DRE: Day 2

May 19, 2006 by Dave Haynes

Happily, Day 2 at DRE proved far busier than Day 1 – and seemed to flush out more retailers. There were emissaries from some significant retailers rumbling around, seeming to know what they were looking for.

Apart from LocaModa (see next post), I did not see much that was new or particularly compelling.

Things worth noting:

Lots of people I spoke with were disappointed with the turnout and quality of the crowd. Many also grumbled about the location, in a slightly dumpy suburban convention centre many miles from anything other than O'Hare Airport. It's handy for people who were just coming in for the day, but there was not much else good to say about it. I really appreciated the $7.50 I had to pay for a little, and awful slice of pizza, and a small bottle of water at the only food service place within reach.

I suspect a number of people are heading home wondering whether they bother with a booth next year. 

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