The Ipex organisers have launched Ipex Connect, a sophisticated and free online service on the Ipex website, designed to link up exhibitors interested in expanding their business globally with suitable agents and distributors. Based on the hugely successful Agent & Distributor Matchmaking Scheme in 2006, Ipex Connect provides a comprehensive list of active dealers and exhibitors in specific locations, allowing all users from around the world to get in touch with distributors and suppliers that they may otherwise not know about.
In addition to searching for companies, users can create a comprehensive profile of themselves on Ipex Connect with a picture, then tag their favourite content, contacts and search results. Once they have located a potential business partner, they can instantly communicate with the target company using a secure, built-in email facility. From the beginning of April, they will also be able to make appointments to meet with suitable companies at Ipex 2010. Once exhibitors and agents have finalised their diaries, Ipex Connect will enable them to create and print a PDF of the personalised itinerary within seconds or access it via an iPhone at the show.
Nick Craig Waller, Marketing Director of Ipex 2010 says, “This matchmaking scheme was hugely popular in 2006 so we’ve enhanced the service using the global reach and power of the Ipex website. So far, over 1,750 agents and distributors have already signed up for Ipex 2010.
“Ipex Connect helps achieve two crucial goals: encouraging attendance from agents and distributors from every corner of the world as well as maximising business opportunites for our exhibitors. Selecting the right distributor is absolutely crucial for growing a business successfully in countries where they currently don’t operate in. Ipex Connect will ensure that exhibitors find the best match for their company and by arranging an agreed time and place to meet at Ipex prior to the show, both parties can maximise their time at the event.”