Backwall Exhibit - An exhibit that is back-to-back with another exhibit or against a building wall.
Baffle - A partition designed to control light, air, sound, or traffic flow.
Bill of Lading (B/L) - A document that establishes the terms between a shipper and a transportation company for the transport of goods between specified points for a specified charge. Also see Air Waybill, Inland Bill of Lading, Ocean Bill of Lading, Through Bill of Lading.
Blanket Wrap - Uncrated goods covered with blankets or other protective padding and shipped via van line. Also called Pad Wrap.
Boneyard - A storage area for empty crates and contractor materials.
Booth Area - The amount of floor space assigned to an exhibitor.
Breakpoint - The level at which a discount is given for a volume order.
Collective Agreement - A contract between an employer and a union specifying the terms and conditions for employment, the status of the union, and the process for settling disputes during the contract period. Also known as Labor Agreement, Union Contract.
Common Carrier - A transportation company moving people or goods. For exhibit freight, the carrier usually accepts only crated materials and consolidates the properties of several customers into one shipment bound for the same destination.
Consignee - A person to whom goods are shipped.
Consignment - A delivery of merchandise from an exporter (the consignor) to an agent (the consignee) under the agreement that the agent will sell the merchandise, receive a commission, and remit the net proceeds to the exporter.
Consignor - A person who sends freight.
Consolidate - To ship freight to a central depot where several loads bound for the same destination are put together before being shipped to that destination.
Contractor - An individual or company that provides services or materials to a trade show and/or its exhibitors. Also see Official Contractor, Exhibitor Appointed Contractor.
Crating List - An itemized list of the contents of a crate.
Cross-aisle - An aisle at a right angle to a main aisle.
Cubic Content - Literally, length x width x height. With reference to booth space, the placement of exhibit properties at a height of 8 feet or more above the leased area. Also a measurement used in determining shipping costs for van lines.
Custom Exhibit - A display designed and built to meet the specific needs of an exhibitor.
Customhouse Broker - A person or company licensed to enter and clear goods through Customs.
CWT - Hundred weight. A measurement used for shipping exhibit properties. Usually 100 pounds.
I&D - Installation & Dismantle (of an exhibit). Also known as Set Up and Take-down.
ICC - Interstate Commerce Commission.
Independent Contractor - A contractor hired by an exhibitor to perform trade show services independently of show management appointed contractors. Also called Exhibitor Appointed Contractor, EAC.
Infringement - An exhibitor's unauthorized use of floor space outside the leased booth area.
Inland Bill of Lading - A contract between a shipper and transportation company used when transporting goods overland to an exporter's international carrier. Compare Ocean Bill of Lading, Through Bill of Lading.
In-line - An exhibit that is constructed in a continuous line along an aisle. Also called Linear Display.
Installation - The process of setting up exhibit properties according to specifications. Also called Assembly, Set Up.
Installation & Dismantle - The set up and take-down of exhibits. Also called I & D.
Installation Contractor - A company responsible for supervising and coordinating workers who install and dismantle exhibits.
Inventory - Total amount of equipment available for a show.
Island Exhibit - A display with aisles on four sides.
Marshaling Yard - A lot where trucks gather for orderly dispatch to show site.
Mask - To cover for painting or protection.
Masking Drape - A cloth used to cover storage or other unsightly areas.
Meter - The most common width for a backwall panel. (1 Meter = 39.37 inches)
Modular Exhibit - An exhibit constructed with interchangeable components designed to be set up in various arrangements and sizes. - The rate charged for freight weighing less than the minimum weight for a truckload.
Move-in - The date specified by show management for beginning exhibit installation.
Move-out - The date specified by show management for dismantling exhibits.
Multimedia - Combining two or more types of audio/visual support in a presentation.