Messe Düsseldorf North America - Trade Show Daily

MEDICA HEALTH IT FORUM with App Circus

Posted by Ryan Klemm on Fri, Jul 13, 2012 @ 10:19 AM

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The market for smart phones and tablet computer Apps is booming.  What appeared to be nothing more than a gimmick even a couple of years ago is now coming of age.  Apps may not only revolutionize the private healthcare market, some of them also have the potential to influence how we deal with medicine at home, in hospitals and in medical practices.

MEDICA 2012 in Düsseldorf (November 14-17) will provide an overview of the latest health industry app trends and some sample applications.

Parallel to exhibits on display, the App Circus will be incorporated as a program element into the accompanying MEDICA HEALTH IT FORUM (organized in cooperation with “dotopen”).  At the App Circus, innovative health apps will be presented by their creators with the goal of bringing developers, start-up companies and the organizations involved in the software development together with potential users and project partners from the medical sector and on the purchasing side.

Industry experts involved in the concept believe that major and exciting opportunities particularly in the areas of prevention and treatment adherence exist, and could be particularly App-ealing to the health insurance industry (lazy pun intended - feel free to groan).  Some examples of App technologies underway:

  • Patient self-adherence to medicine dosage regimens / dosage reminders / medicine compatibilities
  • Patient self-treatment in the home directed remotely by a doctor
  • Hospital, nursing facility, and private practice access to specialized apps to view up to the minute patient information and treatment data
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The above examples show how the development of new Apps for the health sector is an exciting and vibrant topic.  The presentations of new solutions will certainly provide plenty to talk about once again at MEDICA 2012.

Visitor entrance tickets for MEDICA 2012 will be available for advance purchase online starting in August 2012 at http://www.medica.de/2130.

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Topics: MEDICA, medical equipment, Düsseldorf, Messe Düsseldorf, medical trade show, medical trade fair, international medical trade fair, wireless, Messe App, App, App Circus, MEDICA Health IT Forum

What shoe fetish?

Posted by Anne Meerboth-Maltz on Wed, Feb 8, 2012 @ 15:20 PM

You can never have too many shoes. That’s a fact and don’t let anyone tell you otherwise! Whether you're into classic, trendy, sporty or wellness styles, there is a place where you can see it all: at the upcoming  trade fair GDS 2012 - International Event for Shoes & Accessories, held from March 14 – 16, 2012 at the fairgrounds in the fashion metropolis Düsseldorf, Germany.

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More than 800 exhibitors from 30 countries will dazzle you with more than 1,800 new footwear collections for the Autumn/Winter 2012/2013 season. And if this is not enough, an extensive program of ancillary events such as catwalk shows, seminars and lectures will help you to pair your chic shoes with the right outfit. With the motto “Inspiration to Go”, the entire image of GDS has been re-designed, and you're in for a real visual treat!

 

“New” seems to be the keyword for GDS – the event will feature numerous new exhibitors and brands, such as Benson Shoes, Via Roma, Dumond, Piedi Nudi, Aerosoles and Barefooters. Showing their products for the first time in the premium segment will be Jo Ghost, Kenzo, Paul & Joe/Berthier, Santoni Club/Vestitus and Ducanero while the shoe collection of fashion designer Michael Michalsky will premiere in the white cubes area. In the Urban segment, Nickelson, Panama Jack, PLDM by Palladium, Shepherd, Coqueterra, Moonboot by Tecnica, Hi-Tec, Les Tropeziennes par M Belarbi, Trifoglio and Umber will make their debut.

Not to be missed is the funky “Design Attack” area, this time with the circus theme "Chikki Mikki" where about 100 young designers will present their unusual collections in a circus setting complete with a circus rink and trailers.

GDS is a "trade-only" event, and you can order your free entrance pass online at www.gds-online.com. This website is also a great tool to get all the details about this exciting event for the international footwear industry.
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So get started by cleaning out your closet to make space for more wonderful new shoes!

