PowerPlex is now less than one month away and we’re feeling the excitement — we hope you are too!
One of the best parts of the conference is connecting with people who will help make the Plex Manufacturing Cloud work even more efficiently for your business — and that’s just what our event sponsors will be there to do. In that spirit, we recently spoke with Ron Lee, chief technology officer and co-founder of Pacejet, which provides one-click shipping within the Plex Manufacturing Cloud to help manufacturers speed order fulfillment, reduce costs and improve customer service — and is headquartered in Columbus, Ohio, the location of PowerPlex 2013! Here’s what Ron shared with us:
Why do you like working with Plex?
From a business perspective, it’s a really good strategic fit. Plex is focused on serving manufacturing sectors, of which shipping is part and parcel. Pacejet means shipping — so together, we can provide a broader scope of solutions for our customers. Plus, we’re both all-in cloud companies. But more than that, there’s this level of enthusiasm when the Pacejet and Plex teams work together, looking for new ways to solve problems with new solutions, and putting customers at the front of that. We might have fun with our University of Michigan and Ohio State rivalry, but at the core, we’re both part of a cooperative spirit that comes from our shared Midwest frame of mind: a down-to-earth approach where we’re not afraid to get our hands dirty and everyone participates and works hard, no matter what your title or position — everyone wants to succeed and see our partnership succeed 100 percent.
You’re veteran PowerPlex attendees. What are you most looking forward to at this year’s conference?
Well, PowerPlex is all about education and networking, so we’re looking forward to getting our message out to the Plex Manufacturing Cloud community and answering questions about how we fit together. We know people are coming into PowerPlex wanting to learn about new solutions, so we’re excited to help them understand how their cost of shipping is best with us. Plus, PowerPlex is in our hometown, so it’s our chance to run the Buckeye colors! (At least, we probably won’t wear our colors in our booth.)
That’s fantastic! What do you think PowerPlex attendees would be surprised to know about Columbus?
It’s a very strong tech town — there are tons of big names (as well as new names) in technology headquartered here, particularly cloud-based companies, and Columbus is considered one of the leading tech centers in the Midwest thanks to lots of financial and community support from organizations like TechColumbus. And since Ohio State is one of the largest campuses in the country, this can’t help but influence everything that happens, especially on the business side: There is a plethora of engineering, technology and business students entering the workforce each year from these nationally ranked, well-known schools. Maybe this is why Columbus was just named one of the top seven most intelligent cities in the world — and the only U.S. city to make the cut.
Impressive! Okay, now on to the fun stuff: What’s something quirky about Columbusites?
If you hear someone call out “O-H,” someone else always has to call back, “I-O!” (Sorry, Michigan fans, but you won’t be able to avoid it!)
Can you recommend some local places to eat and explore?
PowerPlex attendees should take time to check out a few local favorites, including Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams, the arts and restaurant district called the Short North, which is home to the oldest park in Ohio, Goodale Park, and within walking distance of the Hilton Columbus Downtown.