(Pictured: Return-to-work workspace solutions being designed by Studio Displays)

In a strange twist, it is often during times of deepest uncertainty that humanity experiences the stories of hope and resilience that come to define a generation. As we continue to face the dual battle of a global pandemic and disconcerting social restrictions, individuals and firms across the tradeshow and event industry are putting society first by finding ways to support those most in need.

In North Carolina, Studio Displays of Pineville has refocused its business model to ensuring the health of their clients and their employees is afforded as much protection from the COVID-19 virus as possible.

“We have been working to develop a number of tools, including infection prevention kiosks, screening stations and secure testing environments, to help our clients bring their employees back safely,” explains Lori Pope Rosso, president and COO.

“These units provide smaller companies with lower capital expense budgets or those on spending freezes to have less money out of pocket and be able to effectively bring people back…and keep them back. We see our solutions as viable tools for businesses of all sizes to utilize until there is an effective vaccine or treatment.”

And in the case of Studio Displays, within diversity, some find strength. “Through it all Studio has prevailed, taken the opportunity to re-evaluate our priorities, and come out stronger because of it,” reveals Ross. “Our main goal in finding ways to diversify is to ensure we will be here for the families we support—that extends to our employees, colleagues, vendors and clients. Relationships are the key to everything we do and it is our goal to find solutions to bring people back to work in a safe and secure manner.”

But what happens when things do go make to normal? Reportlinker has already forecast the global exhibition market to reach over $50 billion by 2025, and CompuSystems, Inc. of Downers Grove, Ill., has been developing solutions to navigate what promises to be a new look industry. On May 12, the firm introduced a Contactless Safe Event Plan for in-person events, allowing for completely contactless registration and lead retrieval solutions in line with social distancing laws.

Another firm with one eye on the future and the reopening of society is Elevation3D of Shrewsbury, Mass. In line with their reputation for community-focused thinking and fluid design, Elevation3D has turned its attentions to fighting the coronavirus pandemic on multiple fronts.

“Our COVID-19 response solutions have grown from immediate emergency response and essential business, to developing protective measures as all businesses and organizations prepare to re-open their doors, including schools, retailers and restaurants/bars,” says Marketing Manager Pamela Tangney.

“Like many exhibit and experiential partners, Elevation3D was eager to be part of the solution,” Tangney adds. “Early on, we looked for ways to help healthcare and government agencies respond to this health crisis. As we developed solutions for the front lines, we quickly saw an opportunity to extend our resources and skill set to other businesses deemed essential that had to stay open.”

Thinking outside and around the problem, Elevation3D has also enhanced its digital space. Solutions include custom virtual event platforms for individual exhibitors, as well as user conferences and tradeshows, to provide an opportunity to stay engaged and continue the momentum of their business, regardless of location or time zone.

Upcoming stories in this series will feature how AGAM, Allspace, Aluvision, Astound, beMatrix, Bespoke Displays, Blueprint Studios, Classic Exhibits, Design Factory/LV, GES, Octanorm, ProGlobalEvents/ ProExhibits, Studio Displays and more have all risen to the occasion to build temporary medical facilities, masks and whatever is needed during the current crisis. If your company is going above and beyond to assist in this fight, please email us at newsdesk@exhibitcitynews.com and Amadeus at amadeus_finlay@hotmail.com for inclusion in future stories in this series.

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