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Counselor Senior Editor Michele Bell's slanted view of the world.

My Kinda Town, Chicago Is…

Filed under: ASI Shows, Editorial, Travel

Hi Everyone!

Hope you’re enjoying your summer and staying cool in this Serengeti-esque heat!

Next week (from 7/19-21) is the ASI Chicago Show at the McCormick Place Convention Center. I’ll be there with bells on, as Chi-Town is one of my favorite cities in the U.S. (filled with some of my favorite industry people — I’m looking at you, Sharon Biernat!).

If you’re an exhibiting supplier at the show, please join me for two free panel discussions I’ll be moderating on Education Day.

The first, on Tuesday, 7/19, from noon-1:15 in the dining room behind the Registration Area is titled, “What Distributors Want.” Take a break from setting up your booth, enjoy a free lunch on ASI and learn from four top distributors — all from Counselor Top 40 companies — what they’re looking for from their suppliers. Covering issues like pricing, product safety, building trust and relationships between suppliers and distributors and what types of marketing get their attention, my panelists — Brown and Bigelow’s Cindy Jorgenson, American Solutions for Business’s Sadie Schlief, HALO Branded Solutions’ Julie Harms and WorkflowOne’s Mike Riddle — will address it all! For sure, it’s a panel discussion not to be missed by suppliers. And did I mention there’s a free lunch served? ; )

The second Suppliers-Only panel discussion I’ll be moderating is on the topic of pricing, held from 4-5 p.m. in Power Session Room 1, on the show floor. For sure, one of the trickiest, most time-consuming and critical business responsibilities facing suppliers today is setting pricing for products. A little like Goldilocks, you don’t want your prices too low — which will adversely affect your profits — or too high, which will give your competitors an advantage. So how do you find that sweet spot where you have the ability to make money for your company and keep your clients happy? Our panelists — all respected industry veterans on the supplier side of the business — will share their expertise on the topic: Bonni Shevin-Sandy, president of Counselor Top 40 supplier Dard Design, which imports all of its items from overseas; Eric Johnson, co-owner of Halls & Co./ID Line, which imports items while handling some manufacturing in the U.S.; Mel Ellis, president of HumphreyLine, which manufactures 100% of its items in the U.S.; and Ira Neaman, president of Counselor Top 40 supplier Vantage Apparel, who has expertise and insights on handling pricing in a volatile economy and dealing with cotton fluctuations.

So I look forward to seeing you all at the ASI Chicago Show on Education Day, on the show floor and in the evenings at Kitty O’Sheas in the Hilton, where I’ll be planted like a lawn dart. ; )

Cheers, and more next week with tons of fun photos from the show!

— M