CompuSystems Launches Contactless Safe Event Plan

Downers Grove, Ill., – CompuSystems, Inc. introduces a Contactless Safe Event Plan for in-person trade shows in response to new health and safety restrictions brought on by the coronavirus pandemic.  The plan was developed with the goal in mind to provide completely safe and contactless registration and lead retrieval solutions that support social distancing.

The Contactless Safe Event Plan, based on the guidelines of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), is broken down into the following categories: corporate office health and safety, onsite health and safety, and contactless solutions.

Corporate Office and Onsite Health & Safety Standards and Protocols – The plan includes extensive staff training, infectious disease screening and case reporting protocols, enhanced cleaning and sanitizing practices, the usage of personal protective equipment (PPE) by staff members, and other safety precautions.

Contactless Registration Solutions – Services to enable social distancing and safe interactions with CompuSystems’s registration systems and staff throughout the process. Includes options for registrants to:

  • Add a personalized virtual badge to their Apple Wallet or Google Pay account that can be used for entrance tracking, session tracking, and lead retrieval purposes
  • Print their name tag at their office or home prior to leaving for the event to eliminate or dramatically reduce foot-traffic in the registration areas
  • Print their name tag while onsite using contactless printers – they just enter a printer station code into their smartphone and collect their name tag from the printer

Contactless Lead Retrieval Solutions Products that give exhibitors the ability to capture sales leads from attendees while maintaining a safe distance from them. CompuSystems is featuring a new product, CompuLEAD Kiosk, that is a self-serve, contactless badge scanning system that exhibitors can place anywhere in their booth. Attendees can walk up to the kiosk and scan their virtual badge without having to touch it.  

“The safety of our employees, clients, and the registrants and exhibitors we serve is our top priority,” CompuSystems’ President Chris Williams said. “We took a deep dive into our offering and found creative ways to deliver registration and lead retrieval services under new and stricter safety parameters. We’re doing everything we can to help our clients re-open their events as quickly as possible.”

CompuSystems shifted to remote operations at the onset of the coronavirus pandemic and has remained completely operational as they explored go-forward strategies for the new normal of the trade show industry. 

 


About CompuSystems

CompuSystems is a leading provider of registration, data management, data analytics, and lead retrieval services. Our mission is to help event organizers achieve the best possible trade show experience. For more information about CompuSystems’ industry-leading services, please visit www.compusystems.com.


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Decentralized Registration Becoming the New Normal

Not so long ago, many trade show organizers stopped mailing badges due to improved badge printing technologies. With a simple barcode on their registration confirmation, an attendee could print their badge at the show in a matter of seconds. What this meant though is that there were many more check-in stations required at the event. It would be normal to walk into a convention center to see massive registration areas capable of producing tens of thousands of badges over a few days. 

Before the novel coronavirus pandemic, we were already seeing fewer massive registration areas as shows began placing badge printing stations in other areas outside the exhibition venue. In light of the pandemic, massive registration areas may be a thing of the past. As the industry begins to incorporate stricter health and safety protocols in their face-to-face event planning, decentralized registration is one of the ways that will move the industry forward into this new normal.  

Here are some of the reasons why more shows would want to do away with the one central registration area.

Space is at a premium. If attendees must maintain a distance of at least six feet from each other, it would make for quite a long registration line! Having multiple areas outside of the venue, such as at the airport or hotel, not only prevents areas where people must congregate, but also enables growing shows to free up that prime space to sell to sponsors or exhibitors.

Registration technology has gone mobile. Printing badges from registration carts has become easier, as they have their own internet connection, run on batteries, and can literally be rolled to wherever they are needed. Additionally, on-demand contactless badge printing stations enable attendees to punch in a code on their phone to instantly print a badge at the station, eliminating the need for printing stations to be manned and reducing exposure to high-touch areas.

Printing badges from registration carts has never been easier. There is no longer a need to order services from third parties. A registration cart can have its own internet connection and run on batteries! It can literally be rolled to wherever it is needed.

