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Slapped with Snow & Piles of Paper!

Posted by Robert Self on Fri, Feb 20, 2015 @ 11:30 AM

Winter is hard. Few can argue against that. It’s cold. The sun barely shines. Shoveling starts. Delays commence. And cabin fever sets. But despite the numb fingers and all, we would like to give you hope and remind you that brighter days are ahead!

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(Photo: Typical Chicago Winter - 2015)

Now, I don’t know about you, but when winter comes around I just tend to move slower – and we see the same mentality occur in the trade show industry. Sure, the main seasons for trade shows to occur are in early Spring and early Winter, but much planning for these shows occurs… well… now.

There are forms to fill out, documents to sign, invoices to pay, and more! We can’t allow our desire to remain sluggish take over! But when all you want to do is hibernate, how can you possibly keep up the momentum to plan for a show? Simply put, it’s the dedication that goes into a project that allows momentum to forge onward. Let me give you an example:

Two weeks ago our Chicago office was basically slapped by Mother Nature, who thought it funny to dump 19.6 inches of snow on the city - making for our fifth largest blizzard in Chicago’s recorded history.

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(Photo: There's an actual car under there)

But, being the thick-skinned, snow-savvy people we are as Chicagoans, we still trekked out in cold using our streets and the ‘L’ (our public transit system) to get around, as no travel bans were placed. I, for one, was one of those crazies – just out for a casual stroll to my Super Bowl Sunday gathering. NOTHING was going to keep me from the food, friends, football game, food, commercials, food, Katy Perry half-time show, food, and food. And for most Chicagoans alike, it was business as usual. (Granted there were a few… casualties. See: photo of abandoned car).

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(Photo: Abandoned cars remain in middle of Chicago streets
from previous night, blocking plows & tow trucks)

While many Chicago offices, including ours, placed our safety before work and allowed us to remain home considering the danger element, there were still people crowding the streets on Monday morning. Our office in particular saw an amazing turnout. Because we know our shows are time-sensitive projects, and we want to make sure we’re on top of our game. That desire to meet deadlines and to plan ahead for any road bumps we may cross brought us through the tundra and to our computer screens. For you, our exhibitors & visitors.

Here’s another: Currently, our building is experiencing some electrical issues unrelated to our particular office, which has made the heat go out. It is currently -15 degrees Fahrenheit outside our windows, while the west coast parodies what hardship feels like. Once again offered the safety to stay home until the issue is fixed, what did we do? We put on another layer, sucked it up, and came anyway.

You see, problems can come at you from all angles without you ever being able to see it coming (much like weather). But rolling with the punches, remaining optimistic, and most importantly planning ahead allows you to find the solutions. In this particular case the solution just happens to be an extra pair of long underwear.

Basically, any show that we organize for the early Winter season (i.e. September-December) undergoes heavy organizing during this, the dreaded dead depths of the late Winter season (i.e. January-March). But we’re here to send you reminders, give you calls, and motivate you. Many deadlines may be approaching for shows in your industry. So while winter is hard, the sun is rising earlier/setting later. The snow and ice are thawing (at least right before it freezes again). And the first day of Spring is next month! Besides, the groundhog reared his head nearly three weeks ago – so we’re half way out of the woods! So here’s to early planning! And if you ever have questions or doubts, you can always reach out to us! Our contact information is below!

Contact us!
Website: www.mdna.com
Phone: (312) 781-5180
Email: [email protected]
Twitter: @mdnachicago

Topics: MEDICA, trade show, Düsseldorf, Messe Düsseldorf, International Trade Shows, GDS, REHACARE International, Trade Show Planning, Messe Dusseldorf North America, Chicago, Compamed, CARAVAN SALON, A+A

Behind the Scenes Are the People

Posted by Robert Self on Sun, Sep 28, 2014 @ 19:22 PM

I am one of the newest members to the Messe Düsseldorf North America (MDNA) team. Actually, I am thenewest person to grace the office with my presence full time; the office is probably a little bit louder now. I’m walking into the trade show management industry with a rather fresh perspective.

I started with the MDNA team in January 2014. I haven’t even worked here a full year, and there is one thing I can say with certainty: trade show management is a team sport. We are a small office, consisting of roughly 12 employees and I have to say, it is impressive how much work this team truly takes on. What many exhibitors don’t know about us, is that we don’t only manage shows in their industry, but across multiple industries, and in multiple countries!

