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2019 Retail Shippers Expo & Trade Show
August 21st - 25th, 2019 – Dallas, TX

Registration is now open for the 2019 Retail Shippers Expo & Trade Show, August 21st - 25th, 2019 at the Hyatt Regency Dallas. This event brings together the key carriers, vendors/suppliers and subject-matter experts in the industry.

Open to all 11,000 store owners throughout the country, there is simply no better opportunity to access these resources and improve your business performance. Last year's event was COMPLETELY SOLD OUT, so register today to guarantee your spot at the largest independent AND franchise event in our industry.

 
Hyatt Regency Dallas

300 Reunion Blvd. | Dallas, Texas | 75207 | PH: (214) 651-1234 | WEB: www.HyattRegencyDallas.com

Here's what we have in store for you...

RS Expo Trade Show

The Industry's Largest Trade Show

A key feature of the Retail Shippers Expo is the Trade Show. This is your best chance to get that all-important face time with the carriers, vendors, and suppliers who provide us with the crucial products and services that allow us to build and grow our businesses. In addition to the long-term providers and vendors, exciting NEW products and services will be exhibited and demonstrated (some for the FIRST time). As the industry's largest trade show, the Retail Shippers Expo Trade Show should be on your list of "Can't Miss" events in 2019.


 

General Session

State-of-The-Industry Address

The State-of-the-Industry General Session is the "official" kick-off for the Retail Shippers Expo. A presentation by RS Associates President Brandon Gale will get the RS Expo started as he shares his view of where we are going as an industry. As part of the General Session, a review of the Expo schedule of events will guide you through the what, when, and where of the event to ensure you take full advantage of the content-packed program.


 

Breakout & Lab Sessions

Expert Training By Industry Leaders

Breakouts, breakouts, and more breakouts! Some of the best "nuggets of knowledge" are picked up during the breakout sessions. These informative classes are presented by bona fide industry subject-matter experts and cover a wide range of topics, ranging from store operations to new profit centers. A long list of highly requested sessions run throughout the event. Plan on attending as many as you can. Breakout topics listed below.


 

SpeedRounds

LIKE SPEED DATING...ONLY MORE EDUCATIONAL

You’ve heard of Speed Dating – this is the Retail Shippers version. 30 topics, 30 tables, 30 presenters, and someone with a stop watch and whistle make for a fun and chaotic way to get A LOT of information in a short period of time – each topic is covered in 10 minutes with 5 minutes for follow-up questions. Learn about new products and services from industry leading vendors and hear first hand from veteran store owners how they have boosted their bottomline all these years through a specific profit center or service offering. You'll leave the session with a long list of new ideas to try in your own store!


 

Peer Networking

Share Ideas & Swap Your Best Stories

Arguably one of the most valuable aspects of any industry event is the chance to network with other store owners. It's the one time a year you'll get to be in a room with hundreds of other people that do what you do everyday. This is a great opportunity to share success stories about your best profit centers, compare your most ridiculous customer tales and pick the brains of industry veterans so you can repeat their successes in your store. You will leave the event with not only new ideas and new friends, but also a renewed energy and enthusiasm for your business.


 

Point-of-sale Training

Learn how to get the most out of your software

Your Point of Sale software is the powerplant that helps you run your business efficiently, accurately, and as profitably as possible. Today's systems are some of the most robust and dynamic of any retail POS systems available. As an owner, you need to know how to take full advantage of everything these powerful tools are designed to do. Industry POS providers PostalMate® and ShipRite© will provide user training and system update classes throughout the weekend.

 

Schedule of Events

Wednesday | August 21st
8:00a - 5:00p
Zoom U - By FotoZoomer Pre-Event | Additional Fee

Zoom U? Zoom U is the continuation of support that FotoZoomer offers all FotoZoomer owners with education classes held both on-line as well as events around the country. These classes are design to give more hands-on training, production techniques and marketing support to help grow a store owners printing revenue. FotoZoomer is a family and family always makes sure you have everything you need to be successful.

