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ProMat Survival Guide: 4 steps to surviving the show

Every three months our entire sales team gets together at one of our nine branches for a team meeting. We spend two busy days together. The first day consists of meetings reviewing new developments at Raymond and in the marketplace, while the second day is the certification of what Raymond Handling Concepts Corporation calls “Black Belt Training”.

The purpose of Black Belt Training is to provide the Sales team at Raymond Handling Concepts (RHCC) with the in-depth training they need to continue to be a valued resource for our customers. It takes two years, or eight quarters, for sales representative at RHCC to certify as Black Belts in all eight areas of materials handling knowledge:

  1. Dock lift trucks
  2. Narrow and Very Narrow Aisle Forklifts
  3. Pallet trucks and stackers
  4. Pallet Rack and warehouse accessories
  5. Aftermarket support and Parts consignments
  6. iWarehouse wireless fleet management system
  7. Integrated Systems and warehouse automation
  8. Management, listening and communications skills

To continue the intensive Black Belt Certification training for the first quarter in 2015, Raymond Handling Concepts Corporation is bringing the entire sales team to Chicago for the 2015 ProMat show, the largest materials handling show in North America.

That’s right. Raymond Handling Concepts Corporation is bringing 38 people from Sales, Management and Marketing to ProMat in order to continue to learn more about Materials Handling and source other high quality products to complement the RAYMOND brand of electric forklifts.

To maximize our time at ProMat, and to ensure we visit key manufacturers during our time in Chicago, the Marketing team has put together the ProMat Survival Guide 2015. The guide is designed to help with:

How to maximize your time at ProMat 2015

Register for ProMat 2015 online

To access to the show floor, educational conference and seminars, it is mandatory to register yourself for the show. If you have not registered yet, you can do so online by filing out a simple form. Once you submit the form you will receive a confirmation number and receipt via email. Print this email out and be sure to bring it to ProMat 2015 with you. When you arrive at the show, locate an “Instant Scan” counter to scan your registration to receive your entrance badge. Click here to register online.

Make a plan for the trade show

ProMat is one of the biggest materials handling trade shows in the world and can be overwhelming if you have not made a plan. Make a list what exhibitors you want to see before heading through the doors. If you are not sure which companies will have a booth, visit the exhibitor list on the website.

Make sure you are logged in while browsing the exhibitors on The calendar icon by an “Add to My Agenda” tab is a great tool for creating a plan, but can only be used if you are signed in to the site. This tab will allow you to add exhibitors to your calendar and give you the option to set times that you want to stop by their booth. It will also allow you to put Seminars you want to attend in your calendar. It also allows you to add custom agenda items such as vendor appreciation events, lunches, meetings or travel information. The calendar syncs with the ProMat 2015 app, which can be downloaded from the iPhone App Store – Promat 2015 or Google Play – Promat 2015.

ProMat Survival Guide

Download the Raymond Handling Concepts Corporation’s ProMat 2015 Survival Guide

If you want all of these steps on the convenience of your own phone or tablet, download the Raymond Handling Concepts Corporation’s ProMat 2015 Survival Guide. The RHCC’s ProMat 2015 Survival Guide is packed with information about the show. Inside, you will find a map of the entire show floor. We have highlighted locations we think are the best vendors to see. We have also developed “Pearl of Wisdoms” for each exhibitor. These are the best questions to ask the companies to get the latest in materials handling. It is also a fun way to test your materials handling knowledge.

In this guide you will find information on how to take public transit to and from the airport and areas where many of the vendor networking events and hotels are located. It even has a section on how to keep up with Twitter while you’re at ProMat 2015. Social media is a key way to keep up-to-date with real time news at tradeshows.

Join Raymond Handling Concepts Corporation for Chicago Blues

Finally, join us for authentic Chicago Blues at the Kingston Mines. With all the excitement of ProMat, it can be easy to forget to enjoy your time and see true Chicago culture. On Tuesday, March 24th from 9PM to Midnight, we will be enjoying live blues music and kicking back an Old Style, or two, while enjoying great company. Would you like to experience real Chicago entertainment with the best materials handling company in North America. Bar none. Email me at or your RHCC sales representative and we will make sure you’re taken care of.

See you in Chicago!

Download the RHCC ProMat 2015 Survival Guide