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Seattle Snowpocalypse during Gift Show

Hey everyone! Well, this week has been a crazy one to say the least. Triumph was the general contractor for two different major trade shows last week, and on top of that we were preparing for a snow storm of epic proportions (according to the news).  After hearing about the impending snowpocalypse, the good people at Triumph decided to put all of the personnel that were going to be working at the Washington State Convention and Trade Center during that time in a hotel in downtown Seattle so that we could get to and from work safely and easily.  We were all pretty thankful for that, especially on Wednesday when the snow actually started to fall.  First I feel the need to say, people in the Western Washington area do not know how to handle snow. No finger pointing here, since I am a native Washingtonian, it is just a fact.  Not only do people not know how to drive in it, it also affects all business in a huge way.  Local government comes to a standstill, businesses close up for the day, and even McDonalds closed early! That’s saying something.  The day that the snow storm actually hit, one of our shows was moving out, one was moving in and every single exhibitor was concerned about getting out of Seattle before their flight got cancelled and their freight got held up.  For the first time in at least ten years, Sea-Tac International airport closed all of its runways.  Trucks were lined up ten deep to try to get to the convention center and pick up their freight and get out before the weather got any worse.  On top of all of that, there were at least three more shows scheduled for the next week that over half of our exhibitors were trying to get to.  The major point of all of this is that snow, flooding, or any other kind of natural happening can affect your business and there is nothing you can do about it but be patient.  Customers are very understanding when they know that you are dealing with something that is out of your hands.  Fortunately both shows opened and closed without a hitch last week despite the snow, and for that we are very fortunate.  All of us at Triumph are confident that our next show, the Portland International Auto Show, will go even better.  Especially because there isn’t supposed to be any snow! Stay tuned for next week, it should be action packed!