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Published on December 3rd, 2015 | by Bill Miller

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Five Important Things To Do Before SHOT Show

Photos courtesy of NSSF

There’s just a little more than a month to go before SHOT Show in Las Vegas. Are you and your team ready? Here are five important prep steps to check off your list before you head for the airport or hit the road – actually, the sooner the better.

Download SHOT Show Mobile App

If you’ve used the app before you know how valuable and what a time-saver it is. If you haven’t, then you’re about to experience a great boost to your efficiency in managing your appointments and getting around the ever-growing show. Download for free on iTunes or at Google Play Store depending on your mobile device.

Confirm Hotel Reservations

You made reservations for this year last year, right? If yes, it’s always wise to make a phone call right about now and just confirm everything’s in order. If not, there’s still time to get the best pricing through NSSF’s travel & hotel service. Many hotels are booked full, but some still have availability. On the site you’ll see pricing, star ratings and whether the hotel is served by SHOT Show bus transportation.

Plan for SHOT University

As of this writing, there are still some spots available at SHOT Show University which happens on January 18, the day before the show opens. Make sure to register soon or you might miss out. It’s a full-day of outstanding sessions and speakers especially for firearms and ammo dealers. If you attend on your own, the biggest problem you’ll have is deciding which of the concurrent sessions to attend. The best plan is to attend as a team to cover all the bases.

Map Out the Retailer Sessions

Tuesday through Thursday, SHOT Show offers Retailer Seminars developed from inquiries and feedback received all year long from businesses like yours and a special retail advisory council. These sessions sell out year after year, so book now if you haven’t already.

Plan To Stay Late

You’ve attended SHOT Show before. You know how crowded and difficult to maneuver it can be in the early days of the show. You can work around that by making plans to stay through Friday. Crowds tend to thin that final day of the show, so by making appointments then you can be a lot more efficient. And what better way to “wind down” after a hectic week than a Friday night, on the town, in Las Vegas. Set it aside for relaxation rather than business.

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