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As a bakery software manufacturer, we know how important it is to attend food industry trade shows like the International Bakery Industry Exposition (IBIE). With all the excitement of the up and coming IBIE trade show, it gets tough to remember all of the necessary prep work. Don’t worry, we’ve compiled a short list of must-do’s before you hop on the plane to Las Vegas this October:

Related: What to Know About IBIE 2016

Plan out your goals

While bakery industry trade shows can be a lot of fun and a great place to network, when they are as big as IBIE, they can also be overwhelming. It’s a good idea to choose some goals for your time at the 2016 IBIE to make sure you get as much bang for your buck (and time!). We suggest making primary and secondary goals. That way you can plan your days around your primary goals but if you find you have more time and energy than expected, start working on those secondary goals. Some examples of primary and secondary goals could be:

Primary Goals

  • Gather information and have a consultation with the available software vendors (booth #1875 for FlexiBake bakery software)
  • Attend 3 informative seminars, demonstrations, and/or discussions
  • Research the pro’s and con’s of a specific piece of machinery

Secondary Goals

  • Get a live demonstration from your favorite software providers
  • Attend any additional seminars, demonstrations, or discussions you are interested in
  • Meet with 4-5 vendors for more networking opportunities

Related: 8 Reasons to Attend a Food Industry Trade Show

Plan your visiting route

Now that you have chosen your goals, you should plan out each day you are spending at the IBIE to make sure you fit everything in. This would include:

  • Finding and writing down the booth numbers for software vendors you wish to visit Click here to take a look at the IBIE floor map
  • Going to the IBIE website and taking a look at the events offered each day Click here to take a look
  • Walking around your plant to determine which machinery needs attention and then using the above information to help you locate the right professions to talk to

Book time with vendors

Some products, like software, are in high demand which may mean that the vendors could be extremely busy during the show. If you are interested in personalized consultations and demonstrations with these vendors, it is a good idea to contact them in advance and book time with a product adviser.

To book a live demonstration of FlexiBake (booth #1875) at the IBIE, you can use our demonstration signup page and specify the day and time you would like your demo. Please keep in mind that if a date outside of show dates (Oct. 8-11) is chosen, then FlexiBake will be demonstrated online.

Don’t pack last minute

The IBIE is a big trade show and it is important to be as prepared as possible. Packing last minute will usually mean important items are left behind, so here is a list of some very important items to double check and make sure you have before leaving for the show:

  • a pen and a note pad, even those with best of memories aren’t going to be able to keep it all in their heads
  • 2 pairs of comfortable shoes, walking around 700,000 sq. ft is not an easy task to begin with and wearing uncomfortable shoes will ruin the experience
  • Bring business cards, there will be a lot of networking and forms to fill out
  • Print out an exhibit map
  • Leave room in your bag for show swag and literature

Book a room in a hotel on the monorail

The IBIE is located in Las Vegas in the beginning of October. According to the average temperature during the month of October is a high of 82° F (28° C) and a low of 54° F (12° C). That means if you have to leave the comfort of the air condition in the morning, you could arrive at the show with a puddle behind you. That also means that getting around later in the evening could be quite a chilly task. If you stay at a hotel with a monorail stop, you will never have to stand outside in long taxi or shuttle lines up.

Pre-register for IBIE

On day one, when you first arrive at the IBIE, you will be excited and ready to go. The last thing you will want to do is stand in line for up to an hour waiting to get registered for the show. Click here to register today.