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the leading association for the power transmission/motion control industrial distribution channel, bringing together distributors and manufacturers.

Events | Industry Summit | DM-IDEX

Industry Summit

October 21-24, 2020
Atlanta Marriott Marquis
Atlanta, Ga.
#PTDA20IS

 
DM-IDEX: Distributor-Manufacturer Idea Exchange

Saturday, October 24
8:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.


One of the most time and cost-effective ways to do business, DM-IDEX provides an opportunity for 13 pre-scheduled 20-minute meetings between distributors and manufacturers. These formal face-to-face meetings allow you to build relationships, solve problems and discuss new opportunities with senior executives of potential and current business partners.

Distributors Sit, Manufacturers Move

To accommodate for social distancing, MD-IDEX will become DM-IDEX. How is DM-IDEX different from MD-IDEX? In DM-IDEX, distributors will man the booths and manufacturers will travel from booth to booth for each appointment. This change, along with extended hours, allows for the maximum number of appointments while keeping you safe.

Whether you’re a distributor or a manufacturer, there is no longer any need to “reserve” a booth. All distributor companies in attendance will be provided with a booth (unless they opt out in advance). All manufacturer and associate members in attendance will be admitted entrance to the DM-IDEX session.

Matchmaking
We’re enhancing your ability to meet with the channel partners you want to see through a new feature in the scheduling process--matchmaking.

Matchmaking asks you to prioritize which channel partners you’d like to meet with, eliminating the need to login at a specific date and time to get appointments. Distributors and manufacturers will choose and prioritize a set number of companies from the list of participating member companies. The software then matches companies using a built-in algorithm, increasing your chances of getting an appointment with a preferred company, particularly when both companies have prioritized each other.

Once matches are complete, distributors and manufacturers will fill in any remaining open appointments using the direct scheduling process in the software. This will begin with distributors scheduling any open slots from the eight dedicated distributor driven appointments and manufacturers filling in the balance.
 
Schedule your DM-IDEX appointments with companies you do not see regularly or do not have an existing relationship with to maximize your Industry Summit ROI. An additional hour of unscheduled time allows manufacturers to quickly visit with distributors they know and see regularly or to meet with a distributor they were unable to schedule an appointment with.

 

How Does DM-IDEX Work?

  • Distributors are provided with a booth.
  • Both distributors and manufacturers have the opportunity to schedule appointments.
  • Distributors and manufacturers select and prioritize channel partners they want to meet. The matchmaking software uses that information to schedule appointments.
  • Participants are notified of the matched appointments.
  • After the matchmaking is concluded, distributors and manufacturers will have a dedicated time to manually schedule remaining appointments.
  • Note: The first hour is unscheduled time which provides an opportunity to say a quick hello to companies you see often or to connect with companies you weren't able to schedule an appointment with.

What Is the Schedule?

8:00 a.m.-9:00 a.m. Open Time (no scheduled appointments)
9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Scheduled 20-minute Appointments
12:00 p.m.-12:40 p.m. Networking Lunch Break
12:40 p.m.-2:00 p.m. Scheduled 20-minute Appointments
 

How Do I Participate?

For Distributors:
  1. Register your team for the Industry Summit.
  2. Acknowledge your booth participation by September 2 and select a delegate as the main DM-IDEX contact responsible for scheduling appointments.
  3. Watch the appointment scheduling demo (available in August) to learn how to submit your prioritized list of companies you want to meet with, manually schedule appointments and make the most of your meetings.
  4. From September 8-18, select and prioritize manufacturer companies you want to meet with using the DM-IDEX Appointment Scheduler.
  5. From September 22-25, review your schedule for matched appointments and decide which additional manufacturers you would like to schedule in your remaining time slots.
  6. From 10:00 a.m. Central on September 28-October 2, schedule the balance of your eight dedicated appointment slots.
  7. Prepare for your DM-IDEX appointments using the Distributor Worksheet for Manufacturer Meetings.

Distributor Deadlines-at-a-glance

August 21 Register to attend the Industry Summit and identify your DM-IDEX contact
August 26 Review the list of registered manufacturers to start planning your selection for matchmaking
September 2 If you do not wish to participate in DM-IDEX, you must opt-out of receiving a booth
September 8-18 Submit your priorities for matchmaking in the appointment scheduler software
September 22-25 Review your matched appointments and decide which additional manufacturers you want to schedule an appointment with
September 28-October 2 Schedule open time slots you have available

 

 

For Manufacturers:

  1. Register your team for the Industry Summit.
  2. Select a delegate as the main DM-IDEX contact responsible for scheduling appointments.
  3. Watch the appointment scheduling demo (available in August) to learn how to submit your prioritized list of companies you want to meet with, manually schedule appointments and make the most of your meetings.
  4. From September 8-18, select and prioritize distributor companies you want to meet with using the DM-IDEX Appointment Scheduler.
  5. From September 22-25, review the matched appointments and decide which additional distributors you would like to schedule in your remaining appointment time slots.
  6. From October 5-9, schedule the balance of your appointments.
  7. Prepare for your DM-IDEX appointments using the Manufacturer Worksheet for Distributor Meetings.
Manufacturer Deadlines-at-a-Glance
August 21 Register to attend the Industry Summit and identify your DM-IDEX contact
August 26 Review the list of registered distributors to start planning your selection for matchmaking
September 8-18 Submit your priorities for matchmaking in the appointment scheduler software
September 22-25 Review your matched appointments and decide which additional distributors you want to meet with
October 5-9 Schedule any open time slots you have available