Topics: Germany, Düsseldorf, GDS, shoe trade show, shoes, GDS 2012, Dusseldorf shoe trade fair, shoe, shoe fetish

Dynamic Duo: wire Dusseldorf & Tube Dusseldorf

Posted by Justin Kesselring on Thu, Dec 22, 2011 @ 11:58 AM

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wire Düsseldorf & Tube Düsseldorf, a true "dynamic duo" of trade fairs, is set once again for March 26-30, 2012. The shows now proudly boast that this next staging will be the largest in the history of the two fairs. With 1,200 exhibitors from wire & 800 exhibitors from Tube, the show will be spread through 15 of the halls of the Düsseldorf fairgrounds on over 1 million square feet of space. By comparison, however, wire & Tube came from rather humble beginnings.

Several regular exhibitors have commented that they remember exhibiting at these fairs before they were ever in Düsseldorf. Indeed the predecessors to "wire Düsseldorf" started in the late 1960s in London. Out of growing demand for a meeting point for the growing industry sector & a need for a central location, the previous organizers agreed to hold "wire" in Basel, Switzerland in 1972 on a two-year cycle, which lasted until 1984 when the fairgrounds became too small.

wire then moved to Düsseldorf in 1986, featuring 488 exhibitors on over 290,000 square feet. Tube was founded in Düsseldorf two years later in 1988 and together the two fairs grew robustly through the 1990s and have been staged together ever since. After a brief period of stagnation due to the economic climate in the early turn of the century, the shows began to show signs of growth again in 2008 and have continued this trend – even through the economic slowdown during these past few years!

Anyone in the wire & cable and tube & pipe industries know this is a must-see event. To register & purchase entrance badges to these trade fairs, simply go to www.wire.de/2130 or www.tube.de/2130 - your print-at-home tickets also include free travel on Düsseldorf’s extensive public transportation network.

Topics: Messe Duesseldorf, Düsseldorf, Messe Düsseldorf, trade fair, wire, cable, City of Düsseldorf, pipe, tube, wireTradeFair, wire cable trade show, tube pipe trade show

ἀνάγκᾳ δ’ οὐδὲ θεοὶ μάχονται

Posted by Ryan Klemm on Fri, Nov 4, 2011 @ 09:28 AM

Anánkāi d'oudè theoì mákhontai
   - Not even the gods fight necessity.

Simonides of Ceos
Greek lyric poet (c. 556 BC-468 BC)

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Weeeee, it’s sure been a heckofa week!  Just a week ago the stock markets soared after the EU seemingly averted a looming debt crisis.

Here in the US, the media was gushing about “Rocktober” – the best gains on Wall Street during the month of October since sometime in the early 1970s.  Even yours truly thought it noteworthy enough to throw up a clever and witty yet informative blog post about it.

 

Then earlier this week it appeared that the whole shebang was on the verge of unraveling:

  • For some reason, the Greek prime minister unexpectedly announced he was going to put the agreement to a national popular vote referendum.  Chances of passage: ZERO.
  • Stunned EU Leaders, notably those of Germany and France, issued withering responses and threatened to withhold further bailout funding for the cash-strapped country.
  • Stock markets plunged worldwide.  Buh-bye Rocktober.
  • The G20 Economic Summit convened in Cannes, France, coincidentally - whereby everyone could read the Riot Act to the Greek Prime Minister in person.
  • Greek Prime Minister cancels referendum Thursday, now facing a parliamentary confidence vote Friday.

The ancient Greek poet Simonides wrote, "Anánkāi d'oudè theoì mákhontai" ("Not even the gods fight necessity").  Seems the Prime Minister of Greece was unfamiliar with the sentiment.

I've also been wondering all week what the Greek version of Windex is.

Topics: international business, Düsseldorf, Messe Düsseldorf, International Trade, International Trade Shows, Greece, Economic Crisis, Euro

Savings Tips for Travel to Doozeldorf

Posted by Ryan Klemm on Tue, Oct 18, 2011 @ 11:33 AM

Our team finally got around to booking our airline tickets to Düsseldorf last week for the upcoming MEDICA & COMPAMED trade fairs.  Based upon the record number of 450+ US companies that will be participating at the show this year, the transatlantic air carriers are probably going to be packing us in during the month of November.  And despite having made this trip uncountable times, we always look forward to traveling over to Germany to provide our clients with the best trade show experience possible!