 
8:00a - 4:00p
Point-Of-Sale Training PostalMate® Pre-Event

Join us for a day of training and networking with other PostalMate users. A healthy business starts with a healthy fitness plan. Let your PostalMate advisors Henry, Karen, Colette, and Sarah take you to a new level of fitness and help you create a new Store Fitness Plan to meet your goals for 2019!

 
11:00a - 6:00p
BootCamp - Owners & Managers Seminar Pre-Event | Additional Fee

RS Boot Camp was developed by RS Academy for both new store owners and veteran operators and staff. As the seminar title indicates, this intensive program provides a comprehensive overview of what it takes to thrive in the retail shipping and business services industry. New owners will learn all the right steps, but of equal importance, we also show you how to avoid the costly mistakes many owners make. Veteran owners and staff will fine-tune and get their stores ‘back in fighting shape’.

 
Thursday | August 22nd
7:00a - 6:00p
Registration & Help Desk
 
8:00a - 12:00p
Point-of-Sale Training

Both leading software providers, PostalMate® and ShipRite©, will be providing hands-on training throughout the weekend.

 
9:00a - 12:00p
RS Academy Certification Training
  • Packing 101 - Packing Essentials
  • Shipping 101 - Basics Of Small Package Transportation
  • Shipping 102 - International Shipping
  • Shipping 103 - Heavy Freight & Cargo
  • Operations 102 - Commercial Mail Receiving Agent
 
1:00p - 2:30p
GENERAL SESSION: State-of-the-Industry & Featured Speaker

The State-of-the Industry General Session is the "official" kick off for the Retail Shippers Expo. Beginning with a look at the "State of The Industry" by RS Associates President Brandon Gale to get the Expo started. A review of the RS Expo schedule of events will guide you through the what, when, and where of the event to ensure you take full advantage of the content-packed program.

 
2:45p - 4:45p
Breakout Sessions

Breakouts, breakouts, and more breakouts! Some of the best "nuggets of knowledge" are picked up during the breakout sessions. These informative classes are presented by bona fide industry subject-matter experts and cover a wide range of topics. Plan on attending as many as you can.

 
2:45p - 4:45p
Point-of-Sale Training

Both leading software providers, PostalMate® and ShipRite©, will be providing hands-on training throughout the weekend.

 
5:00p - 6:00p
SpeedRounds

You’ve heard of Speed Dating -- this is the Retail Shippers version. 30 topics, 30 tables, 30 presenters, and someone with a stop watch and whistle make for a fun and chaotic way to get a LOT of information in a short period of time. You’ll need a shot of espresso before this one...

 
6:30p - 8:30p
Kick-Off Reception

Start your event off right...with hors d'oeuvres and cocktails.

 
Friday | August 23rd
7:00a - 6:00p
Registration & Help Desk
 
8:00a - 9:00a
Welcome Breakfast

Get a great start on a very busy day with a hearty breakfast and informative industry presentation.

 
9:00a - 12:00p
Breakout Sessions

Breakouts, breakouts, and more breakouts! Some of the best "nuggets of knowledge" are picked up during the breakout sessions. These informative classes are presented by bona fide industry subject-matter experts and cover a wide range of topics. Plan on attending as many as you can.

9:00a - 12:00p
Point-of-Sale Training

Both leading software providers, PostalMate® and ShipRite©, will be providing hands-on training throughout the weekend.

 
12:30p - 2:00p
Lunch & Keynote Speaker

After a busy morning of back-to-back breakouts, re-charge with a healthy lunch and gain some industry insite from our Keynote Speaker (TBA).

 
2:15p - 4:15p
Breakout Sessions

Breakouts, breakouts, and more breakouts! Some of the best "nuggets of knowledge" are picked up during the breakout sessions. These informative classes are presented by bona fide industry subject-matter experts and cover a wide range of topics. Plan on attending as many as you can.

 
2:15p - 4:15p
Point-of-Sale Training

Both leading software providers, PostalMate® and ShipRite©, will be providing hands-on training throughout the weekend.

