NTP-Stag allows dealers to shop before the show

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EXETER, Pa. — One of the most important things a dealer can do before they attend NTP-Stag’s Expo, is prepare, the company noted today.

“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,” said 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.”

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 Jan. 22 and 23,” said Fred Petrivelli, vice president of sales at 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 attendees 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 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.

NTP-Stag prepared a quick tutorial about the pre-cart feature.

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, said Spaulding.

“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,” he explained. “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 takes place Jan. 22-23 at the Gaylord Opryland Resort in Nashville.

To learn more about the event or pre-cart ordering, customers should contact their sales representative or visit expo.ntpStag.com.

SOURCE: NTP-Stag press release

Greg Gerber

Greg Gerber

A journalist who has covered the recreation vehicle industry since January 2000, Greg Gerber founded RV Daily Report on April Fool's Day in 2009. He also serves as the editor of the publication and website. As an Eagle Scout, he has enjoyed camping for decades and has visited every state except Hawaii. A DODO -- Dad of Daughters Only -- to three young women, he has two grandchildren as well. He currently splits his time between Wisconsin, Texas and Arizona. Greg can be reached at editor@rvdailyreport.com.

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