Also amusing to me is the time I got to Chicago O’Hare and Da Guy behind the check in counter stared back at me and said “dang ders sher alodda people gointa Doozeldorf disafternoon.” [Chicagospeak translation: Good gracious, I’ve observed that there are an unusually high number of our valued customers who are traveling this afternoon to Duesseldorf, Germany.]

pta2       So we all squeeze place ourselves into our seats next to the NFL Wide Receiver and behind the group of 18 squirrely and overly-excited high school exchange students, and off we go to enjoy our in-flight dinner of chicken or pasta and try and get a nap before hitting the ground running and starting a solid week of work, and over-nighting in tiny overpriced hotel  rooms.  
         

Of course I jest, sort of, but truth is – heading to Duesseldorf needn’t be some overpriced chore.  With just a little bit of advance planning, you’ll find that getting there, staying there, and yes – enjoying the local culture after the show closes each evening can be rather enjoyable!

BOOK YOUR AIRFARE

Reaching Düsseldorf by air from the United States and Canada is simple.  The city’s Rhein-Ruhr International Airport is one of Germany’s busiest and most modern.  Nearly 80 airlines offer more than 1,500 flight connections each week from around the world.  Numerous direct flights operate to or from the United States daily.  SAVINGS TIPS:  Shop around, book early, select discount carriers, or book flights that require a transfer at a hub airport. 

BOOK YOUR HOTEL

In general, the earlier you book a hotel room, the better.  Messe Düsseldorf North America's official travel agency is able to provide you with comprehensive and competitively priced hotel arrangements for your trip to Düsseldorf.  SAVINGS TIPS:  Hotels outside of Duesseldorf tend to be less expensive than those within the city itself.  B&B’s (known in Germany as Pensionen) tend to be less expensive than hotels.  And sometimes private residences or corporate apartments are available for rent that can accommodate groups of three or more persons. 

LOCAL TRAVEL

The Düsseldorf subway tramlines U78 and U79, and bus lines 722 and 896, provide service directly to the fairgrounds.  The fairgrounds can also be easily be reached by taxi or private vehicle.  If you plan to drive, take the A44 highway westward from the A3 highway and follow Messe Düsseldorf’s own access road to its large-scale parking lots, equipped with 20,000 parking spaces.  Complimentary shuttle buses will take you from the parking lots to all entrances and back within a few short minutes.  SAVINGS TIPS:  Your exhibitor pass and/or your admission ticket doubles as your ticket for travel within Düsseldorf’s regional public transportation network!

Messe Düsseldorf and the VRR / VRS (Rhine-Ruhr and Rhine-Sieg Regional Public Transportation Network) offer exhibitors and visitors the option of taking the subway, tram, bus, or regional train (2nd class), throughout the entire VRR (and depending on the show, VRS) zones at no additional cost.

As you can see, there are many ways to get there, stay there, and travel around.  Perhaps some of you may have tips and pointers of your own – we’d welcome your comments and tips to share!

Topics: Germany, MEDICA, trade show, Düsseldorf, medical trade show, Travel, Compamed

You Won’t Lose Track if You Take a Train

Posted by Ryan Klemm on Fri, Jun 17, 2011 @ 11:47 AM

img35      Taking public transportation someplace is always a good bet.  Not only is it better for the environment, it also will save you time and parking costs.  We always encourage everyone to take advantage of Duesseldorf’s world-class public transportation network.  The trains run like clockwork – punctually and on time almost without exception, and frequently.

An added bonus:  If you’re planning to exhibit in or visit one of our many trade shows in Duesseldorf, your exhibitor pass and/or your admission ticket doubles as your ticket for travel within Düsseldorf’s regional public transportation network, known as the VRR.  Modes of travel include all buses, subways, trams, and regional commuter lines (2nd class).  The VRR system covers all of Duesseldorf as well as some outlying suburbs.