 
4:30p - 5:30p
SpeedRounds

You’ve heard of Speed Dating -- this is the Retail Shippers version. 30 topics, 30 tables, 30 presenters, and someone with a stop watch and whistle make for a fun and chaotic way to get a LOT of information in a short period of time. You’ll need a shot of espresso before this one...

 
6:00p - 7:15p
Friday Night Reception

Enjoy drinks and hors d'oeuvres before the Trade Show opens.

 
7:00p - 8:30p
RS Expo Trade Show Kick-Off

All-Access Pass holders get a first look at this year’s Trade Show. Spend some quality face time with the carriers and other exhibitors.

 
Saturday | August 24th
7:00a - 6:00p
Registration & Help Desk
 
8:00a - 9:00a
Saturday Breakfast

Get a great start on a very busy day with a hearty breakfast and industry presentation.

 
9:15a - 11:15a
Point-of-Sale Training

Both leading software providers, PostalMate® and ShipRite©, will be providing hands-on training throughout the weekend.

 
9:15a - 11:15a
Breakout Sessions

Breakouts, breakouts, and more breakouts! Some of the best "nuggets of knowledge" are picked up during the breakout sessions. These informative classes are presented by bona fide industry subject-matter experts and cover a wide range of topics. Plan on attending as many as you can.

 
11:30a - 4:30p
RS Expo Trade Show

Package carriers, POS systems, new products, new services, and new technology--the latest and greatest will be on display for you to see first-hand. Of equal importance is that critical face time with the representatives from over 50 companies committed to helping you succeed.

 
5:00p - 6:00p
Breakout Sessions

Breakouts, breakouts, and more breakouts! Some of the best "nuggets of knowledge" are picked up during the breakout sessions. These informative classes are presented by bona fide industry subject-matter experts and cover a wide range of topics. Plan on attending as many as you can.

 
5:00p - 6:00p
Point-of-Sale Training

Both leading software providers, PostalMate® and ShipRite©, will be providing hands-on training throughout the weekend.

 
7:00p - 9:00p
FedEx Dinner & Entertainment

Join us for an evening of food, fun and entertainment.

 
Sunday | August 25th
7:00a - 11:30a
Registration & Help Desk
 
8:30a - 9:30a
Closing Breakfast

Get a great start on a very busy day with a hearty breakfast.

 
9:30a - 10:30a
Discussion Panel

Get a chance to hear from top industry experts on the latest issues and concerns facing the retail shipping industry.

 
10:30a - 12:00p
Town Hall Meeting & Open-Mic

This is your chance to hear about what’s happening in the industry and to ask questions that have been on your mind.

 

Note: All times and events are subject to change.

Event Pricing Details

All-Access Pass

The All-Access Pass provides attendees with full access to all 2019 Retail Shippers Expo & Trade Show sessions, events and meals (excluding Pre-Event RS Academy Training and RS BootCamp). Below is a comprehensive list of activities included with the All-Access Pass:

  • General Session
  • SpeedRounds
  • Thursday Welcome Reception
  • Friday Breakfast
  • Friday Lunch
  • Friday Night Reception
  • Saturday Breakfast
  • Breakout & Lab Sessions
  • RS Expo Trade Show
  • FedEx Saturday Night Dinner
  • Sunday Breakfast
  • Town Hall Meeting & Open-Mic
  • Point-of-Sale Training Tracks
 

Premium Member Pricing

4-Day

$380

3-Day

$330

Early Bird Registration
Early bird Registration Ends March 31st, 2019

Register for RS Expo & Trade Show on or before March31st, 2019 and receive discounted Early Bird rates.

 

4-Day

$440

3-Day

$390

Standard Registration
April 1st, 2019 – July 15th, 2019

Register for the RS Expo & Trade Show on or before July 15th, 2019 for Standard Registration pricing.

 

4-Day

$500

3-Day

$450

Last Chance Registration
July 15th, 2019 – August 22nd, 2019

It’s late, but not too late. You can still register for the RS Expo & Trade Show up until the day of the event.

NOTE: To receive the Premium Member price, you must be a Premium Member in good standing at the time of the event.

