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BEWARE OF UNOFFICIAL VENDORS

UNOFFICIAL VENDOR WARNINGS

BEWARE OF UNOFFICIAL VENDORS

From hotel reservations to advertising in show publications, here is how to know if you are being contacted by unofficial vendors for PACK EXPO International. 

PACK EXPO and Healthcare Packaging EXPO exhibitors have reported receiving solicitations from vendors not affiliated with PMMI or PACK EXPO, specifically regarding attendee list sales and advertising in Packaging Industry News, which is published by the Source Group.

 

Misleading solicitations for Show Daily
PMMI is in receipt of reports from exhibitors stating that representatives from the Source Group were walking the aisles at past PACK EXPO and Healthcare Packaging EXPO shows attempting to sell advertising slots for future editions of Packaging Industry News and were misleading exhibitors to believe this was the official Show Daily for PACK EXPO International and Healthcare Packaging EXPO. Please note that PMMI has NO affiliation with the Source Group and their publications are strictly prohibited from being handed out on the premises of McCormick Place during our show, as well as inside all hotels within our housing block. To advertise in the official Show Daily, please contact Mary Thorne at [email protected] or by phone at 610-647-8585.

“There are hundreds of unofficial vendors,” says Merideth Newman, director of exhibitor services at PMMI. “We have our PACK EXPO logo with the words ‘official vendor’ that all of our official vendors use in their emails and on their websites.”

 

Attendee email list scams
We would like to remind all exhibitors that the attendee mailing list for PACK EXPO International and Healthcare Packaging EXPO is available for rent through PMMI only. Any solicitation claiming to have the email list of PACK EXPO International and Healthcare Packaging EXPO attendees is fraudulent, as PMMI does not sell or rent the attendee email list.

 

Hotel reservation scams
PMMI is in receipt of reports from exhibitors who have booked hotel rooms through various third parties only to subsequently learn that no reservations are in place and deposits along with full prepayment are not being returned.

Additionally, numerous convention bureaus are reporting hundreds of complaints from trade show managers who are receiving similar reports from exhibiting companies who booked rooms through a “third party room broker” and ended up at sold out hotels with no reservations and no recourse for the payment of rooms. These brokers falsely imply they are affiliated with show management and secure deposits and/or full prepayment from exhibiting companies.

The official hotel reservation office for all PACK EXPO shows is Expovision. PMMI reminds its exhibitors that we have no affiliation with any of these room brokers. The only company that is officially sanctioned and certified by PMMI to book hotel rooms on behalf of its exhibitors and attendees as the PACK EXPO and Healthcare Packaging EXPO Hotel Reservation Office is Expovision. They can be accessed by phone at (866) 523-0877 or (703) 205-0480. Or you can book your room online today.

Please contact Expovision with any solicitations or questions.

 

Exhibitors beware
We urge all exhibitors to be especially diligent when engaging with any vendor who is not an official contractor of PACK EXPO. PMMI and our official PACK EXPO vendors will never send emails from a non-business account such as gmail, yahoo, outlook, etc.

If you receive a solicitation and are unsure of the vendor’s affiliation with PMMI or PACK EXPO and Healthcare Packaging EXPO, please contact the PMMI Show Department at 571.612.3200 or [email protected].