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By Rich Handley

T3 Expo Launches App for Shipment at Trade Shows

T3 Expo, a general contractor for trade shows and corporate events, has announced its new T3 Tracker mobile app. The company created the app in collaboration with Intelligent Product Solutions (IPS), a product-development company that provides software and hardware engineering and industrial design services.

The mobile app, available currently on the Google Android platform, is intended for marketing executives and event coordinators trying to locate goods that have been shipped to a trade show. During such an event, various deliveries are dropped off at the show site, along with hundreds of thousands of other deliveries. Previously, marketers and corporate executives were unable to track or locate what had been delivered by FedEx, UPS or the U.S. Postal Service on the convention show floor in an easy, systematic manner. According to the companies, the app makes facilitates this task.

Customers traditionally ship their packages to a convention center's central receiving location, where they are left by a mail carrier. This, according to the company, can cause confusion and anxiety—particularly when a package has been delivered to a building spanning more than a million square feet.

"T3 Tracker now allows event coordinators to track and find packages, anywhere on the show floor," said Chris Valentine, T3 Expo's chief executive officer, in a prepared statement. "The new app allows faster turnaround, and greater sharing of accurate information and ease of tracking—all delivering peace of mind for any trade-show organizer."

Once a mail carrier has marked trade-show packages as delivered, T3 Tracker begins providing information regarding the delivered packages' location en route to the specific trade show, as well as the condition the package is in and when it will arrive directly to the booth. The mail carrier's tracking number is associated with the T3 Tracker number and uses a custom RFID application built by IPS so that show managers know the status of their valuable assets.

"We were excited to incorporate our unique design thinking into an innovative app for T3 Expo that will help transform the tradeshow industry as we know it," said Bob Wild, IPS' VP of electrical, software and systems engineering, in the prepared statement. "Customers can now get end-to-end reporting of material shipped by T3 Expo, from shipping to delivery at the location of assembly, for their event. When we were asked to design, create and help pioneer something groundbreaking for T3 Expo and its customers, it was all about helping save important and valuable time and effort—while incorporating disruptive innovation to how things have 'always been done'."

Additional features include the ability to track shipment status, export exceptions via email (missing package, damage to shipment, etc.), automatically report shipment details to T3 Expo, attach descriptions or photographs of exceptions, and scan shipper bar codes and save them to T3 Expo's database.

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