The Digital Retailing Expo people have released attendance numbers for its show last month, as well as some details for next year.
A press release reports, "The 2006 event featured 97 exhibitors (over 20% growth since 2005) and attracted a record number of 1,220 qualified attendees and buyers within its niche market."
The show had been touting expected attendance of some 1,100.
That's not exactly a stampede of people, but show organizer Chris Gibbs rattled off the names of some 36 chain retailers — like Federated and Whole Foods — who had people there poking around.
Gibbs also says next year there will be an interactive area set aside for touch-screen and other apps. The show is set for May 16-17 back in Chicago, but there's no indication whether the show is back downtown or way, way out by O'Hare.
Dave Haynes is the founder and editor of Sixteen:Nine, an online publication that has followed the digital signage industry for some 14 years. Dave does strategic advisory consulting work for many end-users and vendors, and also writes for many of them. He’s based near Halifax, Nova Scotia, on Canada’s east coast.