Visitor entrance passes/badges to the trade show include free public transportation to and from the show on the day(s) of your show visit.

Exhibitor entrance passes/badges are valid for free public transportation 2 days before, during, and 2 days after the show.
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Depending on which show you are attending, this “combi-ticket” concept is extended to an adjacent public transportation network known as the VRS, the nearby city of Cologne’s regional transportation network.  Details about exactly what public transportation zones are included with the visitor or exhibitor entrance pass/badge are printed on its backside.  These details can also be found on the trade show’s registration webpage.

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If staying outside the VRR Zone, and the VRS Zone is not covered by your exhibitor or visitor pass, it will be necessary to purchase a ticket to the perimeter of the VRR Zone, and then for the rest of the journey within the VRR Zone there will be no additional public transportation charges.

If the trade show's official registration web site AND the back of your entrance pass/badge specify that both VRR and VRS are included in the free transportation plan, then you do not have to purchase an additional ticket in order to travel from any city located within the VRS Transportation System.
 
For additional details, links, and pricing examples, visit the travel page at our website!

And while you’re in town – think about visiting the nearby city of Wuppertal to ride an original, 110 year-old suspension monorail.  It’s operated by the VRR, so your ticket will cover the ride! 

So with that, we’ll finish here with a pun about monorails because they always make for decent one-liners!

 

 

 

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Topics: Düsseldorf, Exhibitor Badges, Visitor Badges, Public Transporation, trains

Duesseldorf Packing It In on the World Stage

Posted by Ryan Klemm on Fri, May 20, 2011 @ 14:57 PM

The past week in Duesseldorf, Germany was – to put it lightly – momentous.

The city put itself front and center on the international stage in more ways that one, and admirably once again demonstrated that it is comfortable player among the first-tier of world-class cities.
eurovision1 In the span of a week, Duesseldorf hosted not only the world’s largest and leading international packaging trade show, interpack, it also simultaneously hosted the renowned Eurovision Song Contest at the Esprit Arena, adjacent to the Duesseldorf fairgrounds.

For those of you who aren’t familiar with the Eurovision Song Contest, this event is perhaps one of the most watched annual TV spectacles in Europe.  Each European country submits a single band or singer performing a single song in a viewer / voter elimination contest, and then on the final night after the field has been narrowed to just 25 countries – the whole of Europe votes for their favorite by text-message voting.

The air was electrified on Saturday evening, May 14.  The city of Duesseldorf turned into one giant block party as thousands converged to the old city and the banks of the Rhine River to watch live coverage on outdoor large screens of the events inside the Arena.  Restaurants, bars and nightclubs were packed to overflowing and the narrow streets outside were full as everyone watched and waited to find out this year’s winner, Azerbaijan (Europe!?) for its contestants’ (Ell/Nikk) entry Running Scared.

At right:  Nikki Jamal and Eldar Kasimov of Ell/Nikki representing Azerbaijan celebrate on Saturday, May 14, 2011 with the Eurovision trophy and their national flag after winning the Grand Final of the 56th Eurovision Song Contest.  © AFP/GETTY IMAGES

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On the dual track, interpack returned to the Duesseldorf fairgrounds also to rave reviews and a palpable perception that the industry is once again on the uptick.  Featuring over 2,700 exhibitors from 60 countries, the show attracted a total of 166,000 trade visitors – 60 percent from outside of Germany.  Particularly striking was the further significant increase in the proportion of decision-makers attending the show over the previous staging in 2008.  Almost three quarters of trade visitors reported they came from management with decision making authority – a remarkable figure!

At the same time SAVE FOOD International Congress was held, highlighting the ongoing conflict between nutrition, packaging and sustainability.  In collaboration with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), this meeting attracted some 300 participants and dignitaries who discussed the magnitude and causes of global food waste and explored the contribution that improved packaging could make in the fight against food waste.

And Duesseldorf handled all these important international events with flair.  For a week under sunny skies the city became the international stage for business and culture, a remarkable feat that many other aspiring cities undoubtedly envy and aspire to.

