Messe Düsseldorf North America - Trade Show Daily

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

A Question of Perspective

Posted by Ryan Klemm on Thu, Sep 12, 2013 @ 17:34 PM

By Nina Wellbrock

Shortly after the recent Labor Day weekend was over, everybody just went back to their routine. Activities like spending time at the beach, enjoying a BBQ with friends or visiting family just flew by quickly. And now everybody is back to reality, complete with traffic jams, too many e-mails and phone calls, grabbing a quick lunch between meetings – there is always too much to do.  But let us ask a question of perspective - how much do we really think about our everyday activities such as picking up the phone, writing an e-mail or setting up a meeting compared to planning a Labor Day weekend? 
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Not much, because to us it’s just normal “procedure”. But for people who come to the international trade fair REHACARE in Dusseldorf, Germany, it does. They are looking for the newest technologies for every aspect which makes life easier for those with special needs, chronic illnesses or requiring care. Their perspective is on the little as well as on the big achievements which helps them with their daily activities and become or stay as independent as possible.

describe the image    With over 30 years of expertise and wide-ranging experience in the market, this trade fair is an ideal information platform for anyone with disabilities or chronic conditions as well as for the elderly. The quality and diversity of REHACARE are reflected in the numerous „theme parks“, information events, industry representatives, service providers.  

Over 700 national and international exhibitors will present a combination of product demonstrations and complex system solutions as well as a wide range of information in form of seminars and workshops in addition to the theme parks.

For more information about everything to see and discover at REHACARE 2013, visit http://www.rehacare.com/

Topics: Germany, Düsseldorf, International Trade Shows, REHACARE, REHACARE International, rehab trade show

Let RehaCare “Pimp” your wheelchair

Posted by Nicole Hakim on Tue, Jul 3, 2012 @ 15:15 PM

A variety of new technology and innovations in the rehabilitation, prevention, integration, and care industries will be displayed at RehaCare; from a GPS system for the blind (http://tinyurl.com/7kdt5d7) to how to drive your wheelchair with your tongue (http://tiny.cc/q4dbgw).

Even though driving a wheelchair with your tongue sounds pretty cool (and gross at the same time), let’s focus on the simple, yet profound structure of a wheelchair.

Mostly consisting of a simple black frame with four wheels and a cushioned seat, wheelchairs may all seem the same to the untrained eye. However, every wheelchair is unique, from the way you use it, how fast you can move, and even to how much you weigh. People must adjust their wheelchair to their needs, and some have even taken it to the next level.

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furry wheelchair
    

Wheelchairs across the country are being “pimped,” just like the cars on the MTV show Pimp My Ride™. They have become bedazzled with diamonds, illuminated with strobe lights, converted into horse drawn carriages, and some even need to shave. You can now buy sparkling rims, diamonds, and fur to adorn your ride. Watch out though because they can cost a pretty penny; one set of “pimped” rims for your wheelchair could cost around $2,000. However, there is no need to spend ridiculous amounts of money on decorations. All you need is some glue, fur, beads, cloth, a stuffed animal horse head, or an idea.

Decorating your wheelchair is a great way to better identify with your vehicle, especially if you are a new user. Wheelchairs become part of your personal appearance, so why not make it fit your personality; add sparkles, fur, or bumper stickers as you see fit. You could make your wheelchair a political statement with bumper stickers, a diamond-studded throne with some glue and jewels, a horse-drawn carriage with a stuffed horse head, or even the abominable snowman with some fur.

 

The purpose of rehabilitation is to minimize the physical impact of a disablement or condition and thus to ensure that clients will return to an active private and working life with the help of appliances or indeed through the provision of specific services or assistance. In accordance with this definition, “pimping” your wheelchair is actually part of the rehabilitation process. It minimizes the impact of the disablement or condition by decreasing the mental separation between the person and the device.

Rehacare is not only for people with “pimped” wheelchairs, but it is also for anyone looking for the most up-to-date information, technology, and equipment in the rehabilitation, prevention, integration, and care industry. Come for a visit October 10-13, 2012 in Düsseldorf, Germany. For more information on RehaCare please visit: http://www.rehacare.com/.

 

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Topics: rehab, rehab equipment, rehab technology, REHACARE, REHACARE International, rehab trade show, wheelchair, wheelchairs