 

Basic Member Pricing

4-Day

$N/A

3-Day

$N/A

Early Bird Registration
Not Available to Basic Members

To register for the RS Expo & Trade Show before April 1st, 2019 and receive discounted Early Bird rates, you must upgrade to Premium Membership.

 

4-Day

$540

3-Day

$490

Standard Registration
April 1st, 2019 – July 15th, 2019

Register for the RS Expo & Trade Show by July 15th, 2019 for Standard Registration pricing.

 

4-Day

$600

3-Day

$550

Last Chance Registration
July 15th, 2019 – August 22nd, 2019

It’s late, but not too late. You can still register for the RS Expo & Trade Show up until the event start date.

 

Trade Show Only Pass

FREE ADMISSION — Saturday, August 24th, 2019 11:30a – 4:30p
FREE Registrations must be received by August 23rd, 2019

If you can’t make it for the entire RS Expo & Trade Show, that’s a shame, but you can attend the Trade Show on Saturday for FREE. You must register in advance, by Friday, August 23rd, 2019 for your FREE Trade Show-Only Pass. Walk-up registrations on the day of the show will be charged a $25 administration fee.

 

ONE-DAY ALL-ACCESS PASSES

BASIC MEMBER

$120

PREMIUM MEMBER

$100

Thursday
August 22nd, 2019

The Thursday All-Access Pass provides attendees with full access to all sessions, events and meals for the day (excluding Pre-Event RS Academy Training).

 

BASIC MEMBER

$220

PREMIUM MEMBER

$190

Friday
August 23rd, 2019

The Friday All-Access Pass provides attendees with full access to all sessions, events and meals for the day.

 

BASIC MEMBER

$220

PREMIUM MEMBER

$190

Saturday
August 24th, 2019

The Saturday All-Access Pass provides attendees with full access to all sessions, events and meals for the day.

 

BASIC MEMBER

$120

PREMIUM MEMBER

$100

Sunday
August 25th, 2019

The Sunday All-Access Pass provides attendees with full access to all sessions, events and meals for the day.

 

NOTE: To receive the Premium Member price, you must be a Premium Member in good standing at the time of the event.


PRE-EVENT TRAINING

BASIC MEMBER

$395

PREMIUM MEMBER

$350

RS BootCamp – Owners & Managers Seminar
Prices indicate FIRST STUDENT price

RS Boot Camp was developed by RS Academy for both new store owners, store managers, veteran operators and store staff. As the seminar title indicates, this 8 hour intensive program provides a comprehensive overview of what it takes to thrive in the retail shipping and business services industry. New owners will learn all the right steps, but of equal importance, we also show you how to avoid the costly mistakes many owners make. Veteran owners and staff will fine-tune and get their stores ‘back in fighting shape’. Our goal is to help you build a Million-Dollar-Store.

The second student from the same store: RS Premium Member – $250 | RS Basic Member — $295

 

BASIC MEMBER

$100

PREMIUM MEMBER

$80

RS Academy Certification Training
Prices indicate the per class price
  • Shipping 101 - Basics Of Small Package Transportation
  • Shipping 102 - International Shipping
  • Packing 101 - Packing Essentials
  • Operations 102 - Commercial Mail Receiving Agent

NOTE: To receive the Premium Member price, you must be a Premium Member in good standing at the time of the event.

 

Meal Events Only

NOTICE: The All-Access Pass includes all meal events. These meal-only tickets are offered to accommodate spouses and attendees who do not purchase the All-Access Pass.

BASIC MEMBER

$100

PREMIUM MEMBER

$85

Thursday Welcome Reception
Sponsored by RS Associates

Time: Thursday Night – 6:30p Presentation: TBD

 

BASIC MEMBER

$60

PREMIUM MEMBER

$50

Friday Breakfast
Sponsored by: TBD

Time: Friday Morning – 8:00a Presentation: TBD

 

BASIC MEMBER

$80

PREMIUM MEMBER

$70

Friday Reception
Sponsored by: TBD

Time: Friday Night – 6:00p Presentation: TBD

 

BASIC MEMBER

$60

PREMIUM MEMBER

$50

Saturday Breakfast
Sponsored by: TBD

Time: Saturday Morning – 8:00a Presentation: TBD

 

BASIC MEMBER

$120

PREMIUM MEMBER

$100

Saturday Dinner & Entertainment
Sponsored by FedEx

Time: Saturday Night – 7:00p Presentation: TBD

 

NOTE: To receive the Premium Member price, you must be a Premium Member in good standing at the time of the event.

