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Las Vegas Trade Show recap: January 2016

If you’ve followed this blog for a while you know we try to update after every show. But this year we are short staffed and just don’t have the time so I thought we’d recap at least the month of January in one post.

One of the best shows for geeks like the B-T-B team is #CES2016 – What’s new in the world of consumer electronics. This year 3D printing continued its domination of the show but healthcare apps and drones were also a huge presence. But the big announcement that dominated the show was the  reveal of the Faraday Futures electric cars CES2016_Faraday_Futuresthat are going to be built in North Las Vegas. Also turns out all 3  candidates for the Dem President were in Vegas and at CES. It was pretty wild.

Other shows we attended were NSSF’s #ShotShow 2016 – I did manage to snag a cute pic of  a service dog whose owner was thoughtful enough to equip with noise cancelling ear protection at the firing range.ShotShow

Lots of celebrities show up at the Shot Show – mostly what they have are new gear and accessories. It’s expanding to include other outdoor sports besides just guns and rifles.  Lots of survival gear and various groups trying to get new members. I am trying to objectively view a show that I attend for work purposes but disagree with the content.  Of course I have no problem attending AVN which was held at the same time this year. Perhaps that was intentional due to the fall off of interest from the CES attendees in previous years and the resurgence of rhetoric that have made the exhibitors at ShotShow wealthier and more likely to spend $$ looking at their dream girls. Who knows.

Some of the other highlighted shows are Design Week in Vegas – Combining Surfaces, KBIS & IBS with the Las Vegas Market. It is an visual overload of what’s new in commercial and home design. We try to spend at least one day at each event but this year we were contracted to orchestrate a social media event called a blog-around where a group of bloggers in home design were invited to visit designated booths, collect swag and get a preview of whats new in appliances, accessories and furniture. We started the morning with cupcakes and champagne – and ended with cocktails. Great & fun event.

We ended the month with World of Concrete – everything you ever wanted to know about aggregates could be found there. Again this year recycled concrete and renewables dominated  the show – many new apps that helped with time management to load measurement and tracking.


We have more pics but must hit the show floor tomorrow. – Thanks for reading check back for updates. and don’t forget to share this blog with your colleagues. ##



Chicago: International Home + Housewares Show

The International Home + Housewares Show  is the world’s premier housewares marketplace, features 2,100 exhibitors from 34 countries, and more than 20,000 buyers from over 100 countries around the world. The show was sold-out, with 2,115 exhibitors from 46 countries and an increase in total buyer attendance from US and international markets. The show also included a series of educational sessions, including keynote programs on the convergence of housewares and giftware, color trends by Lee Eiseman of the Pantone Color Institute, an overview of consumer trends by Tom Mirabile of Lifetime Brands, and former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney speaking at the annual Industry Breakfast.  We have to assume that, now he’s no longer running for president, the Mittster has considerably more time available for thinking about things like furniture and housewares…  #interiordesign

Las Vegas: Kitchen/Bath Industry Show & Conference – KBIS

KBIS is the Kitchen/Bath Industry Show & Conference, and is “the voice of the kitchen and bath industry”, we were told.  Run in conjunction with the National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA), the expo is an interactive platform that showcases the latest industry products, trends and technologies. Typical attendees were Architects, Builders/Remodelers, Cabinet Shops, Consultants, Dealers, Designers, Distributors, Fabricators, Home Centers, Independent Manufacturers’ Reps, Installers, and Decorative Plumbing & Hardware Professionals.  Featured were the KBISNeXT Stage, the Tech Bar, and the FutureHaus Kitchen, presented by Virginia Tech.   The expo was also the showcase for a broad spectrum of KBIS exhibitors, the popular Best of KBIS Awards, and newcomer award program the Innovative Showroom Awards. A panel of certified industry experts evaluated nearly 300 entries for projects from across the United States and Canada. All participating projects were scored on various criteria, including safety and ergonomics, elements and principles of design, creativity and presentation.  There were no cases of judges accidentally getting their suit wet under the shower-head….  #KBIS2015

Las Vegas: Las Vegas Market/Winter (Furniture)

There was a little grumbling over the earlier-than-usual start to the Winter Las Vegas Furniture Market, and about a few missing products because of the labor slowdown at West Coast ports.  Aside from that, exhibitors seemed pleased with retailer response to their latest efforts at the Las Vegas Market.  Suppliers overwhelmingly reported strong commitments, order writing and attendance. Some say they witnessed their best traffic in years, while others noted a double-digit increase, improvements that appear to go hand-in-hand with the continuing upswing in the economy and retailer moods.  In particular, the bedding industry brought out the biggest collection of new products recently seen at this market, said bedding exhibitors, adding that they were positively received by retailers here, where the bedding category dominates.  Sectors on giftware, home decor and of course furniture also drew plaudits.  Hey, this kitchen bar-stool only has two legs….  #LVMkt


Las Vegas; National Hardware Show

The National Hardware Show is the place for face-to-face sourcing, trading and learning for the $343-billion US home improvement and DIY markets. This was where to find the best source for products sold for the home and after the home is built, and attracting a worldwide audience of more than 27,000 industry professionals. Hardware?  Were celebrity guests like martial-arts mavens Ryan DuWayne Bader and Bradley Gray Maynard (check out the tats!) examples of “hardware”?  Seriously, what products are we actually talking about here?   Well. building products, farm & ranch, homewares, lawn, garden and outdoor living, tailgate and recreation products, paint and accessories, pet products, plumbing and electrical, storage and organization, tools and toolkits… if you could fit all this stuff onto one Swiss Army Knife, you’d need a fork-lift truck to lift it off the show floor…..  #NHShow


Philadelphia: Greenbuild 2013

They came to Philadelphia to learn, network, do business and participate in “one of the greenest and most sustainable conferences in the world”. The Greenbuild Expo was the place to discover the latest in the green building field’s innovative products and services. The Education Lab was a unique classroom experience located inside the Exhibit Hall, each Lab featuring sponsor-developed content that had been submitted to GBCI and approved for CE credit. You can often judge an industry by the exalted company it keeps. Each year at Greenbuild the world’s business, environmental and social leaders take the stage to motivate, inspire and teach the construction industry, we heard. This year the assembled company learned that keynoter Hillary Rodham Clinton really cares about how green you’re building these days. Did I hear her say it was the Green House she was hoping to get back into next year? No, silly, the White House…

Las Vegas: AWFS

July 24-27, 2013. The Association of Woodworking & Furnishings Suppliers (AWFS) is the largest national trade association in the U.S. representing the interests of the broad array of companies that supply woodworking-related goods and services to the home and commercial furnishings industry.  Every two years thousands of serious woodworking professionals gather at AWFS Fair to keep their businesses productive, competitive and on the cutting edge. Visitors could gain unparalleled access to  every subdivision of the home and commercial furnishings industry, including manufacturers and distributors of machinery, hardware, lumber, construction materials and others.  There was a strong expo presence from suppliers to the furniture, cabinet manufacturers and custom woodworkers.  At the New Product Showcase, delegates could see a full-scale display of the industry’s newest product launches.  In fact you actually COULD see the wood for the trees….