March '17

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48 • RV PRO • March 2017 rv-pro.com 48 • RV PRO • March 2017 rv-pro.com Show Coverage Mike Keller-led Image One Technol- ogies, which allowed dealers, vendors and Arrow to track orders in real time throughout the event. Through the use of kiosks throughout the show or mobile devices, dealers and vendors had access to order totals, and could return to their dealerships with a printed order sheet or have the ledger waiting digitally in an email. "It adds a lot of clarity for us, the vendors, and the dealers," Mullin said of the software ordering system. "Every- body can see what they want to see as it pertains to their business." Other perks for attendees included cash prizes, which were drawn once each hour during exhibit times, and door prizes. The 2017 show, for the first time, included a raffle for a $1,400 travel voucher. As always, Mullin said Arrow made every effort to pass savings on to dealer attendees in an effort to ensure the best prices on a wide range of products. The show proved to be among Arrow's largest annual events to date in its return to Biloxi, following last year's show in Las Vegas. The venue didn't disappoint, according to Mullin, who could see after the opening day that the 2017 event had good turnout. "The show floor looks great and attendance is up, despite some weather in the Northeast," Mullin said. "Feed- back from vendors was positive at the initial walkthrough." The distributor sold out its max- imum exhibitor space months in advance, likely adding to the boost in overall attendance. With vendor exhibit space maximized, it is no surprise that Arrow hosted a number of exhibitors new to both the wholesale company as well as the RV market. Exhibitor and dealer attendance were both up at this year's Arrow Show. After an opening day of product seminars and an exhibit walkthrough, vendors and dealers spent the second day on the show floor.

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