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NTP-STAG Brings Its Vision to Texas with the Expo

  • 1/1/0001 12:00:00 AM
  • Patrick Wagenbrenner

EXETER, PA – (February 3, 2020) Grapevine, Texas was the epicenter of the RV business as industry professionals from across North America gathered at the Gaylord Texan Resort Hotel and Convention Center on Jan 13-14 for The EXPO. The industry’s largest warehouse distributor event, presented by NTP-STAG and sponsored by Airxcel, provided attendees the unique opportunity to explore new products, visit with leading suppliers and participate in business seminars while benefitting from show-only specials and discounts.

Communicating the “Our Vision for Serving the Aftermarket” theme throughout the two-day event, NTP-STAG team members and executives presented their industry viewpoint while receiving valuable feedback from the dealers, suppliers and media in attendance who shared their thoughts on the positive outlook of the RV Industry.

“The EXPO provides us a tremendous opportunity to spend valuable time with our dealers. We gain their important perspective on our industry while sharing our vision on how we can assist them in growing their businesses,” said NTP-STAG President, Bill Rogers.

Taking center stage across the 150,000 sq. ft. show floor was the New Products Showcase, encompassing more than twice the space of the prior year, where suppliers were eager to introduce new products from existing and new categories such as housewares, pet supplies and marine products to the RV market. Also making its debut at The EXPO was the Overland Bound area, featuring vehicles outfitted with tents and travel gear essential to this popular outdoor lifestyle trend.

“These multiple innovations presented dealers in attendance with several opportunities to expand their businesses to adjacent spaces, such as the marine industry and overlanding, while suppliers introduced more new products than ever before,” added Rogers. “For many, Overlanding is exposing an entirely new segment to the experience of outdoor vehicle travel and camping as a gateway into the RV lifestyle.  As these interests develop, RVs will satisfy their eventual requirements for greater comfort and convenience.”

A cornerstone of the vision presented by Rogers, and a popular discussion topic throughout the show, was the agreements NTP-STAG has established with a number of RV Builders and Suppliers to provide warranty fulfillment services. These agreements, now in place with Coleman, Grand Design, Jayco and Heartland RV, address the important issue of shortening Repair Event Cycle Time (RECT) with expediting parts delivery resulting in faster response times and improved customer experiences.

“Downtime has been a crucial concern throughout the industry,” shared NTP-STAG Director of Category Management, Jon White. “Dealers were pleased to learn more about this collaboration and how we are working together to significantly reduce the time it takes to get parts to their dealerships to execute warranty repairs and get their customers back out on the road.” 

Preceding the show opening, participants were treated to insight from a compelling RV Professional Retail Organization (PRO) Education Speaker roster that included Chief Executive Officer of Sardek Love International Dr. Sardek Love, economist and best-selling author Dr. Mary Kelly, and America's Millennial expert Gabrielle Bosché, in addition to more than 30 product showcase seminars. These business development seminar sessions covered important subjects such as “Generating Increased Sales and Repeat Customers” and “Leading for Profit Growth” along with “Generational Leadership.” The trio provided valuable insight tailored to meet the needs of the RV industry.

“This was the tenth year we have provided the industry with a compelling roster of exceptional speakers,” said Rogers. “These seminars introduce show attendees to innovative skills and business techniques while the speakers’ discussions serve as a cornerstone to the continuing education programs available online through the newly revised RVU platform.” 

For EXPO attendees visiting with suppliers and learning about unique show specials and promotions, the product ordering process was easier and more streamlined than ever before with the refinement of electronic cart pre-load functionality. Utilizing this fifth iteration of the electronic ordering platform, many attendees built their orders in advance, improving the productivity of their show experience. The show experience was also enhanced by the introduction of the new EXPO Mobile App sponsored by Southwire featuring the show agenda, RVU schedule, an interactive floorplan, live notifications, Power Hour Specials and more. 

“Technology plays a significant role in how business is conducted so we are continually developing tools to increase EXPO attendees’ productivity on the show floor and streamline the sales process,” said NTP-STAG Vice President of Sales, Fred Petrivelli. “We anticipate that transactions will be completely executed via electronic cart pre-loading at The EXPO in the near future.”

As The EXPO delivered the message of NTP-STAG’s vision, Rogers was upbeat about the show based on attendees’ feedback. “We always conclude The EXPO with a large reception and this year, we brought everyone out to the Texas Live! Entertainment District adjacent to the Dallas Cowboys Stadium to celebrate together. Our customers and suppliers had a fantastic time and were positive and complimentary. The RV Industry is strong and we’re looking forward to doing it again in 2021.” 

 

About The EXPO:

The 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. To learn more about The EXPO please visit expo.ntpstag.com.

 

 

About NTP-STAG

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 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 most.

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NTP-STAG Opens 2021 with Expo
Exeter, PA (February 05, 2021) – NTP-STAG, the leading distribution company for the recreational vehicle aftermarket, opened the new year with the 2021 Expo, both in person on January 18 – 19 at the Marriott Orlando World Center in Orlando, FL, followed by a weeklong virtual event January 25 – 29.
 
“Supported by extensive customer surveys and supplier communications voicing a strong interest in our holding the live show, our events team worked closely with the Marriott Orlando World Center staff to establish parameters and protocols while integrating the technology and tools that allowed us to execute a safe and healthy event for all attendees,” said NTP-STAG President, Bill Rogers. “Although meeting these needs required us to reduce the number of staff, exhibitors and customers, the result was a high-quality event allowing dealers valuable networking opportunities while partaking in the various educational seminars and of course, show-only sales and promotions. We are grateful to our customers who took time out of their busy schedules to join us in Orlando and participate in Expo.”
 