Bring the badge to the attendee and not the attendee to the badge. What this means is to bring registration to places the attendees already are: 

    • Badge pick up at the airport. More and more shows are adding badge pickup stations in baggage claim areas. This makes it convenient for attendees. Once they pick up their bags they can stop and pick up their show badge at the same time. By keeping badge pickup areas open during the key arrival times, an event can see up to 40% of attendees get badged before even stepping foot inside the convention center.
    • Badge pick up at the major hotels. By placing badge pick up stations at all your major hotel blocks, attendees can now check into the hotel as well as the show. Many attendees will also network in the hotel lobby and hotel bars so try to get badge pickup stations near these high traffic areas and keep them open past ‘normal business hours’ to maximize output offsite.
    • Think ‘outside the center’. Utilize space outside the convention center. Registration tents can achieve the same impact as if the registration area were inside. Also, think about putting badge pickup stations strategically placed outside the convention center such as near parking lots and shuttle bus drop-offs. Remember, the key is to get as many people badged as you can before they enter the building!

Virtual badges. Perhaps the most decentralized registration option of all, some shows will eliminate printed badges altogether. Instead, they’ll send virtual badges to registrants, which can be added and stored digitally in a mobile wallet. When they’re ready to go on the exhibition floor, they’ll enter a turnstile and scan the virtual badge at a kiosk to gain access, similar to entering a gate at the airport.

Virtual badges, contactless mobile carts, and badge printing stations are a few of the offerings that CompuSystems has incorporated into its Contactless Safe Event Plan. Learn more about CompuSystems’ Contactless Safe Event Plan here.

We hope you found this information useful. If you have any questions or comments about this blog, please send us an email at marketing@csireg.com.


CompuSystems Expands Management Team

DOWNERS GROVE, Ill.CompuSystems is excited to welcome several new additions to its senior management team.

Mark LoGiurato has joined the CompuSystems team as Chief Operating Officer. He will be responsible for daily operations as well as the sales, marketing, and account management departments. Mark has been in the trade show industry since the ‘90s and has held various senior executive roles in media and SaaS companies prior to joining CompuSystems, including Senior Vice President for Reed Exhibitions.


John Stuttard has joined as Head of Global Sales, responsible for all aspects of sales and business development. He has 23 years of experience in the trade show industry and has worked for many of the leading event organizers, including Reed Exhibitions, Advanstar, UBM (Informa), and Emerald Exhibitions. His experience is in delivering results through organic growth, new launches, regional and international events, and mergers and acquisitions.


Adam Forman has joined as Chief Technology Officer. He will lead all of the organization’s technical departments. He is responsible for outlining the company's technological vision, implementing technology strategies, and ensuring that the technological resources are aligned with the company's business needs. Adam has more than 20 years of extensive enterprise system architecture, engineering, and technical management along with executive leadership experience. He was previously Manager and Lead Engineering Principal for the Department of Defense (DoD) Biometric Interoperability and Standards Conformance Office and NATO Technical Architecture Advisor.


“We are thrilled to bring in Mark, John, and Adam for these executive roles,” said CompuSystems President Chris Williams. “All are industry veterans with decades of experience, and these strategic moves are essential to the growth of our business.”

In addition to these new hires, Kahle Williams has been named the Chief Marketing Officer, and his focus will be on aggressively expanding CompuSystems’ reach into new markets and branding new product offerings.

 


About CompuSystems

CompuSystems is a leading provider of registration, data management, data analytics and lead retrieval services. Our mission is to help event organizers, exhibitors and attendees achieve the most successful trade show experience possible.


CompuSystems Renews Partnership with HPBA

DOWNERS GROVE, Ill. – The Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Association (HPBA) has renewed its contract with CompuSystems, which will provide registration, analytics and lead management services for its HPBExpo shows through 2022. HPBA represents and provides professional member services and industry support for manufacturers, retailers, distributors, and representatives for all types of fireplace, stove, heater, barbecue and outdoor living appliances and accessories. 

The largest indoor-outdoor living trade show in North America, HPBExpo draws more than 7,000 attendees and features approximately 400 leading hearth, patio and barbecue manufacturers and suppliers who exhibit and demonstrate their latest products and innovations in home heating solutions, grills and grilling accessories, fully equipped outdoor kitchens, casual patio furniture and outdoor accents, water and landscape features, all-weather entertainment products and more. 

