With health and safety guidelines at the forefront of planning the event, Printing United is on track to be held at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta on October 21–23, 2020.
The fall expo will give attendees and exhibitors an opportunity to engage and see the latest industry technology, experience worldwide product debuts, and participate in educational programs.
“The support and desire from the industry to come together again after an unanticipated interruption in business this year has been overwhelming,” said Printing United’s president, Mark J. Subers. “The event has become the venue to assist business operations in not just sustaining, but helping that upward trajectory for future success. We have and will continue to survey our past constituents on their interest and ability to be at the show and are preparing accordingly.”
Printing United Alliance, organizer of the trade show, is committed to helping the industry navigate the pandemic. The organization has developed several programs, including the COVID-19 resource channel, a dedicated ‘COVID-19: Ask the Experts’ webinar series, and the latest in financial and legislative support. Building on this body of knowledge and experience, the expo is the next step in helping the industry reopen its businesses and plan for the future.
“Key indicators suggest the economy will grow robustly in 2021, giving the printing industry a big boost,” said Andy Paparozzi, chief economist, Printing United Alliance. “The expo’s networking and educational opportunities will prepare attendees to participate fully in the upturn ahead.”
The team has been closely monitoring all developments related to COVID-19 and is working closely with Georgia World Congress Center Authority (GWCCA), local and state authorities, and the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security specializing in mass gatherings, on all decisions and health and safety guidelines. The GWCCA has developed a detailed business return plan to meet any challenges presented by the pandemic.
The following are some examples of what attendees and exhibitors can expect to see at the fall show from a health and safety standpoint. Comprehensive measures will be shared closer to the date.
- Social distancing protocols throughout GWCC;
- Touchless services, from parking to registration, food and beverage, and more;
- Enhanced signage and communication for social distancing and hygiene guidelines;
- Temperature checks for on-site attendees, exhibitors, and venue staff;
- Increased sanitation and cleaning regimen, including access to more sanitizer stations; and
- Traffic flow patterns to support proper crowd density.
“Printing United may be the only opportunity for the industry to gather this year, so we are ensuring the show will be safe,” said Subers. “We are in this together and look forward to continuing to work with our partners to do whatever is necessary to keep businesses headed in the right direction.”