Grassroots Connect, the national buying show of Grassroots Outdoor Alliance, will return to Denver this November as well as returning to its “traditional” schedule format, said the group.
Confirmed for Nov. 1-5, 2019, Grassroots Connect will again be held in the Colorado Convention Center ground floor ballrooms – the same setting as in fall 2018. Grassroots Connect also will restore its “traditional” schedule format of holding member-only education and shareholder meetings at the beginning of the show.
The 2019 Grassroots Connect show will begin with vendor move-in and member-only education seminars (Nov. 1, 2019); continue with four days of pre-booked retailer and vendor meetings (Nov. 2-5, 2019); and conclude with vendor move-out (Nov. 5, 2019).
The new confirmed date and schedule for Grassroots Connect were prompted by the alignment of attendee feedback with new opportunities created by Outdoor Retailer’s cancellation of November show dates.
“We wanted to create as seamless of a transition as possible to the new calendar, make the least amount of changes for everyone involved, and still do our best to improve the experience for retailers and vendors,” said Rich Hill, president of Grassroots Outdoor Alliance. “While we’ve made some minor adjustments, for the vast majority of Grassroots Connect attendees the show will operate and flow as it usually does.”
As always, Grassroots Connect will provide pre-booked appointments for retailers and vendors. That normal process was delayed slightly as venue and schedule confirmations were an essential first step. Now that the official schedule has been confirmed, appointment services have resumed. To speed this process, retailers should follow the normal procedure of submitting their dates of availability and desired vendor appointments at their earliest convenient opportunity.