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The NAFEM Show 2017: Dates and Deadlines

Make sure to check The NAFEM Show website on a regular basis for the latest news and updates. Here are some important dates for what promises to be our best show yet!

January 12 
Webinar #5 -- Exhibitor Checklist

Housing Reminder
Housing companies may contact you offering discounted hotel rates for The NAFEM Show. There is only one official housing coordinator for The NAFEM Show: onPeak. onPeak began accepting reservations for housing June 1.

 As always, your exhibit contract must be submitted before housing reservations can be made.

Pay Dues by January 6!

Reminder! All primary contacts in NAFEM's database received their company's 2017 membership dues renewal notice earlier this month. Payments are due January 6, 2017. For questions about your membership status or the dues payment process, contact, Natalie Jarvis, membership manager, +1.312.821.0223; njarvis@nafem.org.

The Killers: LIVE at The NAFEM Show After-Show Party

With album sales topping 22 million worldwide and seven Grammy nominations, The Killers may be our hardest-rocking After-Show Party entertainment yet! Don't miss the rare opportunity to see an act The Guardian calls one of the biggest rock bands of the 21st century in an intimate setting. Get your After-Show Party tickets now.

The NAFEM Show App -- Coming Soon!

On November 17, The NAFEM Show app will be available to all exhibiting companies. Help us populate the app and update your company profile, upload spec sheets, photos and marketing brochures, make appointments with customers and feature a product! Instructions will be provided during the presentation of Webinar #4, Exhibitor Dashboard Tools, November 17, 1:00 pm, CST, or via the exhibitor dashboard. Make sure to take advantage of the app's features to enhance your presence at The NAFEM Show.

Help Your Customers Attend The NAFEM Show for Free!

Attendees (dealers, operators, KES and MAS consultants) employed in the foodservice industry have the opportunity to apply for a scholarship, providing free registration and $500 to apply toward travel assistance and the costs of attending The NAFEM Show. Previous scholarship recipients are eligible to apply. Let your customers know about this great program and direct them to The NAFEM Show website for all the details.

Use NAFEM's Resource for International Certification Schemes

NAFEM is proud to introduce a new resource to help members identify international certification resources. The Global Conformity Assessment Scheme Tool provides certification contact information for fuel type, region and food contact surfaces. See how this new tool can help reduce research time by visiting the Industry Standards page of the NAFEM website.

NAFEM's 2016 Size & Shape of the Industry Study

The results are in! Member companies that contributed data will receive a free copy of NAFEM's 2016 Size & Shape of the Industry study later this month. The study reports 2015 sales in:
  • Food Preparation
  • Primary Cooking Equipment
  • Refrigeration and ice Machines
  • Serving Equipment
  • Smallwares, Cookware & Kitchen Tools
  • Storage & Handling Equipment
  • Tabletop & Servingware
  • Warewashing, Janitorial & Safety Equipment
  • Furnishings, Decor & Custom Fabrication
Non-reporting NAFEM member companies and channel partners have access to the study in October.
Member Company Non-Participants: $995
Allied Industry Organization Members (incl. channel partners - CFESA, FCSI/FCSI TA, FEDA & MAFSI - and all allied industry association members): $3,395.

Update Your Company Profile

It's always a good idea to make sure your company's member profile is current and updated.. In addition to ensuring the valuable communications related to The NAFEM Show get to the right people, all critical contact and product information about your company comes from this central profile. sign in, click on Members Only in the navigation menu and then choose Membership from the drop-down box. You can update general company information, add/delete individuals to your company roster, including HR contacts, and update products. Questions? Contact NAFEM Headquarters, +1.312.821.0201; info@nafem.org. To view/update your profile, login, click on "members only" in the navigation menu and then choose Membership from the drop-down box. You can update general company information, add/delete individuals to your company roster, including trade show and HR contacts, and update products.This year, we're also asking members to make sure your company's HR contacts are up to date. As you may recall, one of NAFEM's key initiatives is to recruit, support (retain) and grow (develop) future talent for the industry. NAFEM's working hard, along with the Young Executives Forum (YEF), to attract new leaders to the industry and ensure a pipeline of potential employees for your companies in the years and generations to come. Questions? Contact NAFEM headquarters (info@nafem.org; +1.312.821.0201).

Get Your CFSP Designation

If you've been meaning to get certified, consider participating in the annual overview seminar at NAFEM headquarters in Chicago. The next NAFEM-hosted overview and exam takes place Aug. 23 & 24, 2017 of 2017. The overview & exam are not offered during The NAFEM Show or NRA Show.

Can't make it in August? You can always purchase one of NAFEM's CFSP packages to streamline the certification process. The CFSP Online Course Package is $775/person and includes the application fee, a .pdf copy of the review questions and glossary of terms from the textbook, the online module and exam. The CFSP In-Person Course Package is $550/person and includes the application fee, the 20-chapter textbook, An Introduction to the Foodservice Industry, the one-day, in-person overview and exam. For more information, sign in to NAFEM's website or contact Marianne Byrne, +1.312.821.0201; mbyrne@nafem.org.

Exhibit at Hotelex Shanghai 2017

Have you considered exhibiting at Hotelex Shanghai 2017, March 28 - 31, 2017, in Shanghai? Visit the event website for details.

Industry Updates

In recent foodservice equipment & supplies industry news, AutoQuotes founder Kent Motes transitioned to chairman emeritus in October. Susannah Albright has been appointed as the organization's chief executive officer. In other news, PRIDE Marketing & Procurement, Inc., has changed its name to PRIDE Centric Resources. The new name is part of the organization's strategic growth initiative. Details are available at www.pridecentricresources.com.

CFESA Training Facility Accepting Reservations

The Commercial Food Equipment Service Association (CFESA) recently introduced an all new calendar and signup form to begin taking reservations for its World Headquarters & Global Training Facility in Fort Mill, S.C. The space can be used for equipment training, rep/consultant training or as business meeting space. Register via CFESA's website.

Work with NAFEM's Associate Members

Take a moment to visit NAFEM's directory of associate members . Remember to count them as resources for your service needs in education and training, employment recruitment, export management, food safety product needs, freight resources, marketing and communications services, systems and technology, product design, development and engineering, third-party certification, utility organizations and trade publishing.

Populate Our Calendar!

NAFEM's industry calendar needs your input. It includes a feature that allows you to download events into your personal calendar. Once you have visited the site to add an event, please allow 48 hours for NAFEM staff to review the submissions and make them live.

"Like" Us on Facebook!

NAFEM's official Facebook page is up and running! If you are a Facebook user, we encourage you to "like" our page. We'll bring you the latest news from NAFEM, complete with glimpses into our future and blasts from our past. The easiest way to find us is to use Facebook's search function and type in "North American Association of Food Equipment Manufacturers." See you on social media!

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Producer Price Index (PPI) News Release
The Bureau of Labor Statistics released the October PPI Index on Nov. 16.