September 07, 2018

Last Minute Tips for GlassBuild 2018

by Erin Johnson

GlassBuild America is next week, and the Quanex teams are busy with final preparations for the show. We’re excited to showcase the new innovations we’re bringing to the show this year and to soak in some of the latest industry trends and insights from attendees and exhibitors from around the world.
Back in August, myself and a few of my colleagues were asked by Window & Door magazine to share our top tips for a successful show. All of our answers, along with those from experts from around the industry, are featured in full here, but I wanted to take a minute highlight a couple last-minute tips on In Focus:

Bring the essentials. Just about every respondent in the Window & Door piece agreed on the number one thing to bring for a successful show: comfortable shoes. Being on your feet for show hours, not to mention the time you’ll spend after hours in Las Vegas, necessitates the best balance of comfy and professional that you can find.

Think of any of your other “must have” items to keep you comfortable and prepared to learn at the show. Make a list so you don’t forget!

Have a plan. If you haven’t already developed a game plan of what you’d like to see at GlassBuild and the people you’d like to talk to, it’s time to get moving.

As my colleague Carrie Scheetz noted to Window & Door, there’s enough to see at every GlassBuild show that it can be a bit overwhelming, particularly if you’ve never attended before. Take a look at the show agenda and prioritize on the exhibitors and presentations you’d like to see. But don’t be afraid to break the script—leave room to check things out that catch your eye on the show floor that you might not have thought of beforehand.

Following up and preparing for success.  After seeing and learning so much at the show, it’s important to prioritize the things you want to act on. What new products, services or components are you going to invest in within the coming year?

We know that many window and glass manufacturers continue to look toward automation and high-speed technology to drive their business forward—and it’s likely that many deals will be closed at the show. If you’re one of those manufacturers, it’s critically important now to prepare your operations for the impact a new high-speed line can have. Work with your vendors ahead of time to anticipate your future needs, and seek experts who have worked with this sort of equipment plenty of times before. It can pay off as you begin to reap immediate benefits from your investment.

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Posted: September 07, 2018 by Erin Johnson Filed under: Glassbuild, planning, tradeshows