The B2B event runs today and tomorrow at the Oregon Convention Center
The Retail and Dispensary Expo, better known as RAD Expo, opens it’s doors this morning in Portland Oregon at the Oregon Convention Center for its 2nd year with show organizers expecting to double in size. We sat down last RAD Expo with Greg James, the founder of such brands as Marijuana Venture magazine and RAD, to talk to him about how the B2B industry is evolving when it comes to trade shows and why Portland was chosen as the home for RAD.
“We think Portland was a great place to do it because you know, Oregon is still two years behind Washington and so they’re still opening a lot of stores here and it’s on the way to California where obviously they’re going to be opening a lot of stores.” Greg said. He continued, “There are also growers here from Oregon that are in a section that we call the farmers market and we give them a table at a reduced rate and then they can meet the retailers who are coming into the show, and actually, all the farmers market guys have really loved it. Now they’re not allowed to bring live marijuana here but it doesn’t really matter because they can show off their packaging and photos of their grows and everything, so that’s been quite effective. But we actually have a lot of retailers from Washington who have come down here because they’re you know, seeing the lighting companies that do accent lighting, the store design guys, the architects, and all the type of people that we think work for all retailers everywhere.”
The RAD Expo runs through tomorrow and is free to all retailers. For more information please view their website at www.theradexpo.com