With the upcoming International Gift Exposition in the Smokies just around the corner, there is a lot to look forward to! From a Conservation Commerce tour to a variety of networking events to countless vendors to explore, retailers looking to strengthen their sales can begin by registering for IGES. Among the not to miss experiences include: 

#1. Morning Pick-Me-Ups

IGES gives you access to trend insights, vendor specials, networking opportunities and… donuts! On the opening day of IGES, attendees are greeted with complimentary hot coffee, tea, and freshly baked donuts. This will take place in the Sevierville Convention Center and will continue each morning throughout the duration of the show. Gain more details here.

#2. New Inventory Discovery

If you want to discover new inventory – and even new vendors – IGES in Tennessee is where the magic happens. Tradeshows are where many vendors launch new inventory, as well as one of the only places to gain hands-on experiences with product that you’re thinking about investing in for your store. In fact, Statista reports that 80 percent of trade show visitors decided to purchase a product or service they had not intended to because they had an in-person experience at a trade show with it.  Keeping this in mind, be sure to plan ahead and explore the variety of vendors that will be attending IGES with their Show Planner here.

#3. 20 Years of IGES

In partnership with the City of Sevierville, the International Gift Exposition in the Smokies will host its 20th Anniversary during the upcoming IGES Show. Both attendees and exhibitors are invited to attend what is sure to be a memorable experience. The event will feature live entertainment, dancing, and a variety of surprises… plus this event is just one of the many that welcome networking into your show experience.  Additionally, there will be free shuttle service provided from Sevierville Convention Center and LeConte Convention Center to this event, which will take place on November 7, 2019, from 6pm to 9pm. Gain more details here.

#4: Gain Buyer Bucks

Want to earn cash back on orders you place for store inventory? Of course you do! But you can only do this when attending IGES. IGES’s Buyer Bucks is returning to the show, rewarding buyers with discounts and specials from exhibitors participating in the Buyer Bucks program. When a buyer makes qualifying purchases of $500 or more with an exhibitor participating in the Buyer Bucks program, the IGES show will reward the buyer with money back. This is a winning scenario for buyers and yet one more great reason to attend and shop IGES in November. For more details, click here.

#5. Inspiration to Boost Success

Finally, IGES is the perfect, year-end excuse to boost your store success by gaining a front-row seat to the industry’s latest trends while renewing your passion for retail along the way. The day-to-day responsibilities of a merchant are undoubtedly busy, but taking the time to remove yourself from your store, welcome new surroundings, identify fresh inventory and socialize with like-minded yet non-competitive peers is just what you need! Register now to ensure you don’t miss the 20th IGES Show taking place November 5-9, 2019, in Tennessee.

By Nicole Leinbach Reyhle

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