FIND OUT WHY OTHER STORE OWNERS ATTEND

Attending the RS Expo & Trade Show should be part of every owner’s success plan. Take a minute to read some testimonials from your peers. The Expo only comes around every 18 months — can you afford to miss the event and the opportunities Expo provides?

Megan Fischer

Goin' Postal — Defiance, OH

"I just wanted to say that by going to the convention, I've easily made $30,000+ MORE a year! If you want to hear firsthand how attending the RS Expo has changed my business, you're more than welcome to call me at the store anytime (seriously...419-782-5309) and I’d be more than happy to tell you why you must come to Orlando this year! "


Kay Omer

Box it — The Woodlands, TX

"My first Expo was Las Vegas in 2016. Having been in business for 27 years, I walked away with not only alot of great ideas and education, it gave me a new excitement in my business. PostalMate® had a whole bunch of sessions which I always enjoy and lots of great vendors and industry carriers with the latest updates that are so valuable. Expo is such a great value considering all the great stuff we walk away with. There is lots of fun, energy and excitement here and lots of terrific folks."


Ray Norton

Mail-Pak Your Box Store — McAllen, TX

"I've attended virtually every Expo and, without fail, I've always returned to my store with at least one valuable learning experience, new product or new service for my operation. In addition, the opportunity to share experiences with other store owners is priceless. If cost is a concern for potential attendees, I can assure them that I have profited more than the cost of the Expo every time. Go.....you'll never regret it!"


Bruce Bernstein

Parcels Plus — Pompano Beach, FL

"The number one reason I go to the RS Expo is I DON’T KNOW EVERYTHING. I have been in the business for 20 years. I have attended almost every annual and regional conference for the past 15 years. The main reason I keep returning is that each and every conference more than pays for itself. Whether it be learning about new products and services, updates on how better to use the industry specific software or networking with fellow store owners on how they do things, the conferences have always given me an ROI that justifies my continued attendance. It also helps to get away from your business occasionally to give you a better perspective on it."


Charlie Bournis

Office 11211 — Brookyn, NY

"My first Expo was in 2013 in Orlando. I used Orlando as an excuse to go to Disney with my family. I told my wife that i would just go to the trade show on Friday night and then we can go to Disney on the weekend. After 10 years "in the business" I figured I already knew everything... I did not need to go to a show to learn anything. Boy was i wrong! I learned so much just on Friday that i went back on Saturday and let my wife take the kids to Disney. I made so much more money in the preceding months that when the next regional training was available i booked my flight and just went. Do not make my mistake and work for a decade and not know what you are doing. #DontBeStupid"


Bobby Walker

Postalcenter — Milford, MA

"I attend the RS Expo because it’s the best way for me to stay current with the latest industry trends and changes. It is also a great venue to network with the best store owners in the country. Each year I attend, I come back with the best ideas on how to improve our company."


Jim Brown

Total Choice Shipping — Ottumwa, IA

"Why go to Expo? The educational opportunities are important. If you’re going to be a professional in this industry, you need to be educated. The new products and services you’ll find at the trade show are important. Without new ideas your business will grow stagnant. However, the number one reason to attend is the faces you get to put with the names and voices you’ve heard and articles you’ve read. The contacts you make with other store owners and vendors will be invaluable to you. When you get back to your store and think how do I do this? Or better yet, SHOULD I do this? You’ll know who to call to get that advice. So grab your sunscreen and I’ll see you in Orlando!"


