Specifying the Check-in (Return to Storage) for Collateral and Multi-Quantity Asset Reservations

You can now specify a Check-in/Return Date for Collateral and Multi-Quantity Asset reservations in ExhibitDay.

When reserving a Collateral/Multi-Quantity Asset for an event, use the “Return to Storage / Check-in” section of the reservation form to specify if/when the items will return back to storage.

Check-in Return of Trade Show Asset to Storage

When to choose the ‘Unspecified / TBD’ option:

In certain cases, the items that get checked out either do not return back to storage at all, or, only some portion of the quantity checked-out gets returned back to storage. For example, if 500 Logo Pens are checked out for an event, some or none of the Logo Pens may return back to storage after the event. In such scenarios, choose the ‘Unspecified / TBD’ option. If/when any portion of item(s) end up getting sent back to storage, you can make a manual inventory adjustment entry for this asset at the storage location the items are returned to.

Also, in certain scenarios, some portion of the items checked-out may even go to a different location after the event (e.g. 15 chairs are checked out for an event, 5 of them return to the original storage location and 10 get shipped directly to a different event and get returned at a later date); in such cases, it is also recommended that the ‘Unspecified / TBD’ option be selected so that manual inventory adjustments are made upon actual arrival of the items at each location.

When to choose the ‘Everything comes right back after the event’ option:

Choose this option only if you know that all quantities of this asset checked-out for this reservation will return back to the same storage location after the event. The system will automatically make the inventory adjustment entry (increase) for the check-in on the specified return date. For example, if 15 chairs are reserved for an event, and after the event, all 15 chairs will return to the same storage location they were checked-out from, then you can select this option and specify the return date — this way, the system will automatically mark an inventory increase on the return date, and you won’t have to ‘check-in’ (by adding an inventory adjustment entry for the return).

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Charging Expenses to Cost Centers

You can now charge expenses for your trade shows and exhibits to Cost Centers in ExhibitDay.

Cost Centers

Cost Centers are Departments or Business Units within your organization to which costs can be charged (for accounting purposes).

When entering the cost of specific items for your Events (e.g. Booth Reservation, Travel, Shipments, Sponsorship, etc.), you can optionally specify the Cost Center(s) that the cost should be charged to.

Configuring Cost Centers in your Workspace

You can manage your list of Cost Centers under Workspace Settings > Workspace Customizations > Customize Cost Centers.

Manage Cost Centers for Trade Shows and Exhibitions

Charging a Cost to a Cost Center

To specify a Cost Center to charge to (when entering the cost of an item), click the ‘Specify Cost Center’ link next to the text-box for the cost, then select the Cost Center you would like to charge the amount to.

Select the Cost Center to allocate a cost to

Charging a Cost to Multiple Cost Centers

If the amount being entered should be charged to multiple Cost Centers, use the ‘Split Amount’ link to specify the Amount/Cost Center breakdown. For example, if the total amount for an item is $750, and that amount should be charged evenly across three Cost Centers ( ‘CC1’, ‘CC2’ and ‘CC3’), enter $250 and select ‘CC1’, then, click ‘Split Amount’ and enter $250 and select ‘CC2’; do the same thing for ‘CC3’…

Split Expenses Across Multiple Cost Centers

Expenses by Cost Center Report

To view a report of your annual expenses broken down by Cost Center, click on the Annual Budgets (all events) link in the top-right navigation menu. Then, click on the Expenses by Cost Center tab.

You can filter the report by Cost Center and export all expenses (for the budget year) to a spreadsheet (in .csv format).

Trade Show Expenses by Cost Center Report

Note: The ability to specify Cost Centers for expenses is only offered to ExhibitDay Workspaces that are on the ‘Enterprise’ plan. If you wish to enable this feature, please contact us about setting up a custom Enterprise engagement with your organization.

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Asset Pull Notes

You can now specify Pull Notes for your Assets in ExhibitDay.

Pull Notes are instructions for pulling an Asset from storage. For example, Pull Notes can include specific instructions for packing the Asset, or, specify the mandatory parts that should be included.

Pull Notes can be specified when editing an Asset (in the [Manage Assets] area).

Inventory Pull Notes

When you generate an Asset Pull Sheet that includes a reservation for an Asset that has Pull Notes specified, the Pull Notes will be included on the Pull Sheet (under the line-item for the Asset).

Asset Pull Notes

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The Expert Grid

You can now view your list of events in ExhibitDay in a customizable grid format.

Use View Preferences drop-down (top-right corner of the main Events page) to switch to the Expert Grid view.

Expert Grid View of Trade Shows and Exhibits

Customizing the Grid

You can customize the Expert Grid to show the majority of the built-in event fields as well as any custom fields you may have configured under the Event [Info] and [Booth] tabs. The grid columns are sortable, filterable, groupable, and resizable.

Adding Columns to the Grid

You can add additional columns to the grid using the drop-down menu from any of the column headers. The new columns that you add appear in the right (unlocked) section of the grid.

Pro tip: In addition to the built-in ExhibitDay Event fields, you can add any custom fields you have configured under the Event [Info] and [Booth] tab.

Add column to the Events Grid

Moving Columns

You can change the position of a column by click-and-dragging the column’s header.

Resizing Columns

You can resize a column by click-and-dragging its right border.

Resizing a grid column

Locked Columns

Locked columns are frozen columns on the left section of the grid. Locked columns stay frozen on the screen as you scroll to the right section of the grid to view the remaining/unlocked columns.

How to Lock a Column

You can lock an unlocked column by either:

  • Click-and-dragging the column header into the left header section, or,
  • Using the column header drop-down menu.

Advanced Options (Filtering and Grouping)

You can filter your list of events using the filter button located on the top-right corner of the main events page. These filters are the most commonly used filters and cover the majority of use-cases. If you wish to enable additional filters on the grid, you can enable column-level filtering (and grouping) under the grid’s Advanced Options (accessible from the grid settings menu located at the top-right corner of the grid).

Full-Screen Mode

You can view the grid in Full-Screen mode using the full screen toggle button (located at the top-right corner of the grid).


By default, the grid is paginated by groups of 50 events per page. You can use the navigation controls at the bottom of the grid to change the default page size and navigate through the pages.

Resetting the Grid Layout Back to Default Settings

For your convenience, ExhibitDay automatically saves the layout changes you make to the grid (e.g. when you add/lock/resize columns) so that the grid looks the same whenever you come back to it. You can reset the grid back to its original/default settings from the grid settings menu    (located at the top-right corner of the grid).

Video Tutorial

Grouping Events by Month and Participation Status

  1. Make sure Grouping is enabled in your Grid Settings.
  2. Add the Event Month Column to the Grid.
  3. Group by Event Month and Participation.

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