“We are excited to continue our relationship with HPBA, which dates back to 2005,” CompuSystems President Chris Williams said. “Renewals like these are a testament to the CompuSystems team’s dedication to offering innovative products and best-in-class service to the success of each show.”


About The Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Association (HPBA) 

Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Association (HPBA) is an international not-for-profit trade association first established in 1980 to represent and promote the interests of the hearth products industry in North America. In 2002, the Hearth Products Association (HPA) merged with the Barbecue Industry Association (BIA) to form HPBA. The association includes manufacturers, retailers, distributors, manufacturers’ representatives, service and installation firms and other companies and individuals – all having business interests in and related to the hearth, patio, and barbecue products industries. For more information on the activities of the HPBA, please visit HPBA.org.

About CompuSystems

CompuSystems is a leading provider of registration, data management, data analytics and lead retrieval services. Our mission is to help event organizers, exhibitors and attendees achieve the most successful trade show experience possible.


CompuSystems Adds Informa Show SupplySide West

DOWNERS GROVE, Ill. – CompuSystems was selected by Informa Exhibitions to provide registration, data analytics and lead retrieval for their 2019 SupplySide West show this October in Las Vegas. 

SupplySide West is the largest ingredients and supply chain expo in the world for the food, beverage, supplement and sports nutrition industries. The show connects manufacturers with a global range of ingredient suppliers and distributors, and it showcases more than 10,000 of the latest and most innovative ingredients and solutions on the market.

In 2019, SupplySide West earned Trade Show News Network’s (TSNN) award as one of the “Top 25 Fastest-growing Shows in Attendance” for having one of the fastest attendance growth rates between 2016 to 2018. In 2018, the show experienced an 8% growth rate from 2017 with more than 17,000 attendees and 1,300 exhibitors, setting a new record for SupplySide West’s then 22-year history. 

CompuSystems has serviced more TSNN 250 events than any other registration service provider in the exhibition industry. The addition of Informa’s SupplySide West, a TSNN 250 event, reaffirms CompuSystems’ status as an industry leader. 

“We’re thrilled to add SupplySide West to our ever-growing list of shows,” said Jen Mitchell, Senior Vice President of Sales and Service at CompuSystems. “We look forward to continuing our long-standing relationship with Informa Exhibitions by providing our unparalleled, world-class service, as we do for all of our clients.” 


About SupplySide West

Hosted by Informa Exhibitions, this annual tradeshow and conference was named to Trade Show News Network's list of top 250 trade shows in the United States. SupplySide West is all about the exploration, discovery, innovation and marketing strategy around the development of finished consumer goods that drive the global business economy.

 About Informa Exhibitions

SupplySide West is part of Informa's Global Exhibitions Division. With over 200 trade and consumer exhibitions annually, Informa Exhibitions is a global market leader in such end markets as Boating, Beauty, Construction & Real Estate, Life Sciences, Maritime, Health & Nutrition, Agriculture and Pop Culture. Through face to face and digital channels, its transaction-oriented exhibitions enable communities to engage, experience and do business. In doing so, Informa brings together people who want to buy and sell, network, do business and gain inspiration. Industry insight, coupled with an innovative and entrepreneurial approach, provides Informa Exhibitions customers and partners with the opportunity to create business advantage and access markets.

About CompuSystems

CompuSystems is a leading provider of registration, data management, data analytics and lead retrieval services. Our mission is to help event organizers, exhibitors and attendees achieve the most successful trade show experience possible. 


CompuSystems Signs Deal with Clarion Events North America

DOWNERS GROVE, Ill. – 

CompuSystems has reached a deal with Clarion Events North America to provide registration, analytics, and lead management services for nearly 30 shows annually through 2022.

One of the world’s leading events organizers, Clarion has been producing and delivering events since 1947. Its U.S. Division, Clarion Events North America, spans a number of product sectors. CompuSystems will be servicing shows in its Food and Beverage, Souvenir and Gift, Power and Energy, Apparel, and Gaming event portfolios, among others.

