Breaking It Down: Trade Show Planning Checklist 60 Day Countdown

Experience Matters| TAC’s Exhibitors Guide to Planning for a Trade Show.
May 31, 2017

We know preparing for a trade show can be stressful, especially as you get closer to that 60 day mark. That’s when your countdown begins, and everything feels real! Its time to start executing your plan. We are breaking it down to provide you with a checklist to stay organized and remain stress-free! Two months away from your show is plenty of time, so don’t panic. Transit Air has got your back!

Here are the four key actions you need to be focused on at this stage of your shipping and planning process: |Continue Reading…

 

Breaking it Down: Shipping to Advanced Warehouse vs Direct to Show

Experience Matters| TAC’s Exhibitors Guide to Planning for a Trade Show.
April 10, 2017

Planning for a trade show is a lot of work! Between the pre-during-post sales and marketing planning, layout/design of your booth, staff training, and (of course) the budget there is a lot to worry about. Then you receive the exhibitor packet, full of a new set of details, rules, and regulations set by the show organizers. Like we said…. it’s a lot to keep track of! 

So today we are going to help you understand the one thing most exhibitors struggle with when making their shipping plans. Choosing whether to ship your freight to the advanced warehouse or direct to the show site. It may seem confusing, but this guide will help clarify the two terms! |Continue Reading…

 

The Evolution of Women in Logistics 

How women are making a real impact in the Freight Forwarding Industry 
March 8, 2017

Since women joined the workforce in 1920, the role that they have played has evolved in substantial ways.  Today, women make up 40 percent of the world’s workforce with approximately 72 million in America, alone. Although women still hold most female centered positions, i.e. administrative assistants, registered nurses, we are seeing an exponential growth in females occupying many industries and positions, once dominated solely by men. One industry of which is the Freight Forwarding/ Logistics Industry (FF&L).       |Continue Reading…


3 Tips To Simplify Your Trade Show Shipping

Experience Matters| TAC’s Exhibitors Guide to Planning for a Trade Show

February 1, 2017

Shipping and logistics could possibly be the most critical part of your trade show planning. It can be confusing and complicated, but we’re a logistics company! Naturally, we’ll have a few tips for you to save you some stress when it comes to preparing your materials for shipping. |Continue Reading…

 

 

Logistics Nightmares: How to Avoid a Trade Show Horror Story!

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Halloween is upon us, which is nearing the end of the busy trade show season. Just like any good horror film not everyone survived. Those who lived to tell their story have tips on how to make it through the sequel (aka next year) with your sanity still in tact. Here are some common mistakes that customers make when it is time to handle their logistics and how Transit Air Cargo helps to prevent them.

crateForget Me Not- You are half way through your Move In day and your freight finally arrives to the show room floor. As you begin setting up you suddenly realize that the crate with your booth materials is no where to be found! After your meltdown, you contact your logistics company, luckily it is Transit Air and they are able to send a truck out and get your crate in time for the show!  Even the most seasoned event marketer can forget to have a box loaded into their trucks. TAC makes sure to keep accurate records of each piece that is shipped to track it through each step of the process. It is still important to create your own itemized list and compare what was shipped so that you don’t have a case of missing freight!

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Fake it Till You Make it- Although this is a strategy that works in some instances, it does not in the logistics industry. By definition logistics means details, and when you are shipping multiple crates across the country there is a lot that goes into each step of that process! Let your representative know your level of familiarity with show logistics so that they may properly educate you. There is a lot of paper work that goes into each shipment, so make sure you read through it all. For example filling out your MHA (Material Handling Agreement), is important to getting your items properly taken off of the show room floor! Those who don’t usually get crates left behind and/or lost. If you missed something, be honest and let your rep know so they can go over what you missed and prevent a future problem. Transit Air Cargo is known for their long time industry experience and is happy to guide their customers through each step!

Do you have a trade show horror story? Let us know and we can make sure that you make it through the next one unscathed! Contact our representative to improve your logistics experience to your next event.

 

 

Jim Khodayar Memorial Golf Tournament Benefiting The American Cancer Society

 

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Transit Air Cargo is excited to announce and invite you to the Inaugural Jim Khodayar Golf Tournament Benefiting the American Cancer Society, which was held Friday, September 23, 2016 at Tijeras Creek Golf Club, in Rancho Santa Margarita.

This Tournament paid tribute to our former President Jim Khodayar, who lost his battle with Cancer in 2009. If you had the pleasure of knowing Jim, you undoubtedly knew that he loved his family, his staff, and the game of Golf! His daughter Tania, recalls that if her father was not at the office or home, you could always find him golfing at Tijeras Creek. “He would go alone and say he knew at least one of his friends would be there….and there always was!”

 All proceeds from the tournament was donated to the American Cancer Society, an organization whose efforts for lifesaving cancer research, treatment, and care extend to every country around the globe. This years region of focus is the Orange County’s Relay For Life® team. Relay For Life®, the American Cancer Society’s signature event, is a fun-filled overnight experience designed to bring together those who have been touched by cancer.

Transit Air Cargo and the Khodayar Family appreciate the support from all of those who made a donation, sponsorship, donated silent auction items, and of course the players! It was a day full of fun activities and friendly competition where everyone was in the spirit to donate generously!

Planning for our 2017 Tournament is well underway and will take place next spring! If you are interested in being involved please visit the site to register and see the many ways you can donate:  JKgolftournament.accelraising.com or contact Britni at blopez@transitairc.com.

Jim Khodayar  (1962-2009)

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Getting Around the Baltimore Covention Center

A quick reference guide to the Baltimore Convention Center

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The Baltimore Convention Center is the premier location for conventions, tradeshows and expositions in the Mid-Atlantic Region. From the world renowned Inner Harbor to historic Little Italy, attendees can relax after a day on the trade show floor with a variety of attractions. 1,225,000 sq. ft. of exhibition space and the connected Hilton Baltimore hotel make the convention center convenient in a city rich with history, food, sports and fun!