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Pictured (Top row, L-R):  Johanna Buehler, Justin Kesselring, Matt Spiekhout, Galina Yukhvid
(Bottom row, L-R): Sebastian Wille, Robert Self, Inga Otgon

 


Now, there’s a lot that happens “behind the scenes” of managing any project, and trade show management is no exception. In many ways, I go about my day as most people in corporate America do: I start my day with coffee and groggy “hellos” (and actually “Guten Morgens”) thrown about. When I finally embrace the willpower to check my emails, the races start. Somewhere in here I black out, and come to around 4:30 when it’s time to power down and go home.


However, when you look closer, you notice the fine tasks that require careful attention – the many cogs and wheels that somehow (due to black magic, I’m sure) come together in the very end and produce some pretty immaculate events. But it’s no witchcraft. It is the careful planning, the ideas bounced off one another, the willingness to offer help that gets these shows where they need to be.

So who are these 11 other brave souls who manage trade shows at MDNA? For many “veteran” exhibitors who’ve attended shows for countless years, we are like the distant cousins who meet back up at each family reunion in Düsseldorf, Germany. They know the routine, and therefore have long standing personal relationships with us.

I have listened as each of our project managers rattle off the names of the people they know from company A or company B, and all from memory. I have witnessed as my colleagues reunite with exhibitors and exchange hellos as old friends. I have also been asked countless times how my colleagues are doing whenever they aren’t around. So for our newer attendees and exhibitors, whether in our pavilions or in individual space, I implore you to get to know us for yourselves! We’re friendly, I promise! And we like to know you as well.

Being the newest person in the office can be daunting, but I know I have a network of helpful, friendly colleagues who don’t question extending a hand. So shake up the day and start a conversation; we may be busy, but we enjoy the interruption. It reminds us to put you first for customer service.

Contact us!
Website: www.mdna.com
Phone: (312) 781-5180
Email: [email protected]
Twitter: @mdnachicago

 

Topics: Düsseldorf, Messe Düsseldorf, International Trade Shows, Trade Show Planning, Chicago, Social Networking

DIBS Redux

Posted by Ryan Klemm on Wed, Jan 8, 2014 @ 10:24 AM

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. 
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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.

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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.

Hence:  DIBS.

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!

Topics: MEDICA, medical, Düsseldorf, international medical trade fair, International Trade Shows, Messe Dusseldorf North America, Chicago, Booth Assignments, Floor Plans, Dibs

A Season for "Dibs" - Register Now for MEDICA 2011

Posted by Ryan Klemm on Fri, Feb 4, 2011 @ 10:25 AM

Perhaps many of you heard this past week that Chicago had a little bit of snow.  Actually, a LOT of snow, now tallied as the third largest snowstorm in the city’s history.  Not only did we end up with about 2 feet of the white stuff, we dealt with 60+ mile per hour wind gusts, thunder and lightning, and snow drifts six feet high in some places.  But Chicago is generally prepared and has snow removal down to a science, and for the most part within 24 hours things have returned more or less to normal.

But on the side streets, it will usually take a couple of days before a snow plow will pay a visit and shove mounds of packed snow up against the vehicles parked along the curb.

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 will gather wide-eyed children around the fireplace and tell tales about how it even precedes the great blizzard of '67.

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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 routinely placing lawn furniture, buckets, two-by-fours, stools, saw horses (or whatever expendable junk they happen to have on hand) in the valuable 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.  
Hence:  DIBS.

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 a 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 the chances of upsizing or relocating is by expressing flexibility about preferred booth dimensions, configuration, or location.

Under all circumstances, Messe Duesseldorf works diligently to try and accommodate everyone’s special requests and space requirements in a fair and equitable manner.

Registration for MEDICA 2011 is now open and runs until March 1, 2011, 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!

Topics: Germany, MEDICA, medical equipment, medical supplies, trade show, Messe, Messe Duesseldorf, exhibiting, Düsseldorf, Messe Düsseldorf, medical trade show, medical trade fair, trade fair, Trade Show Planning, City of Düsseldorf, Chicago, Booth Assignments, Dibs, Snow

FPSA and Messe Duesseldorf Form Strategic Alliance

Posted by Ryan Klemm on Wed, Dec 1, 2010 @ 15:22 PM

McLean, Virginia based FPSA (The Food Processing Suppliers Association) is a global trade association serving suppliers in the food and beverage industries. The Association's programs and services support its members by providing assistance in marketing their products and services, overall improvement in key business practices and many opportunities to network among industry colleagues.  Among the association's programs and services to achieve these objectives is PROCESS EXPO, The Global Food Equipment and Technology Show.