Congratulations Duesseldorf!

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Boats: Should Have Got a Bigger One – Register Now! boot Dusseldorf

Posted by Robert Wimmer on Fri, May 20, 2011 @ 12:12 PM

This guy doesn’t stand much of a chance against a great white shark – perhaps he needs a better boat from the “boot Düsseldorf” next January!  Yes, while you may have to go through the summer trying to out-row sharks, don’t fret, because next January, if you have the motivation, you’ll have nothing to fear.  Once again, you can join the 1,600 exhibitors in the yachting and water sports industry who will be featuring their products to consumers and the rest of the industry in the largest Water Sports show in the world.

shark vs boat boot Düsseldorf is the premier event in the yachting and water sports industry due its long 43-year tradition by creating a thrilling environment for a growing number of people year after year.  Over 250,000 visitors came to last year’s show, making it the #1 highlight for this industry worldwide.  With visitors from over 55 countries, people travel to the far and wide in order get the information on the current trends, latest boats, newest motors, innovative equipment and services, to name a few. 

And what keeps the visitors coming back in such large numbers?  The shark-free environment doesn’t hurt, but boot Dusseldorf is a truly hands-on way to experience everything that has to do with recreation on the water.  Exhibitors actually encourage potential customers to put on a scuba suit and jump in a tank of water, climb in a kayak or canoe, practice casting their fishing lines or even zip across the hall in a pair of water skis!  Who knows, they may even find a new hobby during their visit to boot!

For many boat & yacht manufacturers, boot 2012 will mark their German debut and some will even celebrate their world debut in Düsseldorf.  The new designs and features encompass a broad range of boats, from personal yachts to sport boats to sailing ships. With many heavy hitters in the industry all coming to one place a one time, it is an exceptional event for industry leaders, shipyards, importers, and traders to make new contacts in order to help their businesses become more productive and efficient.

Honestly, it is one of the best investments exhibitors can make to help their business grow while the visitors also have a fun and interactive experience all their own.

The registration deadline is June 30th 2011.  The show dates are January 21st-29th 2012 in Düsseldorf. Check out the website for more information: http://www.boat-duesseldorf.com/

Topics: Düsseldorf, boat, boating, boot, boot Dusseldorf, boat show, boot Dusseldorf 2012, bootdaily

Social Media and the Trade Show

Posted by Ryan Klemm on Fri, Apr 1, 2011 @ 14:49 PM

I’m going to make a bold statement.

Trade shows will never be replaced by “virtual” events.  Ever.

There.  I said it.

After all, attending a trade show enables visitors and exhibitors alike a unique experience to meet face to face.  It’s essentially a "sensual" experience – meaning that you get to see the products and services available from the exhibitors first hand.

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You can touch the equipment on display, see it in operation, ask questions, have aspects explained to you directly.  Hear how loud (or quiet) it runs, see if it produces any odors, or expends heat.  All important things to observe and think about when making a decision about incorporating equipment into your company’s production line.

Sure, you can have a virtual meeting with a supplier or client on Skype to see their face as they talk to you.  Or watch a video that has been sent over.  But nothing replaces that face to face, human interaction.

Nevertheless, what is now happening and evolving technology-wise is particularly exciting in the trade show industry.  For example, Messe Düsseldorf is embracing many forms of social media as a value-added tool for clients to connect, learn, interact, and keep informed of everything that is going on within the trade show and the industries we serve!

describe the image   Take for instance, the Messe App that can be downloaded for free onto your Apple iPhone, iTouch, or iPad. It features offline search features, Google Maps integration and interactive floor plans that enable the user to prepare for the trade show visit.  With this small app you can keep all current information about the fair in the palm of your hand, and of course take it with you to the show.  

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Twitter also is being embraced as an interactive means of not just following basic and interesting updates about the events, the industry, and everything else, but allows you to connect with others attending the show in a meaningful way!  (Follow Messe Düsseldorf North America’s tweets at http://twitter.com/mdnachicago, or Messe Duesseldorf in Germany @MD-GmbH in Germany, or one of our trade shows like #interpack2011, wire Düsseldorf @wiretradefair, Tube Düsseldorf @tubetradefair, MEDICA @medicatradefair, etc.)