"CompuSystems has strong knowledge of event registration and lead management, which we believe will be greatly beneficial to our current and future customers,” said Greg Topalian, CEO of Clarion Events North America. “The partnership aligns well with our strategic focus for the U.S. market and will help us to provide personalized event experiences for our customers and more informed data-driven decisions for our organization.”

As part of this contract, CompuSystems will service many market-leading events, such as DistribuTECH International, FDIC International, and The Western Foodservice and Hospitality Expo.

“We are thrilled to have Clarion Events North America as a client,” said Jen Mitchell, SVP, Sales and Service at CompuSystems. “Our team is excited to have the opportunity to help Clarion deliver amazing event experiences to make their events the best they can be.”


About Clarion Events North America

Clarion Events North America Inc., a subsidiary of Clarion Events Limited, is one of the world’s leading independent event organizers, staging more than 200 events annually across the globe. More than 12,000 companies create custom events with Clarion each year and more than 700,000 people visit these events. From just 70 employees in one office in 2004, there are now more than 400 people working directly for Clarion Events from 13 offices in 10 different countries. To learn more, please visit www.clarionevents.com.

About CompuSystems

CompuSystems is a leading provider of registration, data management, data analytics and lead retrieval services. Our mission is to help event organizers, exhibitors and attendees achieve the most successful trade show experience possible.


HPBA signs renewal deal with CompuSystems

DOWNERS GROVE, Ill. – The Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Association (HPBA) has renewed its contract with CompuSystems, which will provide registration, analytics and lead management services for its HPBExpo shows through 2022. HPBA represents and provides professional member services and industry support for manufacturers, retailers, distributors, and representatives for all types of fireplace, stove, heater, barbecue and outdoor living appliances and accessories. 

The largest indoor-outdoor living trade show in North America, HPBExpo draws more than 7,000 attendees and features approximately 400 leading hearth, patio and barbecue manufacturers and suppliers who exhibit and demonstrate their latest products and innovations in home heating solutions, grills and grilling accessories, fully equipped outdoor kitchens, casual patio furniture and outdoor accents, water and landscape features, all-weather entertainment products and more. 

“We are excited to continue our relationship with HPBA, which dates back to 2005,” CompuSystems President Chris Williams said. “Renewals like these are a testament to the CompuSystems team’s dedication to offering innovative products and best-in-class service to the success of each show.”


About The Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Association (HPBA) 

Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Association (HPBA) is an international not-for-profit trade association first established in 1980 to represent and promote the interests of the hearth products industry in North America. In 2002, the Hearth Products Association (HPA) merged with the Barbecue Industry Association (BIA) to form HPBA. The association includes manufacturers, retailers, distributors, manufacturers’ representatives, service and installation firms and other companies and individuals – all having business interests in and related to the hearth, patio, and barbecue products industries. For more information on the activities of the HPBA, please visit HPBA.org.

 

About CompuSystems

CompuSystems is a leading provider of registration, data management, data analytics and lead retrieval services. Our mission is to help event organizers, exhibitors and attendees achieve the most successful trade show experience possible. For more information about CompuSystems’ industry-leading services, please visit compusystems.com.


CompuSystems Reaches Renewal Deal with SGIA

DOWNERS GROVE, Ill. – The Specialty Graphics Imaging Association (SGIA) has extended its contract with CompuSystems (CSI) it was announced today.

As part of the contract renewal, CompuSystems will provide registration, data analytics and lead retrieval services for a pair of SGIA shows -- PRINTING United and Graphics of the Americas.

SGIA has been valued client of ours for over five years,” CompuSystems President Chris Williams said. “We’re happy to extend and move the partnership forward. I know we’ll continue to provide them with first-class service and professionalism.”


About The Speciality Graphics Imaging Association
SGIA is a trade association for the leaders of the 21st Century printing industry. SGIA members are bold, driven, creative and riding a wave of technology and innovation. In addition to providing high-quality information and educational resources designed to help move the printing community forward, SGIA produces the leading trade shows PRINTING United (Dallas, October 23 - 25, 2019) and Graphics of the Americas (Miami, February 27 - 29, 2020).

