On Wednesday, May 18 the Cleaning Innovations Virtual Conference & Expo was held, attracting more than 400 commercial cleaning industry professionals. Presented by Sanitary Maintenance, Contracting Profits and Housekeeping Solutions magazines, the online event used the innovative virtual platform to extend educational and networking benefits to suppliers and professionals in the cleaning industry.

"We are thrilled with the exceptional results of Cleaning Innovations. Our exhibitors were busy on the show floor sharing product information with the attendees, all from the comfort of their offices. And we heard from many attendees about how much they enjoyed shopping the expo, learning from the Webcasts and chatting online with suppliers about new products and with their peers," said Rob Geissler, publisher and producer of Cleaning Innovations. “What makes this event unique is how it brings industry players together by making valuable information and tools accessible 24/7.”

The Virtual Trade Show exposed new products and solutions to jan/san distributors, building service contractors, in-house service providers and facility executives. Conference sessions included:
•    Recruiting/Retaining the Next Generation of Workers
•    Immigration Issues
•    Is It a Training Problem? Getting Employees to Perform
•    The Supply Chain is Dead – Say Hi to the Supply Team
•    Build Your Day Time Cleaning Arsenal

The Cleaning Innovations Virtual Conference & Expo provided attendees multiple online locations to meet their specific educational and business needs including a plaza, exhibit hall, auditorium, lounge and resource library. Interactions were conducted via Web casts, scheduled group chats and message boards. Exhibitors also provided information and demonstrations via virtual booths and engaged with attendees using online chat for private conversations. Attendees benefited from additional online networking tools such as text chat, vCard exchange and more.

Those who missed the live event can still access the free archive here

The second virtual event of 2011 – Cleaning Innovations: Green. Sustainable. Smart. – will be held September 14, 2011.