 2020 EXPO Dates and Locations Announced

Exeter, PA – NTP-STAG will be hosting EXPO 2020, its annual dealer event, at the Gaylord Texan in Grapevine, TX, January 13-14. “We are returning to the Gaylord Texan in 2020 because it is a great location to host an event,” says John Spaulding, Director of Communications and Events at NTP-STAG. “It’s an incredibly easy place to get to no matter where you are coming from and the weather in January tends to be more predictable and less severe than more northern and remote locations. Our customers coming from Canada, the Midwest or either coast will find Texas a welcoming atmosphere full of hospitality,” he adds.

EXPO 2020 will host RV University and the PRO Education Seminars on day one of the event. That evening will feature an opening reception on the show floor. The following day will be highlighted by a full day on the exhibit floor and special closing reception. The EXPO is expected to attract more than 200 exhibiting companies and NTP-STAG customers from across North America. “It’s important for us to show our appreciation to our customers by hosting this event every year. Their loyalty to our programs and people are critical to our success and we like to celebrate that with them by providing excellent educational programming, terrific buying opportunities and plenty of fun,” says Spaulding. Follow the build up to EXPO 2020 at expo.ntpstag.com.

For more than 50 years, NTP-STAG has been serving fellow enthusiasts and professionals across the industry. Today, as a division of Keystone Automotive Operations, the company is highly regarded as the leading distribution company across the recreation vehicle market and is uniquely positioned to offer customers and suppliers substantial scale, the most comprehensive inventory selection in the industry, high levels of customer service, and innovative marketing support. NTP-STAG is committed to expanding its offerings to meet the ever-growing needs of its customer base, providing them what they need, when they need it.

NTP-STAG’s Nashville EXPO One for the Record Books

EXETER, PA – If an event’s success is measured by attendance and sales, NTP-STAG’s 2019 EXPO would be one for the record books. By almost every measure – attendance, exhibit hall size, sales, new product and program reveals, the 2019 EXPO appeared to break all the previous show records. “We had high expectations going into the event,” stated Bill Rogers, President of NTP-STAG. “The results were exactly what we hoped for – strong attendance, busy show floor, solid representation by leading suppliers in our market, and great sales,” he adds.

The 2019 EXPO, held at the Gaylord Opryland Resort in Nashville, had over 3,000 preregistered NTP-STAG customers, supplier personnel and staff scheduled to attend.  The two day event had the largest RV University attendance ever and the 150,000 square foot exhibit hall was humming with people and deals until the closing bell.

“Our training and education programs continue to be a strong draw for the EXPO,” says John Spaulding Director of Communications and Events. “It reinforces the fact that there is a desire for people to be better at their jobs and have a deeper understanding of the products, business practices and trends that impact their success. Having over 1,100 people signed up to participate in our education programs this year was incredible.”

During EXPO, there was definitely a focus on new items, product categories and marketing programs that can help dealers grow their businesses. The traditional model store was transformed into an idea center where attendees could see how a variety of categories like, pet supplies, portable lighting, kitchen items, smart technology products and PDI components can be merchandised to improve impulse shopping and overall store sales performance.

Fred Petrivelli, Vice President of Sales says, “Helping customers find new products and showing them how to sell them was a key initiative for us at the show this year. Based on the level of interest we saw in the merchandising area and with the 17 new suppliers we had on the show floor, I would say we delivered on that one.”  When asked if the on-the-floor promotions delivered, too, he said, “Keeping the energy up on the show floor was easy. The power hours were terrific!”

The company reported that their pre-cart order building process was a success this year with more than 64% of the registered dealer accounts having come prepared with some of their buying pre-planned. The pre-cart sales totals were up over 50% from 2018. Ralph Ruzzi, Vice President of NTP-STAG Canada said, “Obviously, coming to the show prepared gives people more time to spend with suppliers on the floor learning about new products and I think that really helped us achieve our overall sales plan at the event.”

“Based on what we experienced in Nashville this week, I’d have to say that things are off to a pretty good start,” says Rogers. “The suppliers were very complimentary. Our customers were appreciative and upbeat, and they really showed a keen interest in a lot of the new things we introduced. From our Marketing Garage digital content solutions and Parts VIA to product and service offers from DISH, Pet Comfort, Blue Ox, Airxcel, Carefree, Valterra and others, I really couldn’t be happier with what I saw this week.  The best part was being able to build on so many great relationships that we have.”

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For more than 50 years, NTP-STAG has been serving fellow enthusiasts and professionals across the industry. Today, as a division of Keystone Automotive Operations, the company is highly regarded as the leading distribution company across the recreation vehicle market and is uniquely positioned to offer customers and suppliers substantial scale, the most comprehensive inventory selection in the industry, high levels of customer service, and innovative marketing support. NTP-STAG is committed to expanding its offerings to meet the ever-growing needs of its customer base, providing them what they need, when they need it.

NTP-STAG’s Pre-Cart Functionality Makes Preparing for EXPO Easier Than Ever

Exeter, PA – One of the most important things a dealer can do before they attend NTP-STAG’s EXPO, is prepare. “Over the past several years we have integrated technology solutions into our trade show to make it easier for our customers to maximize their time on the show floor with us and take advantage of all the special offers we provide,” states John Spaulding, Director of Events and Communications. “Early preparation and utilization of these new tools can really improve a customer’s experience at the show,” he adds.

The company found that dealers who reviewed their purchase histories, took stock of their inventory and forecasted their demand for certain products before the show typically had more time to visit with suppliers about new lines and learn about new products and services offered by NTP-STAG. “Our Pre-Cart option within VIA allows our customers to get a head-start on building their show orders. The functionality is available now, giving everyone attending EXPO plenty of time to develop a buying plan for when they are with us in Nashville January 22-23,” says Fred Petrivelli, VP Sales NTP-STAG.

NTP-STAG’s pre-cart works just like an e-commerce shopping cart. Customers can add items to the pre-cart by selecting the Add-to-Expo Cart button available on product list and product detail pages within VIA. Pre-cart contents can be modified at any time and show pricing will appear on those items at the opening of the show.

EXPO attendee can also use the Pre-Show Upload tool available in the EXPO site. The Upload tool uses a simple Excel file format that allows customers to build their show buy and upload directly into a pre-cart. This is extremely helpful for customers that use their point of sales software to output usage reports. The information those reports generate can now be easily translated into a shopping cart making it much faster to build an order.

To see a quick tutorial about Pre-Cart go to Expo Precart Tutorial to learn more.

Technology advancements have also influenced how orders are placed at the show. Electronic ordering was introduced at EXPO two years ago, and is fast becoming the most popular way to submit orders. “Dealers are realizing that the time savings, order accuracy and other benefits associated with the technology makes the order writing process easier, faster and more enjoyable,” says Spaulding. “We use a bring-your-own-devise-and-data approach to our web-based solution and found that it is easier for people to use equipment they are familiar with. If it can connect to the internet, it can be used to place orders at the show.”

NTP-STAG EXPO is the industry’s largest warehouse distributor sponsored event. It draws attendees from across North America and features educational programming, exhibits from over 200 suppliers, season-best buying opportunities and a variety of networking functions. The event is being held January 22-23 at the Gaylord Opryland Resort in Nashville, TN. To learn more about the event or pre-cart ordering, customer should contact their sales representative or visit expo.ntpstag.com.

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