"I would have to say that this has been the most productive event we have attended to date. We weren't sure what to expect but really appreciated the format both for the 20 minute meetings and the 10 minute meetings. This format forced both the vendor and the participants to stay focused and on topic. We were also able to seek out vendors for more information at the evening and lunchtime meals. Networking with peer institutions was an unexpected but added bonus. Being able to talk with our peers in a small group setting is so valuable. Brainstorming and sharing ideas helps to enrich our programs. Great job too by your staff. You were all so friendly, helpful, and professional. I will highly recommend to my peers who were not in attendance."
Cairon Moore, University of Colorado at Boulder
"I attend ECRM for a few reasons and all of them are equally compelling to me:
1. I know there are like-minded people in attendance who want prompt solutions to their needs.
2. There are plenty of newer products that you do not always see on the huge show floor at food shows.
3. I receive uninterrupted one on one time with each vendor and this makes it highly productive for my time.
4. ECRM team never disappoints, they know what needs to happen and they make it happen. The team is outstanding and they make a huge impact on the success of each individual."
Omni Mandalay Hotel
"We recently attended the April 2014 Food Service ECRM event in Cape Coral Florida. We have attended several Retail Dry Grocery Events but this was our first Food Service Event.
All ECRM events are well managed and they attract a good selection of quality, key decision makers. While some of these events are more expensive than exhibiting at "traditional tradeshows", the quality of leads we obtain and the customers gained is worth the time and expense.
It is simply a much better use of my Sales staff time to have short quality meetings at ECRM, versus working a tradeshow for three 10 hour days hoping your buyers stop by your booth."
Atlantic Natural Foods, LLC
"I recently attended the ECRM Foodservice Show in Cape Coral, Florida. The show that was hosted by ECRM was very well planned and informative. I met with a variety of vendors and the products they have to offer were products that I could use in my operations. I am also looking for new and innovative products. The vendors were very helpful and provided the necessary information needed regarding their products. They were willing to send samples so that I could share with my staff and do a cutting with the products I am currently using. The ECRM staff were very helpful, friendly and knowledgeable."
West Virginia University
"The ECRM event was extremely well organized with a numerous amount of things going on. The venue for the event was nice and well maintained. During the event ECRM did a wonderful job having several places to networks/connect with attendees such as lunch, dinner, cocktail hour and the offsite dinner. It was a great event to network at. The appointments were very productive. The staff was delightful and very accommodating, great team work. The other thing that is nice about the ECRM event is the Profile book you receive; it acts as a great reference guide! The Buyers were truly engaged in event and meetings, no wasted time. Every attendee, buyers and vendors were very involved and trying to make deals at the event. The iPad that was provided for us was very useful and an ideal reference tool! Overall from the event there has been very positive follow-up with buyer I met with, great networking source."
"ECRM is the best as far as hosting the events that I have attended so far. This is the third time I have attended an ECRM event and every time I come away with products that vendors showcase that are applicable for my needs. The events are structured nicely with plenty of time for meeting with vendors and reviewing their products. I got to visit a variety of vendors and see all the products they have to offer in one place. ECRM makes it easy to review the vendors and products they offer in the company profile. I always come away with new ideas and products that I can use in my operations. The people working the events are very helpful and gracious. The accommodations and dining events are top rated. I would highly recommend anyone to attend the ECRM events. I would definitely come to any ECRM event again."
West Virginia University
"This format is an excellent use of productivity in my opinion for both me as a buyer/end user and for the vendors. I think product representatives are doing well to see two clients on a good day in ordinary circumstances; At ECRM they see thirty a day. It keeps it practical for me as an operator because in my operation I frequently have to decline requests for vendor appointments or change the time due to operational issues. At ECRM you are on a schedule, you are not locked into your operation, so there is no reason to distract me from meeting all of the potential partners. It is a WIN/WIN proposition!"
Omni Mandalay Hotel
"ECRM does an outstanding job at pairing up customers with potential vendors. The ECRM team is one of the best I have ever worked with. They are friendly, well-educated and they help with invaluable networking. Their hospitality, vendor networking and technology make this a must on my calendar for next time."
"This ECRM foodservice event has been very positive for our company. Because we are small manufacturer, it’s not always easy to get meetings with the big retailers. But, this format allows us to get the return on investment and spend casual networking time with our target customers that we might not usually obtain. The fee to attend is only a fraction of the travel fees it would cost to see every one of these customers at their office."