BILOXI, Miss. — During a product seminar at the opening day of Arrow Distributing’s annual wholesale show, one dealer interrupted an early-morning presentation on RV washing machines with a question: How long does it take to winterize?
Given the 70-degree January temperature outside the IP Casino & Resort and far-South location of the annual Exhibitors’ Showcase, the presenter paused before confirming a 10-minute winterization cycle.
The dealer was one of several hundred attending the event, and illustrated the wide swath of attendees at this year’s event, which concluded Wednesday with a full day of exhibits followed by a cocktail reception.
Arrow made a number of changes aimed at simplifying business for its dealers this year, both at the show and the months leading up to the event.
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Specifically, vendor Sys2K integrated its DMS software with Arrow’s inventory, allowing dealers to check product availability and order from the DMS software.
The integration was first announced in Sept. 2016. Now that it’s implemented, Sys2K’s Traeanne Reynolds said her company attended the show to let dealers know about the new function.
In addition to that integration, Arrow debuted the paperless ordering system, TradeWYZ, which allows dealers, vendors and Arrow to track orders in real time throughout the event.
New Vendor Draws Attention
The show also attracted new business from vendors, selling out its exhibition space leading up to the showcase, according to Arrow Distributing Vice President Andy Mullin.
Among the exhibitor lineup at the Arrow Distributing Exhibitor Showcase was RV newcomer meori.
The company’s lineup of collapsible canvass containers convert to a carrying case, toolbox, wine box and cooler, among other things, through the use of meori accessories.
The company, which was founded in Hamburg, Germany, three years ago, hopes to make inroads into the U.S. RV market this year, according to meori General Manager Deirdre Meyer, whose husband developed the product.
“We started (in the U.S. RV segment) yesterday,” Meyer said, adding that the company spent the past year expanding its European RV market footprint.
Following the success of its European RV rollout, the Meyers decided to introduce the company in the U.S. segment, starting with Arrow.
“There’s an obvious need, if you have an RV, to have a foldable box that you can use for a lot of different things, but then fold up,” Meyer said.