Btw, exhibitors, you have just 6 days to do something with your freight (i.e. pay to move it) or Freeman will pay for you to keep it there, per their new email:
As a friendly reminder, the deadline to remove any freight that you may still have in storage with Freeman before incurring additional charges is this coming Wednesday, April 15.
5 minutes after I got the email about the new new date for ISC West, I got a lame SIA email from Don Erickson trying to tell me this was a good thing and that SIA was working for me. Total joke. SIA/Reed continue to hit all time lows.
Well at least October is better than July, heat is winding down a bit I guess. Right on the heals of HOTLANTA!
Someone messaged me saying this was sticking it to ASIS GSX. I agree in the sense that this will clearly hurt ASIS GSX but likewise, it is going to hurt ISC West. It's like 2 people stabbing each other simultaneously, you can certainly argue who is hurt more but neither side is coming out of this without injuries.
On the plus side, GSX has larger financial reserves than SIA but ISC West is still the stronger overall show. However, an ISC West postponed 7 months later is going to have big problems itself. Surreal.
John- There are so many non-positive dynamics with the attempt to still run this show this year. Among them:
1) The existing shows you mentioned- Who knows if they will even still go on and if so, trying to rain on those parades, timeline wise, generates even more stress on the manufacturers and their teams.
2) Assuming we are "back to business" in the next 60-90 days, there will be more concern by traditional ISC attendees to resurrect business viability as so many retailers/end users may not be back wholly. Spending money on a trade show will likely not be a financial priority.
3) I've heard at least one Vegas hotel chain that would not refund rooming deposits from the first cancellation (akin to the airline practice of only cancellation but not refunding). Those who had to go through that would much rather use the deposit towards a traditional ISC dateline and not towards a makeup show I would think.
I walked G2E last year expecting something totally different. When I first attended years ago, there were many security vendors.
Last year? Maybe one if I recall. Lots of card games, machines and food though.
request that your artist change the graphic to a dumpster fire background
A football player with an "ISC West" jersey making a whiplash blindside tackle to another football player with an "exhibitor" jersey on
Ive never been so excited about an IPVM poll in my life!
While the response has been overwhelmingly negative, the reads on this are dramatically lower than they were just a month ago when ISC West cancelled / rescheduled the first time (despite overall IPVM readership levels continuing to increase).
My theory is that people are far busier focused on keeping their own businesses running amidst all this than worrying about what ISC West will or will not do 6 months from now.
Btw, ESX is still on for June 9th:
I emailed them last night and no response. Crazy, they are still going forward.
10 days ago, I suggested that to SIA CEO Don Erickson when he mentioned helping association members conserve their cash:
In retaliation, Don Erickson blocked me from following him on LinkedIn.
Today, after the second cancellation / postponement, I replied to Will Wise, who runs ISC West for Reed saying:
If or when he responds, I will update this.
Not implying the below offer means Reed should get a gold star, but it certainly implies that someone put thought into the situation created with the proximity of the dates relative to GSX and the challenges companies doing both show would face.
Copied from the email we received:
- Among the ISC West primary exhibitors base of 800 companies, approximately 14% are currently also slated to exhibit at the Global Security Exchange (GSX/ASIS Intl.) event, taking place September 21-23 in Atlanta. To help provide and invest in operational support and logistics for these customers, Reed Exhibitions will be providing complimentary caravan / freight transportation shipping services from Atlanta to Las Vegas, to help alleviate any additional planning and logistics stresses during this time.
another point you didnt mention is the 2021 show.
if you hold the show in October, there is little sense to hold it again the following March or April.
the industry is not that fast changing that you need to see everyone again within a 6 month time span.
July is annoying, but still relevant for 2020, having it in october is useless
Is there any logic of moving it to October at this point AND keeping ISC East scheduled?
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It seems like ISC East has more of a regional draw while ISC West is both national and international. Unfortunately, I don't have access to statistics to prove or disprove my opinion. Whatever, between national and state shows, it's going to be a busy fall.
Clearly, they don't want to refund the exhibitors. How can they do a show that late in 2020 without impacting ISC East and 2021 ISC West?
It’s obviously too much to ask to use the term postponed. The spin just makes me not read the article.
I'm one of the very few that voted to let it run in October. Although I am having second thoughts after wondering about the traffic. I'm a manufacturers rep, and ISC West is a big part of my business. It's THE show to meet customers and I had a busy event scheduled. I don't go to ISC East, and the last two years I quit going to GSX, so ISCWest is the show . It's important to meet with my manufacturers in person, support their booths and bring customers by and basically show why we are important to them as a company. Not to mention interview with new vendors.
Cancellation would be preferable so the vendors get their money back, but if they don't, all the manufacturers I represent that were scheduled originally will be there. They have a big portion of their marketing dollars tied up in the booth, freight, etc. So they are committed. But I wonder if they cancelled how many would get a booth at GSX? Probably not too many. So a smaller ISC West to me is better than the full GSX.
Is it really necessary go ISC west this year? As a manfacturer, we should pay the rent for products and others every month. Reed doesn't care this issue because the fee is charged by Freeman. How can we do? When can our money stop lossing?
The Week Of Oct 5th is Sukkot, A Major Jewish religious Holiday.
I don't know about the rest of the country but here in NY, there are many security business are closed or operating in a limited capacity that week!
I remember several years ago when they scheduled ISC East during a major Jewish holiday and it was very poor attendance.
Just sayin' !
An additional comment...several integrators have told me recently that basic, and possibly permanent, changes have occured in our industry due to the pandemic, and that they may have attended their last trade show.
I told them they are getting paid once regardless, if they hold our funds and keep it as scheduled for October, we will display reluctantly, but we for sure won't be there in 2021, 5 months later. It's a no brainer business decision to roll every one over to 2021, otherwise it just looks greedy on their part, and is not in the best interest for their exhibitors or attendees.
Attendance is going to be poor, and exhibitors will be tired with all the other shows going on. Will Vegas even be fully open by then? I think most integrators come October will not want to spend thousands to come to a tradeshow that will be on display 5 months later.
The well covered prediction is that COVID-19 will be making its return in the fall. It will be stronger, there obviously is no vaccination in sight, and it will be everywhere. The less talked about news is that summer has little or no effect on this bug. Witness Australia and Argentina, both closed, both summer.
The Javits Center is a hospital now, right? So, even if it is no longer needed in this role, and let's hope it is not, how long does it take to completely disinfect and re-repurpose a facility of that size?
The only sensible move is for ALL of these shows to cancel for 2020. The idea of packing them all into a short space of time is even more stupid than calling the virus a hoax, and who would do that? The idea that hoards of people are going to want to travel to a crowded conference hall this year is equally nuts, though the face mask sponsorship opportunity would be huge.
Why not combine all of the shows into one gigantic Zoom call? And wouldn't it be perfect if it were sponsored by Hikua?
One of the points that has not been covered is the educational sessions. Most of the speakers at those session are not paid to participate. How many of the speakers will not attend due to other commitments or "other" reasons?