Archive for October, 2013

Exhibiting at Trade Shows

October 21, 2013

Whether you’re a frequent trade show exhibitor, an occasional exhibitor, or a show organizer, you inevitably begin with a long list of “to-do’s” when planning your exhibit or event. You’ve probably spent months carefully considering your booth design, literature, show floor strategy, and giveaways. But one thing is for certain, your plans all hinge on your show and conference materials arriving at your event – on time and in good condition! Here are some quick tips to consider:

  • Use a transportation partner that has a dedicated trade show shipping department – Trade show shipping is a unique line of business in the freight transportation world, so pick a partner that specializes in getting to know the logistics of your event.
  • Who’s watching your shipment? – The success of your business can hinge on your success at a large trade show or event, so pick the partner that’s going to track your shipment from the time it leaves your dock to the time it gets to the show.
  • Money isn’t everything, but… – You don’t want to end up spending all of your hard-earned profits from the show on freight, but you want to make sure that you don’t jump at the lowest offer if it’s a carrier that you’ve never heard of. “Bob’s Trucking” may be offering you the lowest shipping rate, but make sure you won’t be charged additional fees that you didn’t know about, such as “wait time” and “lift gate” fees.

Trade show shipping doesn’t have to be confusing or difficult. Click here to download an electronic white paper that has some good tips on trade show shipping.

This tip is brought to you by PartnerShip®,  the company that manages the NASC Shipping Program. For more information or to enroll, email sales@PartnerShip.com or call 800-599-2902.

Inbound Shipping Savings

October 7, 2013

Reducing inbound shipping costs is one of the easiest, yet most overlooked ways to reduce your overall transportation expenses. Like many businesses, NASC members may not currently have control over the shipments coming inbound into them? Here are 4 steps you can follow to better understand your true inbound shipping costs, and the cost savings opportunities you may be missing:

  • Find a 3PL or shipping partner that has inbound shipping management experience
  • Analyze your inbound shipping to determine actual shipping costs and opportunities for savings
  • Negotiate the best possible inbound shipping rates with your carriers
  • Create inbound routing instructions and send them to all of your key vendors

Click here to download the complete, electronic white paper on this subject.

This tip is brought to you by PartnerShip®,  the company that manages the NASC Shipping Program. For more information or to enroll, email sales@PartnerShip.com or call 800-599-2902.

NASC Sports Legacy Committee Selects Oklahoma City Charity as 2014 Sports Legacy Fund Beneficiary

October 2, 2013

The National Association of Sports Commissions (NASC) has selected the Oklahoma Cleats for Kids program as its Sports Legacy Fund beneficiary at next year’s NASC Symposium in Oklahoma City, to be held March 31-April 3, 2014.

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The Sports Legacy Fund, originally developed by the St. Petersburg/Clearwater Sports Commission as an equipment donation program, is a way for members of the sports tourism community to make a personal and lasting impact on the lives of underprivileged youth sports programs throughout the country. Each year the NASC partners with the host city of the NASC Sports Event Symposium to donate the proceeds from the Sports Legacy Fund to a worthy organization in the community.

Oklahoma Cleats for Kids collects, recycles and distributes new and gently used athletic shoes and equipment to kids in need. In its first year of operation in 2012, Cleats for Kids delivered more than 5,000 pairs of shoes, clothing and equipment to

Oklahoma kids in need. underprivileged youth sports programs throughout the country. Each year the NASC partners with the host city of the NASC Sports Event Symposium to donate the proceeds from the Sports Legacy Fund to a worthy organization in the community.

Photo Courtesy of Oklahoma Cleats for Kids

Photo Courtesy of Oklahoma Cleats for Kids

“We are looking forward to our partnership with Oklahoma Cleats for Kids,” said Ed Hruska, CSEE, executive director of the Rochester (MN) Amateur Sports Commission and chair of the NASC Sports Legacy Committee. “NASC always looks for an organization committed to reaching the community, and we feel Cleats for Kids does that for deserving youth throughout the state.”

“It is our honor to be chosen by the Sports Legacy Committee as the Sports Legacy Fund beneficiary for the 2014 NASC Symposium,” said Stacy McDaniel, president of Oklahoma Cleats for Kids. “Our vision for Cleats for Kids is to support every child’s right to develop a healthier lifestyle and build character by helping them get what they need to play and stay involved in sports. The NASC partnership will help support our mission.”

Photo Courtesy of Oklahoma Cleats for Kids

Photo Courtesy of Oklahoma Cleats for Kids

Since its inception, the Sports Legacy Fund has made sporting goods contributions and monetary donations to youth sports programs in Lexington, Kentucky; Dallas; Omaha; Denver; Columbus, Ohio; Greensboro; Hartford and Louisville. Grants may be awarded throughout the year to communities in need as approved by the Sports Legacy Committee.

 

For more information visit www.sportscommissions.org.