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Events | Industry Summit | MD-IDEX

Virtual Industry Summit

October 21-23, 2020
#PTDA20IS


Thank You to our MD-IDEX Sponsor: 'WEG Electric Corp.
 

Join today's MD-IDEX Appointment Scheduling Demo at 11a.m. Central

 
MD-IDEX: Manufacturer-Distributor Idea Exchange

Thursday, October 22, 12:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m. Central
Friday, October 23, 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Central


The most time and cost-effective way to do business, MD-IDEX provides an opportunity for 13 pre-scheduled 20-minute meetings between distributors and manufacturers. These formal virtual meetings allow you to build relationships, solve problems and discuss new opportunities with senior executives of potential and current business partners. It's amazing how much you can get done in just 20 minutes!

Whether you’re a distributor or a manufacturer, there is no need to “reserve” a booth. All distributor and manufacturer companies in attendance can participate (unless you opt out in advance). Register by September 18 to use the new matchmaking process.

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.

Through matchmaking, you prioritize the 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 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 as previously done. This begins with distributors scheduling any open slots from the eight dedicated distributor driven appointments, and manufacturers filling in the balance.
 
Virtual Appointments
After scheduling is complete, you can then access your appointment schedule. Each appointment will contain a link (where the booth number would have traditionally been displayed). Appointments will be launched by clicking the link to start the video meeting window. Any employee from your company registered for the Virtual Industry Summit will be able to join the appointment. The video meetings are accessible 5-minutes before the scheduled time.

 

How Does MD-IDEX Work?

  • 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 on their schedule.
  • After the matchmaking is concluded, distributors and manufacturers have a dedicated time to manually schedule remaining appointments.
  • Final appointment schedules include a link for each appointment that takes you and the scheduled distributor/manufacturer to a private video chat room.

What Is the Schedule?

Thursday, October 22
12:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m. Central
12:30 p.m.-1:50 p.m. Scheduled 20-minute appointments
1:50 p.m.-2:10 p.m. Break
2:10 p.m.-3:30 p.m. Scheduled 20-minute appointments
 

Friday, October 23
10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Central
10:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m. Scheduled 20-minute appointments
11:00 a.m.-11:20 a.m. Break
11:20 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Scheduled 20-minute appointments
 

How Do I Participate?

For Distributors:
  1. Register your team for the Virtual Industry Summit. At least one team member will need to be registered by September 18 to take full advantage of the scheduling opportunities. Companies who register after September 18 may still take advantage of direct scheduling if time allows.
  2. Prior to scheduling, you will be asked to identify which delegate will be responsible for scheduling appointments.
  3. Watch the appointment scheduling demo (available in September) 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 21-24, select and prioritize manufacturer companies you want to meet with using the MD-IDEX Appointment Scheduler.
  5. On September 28, review your schedule to see which companies you were matched with and identify those manufacturers you want to manually schedule the balance of your appoinments starting at 10:00 a.m. the following day.
  6. Starting at 10:00 a.m. Central on September 29-October 2, schedule the balance of your eight dedicated appointment slots on a first-come, first-served basis.
  7. Between October 12-16, review your final schedule and prepare for your MD-IDEX appointments using the Distributor Worksheet for Manufacturer Meetings.
  8. On the day and time of your meeting, access the software and click the link on your appointment schedule in the location column which takes you and the manufacturer to a private video chat room. Your chat room is available 5 minutes before your scheduled time.

Distributor Deadlines-at-a-glance

September 17 Register to attend the Virtual Industry Summit
September 18 If you do not wish to participate in MD-IDEX, you must opt-out by September 18
September 21-24 Review the list of participating manufacturers and submit your priorities for matchmaking in the appointment scheduler software
September 28 Review your schedule to see your matched appointments and determine which manufacturers you want to schedule in your remaining time slots
September 29-October 2 Starting at 10:00 a.m. Central, schedule the balance of your eight dedicated distributor appointment time slots on a first-come, first-served basis
October 12-16 Review your final appointment schedule and prepare for your appointments
 

For Manufacturers:

  1. Register your team for the Industry Summit.
  2. Prior to scheduling, you will be asked to identify which delegate will be responsible for scheduling appointments.
  3. Watch the appointment scheduling demo (available in September) 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 21-24, select and prioritize distributor companies you want to meet with using the MD-IDEX Appointment Scheduler.
  5. On October 5, review all appointments and determine which distributors to schedule in your remaining appointment time slots.
  6. Starting at 10:00 a.m. Central on October 6-9, schedule the balance of your appointments.
  7. Between October 12-16, review your final schedule and prepare for your MD-IDEX appointments using the Manufacturer Worksheet for Distributor Meetings.
  8. On the day and time of your meeting, click the link on your appointment schedule in the location column which takes you and the distributor to a private video chat room. Your chat room is available 5 minutes before your scheduled time.
Manufacturer Deadlines-at-a-Glance
September 17 Register to attend the Virtual Industry Summit
September 18 If you do not wish to participate in MD-IDEX, you must opt-out by September 18
September 21-24 Review the list of participating distributors and submit your priorities for matchmaking in the appointment scheduler software
October 5 Review your schedule to see your matched appointments and those scheduled by distributors. Identify which distributors you want to schedule in your remaining appointment slots
October 6-9 Starting at 10:00 a.m. Central on October 6, schedule the balance of your five dedicated manufacturer appointment slots on a first-come, first-served basis
October 12-16 Review your final appointment schedule and prepare for your appointments