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The BIG Show is BIGger than ever

  • 8/31/2017 12:00:00 AM
  • Melissa Holland

“I think if you're an entrepreneur, you've got to dream BIG and then dream BIGger.”

Howard Schultz
(executive chairman of Starbucks and a former owner of the Seattle SuperSonics)


THAT WAS EXACTLY OUR THOUGHT PROCESS WHEN WE DECIDED TO HOST ONE SHOW THIS YEAR — do a thing we do well, BIGger and better. The 2018 BIG Show will combine the best of our East and West Shows in one location. The BIG Show will have the largest exhibit space we have ever used and we will be hosting more suppliers under one roof than we ever have. That means we will have a broader representation of products from all the aftermarket segments for our guests to see. It will be the perfect place for any aftermarket retailer, regardless of their focus, to see trends and new products that they can offer their customers.

Our plan is to make the BIG Show a North American event. We will be inviting customers from all over the world. The intersection of geography and market interests should make for a truly dynamic environment for all our attendees. By pulling all our resources together for one event we hope to show our customers how we can support them in growing their business in the changing retail environment we all operate in.

New products and exceptional buying opportunities will continue to be a mainstay at the event. To give people more time to take advantage of all the activities, we will be opening up our show for active buying during the reception on the first night. That means more Power Hours, more deals and more time to connect with suppliers and peers during the largest distributor aftermarket event in North America.

No BIG Show is complete without a little fun and entertainment. We’ve got plenty of that in store, too. On the floor prize drawing opportunities, vehicle giveaways, concerts and more will keep everyone in attendance hopping.

2018 will bring other events and programs in line with our plans to enhance the experience for our jobbers, and reach and exposure for our suppliers. Stay tuned for more details.

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KEYSTONE AUTOMOTIVE OPERATIONS, Exeter, PA. Gary Comer, Founder of Lands’ End, once said, “Worry about being better; bigger will take care of itself.” That was exactly the perspective the Keystone team took when they decided last year to host one big North American event in 2018 - do a thing they really do well and do it better. Keystone’s focus on improving the BIG show and delivering a quality, value-rich experience for their customers and suppliers will prove Mr. Comer’s prophetic words true.

“The 2018 BIG Show will combine the best of our East and West Shows in one location making this the largest exhibit we have ever had – hosting more suppliers under one roof than ever before,” said Bill Rogers, Business Leader for Keystone. “That means we will have a broader representation of products from all the aftermarket segments for our attendees to see. It will be the perfect place for any aftermarket retailer or jobber, regardless of their focus, to see trends and new products that they can offer their customers. Our focus on better really has resulted in something a lot bigger,” adds Rogers.

The BIG show will be a truly North American event. Customers from all over the US and Canada will be in attendance. This intersection of geography and market interests will make for a really dynamic buying and educational environment for all attendees. “By leveraging all of our resources together for one event we plan to show our customers how we can support them in growing their business in the changing retail environment we all operate in. The bigger show experience will allow people to see more, do more and learn more,” commented Fred Petrivelli, Keystone Sales Leader.

New products and exceptional buying opportunities from hundreds of suppliers will continue to be a mainstay at the event. In order to give attendees more time to take advantage of all the activities, the BIG show will be open up for active buying during the reception on Friday night. That means more Power Hours, more deals and more time to connect with suppliers and peers during the largest distributor aftermarket event in North America.

No BIG Show is complete without a little fun and entertainment. “The Keystone Events team has been working around the clock to ensure that guests to the BIG show have an exceptional experience. On the floor activities and prize drawings, vehicle giveaways, concerts and more will keep everyone in attendance hopping,” says Melissa Holland, Keystone Events Manager. “We deliver a complete show experience and have struck the perfect balance between business and fun with our offering in 2018,” she adds.

For more information, attendees and suppliers should visit www.keystonebigshow.com or contact their Keystone representative.

Keystone is the leading distributor and marketer of aftermarket automotive products and services, uniquely positioned to offer customers and suppliers substantial scale, the most comprehensive inventory selection in the industry, high levels of customer service and innovative marketing support.

The BIG Show is BIGger than ever

“I think if you're an entrepreneur, you've got to dream BIG and then dream BIGger.”

Howard Schultz
(executive chairman of Starbucks and a former owner of the Seattle SuperSonics)


THAT WAS EXACTLY OUR THOUGHT PROCESS WHEN WE DECIDED TO HOST ONE SHOW THIS YEAR — do a thing we do well, BIGger and better. The 2018 BIG Show will combine the best of our East and West Shows in one location. The BIG Show will have the largest exhibit space we have ever used and we will be hosting more suppliers under one roof than we ever have. That means we will have a broader representation of products from all the aftermarket segments for our guests to see. It will be the perfect place for any aftermarket retailer, regardless of their focus, to see trends and new products that they can offer their customers.

Our plan is to make the BIG Show a North American event. We will be inviting customers from all over the world. The intersection of geography and market interests should make for a truly dynamic environment for all our attendees. By pulling all our resources together for one event we hope to show our customers how we can support them in growing their business in the changing retail environment we all operate in.

New products and exceptional buying opportunities will continue to be a mainstay at the event. To give people more time to take advantage of all the activities, we will be opening up our show for active buying during the reception on the first night. That means more Power Hours, more deals and more time to connect with suppliers and peers during the largest distributor aftermarket event in North America.

No BIG Show is complete without a little fun and entertainment. We’ve got plenty of that in store, too. On the floor prize drawing opportunities, vehicle giveaways, concerts and more will keep everyone in attendance hopping.

2018 will bring other events and programs in line with our plans to enhance the experience for our jobbers, and reach and exposure for our suppliers. Stay tuned for more details.

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