IWS 2017: More play­ers, bet­ter re­sults

Anuj Mathur, Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor, Reed Manch Ex­hi­bi­tions, says the show, this year, had more in­ter­na­tional flavour with an in­crease of 20 per cent in for­eign vis­i­tors. Twelve coun­tries were rep­re­sented on the vis­i­tor’s side.

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What is the big­gest achieve­ment of the sev­enth edi­tion of IWS?

This year, we man­aged to bring sub­stan­tial par­tic­i­pa­tion of all key sec­tors of ware­hous­ing, be it in­fra­struc­ture, au­to­ma­tion, ma­te­rial han­dling, IT, ser­vice providers, pack­ag­ing, etc. We tried to of­fer ev­ery­thing to vis­i­tors un­der one roof.

How many ex­hibitors par­tic­i­pated in the 2017 edi­tion? Have you man­aged to achieve the set tar­get?

We had a tar­get of 150 ex­hibitors and we have dis­played over 200 ex­clu­sive ex­hibitors. The ar­ray of ex­hibitors brought the best of the in­dus­try’s man­u­fac­tur­ing and ser­vic­ing sec­tors within the ware­hous­ing, ma­te­rial han­dling and sup­ply chain in­dus­try. The three-day event was jam­packed with rel­e­vant and fo­cused sem­i­nars, key­note speakers and ac­cess to some of to­day’s most cut­ting-edge tech­nolo­gies. The re­fined pro­file of ex­hi­bi­tion and con­fer­ence with six clearly de­fined di­men­sions- ware­hous­ing, ma­te­rial han­dling, stor­age, au­to­ma­tion, lo­gis­tics and sup­ply chain went down well with ex­hibitors and vis­i­tors. Ex­hibitors were po­si­tioned in their op­ti­mum seg­ments so that vis­i­tors could con­ve­niently find the sup­pli­ers they needed ac­cord­ing to their area of in­ter­est.

Many old ex­hibitors came back to IWS 2017, which was not seen in the ear­lier two edi­tions.

What were the new seg­ments in this edi­tion?

The new fo­cused seg­ments were busi­ness match­mak­ing and VIP buyer’s pro­gramme, which was an added suc­cess in the show. It re­ceived more than 612 pre-sched­uled ap­point­ments. This edi­tion also had three fea­tured zones- Au­to­ma­tion for Lo­gis­tics, Sup­ply Chain Zone and Pack­ag­ing for Lo­gis­tics. In­vest­ment Talk, an open work­shop and one-hour sem­i­nar, also gath­ered a big chunk of pro­fes­sion­als look­ing for in­vest­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties in the in­dus­try. The theme was 'How in­vestors get in­vest­ments to ex­pand their ware­hous­ing, lo­gis­tics & sup­ply busi­ness?'

Anuj Mathur Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor Reed Manch Ex­hi­bi­tions Many old ex­hibitors came back to this edi­tion of IWS, which was not seen in the ear­lier two edi­tions

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