A Rural Lifestyle Dealer Staff Report

The Rural Lifestyle Dealer staff joined nearly 30,000 attendees at the 2018 GIE+Expo, viewing more than 450 exhibits. The number of exhibits and attendees set a new record again this year, showing the continued strength of the rural lifestyle market.

Trends from the show floor include the expansion and improvement in battery-powered and robotics technologies; connectedness for equipment diagnostics and fleet monitoring; a re-focus on commercial landscaping products; and manufacturers expanding beyond their traditional segments.

There was also a trend toward “voice of the customer” displays. Manufacturers were taking advantage of the large crowd as a kind of focus group to gather feedback for further research and developments. This is a good move to build interest in a product and to help ensure it meets customers’ needs.

Here’s a round-up of some of the new products. Go to www.RuralLifestyleDealer.com to view more news and exclusive video interviews.