Back from the HOST 2017
Was it worth it?
Lucky me that I’m not caught in this daunting vicious. Therefore I’m happy to have discovered a totally different group of exhibition attendants: The Chinese fair participants.
That haven’t been those Chinese people you might think of, or you know from the past decades. The Chinese I talked to were stylish, clever and eager, they were full of enthusiasm and are no longer part of a side group. They are motivated and love what they do. This is their receipt for being successful, they transformed themselves and their economic environment. Quality and customer satisfaction is king. This combined with their discipline and the above mentioned impressions are the reasons why they will become serious competitors for these unsatisfied and convenient players - the games have started. A prove for this is that I met quite a lot of wholesalers who told me that it isn’t anymore a shame, or something you might be blamed for, if you admit that you purchase your products in China because made in China turns out to become a synonym for innovation and state of the art products with promising a perfect cost-effectiveness.
All in all I'm still happy to got the chance to enrich my network, especially to deepen my personal one. One must know that the HOST is a kind of family reunion. You know each other for years, some guys more intensive than others but from year to year the relations become more intensive and deeper. You not only talk about business you also talk about your families, ask for their well-being..., things you usually only ask best friends. Thus the HOST for me is my "coffee-business-family", people I like and love to be together with.
My conclusion is simple: I’ll come back to the HOST. I don’t want to miss to have the chance to broaden my horizon and stay an active, successful player in a fast changing game.