ECRM is now a regular part oft conference schedule. The one on one interactions have yielded good results and solid initiatives each time I have attended the meeting
Nick Calla - OncoSource Rx
This was our first time to attend ECRM and the experience was very good. I really liked how we had the full attention of the buyers and they were focused during our one-on-one meetings. Using the ECRM Connect software on the iPad was a great plus, helping us to manage our efforts at the event.
Larry Deal - CoPak Solutions Inc.
I came to the very first ECRM Front-End event (in 2010) and have been coming ever since. What we’ve found that we liked with this Fixture Review the most is that we had our own fixture present and we are seeing the buyer in pre-scheduled one-on-one meetings in front of the product we’re trying to sell.
Frank Bishop - Innovative Fixture Solutions, LLC
The perfect venue to make new contacts. At most trade shows, it is highly unusual to have 20 min one-on-one conversations to understand the customer’s needs and see if it’s a mutual fit. We have no hesitation to return next year and of course, the old rule still applies- will only find success with follow up!
Robina Bernard - Clik-Clik Systems Inc
Health Guard attended ECRM’s Checklane, Front-End, and Impulse event for the first time and found the schedule of meetings with buyers to be very high quality. MarketGate Mobile software has been very useful for us to manage our activity at the event and assist us with follow-up. We have also participated in Vitamin, Diet, and Sports Nutrition with ECRM and will be looking into doing other ECRM events in the future.
Bruce Smith - HealthGuard Wellness LLC
The MarketGate technology is amazing. It provides a centralized point to access all the follow-up information with not only the people that we met at the show, but other target customers as well. It’s an excellent tool.
Gregg Raffensperger - Delizza Patisserie
Everyone who attended ECRM’s Meal Solutions for Convenience Channels EPPS was very impressed with the MarketGate software package and their overall service. The innovations of their program definitely provide a value-added service to both distributors and suppliers. The software they provide prior to, during and after their events is an excellent tool that suppliers quickly realized to be very beneficial.
John Boylan - Berks Packing Co
The MarketGate Mobile note-taking software is simple, easy to use and provides an easy channel for follow-up. We can keep track of our schedule and take notes easily. The software capabilities on the site are a bit more robust than will apply for our business but we are very satisfied with the applications we have used.
Drew Tombs - ATC Group, Inc.
Attending ECRM was a great experience. It was one of the most effective ways to see a large number of suppliers and their submissions in a short amount of time. Especially when compared to the amount of time at the office that is dedicated to email follow-up and meetings, this 2 day event gave me back 2 full weeks in my calendar. The event was well organized and the quality of suppliers was excellent: from global suppliers of tier 1 retailers to start-ups with innovative items looking to make a difference in the market. I’d recommend ECRM to any retail manager responsible for a disparate number of sub-categories.
Scott McKay - Canadian Tire Corp
ECRM events are a great way to network and find new ways or ideas to create value propositions for your business. The ECRM team takes care of all your travel and accommodation details- making it easy to participate without having to coordinate arrangements. Just gaining one or two contacts or leads makes the whole event worthwhile.
Mike Fox - Pilot Flying J
ECRM is an extremely efficient use of my time to meet with numerous vendors. We are in the initial stage of developing new checkout concepts and saw some innovative concepts at the show. ECRM provides a personalized experience that other trade events simply cannot.
Steve Manley - CVS Health
ECRM gives us the opportunity to focus our efforts on specific categories and areas of interest. The events are orchestrated in a manner that maximizes the use of our time from time of arrival to time of departure.
We attend Grocery, Candy and GM events each year. The events give us access to new suppliers who are not familiar with our company. In addition, ECRM events work well in giving us time in front of existing suppliers who may not visit our market on a regular basis.
We attended the Fixture Review event for the first time this year and are pleased with the contacts we made in regards to check lane merchandisers and point of purchase gondola merchandising tools.
Bob Swanson - URM (United Retail Merchants)