Joe Wightman

Greenwich Village Mail Center — New York , NY

"One of the main reasons to attend Expo is networking with other owners. It is fairly common to encounter an owner who has dealt with a problem that you are dealing with or has experience in a new profit center that you are contemplating. The breakout sessions are perfect for networking. The trade show discounts can really help to pay for your investment in attending Expo as well. Plus, you can build a vacation if so inclined!"


Andy Nyhart

Lind-Hart Mini Ship — Hamburg , NY

"One of the top reasons my store has been in business for 35 years is because our customers trust us. They know we stay on top of our game and it’s because of events like the Expo! The networking, education and vendor relationships make us powerful with knowledge and confidence."


Dave Shira

More Than A Mailbox — Folsom, CA

"PURE GOLD! There are three parts to the RS Expo that are all filled with incredible ideas for your business. You do have to be ready to listen and take notes.

The first part is the basic How-To-Do Training sessions that we all need. This is usually scheduled before the Expo itself and covers most of what you need to do and how to do it. The Second is the breakout sessions. This is where you learn to do it better. The third and arguably the most important is the down time between sessions or in the evening. The Mail and Parcel Family is full of folks that want to share the good, the bad, and the ugly. Ideas and stories flow as freely as the drink.

At our first session over 11 years ago Kim and I came away with an idea that we implemented immediately, and it has been growing ever since. This one idea netted nearly $49,000 last year alone. The biggest challenge I walk away with from every Expo is how to prioritize all the great ideas that I came away with in my little note pad."


Paul Beals

Mail Copy Plus — Winter Springs, FL

"If you can get to the RS Expo, you will not regret it. You will learn stuff you didn't know that you didn't know. The networking with fellow store owners, vendors, carriers keeps you informed in this ever changing industry. Don't be out there in your own little world — come, if you can, to Orlando for th RS Expo 2018."


Rajan Dorasami

Box & Ship — Fort Worth, TX

"There is no better place to be inspired than at RS Expo — where hundreds of other store owners are excited to share their successes, failures and innovations in order to improve our industry and your business."


Evan Keller

Super Postal Center— Boca Raton, FL

"They say that Expo’s, conventions and conferences are just for the newbies. I beg to differ. I have been in the industry for nearly 26 years, and continue to attend as many of them as I can. Times they are a changing, and the ONLY way to keep up is to attend the RS Expo. It’s the best investment of time and money you will make all year. Don’t become stale and stagnant. Make an effort to attend the Expo! You can thank me later."


Rita Warren

Beach Mailbox and Gifts — San Diego, CA

“I attended RS Expo only a few months after buying my store. It was by far the best thing I did as a new store owner. I came away with literally pages and pages of notes on how to improve my store and make more money. There were so many ideas, I thought I’d never be able to implement them all. Now, 18 months later, I’ve incorporated most of the ideas and added new services and products that I’d learned about at the RS Expo. The result has been a 35% increase in revenues since I bought my store. Thank you RSA!”

Hyatt Regency Dallas

 300 Reunion Blvd | Dallas, Texas | 75207 PH: (214) 651-1234| WEB: www.HyattRegencyDallas.com

An Iconic Hotel In
Downtown Dallas

Located downtown next to an iconic Dallas landmark Reunion Tower, Hyatt Regency Dallas is a gateway to the best of the city. Live, work and be yourself at our inviting, contemporary hotel near the Dallas Convention Center and within walking distance of many tourist attractions, including Dealey Plaza and the Historic West End. Whether you are here to work or play, Hyatt Regency Dallas is designed to meet all of your needs. Enjoy complimentary wifi in spacious rooms and suites with prime views overlooking downtown Dallas or the Trinity River Greenbelt.

Room Rates

$129Per Night

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Keynote Presentations

Recorded Live at 2018 RS Expo

  • Webinar
    Date Recorded
  • State of The Industry
    State of The Industry - by RS Associates President Brandon Gale
    05/03/18
  • How I Built a $4 Million Store
    How I Built a $4 Million Store by Dave Celec
    05/03/18
  • RS Expo 2018 Keynote Presentation
    Risk/Opportunities For Retail Shipping In An E-Commerce Market
    05/03/18