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Gearing Up for the Big Event

There’s something especially exciting about this week’s FMI 2010 event, which runs May 10-13 in Las Vegas. It’s the first opportunity in two years for the combination of networking, idea exchanges, exhibits and educational sessions all in one location.

All of this comes with a feeling of responsibility. That is, the need to take full advantage of all the activities and opportunities in just four days.

The task will be easier for those pursuing focused agendas. For instance, there are specific educational workshop paths such as private brands, consumer trends, technology, sustainability, Future Connect, and health and wellness.

Similarly, the show floor will spotlight trends and opportunities in categories including organics, private brands, technology, and fresh foods, among other areas.

If you’re like me, you’ll be pursuing a very broad agenda at FMI 2010. That means checking out a wide range of educational sessions and floor exhibits.

My editorial colleagues and I look forward to blogging throughout the event and bringing you the latest activity.

There are other things to be excited about at this year’s event. Some of you will be reading this blog through SN’s newly launched interactive smart phone application designed for this week’s show. It was unveiled in collaboration with FMI. For those who aren’t aware of this app, it’s now available as a free download. It provides interactive floor maps, conference information, and other features. To download the app, iPhone and iPod Touch users should go to the iTunes App Store and search for “FMI 2010.” Users of all other types of Web-enabled phones should point their mobile phone’s browser to

I almost forgot to mention the thing I’m most excited about this week: renewing relationships and beginning new ones. That’s always the part I remember most long after the event.