Everything you need to know to get ready for the show!
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Exhibitor Update  |  October 10, 2018

Everything you need to know to get ready for the show!

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Four Days Until the Largest PACK EXPO Ever!

Move-in for PACK EXPO International and co-located Healthcare Packaging EXPO is underway. Together, PACK EXPO International and Healthcare Packaging EXPO will feature 2,500 packaging solution providers and cover over 1.2 million square feet of exhibit space -- the largest ever recorded at any PACK EXPO event. Attendance is ramping up and we are well on our way to 50,000 registered attendees from more than 125 countries


Don't miss these highlights at the show:

  • The Technology Excellence Awards will debut at PACK EXPO International and Healthcare Packaging EXPO 2018. These awards will recognize exhibitors most innovation technologies making their PACK EXPO debut. The winners will be announced on Tuesday, October 16th!
  • The Forum is making its PACK EXPO International debut with 15, free, unique, interactive learning sessions during the show. The Forum will feature 45-minute open sessions on the latest industry trends. View session schedule.
  • The Innovation Stage returns to the show floor with 64, free 30-minute seminars highlighting breakthrough technologies and techniques focused on a wide range of industry-specific solutions. For session and location details, click here to view the schedule.
  • This year, 50 industry associations have come together to support PACK EXPO International and Healthcare Packaging EXPO 2018. The Association Partner Pavilion brings together leading industry associations with decision makers from the world’s top consumer packaged goods (CPG) companies, retailers and pharmaceutical, medical device and nutraceutical manufacturers. The expertise and industry knowledge provided by partner associations on-site offer an invaluable resource to attendees.
  • The Packaging & Processing Women’s Leadership Network (PPWLN) breakfast will feature a conversation with top manufacturing executives about how to empower women in the industry (Tuesday, Oct. 16; 7:30-9:00 a.m.; Room E-450). These industry leaders will weigh-in on the company culture change required to grow women’s presence in this male-dominated field, and how the industry as a whole can assist in building a more diversified workforce.
  • The Packaging & Processing Hall of Fame will welcome five new members as its 45th class at PACK EXPO International 2018. This year’s inductees are Tim Bohrer, Keith Pearson, Michael Okoroafor, Susan Selke and former PMMI President, Chuck Yuska. The 2018 Packaging & Processing Hall of Fame inductees will receive their awards during a brief ceremony at the PMMI Booth N-4550, North Hall at 3:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 15, followed by a video presentation at PACK gives BACK™.

If you have any questions as you make your final preparations for the show, the PMMI Show Department can be reached at 571.612.3200 or expo@pmmi.org. If you need to contact your PACK EXPO Services Customer Account Manager, please call the Virtual Service Center at 972.751.9400, option 4 for customer service.


Thank you on behalf of show owner and producer, PMMI. We look forward to seeing you in Chicago and we hope you have a fantastic show!


News Flash


Important Move-In Information

PACK EXPO Services (PES) emailed move-in letters to all Show Contacts last week to ensure your show experience runs as smoothly as possible. The move-in letter includes important reminders about labor and utilities, Exhibitor Service Centers, Exhibitor Labor desks, lead retrieval, security, cleaning, etc. 

Here is a link to the letter. Be sure you read it entirely to ensure a successful, hassle free move-in experience.


Exhibitor Service Centers and Customer Account Managers


The Exhibitor Service Centers are strategically placed for easy access to all exhibitors.

  • West Hall (Booths 500 – 1099) Behind the 500 aisle. Near Booth #528
  • South Hall (Booths 1400 – 4399) Meeting Room S404 ABC (Level 4)
  • North Hall (Booths 4500 – 6399) Meeting Room N230 AB (Level 2)
  • Lakeside Hall (Booths 6700 - 11199) Meeting Room E253 ABC (Level 2)


Lead Retrieval Locations:

  • West Hall - Service Center
  • South Hall - Meeting Room S404 D (Level 4)
  • North Hall - Meeting Room N231 (Level 2)
  • Lakeside Hall - Meeting Room E252 (Level 2) 

Your dedicated Customer Account Manager (CAM) will be stationed at one of the above Centers and will be glad to assist you with placing orders for all show services except Food & Beverage. New catering orders can be placed by calling Savor at 312.791.7250.


Booth Installation Deadline

.All exhibits must be installed by 2:00 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 13, 2018. If installation of exhibit has not been started by 2:00 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 13, Show Management reserves the right to authorize the official contractor to affect the necessary installation of the exhibit at the exhibitor’s expense.

Crates must be kept within the confines of the exhibitor’s booth and may not stand in the aisle or service core.

Plan My Booth

PACK EXPO's Biggest Networking Event is Back!

All exhibitors and attendees are invited to join us for an evening of great comedy at PACK EXPO’s biggest charity and networking event, PACK gives BACK™, on Monday, Oct. 15, at

4:30 p.m. in the Grand Ballroom of the South Building of McCormick Place.


The event will feature a live performance by comedian, Sebastian Maniscalco. The Chicago-area born, Italian immigrant-raised comedian is behind the wildly successful network specials such as "Sebastian Maniscalco: Why Would You Do That," "What's Wrong With People"," and "Aren't You Embarrassed?" He recently sold out three shows at Madison Square Garden and had to add a fourth date. See him first in Chicago at PACK gives BACK!

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Proceeds from ticket sales will benefit the PACK EXPO Scholarship program. Tickets are $75 and include beer, wine and light hors d’oeuvres at the reception beginning at 4:30 p.m. The performance follows at 5:30.


Purchase tickets while registering your booth personnel or by logging back in to your registration record.

Click here for more information and to purchase tickets.