Messe Düsseldorf GmbH and The FPSA recently announced the formation of a formal strategic alliance to increase the international reach of PROCESS EXPO as part of interpack’s worldwide product family.

Messe Duesseldorf will aid in the sale of booth space at PROCESS EXPO as well as well as promoting visitor attendance to food processors around the globe.

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Pictured from left to right:  Bernd Jablonowski (Project Director, interpack 2011), Hans Werner Reinhard (Executive Vice President, Messe Duesseldorf GmbH), Jan Erik Kuhlmann (President & CEO, Multivac), David Seckman (President & CEO, FPSA).

The renowned interpack trade fair, organized by Messe Duesseldorf, was founded in 1958 and developed over the decades into the number one global platform for the packaging and processing industry.  The last staging of the show in 2008 featured 2,744 exhibitors from 60 nations and attracted 179,000 trade visitors.

“This partnership will significantly increase the presence of PROCESS EXPO in the international market, where Messe Duesseldorf is a leader within the processing and packaging trade show arena,” stated Scott Scriven, Chairman of FPSA. “With 7 international subsidiaries and 68 foreign representatives worldwide supporting Messe Duesseldorf in 127 countries, PROCESS EXPO will have unprecedented access to new markets,” he added.

 “Messe Duessseldorf is pleased to be joining with FPSA in the formation of this partnership. The exponential growth of PROCESS EXPO since the announcement of the move to a biennial show tells us that strategically, this is where we need to be in the North American market. We are now pleased to offer our existing customers a new platform,” added Hans Werner Reinhard, Executive Vice President of Messe Duesseldorf.

PROCESS EXPO will be held November 1-4, 2011 at the McCormick Place Convention Center in Chicago, Illinois.  www.myprocessexpo.com

interpack will return to the fairgrounds in Duesseldorf, Germany May 12-18, 2011.  www.interpack.com

Topics: Announcements, Germany, trade show, Messe, international, Messe Duesseldorf, international business, Düsseldorf, Messe Düsseldorf, Exports, International Trade, International Trade Shows, trade fair, trade show organizer, Chicago, packaging, interpack, show, FPSA, Food Processing Suppliers Association, food packaging

It’s a Big Deal in Chicago

Posted by Ryan Klemm on Tue, Jun 29, 2010 @ 12:46 PM

ChicagoRecently the Illinois General Assembly passed legislation that fundamentally changes labor rules and regulations at Chicago’s McCormick Place and Navy Pier Convention Centers.

The move came after Chicago had already lost several conventions over the past year, and several trade shows had threatened to leave and seek alternative convention venues elsewhere in the U.S. that offered more flexibility and affordability.


Some key “exhibitor-friendly” reforms in the legislation include labor rules that reduce work sizes and require less overtime pay, expanded exhibitor rights (allowing customers to do more of their own setup and dismantling), and permitting show organizers to select outside electrical and food & beverage vendors.

And now the Chicago Convention & Tourism Bureau has announced an anticipated $1 billion in new spending from trade show commitments coming to town!

The International Housewares Association, American Academy of Ophthalmology, the American Academy of Cardiology, the American Wind Energy Association, Lions Club International and the Society for Neuroscience have announced plans to return to the city, and newcomers Ace Hardware, Lego KidsFest and the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees have announced they will now hold their events here too!

Messe Duesseldorf North America has been a proud member of Chicago’s business community for the past 20 years, serving as a marketing, sales, and point-of-service office for U.S.-based exporters seeking international trade show opportunities.  It’s no coincidence that when our corporate team selected Chicago for its U.S. operations base, proximity to McCormick Place and the major U.S. trade shows held here was a key factor.  Every year our company participates in various capacities at important events staged at this convenient, world-leading convention facility.


We applaud these reforms that were designed to retain and continue attracting important events that are immanently vital to economic growth in Chicago and the State of Illinois.

Topics: trade show, exhibiting, trade show organizer, Chicago, McCormick Place