IDG World Expo Appoints Freeman Decorating Company to Provide Labor for Exhibitor Appointed Contractors -EACs-

FRAMINGHAM, MA – MARCH 25, 2002 – IDG World Expo, the leading producer of world-class tradeshows, conferences and events for IT markets around the globe, today announced the appointment of Freeman Decorating Company to provide labor on its behalf for Exhibitor Appointed Contractors (EACs) working at IDG World Expo's tradeshows. This agreement is a key component of IDG World Expo's strategy to reign in costs for exhibitors and offer improved service at its events as the exclusive provider of labor to EACs.

 

"Freeman Decorating Company was the logical choice to provide labor on our behalf. Not only did Freeman fulfill our specific requirements, but we were also impressed with the company's overall reputation, experience and familiarity with the convention centers we use," said IDG World Expo President & CEO Charlie Greco.

Criteria for IDG World Expo's subcontractor selection focused on national reach, office locations in cities where IDG World Expo holds or plans to hold upcoming events, warehouse capabilities, prior tradeshow experience and knowledge of specific convention facilities.

"We are pleased to work with IDG World Expo on this new initiative," said John O'Connell, Freeman Companies executive vice president and COO, Eastern Region. "This is a revolutionary step for the tradeshow industry, and ultimately, exhibitors will end up the winners. We are committed to working with IDG World Expo to ensure fair labor costs and outstanding service for exhibitors."

In the tradeshow industry, the cost of floor space is one of many expenses faced by exhibitors. As a result of feedback from a number of customers, IDG World Expo decided to help control exhibitors' overall costs and make those costs more predictable by controlling the source of labor. IDG World Expo will work with EACs and exhibitors to ensure that service markups remain fair and their labor is highly qualified. Freeman Decorating Company will utilize its existing agreements with union labor on behalf of IDG World Expo. This will ensure that the process will be efficient and as consistent as possible.

"Exhibitors will continue to have the `right to choose' any EAC they prefer," said Greco. "However, we will be supplying high-quality labor to those EACs at a more equitable rate. IDG World Expo has always striven to be a change leader, and we're willing to do whatever it takes if it means our customers will benefit."

IDG World Expo began informing its exhibitors of the new labor arrangement during Macworld San Francisco in January of this year, explaining its approach and intention to appoint a subcontractor to help manage the process.

"We have been communicating proactively with our exhibitors right from the start, and as we finalize the terms and conditions, we'll communicate those to exhibitors as well," explained Greco. "The response from them so far has been extremely positive, and we predict that other tradeshow management companies will eventually follow suit."

About IDG World Expo

IDG World Expo (www.idgworldexpo.com) produces IT-focused tradeshows, conferences and events for professionals seeking world-class education, peer-to-peer networking and one-stop comparison shopping. As the leading IT event management company, IDG World Expo leverages its experience and knowledge of IT-focused events and conferences, enabling technology companies to capture the attention and loyalty of influential buyers. IDG World Expo's portfolio of conferences and events includes Macworld Conference & Expo, LinuxWorld Conference & Expo, BioITWorld Conference & Expo and COMNET Conference & Expo. IDG World Expo is a business unit of IDG, the world's leading technology media, research and event company.

About IDG

IDG publishes more than 300 magazines and newspapers and offers online users the largest network of technology-specific sites around the world through IDG.net (www.idg.net), which comprises more than 300 targeted Web sites in 70 countries. IDG is also a leading producer of 168 computer-related events worldwide, and provides IT market analysis through 51 offices in 43 countries worldwide. Company information is available at www.idg.com.