K/Bis 2001: Shining in Orlando

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K/Bis 2001: Shining in Orlando

By Eliot Sefrin

ORLANDOAfter a stop in the Windy City of Chicago last year, the
Kitchen/Bath Industry Show and concurrent National Kitchen and Bath
Conference (NKBC) have returned to Orlando, creating a stage for
fun, sun and a slew of innovative new products.

The 20th annual K/BIS still the industry’s leader in showcasing
products and services targeted for the kitchen and bath market is
expected to draw some 40,000 kitchen and bath industry
professionals from the U.S. and Canada, as well as exhibitors and
visitors from Europe, Asia and South America. And, of course, the
event will boast myriad product displays and demonstrations,
educational seminars, interactive roundtable discussions,
networking opportunities, social activities and special events
geared specifically for the kitchen and bath industry.
K/BIS 2001 will take place April 27-29, while the NKBC will run
April 26-29, both at the Orange County Convention Center.

Products of note
A wide variety of kitchen and bath products will once again be a
central focus of this year’s K/BIS, with some 625 regional and
national suppliers showcasing their wares across 370,000 square
feet of exhibit space, according to show co-sponsor NKBA.

A wide variety of product categories will be on display,
including kitchen and bath cabinetry, solid surfacing, laminate,
ceramic tile and related countertop materials, whirlpools, tubs and
plumbing fixtures, appliances, kitchen and bath sinks and faucets,
decorative and functional hardware, flooring, kitchen and bath
accessories, CAD-CAM software, storage products and interior
fittings, lighting products, related building products and
more.

K/BIS exhibit hours are scheduled for Friday and Saturday, April
27 and 28, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday April 29, from 10
a.m. to 3 p.m.

Educational program
This year’s educational conference will include 35 seminars, as
well as pre-conference programs and sessions addressing an array of
topics targeted specifically toward the kitchen and bath
professional. 

Seminars, once again, are divided into five tracks: Design,
Business Management and Finance, Sales and Marketing,
Installations, and Personal and Professional Development. Seminar
topics vary from environmental design, interactive design process
ideas, tips for handling workforce challenges and showroom design
to suggestions on setting goals for kitchen and bath businesses and
suggestions for handling stress. 

K/BIS will once again be offering its lunchtime roundtable
discussions to provide a forum for networking on a smaller scale,
while discussing timely issues to the kitchen and bath
industry.

Roundtable discussion topics will include merchandising and
customer service ideas, design trends, job scheduling tips and
industry partnering techniques, as well as legal issues for dealers
and designers, team building ideas and suggestions for overcoming
sales objections.

Pre-conference programs
Following are just a few of the pre-conference programs and special
events scheduled for this year’s show:

  • Created for the advanced designer, the ‘Kitchen and Bath
    Signature’ program will analyze the work of master designers from a
    historic and contemporary perspective. Instructed by an NKBA
    Professional Training Coordinator, this program will take place
    Thursday, April 26, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • The ‘Kitchen and Bath Sales’ program, to be held on Thursday,
    April 26, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., has been created for kitchen and
    bath industry professionals both industry veterans and those new to
    the kitchen and bath arena and will give them an opportunity to
    develop sales techniques and qualify potential customers using the
    DiSC method.
  • Created for beginning design professionals (those with up to
    six months’ experience), the KitchenStarter program will introduce
    designers to basic product knowledge, kitchen planning skills and
    hand layouts. Also discussed will be ideas for avoiding common
    design errors, which can lead to delays, cost overruns and customer
    dissatisfaction. Instructed by an NKBA Professional Training
    Coordinator, this program will take place Thursday, April 26, from
    8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Created for design professionals with up to six months’
    experience, the BathStarter program will introduce designers to
    basic product knowledge, bathroom layout skills and basic plumbing
    systems. Also discussed will be ideas for avoiding common design
    errors, which could lead to delays, cost overruns and customer
    dissatisfaction. Instructed by an NKBA Professional Training
    Coordinator, this program will take place Thursday, April 26, from
    8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • The Societies Annual Business Meeting & Breakfast Program
    will look at the characteristics of successful retailers, as well
    as effective ways to design the showroom as a marketing tool.
    Hosted by Richard Moss, consultant editor of Bathrooms &
    Kitchens magazine, this event will be held Saturday, April 28 from
    7 a.m. to 8: 30 a.m.
  • The Wholesale Distributors Program, to be held Saturday, April
    28, from noon to 2 p.m., will focus on the myriad technologies
    being used today in distribution, such as: proper use of bar
    coding; electronic data interchange; electronic funds transfer;
    purchase cards; electronic catalogs; imaging; telephone and CD-ROM
    training tools; and uses of the Internet, Web sites and electronic
    commerce.

For additional information about the 2001 Kitchen/Bath Industry
Show, or to obtain information about future shows and conferences,
contact the National Kitchen & Bath Association, 687 Willow
Grove St., Hackettstown, NJ 07840; Telephone: (908) 852-0033.

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