Thanks for the comments everyone. Ashish is correct on all 3 counts: 1) the coffee is provided by the Exhibitors (if they request it) in their suites or show floor, generally attendees enjoy it for free 2) the Networking is the key to the show, also the convenience of many people being in one location at once vs the cost to travel around the country/world and 3) although I did care what coffee cost in the suites last year, this year, as a new business owner/entreprenuer, it is certainly more painful!
With many people out of work or looking for a long overdue change, finding the talent to fulfill your client’s needs shouldn't be too hard. Large conferences like EDS should give you access to not only potential clients looking for talent, but also talented people that are looking at joining some of your possible clients. Good luck with your venture.
Networking is one such element and the one for which I personally find EDS to be incredibly effective
EDS has been marketing the 2011 show as “getting back to the fundamental purpose of the event -- bringing manufacturers, distributors and reps together to make strong connections.
Networking and Connections are absolutely essential and are the major quality that drives Exhibtions.The more time attendees spend doing this the more value they can generate from Exhibhitions including Overpriced Coffees!!!
The $200 Coffee is served in Suites(my feeling is this is the High-End Suite suitable for mainly for High Level Execs).For them the Company pays the Tab for everything and anything they do at these Exhibitions...[Its quite normal don't worry about it].
So obviously they really don't care about what the Coffee costs.
Its a different matter for Company Shareholders who have to at the end of the day really foot the bill for these "expenses".
It would be really interesting to ask Carla if she cared about what the Coffee in her suite cost last year or before that when she was working (as A High Level Exec) for all those major Electronics manufacturers.
My bet is she did'nt care.Now that shes an Entreprenuer she has to worry about overheads(including 200 Dollar Coffees...)
This is nice event to attend anyway. Converging some or all players in electronic components together - I think socialising in Las Vegas will bring more fun-filled to attendees, sponsors and organisers of EDS. An added spice to electronic components distribution channel.
I used to work for a company that attended EDS religiously. We not only found value in bringing our marketing, sales and management teams together, the most value add was in the ability to schedule multi-level management meetings to pitch products, partnerships or just ideas. The event is indeed excellent for networking and meeting people that you would otherwise only know by voice.
EBN Dialogue enables and encourages you to participate in live chats with notable leaders and luminaries. Not only editors and journalists, but the entire EBN community is able to comment and ask questions. Listed below are upcoming and archived chats.
Thailand Stages a Comeback Join EBN contributor Jennifer Baljko on Thursday August 23, 2012, at 11:00 a.m. EST for a live chat on how electronic manufacturers in Thailand have shored up their supply chain to reduce the impact of future natural disasters.
Microsoft Surface: Potential Winners & Losers What are the implications for the electronics industry supply chain of Microsoft Corp.'s decision to launch its own tablet PC? Join industry veteran and EE Times' systems and OEM expert Rick Merritt on Tuesday, July 3, at 12:00 pm EDT for a Live Chat on this subject.
Join EBN contributor Jennifer Baljko on Thursday August 23, 2012, at 11:00 a.m. EST for a live chat on how electronic manufacturers in Thailand have shored up their supply chain to reduce the impact of future natural disasters.
Peter Drucker famously said "Trying to predict the future is like trying to drive down a country road at night with no lights while looking out the back window." Yet in the razor's-edge world of electronics—with a lean supply chain and just-in-time demands—the need to know the future is vital.
While no one really can accurately predict the future, we can take guidance from another Drucker saying which is the best way to predict the future is to create it.
You've heard the saying "the No. 1 supply chain risk is your people." That hasn't always been the case. But today's complex global supply chain requires a new type of multitalented employee. It's one who understands, finance, marketing, economics, is savvy with technology, graceful with relationships and can think analytically.
Where are these people? Are universities properly preparing the next generation supply chain professionals? How do train your existing workforce for these new, demanding positions?
Brian Fuller, editor-in-chief of EBN, will lead a 60-minute Avnet Velocity panel discussion that will ask and answer these and other questions swirling around today's supply-chain talent challenges.