About CompuSystems
CompuSystems is a leading provider of registration, data management, data analytics and lead retrieval services. Our mission is to help event organizers, exhibitors and attendees achieve the best possible trade show experience. For more information about CompuSystems’ industry-leading services, please visit www.compusystems.com.


CompuSystems Adds New Clients

DOWNERS GROVE, Ill. – Argentum and Marijuana Business Daily, a Division of Anne Holland Ventures, recently became CompuSystems’ (CSI) newest clients when both organizations signed on to new multi-year deals.

CSI will provide registration, data analytics and lead retrieval services for a total of five shows between the two organizations -- Argentum, MJBizConNEXT, MJBizConINTL, MJBizCon European Cannabis Symposium and MJBizCon Conference & Expo.

“I’m excited to welcome both of these organizations into the fold of valued CSI clients,” CompuSystems President Chris Williams said. “I’m grateful they have enlisted their trust in us, and I’m confident that we will exceed their expectations in all facets.”


About Argentum
Argentum is the leading national association exclusively dedicated to supporting companies operating professionally managed, resident-centered senior living communities and the older adults and families they serve. Argentum member companies operate senior living communities offering assisted living, independent living, continuing care, and memory care services to older adults and their families. Argentum’s work is driven by its membership. Since 1990, Argentum has advocated for choice, independence, dignity, and quality of life for all older adults.

About Marijuana Business Daily
As the leading business news information resource for the medical marijuana and retail cannabis industry, Marijuana Business Daily’s editors and reporters bring retailers, professional cultivators, infused product makers, ancillary service providers and finance professionals the information and networking they need to flourish within the cannabis industry. In addition to the MJBizDaily newsletter, MJBizDaily Canada, hemp industry reports, and the monthly Marijuana Business Magazine, Marijuana Business Daily also serves as producer and host of the world’s largest family of B2B trade shows for the cannabis industry, MJBizCon. Recent recognition and awards include Trade Show Executive’s Fastest 50, The Inc. 500 and Folio Magazine’s Women in Media. Marijuana Business Daily is also a proud member of the Associated Press.

About CompuSystems
CompuSystems is a leading provider of registration, data management, data analytics and lead retrieval services. Our mission is to help event organizers, exhibitors and attendees achieve the best possible trade show experience. For more information about CompuSystems’ industry-leading services, please visit www.compusystems.com.

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Clients Renew Services with CompuSystems

DOWNERS GROVE, Ill. – The American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) and the American Society of Bone and Mineral Research (ASBMR) have both extended their contracts with CompuSystems (CSI).

As part of the contract renewals, CompuSystems will provide registration, data analytics and lead retrieval services for a pair of shows held each fall -- Plastic Surgery The Meeting (ASPS) and ASBMR Annual Meeting.

“Announcing client renewals is very important as it shows we are doing things the right way,” CompuSystems President Chris Williams said. “We’re very happy to extend these deals and continue our partnership with ASPS and ASBMR.”


About The American Society of Plastic Surgeons
The American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) is the world's largest organization of board-certified plastic surgeons. Representing more than 8,000 Member Surgeons, the Society is recognized as a leading authority and information source on aesthetic and reconstructive plastic surgery. ASPS comprises more than 93 percent of all board-certified plastic surgeons in the United States. Founded in 1931, the Society represents physicians certified by The American Board of Plastic Surgery or The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. ASPS advances quality care to plastic surgery patients by encouraging high standards of training, ethics, physician practice and research in plastic surgery.

About The American Society for Bone and Mineral Research
The American Society for Bone and Mineral Research (ASBMR) is the leading professional, scientific and medical society established to bring together clinical and experimental scientists involved in the study of bone, mineral and musculoskeletal research. ASBMR encourages and promotes the study of this expanding field through annual scientific meetings, an official journal (Journal of Bone and Mineral Research®), the Primer on Metabolic Bone Diseases and Disorders of Mineral Metabolism, advocacy and interaction with government agencies and related societies.

About CompuSystems
CompuSystems is a leading provider of registration, data management, data analytics and lead retrieval services. Our mission is to help event organizers, exhibitors and attendees achieve the best possible trade show experience. For more information about CompuSystems’ industry-leading services, please visit www.compusystems.com.

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