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Issue Date: Vol. 47, No. 9, September 2007, Posted On: 9/24/2007

Planners Predict Piqued Interest In Bulk Operators Super Show

TIMONIUM, MD (September 2007) — Organizers of the fifth annual Bulk Operators Super Show are more than a little hopeful that this year’s event will be bigger and better than ever. Scheduled for October 4-6, the BOSS show returns to the Days Inn Hotel and Conference Center in Timonium, MD, which has played host to the show since its inception. 

In addition to manufacturer exhibits of new equipment and products, the show will feature a full schedule of workshops aimed at providing small operators with hands-on, practical information.

Though the schedule of speakers is not confirmed, workshops are currently slated to begin on Thursday morning and run through early afternoon on Friday.

This year’s seminar program will see the return of the popular Crane School, designed to provide bulk industry members with an introduction to basic repairs to and maintenance of cranes. Also on the roster is a workshop on merchandising bulk products, presented by several suppliers of capsuled and flat vendibles.

A workshop on choosing price-points for vendibles based on the cost of goods will be offered as well.

“This is important for every operator to understand because it determines the price point at which each item should be sold,” noted show organizer Scott Schill of Gums ‘n Roses Bulk Vending (Martinsburg, WV). “Without a complete understanding of COGS, operators are doomed to lose money and constantly struggle. We will explain how to know the COGS for items and how to properly determine what the vend price should be.”

Exhibits will open at 10:00 AM on Thursday and run through Friday afternoon.

Highlighting this year’s event will be a crab feast on Friday night, presented by Harbor Cruises; operators may register for the outing online at harborcruises.com.

Created for small, independent operators, in past years the BOSS show has attracted industry members from the East Coast as well as the Midwest. Organizers pride themselves on creating a cost-effective show at which independent operators can gather to exchange ideas and information, and meet with suppliers in a leisurely atmosphere. 

“The Baltimore show is the single-best opportunity small and midsize operators will ever have to get to know other operators and suppliers,” said Larry Schatz of Schatz Vending (London Mills, IL), one of the event’s organizers. “The cost is affordable, the atmosphere relaxed and the people are friendly. What one learns in Baltimore can make a real difference to their business.”

To register for the show, contact Larryws@frontiernet.net. Hotel reservations can be made by calling the Days Inn Hotel and Conference Center at (800) 235- 3297.

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