CenterEdge Software Addressing Amusements Industry Issues at IAAPA Attractions Expo 2013

ROXBORO, N.C. -- The leadership team from entertainment facility solutions provider CenterEdge Software (www.centeredgesoftware.com) will be sharing best practices on industry challenges and trends at the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA) Attractions Expo 2013 in Orlando, Florida November 18-22. Important issues related to online indirect competition, waivers, and labor costs will be a major focus of attendees and exhibitors at the combination tradeshow and conference. “With new changes from Obamacare on the horizon, operators are concerned about the effects on their workforce with regard to the relationship between labor costs and revenue,” CenterEdge Software director of operations Marcus Mayer said.


Careful tracking and monitoring are keys for facility managers ensuring that their business operations are lean and efficient in the face of HR changes, Mayer explained. In addition to labor concerns, Mayer said increases in the time adults and children are spending online and using home-based entertainment are challenging family entertainment centers (FECs) to spend more time, money, and energy than before on innovating and evolving their business. This can take the form of adding attractions or embracing the allure of the internet as a means of marketing to core audiences, he said.

According to Mayer, many of his company’s clients in a variety of industries including laser tag and roller skating are raising concerns about potential injuries and ways to mitigate liability through waivers, another major industry focus over the past year.

“Injuries were traditionally a hallmark concern of only the riskiest forms of entertainment like skydiving and scuba diving, but the increasing popularity of FEC-hybrids like trampoline parks is helping to usher new developments in liability waivers into the more mainstream entertainment industries,” Mayer said.

Additional issues CenterEdge Software will be addressing at the event include line speed, employee theft, FEC marketing, dealing with limited capital for adding attractions or building new facilities, and online issues like ticketing and sales.

This year’s IAAPA Attractions Expo 2013 will feature more square footage of new product and service innovations for the global attractions industry than any of the organization’s Expos in the past 10 years. As of Oct. 31, 1,100 companies have signed up to showcase new ride concepts and amusements technologies in 135 product categories on more than 522,000 square feet of exhibit space, the size of approximately 13 football fields. Additional information on the event is available at www.IAAPA.org/IAAPAAttractionsExpo. 

Since 2004 CenterEdge Software has been redefining the successful operation of family entertainment centers across the country with an integrated single-point solution addressing the major challenges of the amusements industry. CenterEdge Software’s full suite of technology solutions helps FECs attract guests and their entertainment dollars, while reducing facility management expenses, managing labor and reducing employee theft through innovative point of sale, reservation, and timecard applications as well as reporting, cash and control, and time clock solutions.

For more information email info@centeredgesoftware.com or call (336) 598-5934.

About CenterEdge
CenterEdge Software is a leading entertainment facility solutions provider helping owners and operators successfully manage revenue and labor with innovative technology and dependable customer service. Our experienced staff is well-versed in the amusements industry, applying first-hand knowledge of important aspects of everyday operations like point of sale, reservations, timecards, cash and inventory control to developing improved functionality in our popular CenterEdge Advantage suite. Headquartered in North Carolina, CenterEdge Software has been redefining the successful operation of family entertainment centers, trampoline parks, roller skating rinks, and large-scale amusement parks across the country since 2004. For more information visit www.centeredgesoftware.com.

About IAAPA Attractions Expo 2013
IAAPA Attractions Expo 2013 is the largest conference and trade show in the world for the attractions industry. With its theme “Imagine the Possibilities,” the show will take place in the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida, from Monday, Nov. 18, through Friday, Nov. 22. The trade show floor will be open to industry professionals Tuesday, Nov. 19, through Friday, Nov. 22. IAAPA Attractions Expo 2013 offers a full week of business opportunities, networking events, and educational experiences, and features new ideas and products. Highlights of IAAPA Attractions Expo 2013 include a behind-the-scenes tour of Epcot at the “Disney at Dawn” event, the IAAPA Celebrates event at SeaWorld Orlando’s newest attraction “Antarctica: Empire of the Penguin,” and more. www.IAAPA.org/IAAPAAttractionsExpo.

About IAAPA
Founded in 1918, IAAPA is the largest international trade association for permanently situated amusement facilities and attractions and the industry’s suppliers, and is dedicated to the preservation and prosperity of the attractions industry. The association’s global headquarters is in Alexandria, Virginia, United States, and it maintains regional offices in Brussels, Mexico City, and Hong Kong. www.IAAPA.org