The signature formal networking event of the NIBA/PTDA Joint Industry Summit―the Joint MD-IDEX/Expo―blends the PTDA MD-IDEX scheduled appointments with the NIBA Expo format offering both one-on-one meeting opportunities and product displays, enhancing your ability to do business with more channel partners.revisedmdidex

Booth reservations are now available and will be assigned on a first-come, first-served basis. Reservations must be submitted by June 30, 2017.

Download the Joint MD-IDEX/Expo brochure.

Joint MD-IDEX/Expo Schedule:

Friday, September 29
3:30 pm – 7:30 pm Exhibitor set-up/move-in (security provided)
Saturday, September 30
6:00 am – 7:30 am Exhibitor set-up/move-in
7:30 am – 8:30 am Joint MD-IDEX/Expo Breakfast
8:30 am – 3:00 pm Joint MD-IDEX/Expo with scheduled appointments from 8:30
a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm Joint MD-IDEX/Expo Lunch
3:00 pm – 6:00 pm Exhibitor move-out
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What’s the PTDA MD-IDEX?
MD-IDEX, which is short for Manufacturer-Distributor Idea Exchange, is the signature formal fast networking event held at the PTDA annual meeting. Traditionally, MD-IDEX is an appointment-only event with no (or extremely limited) tabletop-only product displays.

What’s the NIBA Expo?
The Expo is NIBA’s traditional trade show which allows product demonstrations, booth backdrops and other marketing material displays.

What is the Joint MD-IDEX/Expo?
In 2017, this event will blend both the MD-IDEX style of appointment-only fast networking with the NIBA Expo style of traditional trade show displays. The room will be open to all attendees between the hours of 8:30 am–3:00 pm to browse through all exhibits. All pre-scheduled twenty-minute MD-IDEX appointments will be conducted in the morning hours between 8:30 am–12:00 pm.

What is the Joint MD-IDEX/Expo setup?
Every registered (and paid) exhibitor will be assigned one 8’ by 15’ booth with two 6’ skirted tables–one to be used for appointments with distributors. Each exhibitor is allowed to decorate their booth space to meet their needs within the exhibitor guidelines provided. Booths are assigned first-come/first-served, based on the date and time stamp of the booth application and processed payment.

How does it work?
Both NIBA and PTDA qualified members may schedule appointments with members of either association using the designated online scheduling software during the allotted scheduling timeframe. Both NIBA and PTDA members are also allowed to have full product displays.

Distributors have the ability to pre-schedule up to six 20-minute appointments with exhibitors using the online appointment scheduler. Three 20-minute time slots are reserved for exhibitors to pre-schedule appointments with distributor companies attending the Joint Industry Summit. Exhibiting manufacturers may also pre-schedule appointments in any of the distributor’s six time slots not already reserved by the distributor.

Now-June 30: Manufacturers reserve their booths using the reservation form.

August 3-17: Distributors reserve time with the exhibitors they’d most like to meet with through the Joint MD-IDEX/Expo appointment scheduler. The appointment scheduler for distributors will open at 10:00 am Central on August 3. A webinar for distributors on how to use the appointment scheduler is planned for July 27. Information on how to register for this webinar will be sent to you via email.

August 29-September 12: Exhibitors schedule appointments with participating distributors using the Joint MD-IDEX/Expo appointment scheduler. The appointment scheduler for exhibitors will open at 10:00 am Central on August 29. A webinar for exhibitors on how to use the scheduler is planned for August 22. Information on how to register for this webinar will be sent to you via email.

Are NIBA members allowed to schedule appointments during Joint MD-IDEX?
Yes. Both NIBA and PTDA qualified members may schedule appointments with members of either association using the designated online scheduling software during the allotted scheduling timeframe. Download the Joint MD-IDEX/Expo brochure for dates, deadlines and tutorial opportunities.

Are PTDA members allowed to bring products and set up displays?
Yes. Both NIBA and PTDA members will be allowed to bring products and set up displays during the Joint MD-IDEX/Expo. Download the Joint MD-IDEX/Expo brochure for more information.

How does my company secure a booth?
Complete the reservation form and submit it along with payment in full to either NIBA or PTDA. Payment must be included before a booth will be assigned. All reservations are date and time stamped for the booth placement selection process. Download the Joint MD-IDEX/Expo brochure for more information.