From April 26-29th, Atlanta hosted the American Alliance of Museums Annual Meeting and MuseumExpo. John Muenzer and I attended to both meet with existing clients and start new relationships. The show was a success for everyone involved so I wanted to share a few highlights of our trip.
AAM could not have picked a better city (with great weather) for this springtime event. Atlanta’s infrastructure – airport, large downtown, extensive options for hotels – was great! We found ourselves in the mix of the CNN World Headquarters, the College Football Hall of Fame, and the World of Coca-Cola all within walking distance of the event. Centennial Park in Midtown Atlanta was a perfect venue for R&R after what amounted to an extremely busy few days on the floor of the hall.
Our only regret is that we could not do more! The exhibitors were welcoming and engaging. The speakers were articulate. The Georgia World Congress Center was busy, but not packed. We walked the floor for hours a day and always had something new or exciting to experience.
This is John and I in the Time Jump virtual reality machine!
Almost every traveling exhibit company we spoke to has a need to expand their offering globally. We spoke a lot about our global trade and compliance group as well as the current state of global logistics. Many people were unaware of the changing tide (pun intended) of global shipping. Further, we learned that many museum and traveling exhibit companies do not have a single-source provider that can handle the following services:
- Global Containers
- In-Country Drayage
- Over-the-Road Transportation (Truck Load or LTL)
- Padded Van Services
- Specialized Equipment (Climate Controlled, Load Bars, Straps, Pads, Lift Gates, Walk Boards)
- Labor to help load or unload
- Warehousing (both climate-controlled and general secured storage)
Because Planes Specialized Logistics can help with all of the above, we had some wonderful conversations at the show, and made quite a few business connections!