This year, we experienced GED2020 – Global Exhibitions Day – in a way many never thought would happen. Remotely, virtually, across the world. While many countries are in lockdown with travel bans in place, the exhibition industry rallied together to create a very successful virtual Global Exhibitions Day 2020!
The main message of GED 2020 was about how exhibitions are key to rebuilding economies. It has already spread to 109 countries and has a social reach of 5.3 million people. Many major players in the industry are supporting this, and it has become the largest and most vital day of advocacy for the global exhibition industry.
Apart from rebuilding economies, the idea concentrates and puts a focus on the idea of connecting, reconnecting, starting over, and rebuilding communities and economies, through exhibitions. We feel that promoting face to face exhibitions can be one of the fastest and most effective ways to reconnect the marketplace to the connections made at exhibitions, which will all lead to the renewal of our economy.
GED 2020 is our industry coming together, to share hope and optimism that the world will travel again, and how important our role in rebuilding the economy is.
There’s no denying that 2019 was a jam-packed and incredibly successful year for EF-gsm and the team! Despite the exhibitions and conferences the we were part of, a lot has happened that has meant the world to us: From being ongoing donators of the Guide Dog’s Association to making a difference in the school we chose for Mandela Day, supporting the various associations and giving is vital in doing what we can to make a difference.
Gianna & I visited the beautiful city of Venice for the IELA Conference and represented EF-gsm while taking home key notes to use back in South Africa, and we can’t wait for the IELA conference in South Africa next year and showing off our incredible country to IELA members from across the globe. Thula went to Mozambique for the AORTIC Conference and we are so proud of what he ; the & Team has achieved this year!
The office has been looking for new ways to bring sustainability into the workplace, and it’s a lot easier than we thought. It’s amazing what sustainability in the workplace can do.
2020 is going to be another massive year for EF-gsm and we look forward to the challenges and excitement that lies ahead. Thank you to everyone for your continued support throughout 2019, we wish you a wonderful Happy Holidays!
Monelisi handles the international and local desk at EF-GSM SA, from speaking to local and international clients and handling all their importing and exporting of exhibition cargo. He sells his knowledge on the market and industry to the clients, and explains the best ways to go about shipping their exhibition materials in and out of the country, and around the world.
Monelisi coordinates and ensures the sending and receiving of all exhibition cargo happens seamlessly from door to stand. We spoke to Monelisi to go into detail about why he loves his job and the industry so much.
What do you love about working in the exhibition industry?
Monelisis: I never thought I would ever work in the shipping industry, let alone the exhibition industry, until EF-GSM SA introduced me to the industry last year. Now, I can’t see myself working in any other industry! I fell in love immediately with the diversity of the shows we work with every year, and meeting the exhibitors face to face after dealing with them on the phone to make their exhibition successful. I enjoy how the industry changes with every event or exhibition and how you always need to be on your toes for the unpredictable. There are so many opportunities to connect with people and make relationships to sell this beautiful country to the global community.
Why would you recommend a career in exhibition logistics?
Monelisi: It might not be a popular industry to go into, but it is definitely an important industry in our society and in the economy of our country. If you work in the exhibition industry, you’re automatically an ambassador for your country. Some of the exhibitors we work with have never been to South Africa before, and we become the source of information to them.
Are you planning on freighting your goods to South Africa for an exhibition here? You should be using Exhibition Freighting G.S.M., and here’s how we work.
When you get in touch with us, we will instruct our colleagues in your country to make direct contact with you.
After that, we will collect your display material at your chosen location. There is no need organising to drop it off somewhere either.
Our professionals will ensure your materials and products are safely delivered in South Africa, and arrive with enough time for you to set up for your conference or exhibition. We take care of all the necessary South African custom rules, regulations, and procedures, taking the stress away from you.
We store your products in a safe space until you are ready to start setting up, and will then deliver your products to your booth. While you are exhibiting and showing your brand or service to your potential clients, we keep your empty packages until you are ready to pack up.
Our representatives will visit you to discuss the outward movement of your products once the event has been concluded. We re-export your products back to the original location, or can send it to another event of your choice.
You can use your own agent or a courier, but there are some important things to keep in mind when doing this. One being that they will also collect your material from your door and ship it to South Africa, but they will not be able to clear your shipment as they’re not registered importers. You will then have to make contact us – a registered importer – to clear the items. It is vital to do your research when it comes to bringing your goods into South Africa and who you use.
Remember, you need to be a registered importer to bring goods into South Africa! Exhibition Freighting G.S.M. is registered and ready for you to have a stress-free experience bringing your goods into South Africa.
