Heavy Duty Aftermarket Week (HDAW) organizers announced Tuesday they are now inviting registered distributors to register for the private and focused one-on-one business meetings with suppliers at January's upcoming event.
The HDAW’23 expo floor will feature hundreds of brands onsite, providing distributors with even more opportunities to develop and strengthen relationships, make deals on high-quality products and preview the new technology driving the industry forward. The deadline to sign up for the one-on-one business meetings is Friday, Nov. 18, 2022.
“Our 2023 theme is Shift. Adapt. Grow. We’ve listened to our distributors and suppliers and are pleased to provide them with increased opportunities to grow their businesses through the one-on-one business meetings,” says Bill Betts, president and COO, Betts Company. “With more suppliers and products than ever before, we are thrilled to provide distributors and suppliers alike with more time to build relationships and make deals.”
New at January's event, one-on-one business meetings will now take place over three days — the morning of Jan. 17, afternoon of Jan. 18 and all day on Jan. 19. The meetings also will not conflict with Product Expo hours.
HDAW organizers say each distributor will have the opportunity to schedule a total of 20 meetings (five on Tuesday, six on Wednesday and nine on Thursday morning, with four optional self-scheduled time slots Thursday afternoon for added flexibility), and each time slot will be 35 minutes. Participation in these private meeting opportunities is limited to distributor companies and exhibiting suppliers who are members of a sponsoring or affiliated organization and are officially registered for HDAW 2023.
Organizers say there is no cost for distributors to participate in the one-on-one business meetings. To match distributors and suppliers for the meetings, HDAW’s online one-on-one scheduling software provides a user-friendly interface where distributors select and rank their preferred suppliers according to their interest level. Schedules will be based on mutual selections, resulting in quality, preferred appointments for distributors and suppliers alike, HDAW organizers say.
Business meeting schedules will be provided in advance of the event, giving delegates the opportunity to prepare and manually request meetings to fill remaining time slots.
HDAW 2023 will be held Jan. 16-19, 2023, at the Gaylord Texan in Grapevine, Texas. Registration is open now, and more information and the registration link can be found on the HDAW website.