Just opening the vault and dusting off an old chestnut here. This article is a variation of one previously posted after Chicago's "Snowmageddon" of February 2011. Enjoy!
|Perhaps many of you heard this past week that Chicago had a little bit of snow. That is to say, A LOT of snow, followed by what they tell us was a "polar vortex" that sent temperatures plunging to 15F below zero at night with high temperatures in the -5F range during the daytime. Not only did we end up with about 15-20 inches of the white stuff, we then dealt with 30+ mile per hour wind gusts, snow drifts, and a virtual collapse of commuter rail service.
Antonio Perez, Chicago Tribune
But Chicago is generally prepared and has snow removal down to a science, and now that the temperature is on the rebound for the time being, things are returning more or less to normal.
But on the side streets, it usually takes a couple of days before a snowplow will pay a visit and shove mounds of crusty packed snow up against the vehicles parked along the curb.
Michael Tercha, Chicago Tribune
|Now anyone who lives in our fair city is familiar with the concept of “dibs”. This tradition goes back years, and some of our grizzled old-timers say it even precedes the notorious blizzard of 1967. Essentially, before a side street is plowed, or even afterwards, the residents shovel out their own parking spots on the street and then save them by placing whatever expendable junk they happen to have on hand in the space they have just dug out.|
That means the space now belongs to the excavator. If you park in a saved spot, you may run some unfortunate risks that could eventually involve your car insurance company.
At many of our trade shows that occur on a frequent basis, especially an annual show like MEDICA for example, an informal variation of dibs also exists. The number of companies that return to the show from year to year is high, and there is a relatively brief registration window in which companies can submit their exhibit space applications. Often the amount of space that is requested at MEDICA far exceeds the amount of space available at the convention center.
Returning exhibitors who submit their applications before the deadline often will get priority consideration for the same space that they had during the previous show, followed then by new-to-show exhibitors who also submitted their applications before the registration deadline. Many times, exhibitors will request an enlargement of their space, or move to another location if possible. But of course with 4,000+ exhibitors at MEDICA it all depends on who has returned and who is getting their space back. Usually the best way to increase your chances of upsizing or relocating is by expressing flexibility about preferred booth dimensions, configuration, or location.
Under all circumstances, Messe Düsseldorf works diligently to try and accommodate everyone’s special requests and space requirements in a fair and equitable manner.
Registration for MEDICA is now open and runs until March 1, but it is strongly encouraged that you submit your completed registration forms well in advance of the deadline. To request your exhibitor registration materials, simply contact us or visit the show’s website, www.medica-tradefair.com, and get your dibs on a booth at the world’s largest and leading medical industry trade fair!