U.S. tent and structure manufacturers unite with the special events industry to address the COVID-19 pandemic

April 3, 2020

The special events industry stands poised to address surging capacity needs of the U.S. health care infrastructure. Ten of the major U.S. tent and structure manufacturers have joined together in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. The principal strategy of the group is to align needs for disaster resources including field hospitals, emergency temporary shelters, …

Free electronic signatures for rental companies affected by COVID-19 crisis

April 1, 2020

App allows for safe signature collection in the social distancing era. Point of Rental Software, Fort Worth, Texas, has made its electronic signature product, Rental eSign, available for free for 90 days for any rental business that needs it, regardless of the software they use. The setup fee is also waived, and no payment information …

Top tips for operating a specialty fabrics business during a pandemic

IFAI Division Webinars this week are bringing together diverse members of the specialty fabrics industry to discuss how they are navigating the COVID-19 crisis. For companies that are operational—that is, they have either been deemed essential businesses or they are not currently under a “shelter in place” order—worker health and safety is a major concern. …

Announcing the 2020 InTents magazine Reader’s Choice Award winners!

Twenty-two manufacturers and suppliers to the tent rental industry are honored in the April–May 2020 issue of InTents magazine in the third annual Reader’s Choice Awards. In December 2019, InTents asked readers to vote for the best of the best in 15 categories, ranging from Best Frame Tent Manufacturer to Best Rental Software Provider. “Participation …

2020 Reader’s Choice Awards: Products and services that go above and beyond

Many industry suppliers go more than the extra mile to help tent rental companies thrive—and the voters in the 2020 Reader’s Choice Awards have stories to tell about the products, services and suppliers that support them day after day, from the warehouse to the installation site.  by Pamela Mills-Senn The annual Reader’s Choice Awards, launched …

The next generation: Assuming leadership of a family tent rental business

Thinking about taking over your family’s tent rental business? Be prepared to learn every job, initiate delicate conversations, ask questions and respect the previous generation’s work. Oh, and don’t expect special treatment.  by Jeff Moravec Young people entering their family’s tent rental business as a career can look forward to a sense of satisfaction and …

How to increase your bottom line with job costing, part 2

Where does all the money go? Let’s examine two job costing methods. by Alexandre Renaud and Barbara Scull In part 1 of this two-part series on job costing, we reviewed accounting basics for tent rental companies, including a basic profit formula, fixed and variable costs, gross profit, contribution margin and break-even point. Understanding these concepts …

Book review: Sustaining a family business

Richard Seaman’s book offers a model for multigenerational success. by Rebecca Post An urgency runs through the pages of Richard Seaman’s book A Vibrant Vision: The Entrepreneurship of Multigenerational Family Business. That urgency stems from Seaman’s understanding that few family businesses survive beyond a third generation. Seaman, the chairman and former CEO of Wooster, Ohio-based …

Stand-out tents for trendy tech

Full Circle Events helps clients make a splash at the 2020 Consumer Electronics Show.   by Darcy Maulsby  Want to see the future? From high-tech watches that can track your heart health to emotional-support robot puppies guided by artificial intelligence, the future was on display in Las Vegas, Nev., during the 2020 Consumer Electronics Show …

Industry team building

There’s never been a Tent Conference like this before.  By Jill C. Lafferty I  have a theory that people drawn to the tent and event rental industry tend to be extroverts who enjoy working on teams that create awesome experiences for their customers. Viewed in that light, the 2020 Tent Conference at Westgate River Ranch …