In the future it is not inconceivable that how one visits the show can be tracked in such a way that if it is observed you are seeking specific products at one of our events that you could also get a "tweet" reminding you that there are other like products or other interesting companies in certain locations at the trade show that you haven’t visited yet.


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You can also become a fan of Messe Duesseldorf North America on Facebook and see others who are fans, interact, and initiate dialogues.
Share your experiences in Düsseldorf, industry news, or even commiserate with each other about the lofty hotel prices in Düsseldorf when a trade show is underway!

 
If you’re reading this blog you’re undoubtedly already tuned into all of these various social media tools – but why not share this with a friend or colleague?  Let them know about Messe Düsseldorf and the world-leading events that are held there.  Inform your staff who will either be working your booth at the show or simply attending.  Your experience and results will undoubtedly be enhanced!

Topics: Messe, Messe Duesseldorf, Düsseldorf, Messe Düsseldorf, International Trade Shows, Messe App, Social Networking, Social Media, Twitter, Facebook

Help Japan

Posted by Ryan Klemm on Fri, Mar 18, 2011 @ 14:57 PM

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Last week, on Friday March 11, 2011, a disaster of epic proportions visited the island nation of Japan.  While most of the western hemisphere was asleep in the middle of the night, it was mid-afternoon there when a massive 9.0 earthquake struck, followed almost immediately by an angry sea that sent a 6 meter tall tsunami crashing ashore, destroying everything and everyone in its path.  
Subsequently, power was knocked out to the seaside Fukushima nuclear power plant, resulting in radiation laced explosions, and a still unfolding probable meltdown of the reactors’ cores – the likes of which haven’t been seen since the Chernobyl disaster in the Ukraine a generation ago.

Messe Duesseldorf is a global company, and urgently we sought and have maintained contact with our colleagues at Messe Duesseldorf Japan.  Thankfully, their Tokyo office made it thru the quake with just some minor damage, and more importantly we’ve received welcome reports that our colleagues there, and their families, reported no injuries.  Their concern has turned toward reaching out to Messe Duessseldorf’s Japanese clients, working to determine how they have fared.

Engage in Some Global Giving

On behalf of our trade show visitors and exhibitors, Messe Duesseldorf North America has made a significant charitable donation to the American Red Cross for its Japanese earthquake and tsunami relief efforts.

We invite all who read this to consider also helping Japan in its time of crisis.  Several of the following organizations are accepting donations:

  • The Red Cross.  Visit www.redcross.org or text REDCROSS to 90999 to donate US$ 10 from your phone.
  • The Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Relief Fund.  GlobalGiving.org has been launched to garner funds that will be given to a variety of relief organizations helping victims of the earthquake.
  • Facebook for the Cause.  The Red Cross has set up a Causes page to accept donations for their Japan humanitarian aid efforts. By logging in via Facebook, you can give money or give a minute of your time.  For each quick ad you watch, companies will donate money to the Red Cross's relief fund.
  • Donate via iTunes.  Apple's online music and movie store has made it simple to give money to the relief effort. Simply click how much you want to donate, and iTunes will use the account you already have on file for your purchases. The money goes to the Red Cross. 
  • UNICEF.  Visit www.unicefusa.org or text JAPAN to 864233 to donate US$ 10 to help the children of Japan.

Of course many more reputable charities exist and we invite you to help.

Our thoughts and reflections are with the Japanese people, and we want them to know that we stand beside them in their time or need.  We wish them well and hope our assistance will help make a difference in their successful recovery.

Topics: Announcements, international, Messe Duesseldorf, Düsseldorf, Messe Düsseldorf, International Trade Shows, trade show organizer, Japan, Earthquake, Tsunami, Fukushima, Messe Dusseldorf Japan, American Red Cross, UNICEF, International Medical Corps, Salvation Army