In conjunction with the live event, the virtual Expo, hosted through NTP-STAG’s online portal, viantp.com, provided attendees weeklong access to a similar slate of sales and promotions, Power Hours and buying opportunities along with the impressive roster of speakers and product seminars that appeared at the live event in Orlando. Hall of Fame speaker and well-respected economist Dr. Mary Kelly PhD returned for the second year as a PRO Speaker to share her business insights while bestselling author and nationally-recognized social media expert, Corey Perlman discussed best practices to maximize digital business opportunities including developing and publishing effective, high-quality social media content. Numerous RV University product presentations by some of the industry’s leading suppliers rounded out the agenda both in person, and virtually.
 
“While logistics, capacity limitations and the geographical travel restrictions of the current environment restricted live event capacity, the virtual show allowed us to engage with dealers while showcasing the leading manufacturers in a safe, online environment,” continued Rogers. “The wider accessibility of the virtual show format also gave us an opportunity to expand our reach and communicate with a larger audience for an extended period of time. We foresee incorporating the virtual show elements into our event programming well into the future.”
 
For RV Dealers, many of whom were attending their first live show in nearly a year, the 2021 NTP-STAG Expo was a welcomed return to the calendar.
Attendee, PPL Motor Homes President, Diana LeBlanc summarized her sentiments at the conclusion of the show in Orlando. “We didn’t know what to expect coming this year, we just knew that NTP-STAG would take care of us. The feeling this year is completely different but it’s a good feeling and I think it’s going to be the future of the industry.”
 
For more information about Expo, please visit: https://expo.ntpstag.com/
The 2021 NTP-STAG Virtual Expo is Here

Exeter, PA (January 22, 2021) – The 2021 NTP-STAG Virtual Expo will be held this week, January 25 – 29. Accessed online through viantp.com, the 2021 NTP-STAG Virtual Expo will deliver the same great deals and promotions as the live event with an increased level of supplier participation in a digital environment.

Virtual Expo attendees will have access to a full slate of RV University sessions, including PRO (Professional Retail Organization) Education Seminars with interactive Q&A Sessions, in addition to online manufacturer exhibits, Power Hours and daily prize giveaways.

Also highlighted is the compelling keynote address, presented by Hall of Fame speaker, Dr. Mary Kelly PhD. Dr. Kelly a retired Commander in the US Navy as an intelligence officer, a chief of police, an HR director, and a chief of staff, as well as training more than 40,000 military personnel, now specializes in leadership growth that helps organizations improve their profitability and productivity.

For more information go to https://expo.ntpstag.com or contact your NTP-STAG sales representative.

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.
Venue Event Preparedness and Safety Information

Prior to your arrival, take a moment watch the following recording of the January 11th  call where NTP-STAG and the Orlando World Center Marriott (OWCM)presented venue preparedness & safety protocols.

You can also view a video that showcases an event that took place in October 2020 at OWCM:  https://marriottbonvoyevents.com/inspirational-stories/article/277.

 We look forward to greeting you.

 

Excitement Builds for 2021 NTP-STAG Expo

Exeter, PA (January 6, 2021) –  The 2021 NTP-STAG Expo Mobile App sponsored by Southwire is now available to download, providing many useful features such as access to the show agenda, an activity feed and “my schedule” which allows show attendees to customize their show day. With less than three weeks before the launch of the NTP-STAG Expo, show attendees are invited to download the show Mobile App and familiarize themselves with the show-enhancing tool. The 2021 NTP-STAG Expo is being held January 18 - 19 at the Orlando Marriott World Center in Orlando, Florida followed by a virtual event January 25 – 29.


“The Expo Mobile App is the best way to stay connected to all the show activities,” said Vice President, sales, Fred Petrivelli. “It’s simple to use and a very handy tool to help our dealers who will be attending Expo maximize their experience.”


The Expo Mobile App features the most up to date information about the show right at users’ fingertips. This includes access to the RV University schedule, PRO Seminar speakers with topics and much more.  Along with an interactive floor plan, the show app delivers live notifications on prize drawing winners, Power Hours and much more.


In addition to RV University, which includes PRO (Professional Retail Organization) Education Seminars, manufacturer exhibits, show-only sales and promotions and receptions, NTP-STAG has announced Hall of Fame speaker, Dr. Mary Kelly PhD will present the keynote address. Dr. Kelly a retired Commander in the US Navy as an intelligence officer, a chief of police, an HR director, and a chief of staff, as well as training more than 40,000 military personnel, now specializes in leadership growth that helps organizations improve their profitability and productivity. She will be delivering her insight that has contributed to more than 13 business books, including her best-seller, Master Your World, and her latest award-winner, “Why Leaders Fail and the 7 Prescriptions for Success which was profiled in both Forbes and Success magazines.


“We are looking forward to welcoming Mary to Orlando as our keynote speaker,” said NTP-STAG President, Bill Rogers. “As an award-winning economist, Mary is a compelling speaker and we are all excited about what she has to say, ultimately benefitting from her valuable perspective.”


For more information go to expo.ntpstag.com or call an NTP-STAG sales representative.


NTP-STAG continues to monitor the COVID-19 pandemic and are in constant communication with the host venue and local authorities.


For more information about Expo, please visit: https://expo.ntpstag.com/


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