Attendee registration opens for Pack Expo Connects 2020

The web-based event will take place from 9 to 13 November

The Pack Expo International was cancelled last month

Attendee registration is now open for Pack Expo Connects 2020, a new web-based event that will take place from 9 to 13 November and is being produced by PMMI Media Group, PMMI said in a press release on 15 September.

Pack Expo Connects 2020 is being organized as PMMI last month decided to cancel its flagship Pack Expo International due to coronavirus pandemic. For Pack Expo Connects 2020, PMMI Media Group has combined its digital marketing expertise and industry knowledge into one intuitive interactive platform making live engagement with exhibitors easy, PMMI said.

With over 600 solutions-providers featuring virtual showrooms, attendees can spend less time and effort searching for the latest innovations and more time fostering connections via live chats, live product demos and interactive educational opportunities.

According to PMMI, with more than 2,600 live product demos over five days, attendees will be able to watch demonstrations of machinery and products in 15-minute increments. Attendees can schedule one-on-one live chats with product and technical experts to find targeted solutions and expeditiously search for specific products among 12 targeted categories.

“We recognize how busy today’s packaging professional is and made it our goal for Pack Expo Connects to maximize attendees’ time, making it easy to connect with the right suppliers remotely,” says Joe Angel, president, PMMI Media Group.

In addition to exhibitor interaction, Pack Expo Connects offers virtual educational opportunities covering the most pertinent industry trends. These include the daily Jumpstart to kick-off each day of the event, complete with a special Packaging and Processing Women’s Leadership Network session on 10 November, featuring Jan Tharp, president and chief executive officer at Bumble Bee Foods.

Innovation Stages, Trend Chats and The Solution Room will feature expert-led interactive educational sessions, and the Showcase of Packaging Innovations will feature a web portal full of the latest in award-winning packaging from Pack Expo Connects partners. Daily Download sessions with PMMI Media Group editors will discuss each day’s Pack Expo Connects highlights.

Live showroom hours will run on the first four days from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM local time and on the last day from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM International demo hours have also been added each day, to expand Pack Expo Connects global reach. International demos will be broadcasting at 10:00 AM China Standard time and 10:00 AM Greenwich Mean time, PMMI said.

“These time slots will enable attendees who reside outside the Western Hemisphere to view solutions and enjoy live interactions with exhibitors. In addition, all educational sessions will be available on-demand for international attendees to watch at times convenient to them. Spanish language closed captioning will also be provided for the Jumpstart sessions,” PMMI said.

The MyConnects Planner will serve as the first stop for every attendee after registration, assisting in advance planning for the most efficient Pack Expo Connects experience. An Outlook calendar integration is available for attendees to add events to their Outlook calendars for ease of reference, ensuring the most efficient use of time during event days.

Preview Week (2 to 6 November) will be the week before Pack Expo Connects where attendees are encouraged to browse, add product demos, educational sessions and all items of interest, as well as finalize their MyConnects Planner, which will assist registrants with planning in advance of what to attend during the event. The planner helps to organize information and plan what sessions to attend, exhibitors to visit and more, ensuring the most productive use of time during event days.

The Covid-19 pandemic led to the country-wide lockdown on 25 March 2020. It will be two years tomorrow as I write this. What have we learned in this time? Maybe the meaning of resilience since small companies like us have had to rely on our resources and the forbearance of our employees as we have struggled to produce our trade platforms.

The print and packaging industries have been fortunate, although the commercial printing industry is still to recover. We have learned more about the digital transformation that affects commercial printing and packaging. Ultimately digital will help print grow in a country where we are still far behind in our paper and print consumption and where digital is a leapfrog technology that will only increase the demand for print in the foreseeable future.

Web analytics show that we now have readership in North America and Europe amongst the 90 countries where our five platforms reach. Our traffic which more than doubled in 2020, has at times gone up by another 50% in 2021. And advertising which had fallen to pieces in 2020 and 2021, has started its return since January 2022.

As the economy approaches real growth with unevenness and shortages a given, we are looking forward to the PrintPack India exhibition in Greater Noida. We are again appointed to produce the Show Daily on all five days of the show from 26 to 30 May 2022.

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