This is a quick overview of the Baltimore Convention Center.

Amenities

Business Center
Shipping Services
Persons with Disabilities Friendly
Edlen Electrical Exhibition Services

 

Directions & Parking
The Baltimore Convention Center
One West Pratt Street
Baltimore, Maryland 21201

From BWI
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From Baltimore Penn Station
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Parking:
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Dining

You must eat crab cakes when in Baltimore! The city was built on the crabbing industry and will not disappoint when you experience a dish made with their staple export.

There are plenty of restaurants and eateries on Pratt Street and the inner Harbor or you can venture even further to more traditional communities farther from the convention center and hotels. Visit: https://www.tripadvisor.com/Restaurants-g60811-Baltimore_Maryland.html  to discover some highly rated, popular places to enjoy during your stay in Baltimore.

 

Hotels

Baltimore Marriott Waterfront
Baltimore Marriott Inner Harbor at Camden Yards
Four Season Hotel Baltimore
Hilton Baltimore  (Connected to the convention center)

Have a fantastic time in Baltimore and a great show!

Getting Around the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center

A Quick Reference Guide to the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center

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As one of the top destinations for trade shows and conventions, in one of the most storied and historical cities, the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center also boasts 1.1 million square feet of exhibit space. It is the 6th largest convention center in the United States and continually ranks in the top ten for the most sought after trade show venues. It is named after a former mayor of New Orleans. Its history includes being an evacuation center after Hurricane Katrina and was completely renovated by late 2006.

This guide serves as a quick overview of  the facility

Amenities
Business Center
Shipping Services
Persons with Disabilities Friendly
10 GIG internet: connectivity is never an issue
4,032 seat concert hall
Two ballrooms

Directions & Parking

General Directions from the East:

  • Take I-10 West to Exit 234C (West Bank/Highway 90).NOCC Map
  • Continue on Highway 90 (the Riverfront Expressway) and exit right at Tchoupitoulas/South Peters Street. This is the last exit before crossing the Crescent City Connection bridge.
  • On the ground level, stay in the left lane and go to the fourth stop, which is Convention Center Boulevard. You will see the Convention Center in front of you.
    • Turn left on Convention Center Boulevard. The Convention Center is on your right

General Directions from the West:

  • Take I-10 East to the West Bank/Highway 90 exit
    (do not continue on I-10 to Slidell).
  • Stay in the right lane and exit right at Tchoupitoulas/South Peters Street. This is the last exit before crossing the Crescent City Connection bridge.
  • On the ground level, stay in the left lane and go to the fourth stop, which is Convention Center Boulevard. You will see the Convention Center in front of you.
  • Turn left on Convention Center Boulevard. The Convention Center is on your right, at 900 Convention Center Boulevard.

There is plenty of parking at the convention center for a daily fee. As an exhibitor, you may be entitled to a discounted rate. Check your prospectus or with the show organizer for more information.

Dining

Where does one even begin when discussing cuisine in New Orleans? There are so many fabulous restaurants just steps away from the convention center. Visit: http://www.neworleansonline.com/neworleans/cuisine/

In the convention center, there are plenty of retail and concession eateries to get you through the long trade show floor hours. But, it is crucial that after the show ends, you enjoy the cookery for which New Orleans is famous!

 Hotels

Near the Convention Center
Windsor Court
Omni RiverFront
Hyatt Place New Orleans

In the French Quarter
Hotel Monteleone
Royal Sonesta
Maison Dupuy

Have a great show and enjoy New Orleans!!

 

Getting Around the Austin Convention Center

A Quick Reference Guide to the Austin Convention Center

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500 E. Cesar Chavez Street  *  Austin, TX  *  78701

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A LEED Gold certified building houses the Austin Convention Center and where a slew of trade shows and conventions including the SXSW Music & Film Festival, the Austin Boat Show and Austin ComicCon take place. Built in 1989, the Austin Convention Center went through a renovation in 1999 to fill a need for a venue that could host larger trade shows and convention. With a total exhibit floor space of 247,052 square feet, the Austin Convention Center now has the capacity for grander shows.

This is a brief overview of the Austin Convention Center.

Amenities:

Complimentary wireless Internet access
Communication infrastructure capable of moving voice, video and data at 1 billion bits a second
Business Center
Shipping Services
Scooter Rentals
Flight Arrival/Departure Board

Parking

2nd Street Garage: The 10-story, 1,000-space garage is located at 201 East 2nd Street, Austin, TX 78701, 2 blocks west of facility, between Cesar Chavez and 2nd Street. Entrances are on Brazos and San Jacinto streets.  Most convenient parking for events scheduled in Exhibit Halls 1, 2 and 3, and meeting rooms 1-10. Clearance is 6’9″.

5th Street Garage: The 5-story, 685-space garage is located at 601 E. 5th Street, Austin, TX 78701, the northeast corner of facility at Red River and 4th Street, with the entrance on 5th Street. Most convenient parking for events scheduled in Exhibit Halls 5, 4 and 3 and Level 4 meeting rooms 11-19. Clearance is 6’11”.

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Hotels

Hotel Van Zandt, a Kimpton Hotel
JW Marriott, Austin
Hampton Inn & Suites, Austin-Downtown/Convention Center
Courtyard Austin Downtown/Convention Center
Hyatt Place Austin Downtown

Restaurants

http://www.localeats.com/r/restaurants-near-Austin-Convention-Center/30.262227/-97.739686/60/

Have a great show and enjoy Austin!

 

 

Getting Around the Orange County Convention Center

A Quick Reference Guide to the Orange County Convention Center

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