Message from PMMI president and CEO

July 13, 2020

Amidst much uncertainty in the world today, one thing is certain: PACK EXPO International and Healthcare Packaging EXPO is happening, either as a physical event with a virtual component or an entirely virtual event. Connecting the industry has never been more crucial as packaging continues to address the critical needs of this pandemic. We will make sure that happens with the show in November and the resources we are providing right now to connect you with peers and customers. 

Our COVID-19 microsite continues to be updated daily, so check it often! You’ll find many resources there, including the latest upcoming webinar in our Virtual Town Hall Series. Reserve your spot now for “Four Months into the New Abnormal,” Thursday, July 30, at 11 a.m. EST. Several PMMI members will join some of our senior management team to discuss how they are handling COVID-19-related business disruptions impacting operations, sales and field service activities.

Also new on the site is your free download of our latest report: Economic Impact of COVID-19: Guidance in an Uncertain Economy 2020.  This timely release takes an in-depth look at the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the packaging and processing industries, the government’s response and the crash of gas/oil prices. 

Making connections serves as the root of our networks and conferences, and this year’s Annual Meeting is happening soon, with key adjustments for the times. PMMI’s Annual Meeting (Oct. 5-7) is currently planned as a hybrid event to ensure as much member participation as possible – with a choice to participate in-person or virtually. It will offer indispensable content and insight into the operational challenges our industry faces right now from peers and industry thought leaders. You will also hear directly from your customers during panel discussions.

Of course, PMMI’s top priority remains our upcoming show. Nothing brings our industry together like PACK EXPO International and Healthcare Packaging EXPO, and this year is no exception. Presently, we plan to offer a virtual PACK EXPO experience to complement the on-site event and maximize opportunities for industry connections. This increases attendees’ and exhibitors’ ability to achieve their business goals by connecting --whether in-person or virtually-- the people and ideas necessary to drive their business forward. 

Together with PMMI Media Group, we have created a best-in-class virtual experience with several options to increase engagement, including:

  • live chats – both 1:1 and group
  • product demonstrations via live video
  • enhanced lead generation
  • comprehensive product gallery with images and videos
  • daily keynote sessions, targeted educational content and more…

The Show Status, Updates and Resources page answers frequently asked questions on the virtual component as well as all current show plans.

We are closely monitoring the situation in Illinois and hope for some clarity about whether or not trade shows will be permitted to take place this year. Regardless of that decision by the state, the physical event will only occur if we believe we can do it safely and productively. PMMI’s Board of Directors will make a final decision in August.

As always, know that PMMI is here to serve and support you. Please let me know if there is anything more we can do.

Jim Pittas

Jim Pittas
President & CEO