Nationwide Intros Info-Pad Program
Reception from dealers so far to the concept has been “off the ranch,” according to Knock, who added that “we are expecting a couple of thousand people to sign on here—a high level of initial participation.”
The initiative was one in a series presented by the group under the exhibition theme “Solutions: Blueprint for Success,” to its largest contingent of attendees ever: nearly 5,000 vendors and independent retailers that, this show, included members from both the newly allied Cantrex Nationwide Canada-based group and the NECO Alliance. The show occupied 325,000 square feet of exhibit space – up from 200,000 square feet last year, and hosted 185 vendors.
“We’ll continue to grow,” Weisner asserted. “It’s our job to be the dominant North American group,” with sales exceeding $14 billion. He said 300-plus members joined in 2012, with about two-thirds of that number being additions and the other third replacing members lost through business closures or retirement. In 2012, he said, “there were fewer folks leaving the business. It could be that it was a good year for them” versus the two years prior, he said.