Exhibitor Registration

Exhibitor registration is located in four areas of McCormick Place. (Lakeside Lobby, N-231 A, S-103A, West – Level 3.) If you did not receive your badge(s) in the mail prior to your arrival to the show, you can pick up your badges at Exhibitor registration.

Exhibitor registration hours are listed below.

Thursday, 10/11 - 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Friday, 10/2 - 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday, 10/13 - 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Sunday, 10/14 - 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Monday, 10/15 - Tuesday, 10/16, 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Wednesday, 10/17 - 8 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.


If you arrive for move-in prior to Exhibitor Registration opening and do not have a badge, visit the EAC desk in the Grand Concourse to pick up an installation sticker that will allow you onto the show floor.


PACK EXPO Show Office: S-401

Hours: 10/9 – 10/20 - 7:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.


FedEx Office at McCormick Place

Fedex offices will be open during the show offering printing and shipping services at four locations in McCormick Place.  Contact the on-site convention representative, Nadine Glover for more information at 312.949.2100 or nadine.glover@fedex.com


Click here for more information.

It's Not Too Late to Invite Your Buyers to Attend the Show for Free!

This year is the 62nd anniversary of PACK EXPO, which continues to grow and maintain its position as one of the largest trade shows across all industries in North America and one of the largest packaging shows in the world. We want our exhibitors to be successful and encourage you to take advantage of a complimentary program that PMMI offers to our valued exhibitors.

The Customer Invite Program (CIP) is an effective and convenient resource that allows exhibitors to offer customers and prospects complimentary registration, track who registers using your comp code and drive traffic to your booth.

Our official vendor, VIP Guest Invites, provides easy-to-use tools to share your unique comp code. Each exhibitor has been issued a unique VIP Guest Invites Dashboard link which can be accessed directly through your Exhibitor Portal using the Customer Invite Program tile.


Here are FOUR easy ways to share your Comp Code through the Customer Invite Program:

  1. Banner Graphics offering one click registration for your email signatures and website.
  2. Email Invite using an HTML format which you can broadcast or have VIP Guest Invites sent on your behalf.
  3. Print-Ready PDF Invites to share in person.
  4. Social Media Tools for sharing your code on LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter and more.

The personalized comp code for company is listed at the top of this Exhibitor Update.

Add the Customer Invite Program to your marketing plan to make the most of your trade show investment!

For more information or questions, visit packexpointernational.com/CIP or hcpechicago.com/CIP, or contact the PMMI Show Department at 571.612.3200.



This is the third and final week of our Customer Invite Program Flash Contest! The company who receives the most registrations from the Customer Invite Program this week will be awarded a $50 American Express gift card, which can be picked up at the PMMI Information Booth at the show. Be sure to keep an eye on our Facebook page for more details! Congratulations to our Week 1 and 2 winners, Define Instruments and Videojet Technologies!


Download the Mobile App - Sponsored by ProMach


It's easy to get connected before, during and after your time at PACK EXPO International and Healthcare Packaging EXPO 2018. Use the Mobile App to help plan and navigate your way through the shows.


App users can easily create their own customized itinerary of booths to visit and sessions to attend. The app provides:

  • Show information and announcements
  • Exhibitor listings with company profiles
  • Education session schedules and descriptions
  • Social media, news feeds, photos and videos
  • Personal planner
  • Note-taking feature

The app is free to download and is available in the iTunes or Google Play store. Click here for more information. 

PPWLN Breakfast with Manufacturing Executives

Don't miss next week's Packaging & Processing Women’s Leadership Network networking breakfast at PACK EXPO International (Tuesday, Oct. 16; 7:30 – 9:00 a.m.; McCormick Place, Room E-450), where manufacturing executives will weigh-in on the company culture change required to grow women’s presence in a male-dominated field. This event is sponsored by Duravant, Morrison Container Handling Solutions, PlexPack and Septimatech Group, Inc. Register here.


Promote My Booth

Hosting a Press Conference at the Show?

Please let us know if you are planning to host any media on-site so that we can be sure to promote this in the PMMI Media Center for you.


Contact Shana Marais at smarais@pmmi.org to get your briefing listed. 

Directions for Exhibitors to Upload their Materials

Make the most of your exhibitor listing by uploading your company’s media kit to the PACK EXPO International and co-located Healthcare Packaging EXPO 2018, which allows the press to easily access news about your company’s innovations and new technologies. For directions, click here.


If you need any further assistance, feel free to contact Shana Marais at smarais@pmmi.org.


PLEASE NOTE: PMMI will not be accepting exhibitor press materials in their media center on-site.


Uploading your company's media kit to the digital media center will help you make the most of your exhibitor listing!

Official PACK EXPO Vendors

PMMI Sponsorships & Advertising
Phone: 610.647.8585




Booth Services
PACK EXPO Services
Phone: 972.751.9400

Registration Services
Convention Data Services (CDS)
Phone: 800.915.9803


Hotel Reservation Office
Phone: 703.205.0480


In addition, the following official vendors may reach out to you for Customer Invite Programs, Case Studies, or PACK EXPO Promotional Materials:


VIP Guest Invites 
Customer Invite Program

Phone: 1.800.211.6570



ABI - Case Studies,
PACK EXPO Promotions
Christina Wilcox,

Phone: 212.529.4811


We encourage you to visit your Exhibitor Dashboard regularly to obtain pertinent show and exhibiting information. Feel free, however, to contact the PMMI Show Department via email or call 571.612.3200 for further assistance.

PMMI | 11911 Freedom Drive, Suite 600, Reston, VA 20190 | Phone: 571.612.3200

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