Smashing Boxes Covers Glen Raven’s Event Logistics

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New mobile app sheds light on Sunbrella manufacturing company’s conference data.

Thanks to Smashing Boxes, the Durham-based web and mobile technology company, Glen Raven, Inc., has a new way to organize the hundreds of sales representatives that attend the more than 30 trade shows and conferences they attend each year. This global manufacturer of high-performance and protective fabrics is, for the first, time capable of managing conference attendee information in a single, sharable app, managing travel data to photo sharing available for all on a company-owned platform.

“It’s exciting to see how this app helps our team be more efficient with event preparation, and more effective when they’re on the show floor,” said Heather Ezrine, Tradeshow & Events Manager at Glen Raven. “The more we use it, the more we understand how to get more and more out of the power built into this back end. We had researched a lot of companies, and even used some development firms in San Francisco. Having a responsive company close by has really made the project much more successful. We are excited to continue to work with Smashing Boxes on phase two.”

Glen Raven specified a custom mobile app for iPhones and iPads that would allow coordinators to connect event attendees make hotel reservations and share conference information and product documents. Smashing Boxes added a news feed, much like a Facebook posting, so that Glen Raven employees can share event experiences.

To provide equal access for mobile users with Android and Windows devices, Glen Raven opted to create a sister website that allows to access and interact with all of the same data on the back end, providing central access to itineraries and documents much like the mobile app offers.

“Glen Raven was a project that was right in our sweet spot,” said Brian Fischer, Smashing Boxes co-founder and leader of the team that developed this solution. “Producing a best-in-class web and mobile experience that streamlines an important work flow takes full advantage of our expertise. Glen Raven understood our emphasis on creating a compelling and highly functional user experience built on a solid foundation.”

About Glen Raven, Inc.
Glen Raven, Inc. is global company focused on performance fabrics and supply chain management. With more than 2,000 associates around the world, Glen Raven sells products into more than 100 countries. The company’s leading brand is Sunbrella performance fabrics for awning, marine and furniture. Glen Raven is also a leader in fabrics for automotive, Personal Protective Equipment, military, geo-synthetics, mine safety, flags and banners and sailcloth. On the web at

About Smashing Boxes
Smashing Boxes, headquartered in Durham NC, harnesses disruptive technologies to provide clients with tailored web and mobile applications to solve business problems. Smashing Boxes has created business solutions for more than 70 organizations and several dozen entrepreneurs. The entrepreneurially-inspired company designs and develops unique applications, from consultation to execution. For more information, visit, and follow us on Twitter @SmashingBoxes.

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