MPR blogger/editor Mark Vruno
Unseasonably cool, autumn-like weather in Chicago last month served as a reminder that it is almost show time again. Sunday, September 28, will sneak up on us before we know it: That, of course, is the opening day of GRAPH EXPO 14.
Here are some numbers and statistics to ponder:
- Tens of thousands of pro-print attendees are expected to convene in the Windy City for this, the 94th edition of what has become the largest, annual printing exposition in North America, which represents the largest print market in the world.
- More than 450 exhibitors will be setting up their display booths in a few weeks time.
They will come to rejuvenate, energize, and find trending business solutions and exciting new profit opportunities. Most will sit through a software demo or three. To stay competitive, many will shop for new equipment investments; some will buy on the spot.
Long-time QP columnist Steve Johnson provides a shop perspective on why North America’s largest printing show still is important. Johnson, who himself owns Copresco in Carol Stream, IL, offers up eight reasons as to why print firm owners and managers should seriously consider attending GRAPH EXPO later this month (see “Johnson’s World").
Enhancing your knowledge is another reason to contemplate. How well do you really know the printing industry today? What does the print medium look and feel like now? How is it changing? And how can producing it add to your bottom line?
Aside from what visitors can learn exploring the expansive show floor and networking with industry professionals in more than 50 co-located events, you also can choose from more than 50 educational sessions. Seminars, show floor theater sessions, and special market-segment presentations have real 'take-home' value that you will put to use as soon as you return to the office. GRAPH EXPO 14 seminars are created by industry experts to provide you with all the market forecasts and practical information on key technologies, essential business strategies, and the action-oriented solutions you need to become more profitable.
Further enhance your education and networking opportunities by attending the pre-show EXECUTIVE OUTLOOK Conference. This popular technology and trends update event will be held in the morning of September 28 beginning at 8 a.m. This in-depth educational event, explores the newest technologies and business trends on the forefront of print's emerging future.
As in recent years past, our team of MyPRINTResource editors will be on site, covering product innovations, special events, and sales on the floor for the Official Show Daily publication. That content will be made available in print at the show and electronically via e-newsletters and digital editions.
There is still time to register and attend GRAPH EXPO: Visit www.graphexpo.com for more information.