The first AIDC Channel Show took place on 25th and 26th July at Blackroc Distributions conference centre in Stafford. The event was the first show put on exclusively for VARs, systems integrators and solution providers that focused solely on barcode, data capture and rugged mobile computing technologies.
Feedback on the show has been very positive. A number of attendees commented that they had come to the event specifically to see products from the manufacturers with whom they had no direct relationship, many of whom had exciting products that they were interested in evaluating for current projects.
John Wood, Account Manager for DataScan Systems comments I attended the AIDC Channel Show as I was very keen to find out about Trakwares application development tool which I see as potentially being a lower cost alternative to MCL. In addition I wanted to get the opportunity to meet with a number of the manufacturers and to see their latest products. The show enabled me to do all of this in one day and Ill definitely be attending the next one.
Five of the leading manufacturers exhibited at the show demonstrating both their new products and their existing product range. Hand Held Products had its new 9600 mobile computer on display for the very first time in the UK. Datalogic had its new Black Jet mobile computer and the new Skorpio retail handheld terminal and Psion Teklogix were showing the new Workabout Pro. Intermec and Zebra both had brand new mobile printers on show with Intermec showing the PB42 and Zebra displaying the RW220.
In addition to the major manufacturers, attendees were also able to see demonstrations on software products specifically designed to support mobile applications including B2Ms mProdigy mobile management system and Trakwares Active Studio mobile application development tool. Service and support was also on display from National Service Center.
The exhibitors at the show were also very pleased with the event and the quality of the visitors. All have expressed an interest in taking place in the next event, planned for November this year.
Willie Watt, Distribution Manager for Zebra Technologies comments It gives us the chance to exhibit and talk to people about the Zebra mobile range of printers. Zebra identified Blackroc as one of the leaders in field force automation and route accounting distribution. We jumped at the chance to be here.
Colin Pike, Key Account Manager for Datalogic comments Its the first time a distributor has done something that is genuinely different. It gives partners the chance to talk to each of the manufacturers individually and to talk about their own individual applications.
Following the shows successs, Blackroc plans to run this event twice a year to coincide with the launch of new products from the major manufacturers. The next event is provisionally scheduled for November and Blackroc plans to announce the date shortly.
Martyn Broadhead, Managing Director for Blackroc Distribution comments We have been delighted by the response to the show. We knew there was a gap in the market for this sort of event and the feedback received has been really positive. We are now planning on running two shows per year to give the channel a chance to see all the latest products from the manufacturers without having to wait a full year for the next event to come around.