Please contact us for your shipping requirements on:
Tel: +27 21 552 7248 Fax: +27 552 2349 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Earlier this year we were involved with both Mining Indaba & Propak Expo's and have had an incredibly successful time organising many exhibits and getting the word out about the EF-GSM service.
As we totally believe in a balance between work and having some fun, we organised a staff outing to the Armed Forces Day. South Africa have started this to pay tribute to the men & women that have lost their lives during the many wars we have fought in, and being part of the day had great meaning to us.
I was also invited to attend the Meetings Africa this year & spoke to various associations about IELA, and our role within the Exhibition, Conference & Events Industry & our move to bring Sustainability into our Industry. It was really interesting to see many woman from so many different cultures, and it is encouraging to know that more & more women are coming into this industry regardless of race or gender.
The months ahead are going to be exceptionally busy and we’re ready to dive right in, so when it comes to exhibitions and freighting, we can show our customers that they are putting their trust in experienced and competent hands.
Yours in exhibiting,
IELA is renowned for its dynamism and team spirit. We went out to meet a handful of those members who make IELA what it is today. They dedicate their precious time to our Working Groups which spearhead IELA’s current and future direction of activities. Their overwhelming energy and enthusiasm attributes to maintaining IELA’s reputable position in the industry on a worldwide scale.
We asked a few questions to Jacqui Nel, Director of EF-GSM South Africa, and Vice Chair of the IELA Industry Relations Working Group since June 2018.
She joined the IELA Membership in 2017 and directly jumped into commitment with the association, getting involved in the Industry Relations Working Group. So keep reading!
IELA: You are the Director of EF-GSM South Africa since 2002. Could you please tell us how you got involved in the exhibition logistics industry?
Jacqui: I was working for a Commercial Clearing Agent and needed a change. I got hold of a friend, who ran an HR business within the Shipping Industry and he had just received a request from a newly opened RE Rogers South Africa office, that they were looking for an Operations person. I applied and the rest is history.
IELA: How has the industry evolved since then in South Africa?
Jacqui: In 1993, the Exhibition Industry was beginning to grow, and when Madiba (Nelson Mandela) came out of jail and became president, South Africa was put into a "honeymoon era". Madiba very smartly united people from all cultures, and so the Exhibition Industry grew. Overseas companies were looking to invest in South Africa. The industry grew very quickly & it was exciting to be involved in this glamour era of our country.
IELA: You participated in several IELA Partnering Events before you registered for the IELA membership in 2017. Could you please share with us your experience as an outsider at the Partnering Event and how do you value becoming an IELA Member in June 2017?
Jacqui: I would say that with Mariane as Chair, she began working hard to unite people, and with a new vision brought value to the Association. I felt it was then the right time to join and help make a difference in the industry. I really love the new energy of the Association, and Elizabeth has very contagious energy.
IELA: You chose to get involved right away in the association’s activity by joining the Industry Relations Working Group, and now you are Vice Chairwoman since June 2018. What does this position mean to you?
Jacqui: I love the Exhibition Industry and for many years I have been involved with EXSA (Exhibition Association of South Africa) I believe that everybody needs to belong to an Association. It markets our companies to clients, it gives credibility to our businesses, it connects us to our industry and keeps us informed of the changes and trends in the world. This is vital for our businesses to grow.
IELA: What are in your opinion the strengths of this WG and what could you say to motivate IELA Members to join up and get involved in your projects?
Jacqui: The Industry Relations WG connects IELA to the various associations around the world, and it markets our valuable service to clients around the world. Our role is vital to the success of an exhibitor at an event. As knowledge is key, the WG is working on collecting data on the size of our industry so we can market this to the various associations, who will then be able to see the value of our services.
About the IELA Industry Relations Working Group:
The purpose of the Industry Relations WG is to act as a direct link between IELA and the key players in the international exhibition industry.
Its mission is to develop contacts with organisers, associations, and all exhibition-related parties, in order to strengthen IELA's image and to get its members recognised as the leading voice in exhibition logistics.
In general, the group informs the exhibition industry about the benefits our association can offer.
Some of the WG’s Tasks: Participate actively in the task forces of global and regional associations, secure opportunities for IELA speakers at exhibition Industry related events, participate in congresses, events, and seminars, and establish formal agreements (MoU)
Get to know more about the members of the Industry Relations Working Group. Curious to know what goes on? Send us your questions below!
The International Exhibition Logistics Association is the global industry network that provides top quality performance and expertise in the exhibition logistics sector. IELA is a worldwide trade association dedicated to enhancing the professionalism of the transportation logistics and freight handling segments of the exhibition & events industry. Currently IELA has 173 members and 31 affiliates in 56 countries. (February 2019)
Jacqui Nel of Exhibition Freighting G.S.M unpacks customs regulations with regards to the importing of food products.