The International Sleep Products Association (ISPA) announced that ISPA EXPO 2018, held March 14-16 in Charlotte, NC, was one of the largest and most successful shows to date. EXPO welcomed more than 4,300 attendees and 264 exhibiting companies covering over 137,000 square feet of show floor space.
“I think our numbers reflect the enthusiasm and optimism that’s been building throughout the mattress industry,” said Ryan Trainer, ISPA president. “Our exhibitors and ISPA staff worked hard to make sure this EXPO exceeded expectations following a record-breaking show in 2016 by providing something for everyone.”
Attendees saw the latest in machinery, components, services and technology, while also participating in networking events, receptions and educational sessions on topics including digital persuasion, updates from the Consumer Product Safety Commission and ISPA’s new data initiative.
During the Industry Breakfast on Friday, March 16, Johnny “Cupcakes” Earl, founder and CEO of Johnny Cupcakes, entrepreneur and branding expert, shared his recipe for success in branding and viral marketing. The talk provided attendees with practical advice on the importance of details, customer experience and brand loyalty.
“Being together and exploring the EXPO show floor was a great experience for our team as we looked to uncover new materials for future designs,” said Nick Bates, president of Spring Air International. “This show was the first time Spring Air was able to come together as an organization to see the latest innovations, and we accomplished a lot. Our committee was made up of representatives from our domestic licensees, that will pave the way for our future product launches.”
“We were busy all three days at this show and sold a wide variety of our entire product line,” said Hank Little, president of Atlanta Attachment Co.
Attendees enjoyed the March 14th Welcome Reception—one of EXPO’s best networking venues—at the NASCAR Hall of Fame. It provided an opportunity to mingle with old friends and make new ones while experiencing all the interactive activities the venue had to offer.
The next ISPA EXPO will be held March 18-20, 2020 in New Orleans, Louisiana.
About ISPA: Established in 1915, the International Sleep Products Association (ISPA) is dedicated to protecting and enhancing the growth, profitability and stature of the mattress industry. As the industry’s trade organization, ISPA is the voice of the mattress industry, representing mattress manufacturers and suppliers throughout the world. ISPA provides a wide range of services that benefit its membership. These include exclusive industry surveys and statistics, advocacy support, educational offerings, the industry’s ISPA EXPO trade show, safety research through its Sleep Products Safety Council, consumer research and education through its Better Sleep Council, BedTimes and Sleep Savvy publications, and more.