Monday, October 31, 2011

A few thoughts from the show

The calm before the storm. A shot down
an empty aisle shortly before the show opens.
   GIE+EXPO is wrapped up for another year. The final numbers on attendance have yet to be released, but my suspicion is they'll be up some from last year. I generally spend a lot of time walking the floor,  and while it's entirely unscientific, I think there were more folks wandering through the aisles (at least I seemed to get stopped a lot more and had to make a few more detours around crowds admiring the latest piece of machinery.)

STIHL's lumberjack competition always
brings out a crowd —even if it was a bit chilly.
   Speaking of machinery, there were quite a few updates and introductions of new equipment. You'll learn more about all that in upcoming issues of Landscape Management and in our various newsletters. Most shows seem to develop a focus (for lack of a better word). And while I must admit it was a bit more of a challenge to discern this year's overriding sentiment, I think there were a couple of recurring themes:
  • First the economy. There was a lot of talk about the recession and how to best deal with it. 
  • Second, social media. It's finding new ways to make its way into our lives and businesses. 
  • Third, technology. Machines are becoming ever more sophisticated. They're improving our efficiency and productivity, driving our businesses to greater profitability.
   I think my favorite reason for going to the show, however, is to see some of the folks we spend all year talking to on the phone, and of course, to meet a few new ones. This is an extraordinary industry in which we all work. And that is solely because of the people who comprise it. I'm already looking to head back to Louisville in 2012 (Oct. 24-26 in case you want to put it on you calendar). See you there.

1 comment:

Terry said...

Enjoyed the inside portion of the show, great selection and variety of things to see. I have been disappointed by the outdoor portion for several years. The timing of the show at the end of October generally results in wet cold weather. A real lack of things displayed as opposed to the days when there was a summer show. Moving the show back 3 or weeks could really improve the outdoor segment. I miss the Kohler brat tent it was a big draw.