AWMA Redesigns Format For The Marketplace And Solutions Expo

The American Wholesale Marketers Association (AWMA) announced a new redesigned format for the AWMA show, the annual convention and exposition, to be held Feb. 25 to 27, 2014, at the Paris Hotel in Las Vegas, Nev.

The AWMA Marketplace and Solutions Expo will feature a broader array of educational and networking opportunities and more show deals so distributor attendees can save like never before.

“A lot has changed in the past few years for all business enterprises, and the convenience distribution business is certainly no exception,” said AWMA President and CEO Scott Ramminger, in a prepared statement. “At AWMA, we are determined to meet these new challenges and our new, redesigned Marketplace and Solutions Expo is one way we are doing that.”

Ramminger said AWMA has spent the past year working with and listening to distributors and manufacturers.

Some of the key elements of the new Marketplace and Solutions Expo include:

• New incentives for manufacturers to offer show deals and better ways of communicating those deals to distributors at the AWMA Buyer’s Circle.

• More educational opportunities, including Marketplace show floor seminars in the AWMA Solutions Café and Theatre.

• A Knowledge Bar, where attendees can talk one-on-one with experts on topics ranging from business profitability to warehouse security to food safety planning.

• More peer-to-peer networking opportunities, including comfortable space on the Marketplace floor, where attendees can enjoy a beverage while learning from peers, one-on-one.

“The bottom line is that there will be more excitement, more new products, more education and more show deals, all in a compact, efficient format that makes sense in today’s business environment,” said Ramminger. “Our goal is to make this event an invaluable experience for both distributors and exhibitors alike.”

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