SHANGHAI, China -- The 9th annual China International Vending & Kiosk Show has been scheduled for June 27 through 29 at the Shanghai Mart exhibition and conference center here. Organized by the All-China Federation of Industry and Commerce and the China Tongyuan Corp., the event is administered by Shanghai Tiansheng Exhibition Service Co. and Shanghai Highlights Business Management Consulting Co.
Since its inauguration in 2004, the show has grown steadily and attracted increasing international participation. Among the industry trade associations that support it are the National Automatic Merchandising Association, the European Vending Association and the Japan Vending Machine Manufacturers Association.
Last year's show occupied about 64,500 square feet of exhibit space. Of the 79 exhibiting companies, 62% were from China and the rest from other nations around the world. The event drew nearly 8,000 domestic and foreign visitors. On display was a wide variety of equipment, ranging from beverage and snack venders to novel designs dispensing everything from small electronic devices through pizza to clothing. The organizers of the 2012 show predict that more than 110 exhibiting companies and 10,000 visitors will take part in this year's exhibit and conference.
Alex Chen, the international liaison for the show, reports that an accelerating trend in Chinese vending equipment design is the incorporation of digital signage and touchscreen functionality in new equipment. Last year's showgoers got a foretaste of this development, which Chen believes to have "huge market potential" in China's public advertising business.
Attending the 2011 show was NAMA board member Rod Nester, Smith Vending (Clarinda, IA), who took part in an International Vending Summit at the event. "I must say that it was a well organized and attended event with numerous global visitors," Nester reported. He was impressed by the speed with which digital display technology is being integrated into Chinese equipment designs, potentially creating a second revenue stream for operators, and by the variety of products that now can be vended in China.
Nester also enjoyed the exchange of ideas at the summit. "We all seem to have similar problems," he said. The 2012 event will feature a comprehensive business session program featuring association leaders, industry executives and vending specialists.
Information on the 2012 China International Vending & Kiosk Show may be found at vendingshow.com. Online registration is available at the site.
PHOTO: Rod Nester (r.), Smith Vending (Clarinda, IA), meets with Alex Chen during the 2011 China International Vending Show. At right is a sampling of vending equipment with digital displays produced in China on display last year.