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Rena PattonMar 19, 2019 3:47:00 PM2 min read

Trade Show Labor and What You Should Know

Your trade show labor can make or break you. After all, it’s what determines how your booth is set up and configured, how successful it is in conveying your message and, ultimately, how quickly you can get to work on the trade show floor.

In a nutshell, your trade show labor determines the entire trajectory of your trade show outing from start to finish.

Want to make sure your next event is a success? This trade show labor guide can help.


Types of Trade Show Labor You Might Need

Today’s trade show booths are pretty involved. They incorporate audio and video elements, they utilize Wi-Fi and Internet-enabled devices, and they have interactive displays and exhibits that require serious electrical, technical and mechanical know-how.

The exact types of trade show labor you’ll need will depend on the exact booth you’re presenting, but generally, you’ll need some of the following pros on your side for the event:

  • General laborers (to set up and break down your booth pieces)
  • Electricians
  • Audio-visual professionals
  • Housekeeping services
  • Freight and drayage experts (to move your booth pieces from point A to point B)
  • Security personnel

You’ll, of course, want staffers to man your booth, as well as an overall booth supervisor or two. They can manage the installation, day-to-day operations and booth break-down once all is said and done.


Who Handles Trade Show Labor?

The answer to this question depends on the show you’re attending. Some shows require you work with the on-site trade show laborers they’ve contracted or, in some cases, laborers from a specific union. While you may not be able to choose your labor, you can still send your own staffers to supervise the installation and break-down to make sure all goes as planned.

To find out if you’re required to use certain laborers, look in your trade show packet or on the event’s website for its official policies. There should be details on staffing, as well as which vendors and unions are available.

If you’re not attending a show with this sort of built-in labor requirement, you’ll want to find a professional trade show crew to help set-up and break-down your booth. They’ll be able to provide all the specialized experts you’ll need, including electricians, audio-visual pros, housekeeping and more. They might also have an advanced skillset that can help make your booth (or your event in general) more successful.


Need Trade Show Labor & Expertise?

If you’re looking for trade show labor that can add value to your booth and event, contact Exhibit Options today. We’re here to help.