I decided to write this to help some exhibitors understand the terminology of the trade show industry. In order to get what you want done on the trade show floor you must first understand the terminology. I remember years ago when I first entered the trade show industry, I simple did not know most of the terminology. In that I decided to see if I can help a little by putting some terms together to see if I can help others
Blueprint drawings is the drawing of a particular booth etither for set up ofr for building
Bill of Lading (B/L)
The Bill of Lading paperwork sets the fees and terms between transportation companies and shippers regarding transporting goods.
To back-light means setting a light source from behind to light up frontal area
This is usually a locking device used mainly to attach panels; it can also be a timbler type lock
CWT (Certified Weight Ticket)
the CWT unit of measuremnt used to messure the weight by th hundred pound weight. example 4 hundred pounds in CWT is 4cwt
The process of drayage involves moving show materials from the convention dock area to your booth space for set up and then back to the dock again at the end of a trade show.
Foul Bill of Lading
a transportation carrier issues a Foul Bill of Lading which is a document showing that material received was damaged
A grid system includes a structural network of support systems and electrical conduits.
A hard card is a work order requesting services or labor. .This is a document that time will be recorded on
Junction boxes of “J” box is a point where a electrical cords will meet in one metal box.
Labor call is when you set up a specific time for you to receive your laborer for your booth. Example you have a labor call for 4 men on friday at 8:00am. Your labor will be there waiting at 8:00am on Friday ready to work
Less Than Truckload (LTL)
Less than truckload, or LTL, is the set rate charged for freight that weighs less than the minimum weight specified.
Light boxes are boxes containing light fixtures, usally to light up graphics from the rear
a linear or in-line display is a display which is set up straight inline with the Aisle. This space can only be approached from aisle unless this is at the end of an aisle
the marshaling yard is the area where trucks wait for dispatch. Truck drivers check-in with a trade show facility and then proceed to the marshaling yard to wait for loading and unloading instructions.
masking drapes are cloths that cover storage areas. Usally in rear of booth space or covering columns etc .
A union is an organized group of workers who protect the rights of workers and increase the bargaining power with employers on the issues of hours, benefits, and wages.
A modular exhibit is built with interchangeable components able to be set up in different sizes and arrangements.
O.T. labor, or overtime labor, is worked performed outside of regular work hours.
Rear illumination, also called back-lighting, involves lighting a translucent image from behind.
Workers who handle and assemble machinery hanging signs etc .
This is the person who goes out to get anything for your booth, may it be carpet tape or light bulbs etc
This is the actual component that make up your booth space. These structures display your product or service
S.T. labor, Straight time this is usally between the agreed 8 hour time frame, any thing after this is either Overtime or Doubletime
a scissors lift is a motorized platform that can lift people to a certain height. Usally used to do high or above the floor work
Set-up drawings are installation instructions to set up the booth in question.
shipping crates is used to transport the product to and from trade show. Basicly it is a container for transporting items
Show managers organize and manage the trade show and or event.
Subcontractors are individuals or companies hired by a general contractor to provide services for a trade show. This person or company usally have to file a EAC form , Exhibitors appointed contractor.
Turnkey packages all inclusive trade show booth and components, labor to set up and dismanatle booth .
Velcro is the trade name for hook and loop fabric that joins when pressed together and separate when pulled apart.
The exhibit designer/producer is the individual or company responsible for the design and construction of exhibit booths.