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Boston: New England Food Show – NEFS

NEFS stands for the New England Food Show.  Sponsored by the Massachusetts Restaurant Association and supported by other New England state restaurant, retail, hospitality and specialty food associations, NEFS is the region’s largest and most attended trade show for retail food and foodservice buyers and professionals.  Delegates were typically those who influence buying decisions or purchase products for retail markets, supermarkets, distribution, institutional foodservice or large or small restaurants.  At NEFS they could find everything needed to satisfy existing customers, attract new ones, and grow the bottom line.  From interactive education and culinary competitions on the main stage to industry-expert-led info sessions addressing marketing and operational needs, the food buzz was pervasive.  We counted 350+ exhibitors, many offering wine and beer tastings among the culinary delights.  Cheers!

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Las Vegas: Travel Goods Show

The Travel Goods Show was sold out, maxed out, and an enormous success, we heard. Nearly 300 exhibitors – 44 more than last year – displayed more than 500 brands. This is very definitely an industry that’s on the move. The Show was up 75% in floor space and up 50% in the number of exhibitors, offering travelling kits, travelling accessories, travelling experiences and essentials.  The expo was more global than ever, with 77 international exhibitors, up from 44 in 2014. The event presented everything that might be an urgency or a necessity for every traveler.  This event has emerged as a place where business connections are developed.  Travel goods are defined as luggage, backpacks, travel/sports bags, business cases/computer bags, handbags, personal leather goods, and luggage locks.  The Travel Goods Show is an example of a show for which you have to pack luggage in order to go look at… luggage.

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

Atlanta: CAMEX – National Association of College Stores

CAMEX hosted the National Association of College Stores, or NACS, which is the professional trade association representing the $10 billion collegiate retailing industry. Led by a dedicated group of elected volunteers, NACS serves as the industry’s leading resource and advocate. NACS ensures the health and vitality of higher education retailers through education and research, the provision of critical programs and services, and the development of strategic partnerships that enable members to better serve their customers.  NACS education and professional development opportunities deal with the full spectrum of college store operations, including management, textbooks and course materials, merchandising, financial record-keeping, and more.  Under the broad association umbrella,  Campus Computer Resellers Alliance (CCRA) is a special interest group within NACS that was developed to meet the special needs of computer product resellers that sell principally to students.  Teacher Be Like…. retail it.  #collegestores

New York City: American International Toy Fair – TIA

The TIA Toy Fair is billed as the largest toy show in the Western Hemisphere.  Owned and operated by the U.S. Toy Industry Association (TIA) in partnership with the Canadian Toy Association (CTA), Toy Fair 2015 grew in size and scope, boasting a record-breaking 421,300 net square feet of exhibit space filled with hundreds of thousands of brand-new, skill-building and cutting-edge toys and games.  Over one thousand exhibitors, importers, distributors and sales agents showcased their latest product lines and key drivers for holiday ’15 in front of 9,012 mass and specialty retail buyers, including delegations from 22 of the nation’s top toy sellers, such as Amazon, American Girl, Build-A-Bear Workshop, Costco, CVS, Disney Store, eBay, Five Below, Target, Toys“R”Us, Walmart, and others.  Close to 5,000 unique retail outlets were there.   Countries represented by the most foreign buyers were Canada, the U.K., Mexico, Japan and Hong Kong.  Geographically, not to be toyed with…  #tfny

Los Angeles: California Gift Show – Winter

You wanted to be reminded of all the things you might want but don’t own yet?  You needed The California Gift Show (Winter), bringing together “an unparalleled offering of local resources, destination lines and international fare”.  This year there was a significantly expanded exhibitor base in eight well-balanced product categories, curated in a way ideally suited to the West Coast retail audience.  Sectors on show included Gifts, Design, Markers’ Market, Personal Style, Boardwalk, World Style, Vintage, and Jewelry Cash & Carry.  It all added up to “the largest gift & home market in the West”.  Attendance saw growth in a
number of key western region trading areas, including California, Oregon and Nevada. Steady buyer traffic, combined with a number of new show promotions and programs, came together to create an upbeat atmosphere on the show floor, we found.   The newly expanded and rebranded “Makers’ Market “ section put a special spotlight on artisans and designers showcasing handcrafted crafts in a variety of categories, including jewelry, home décor and tabletop. Where do the ideas come from?  It’s a special gift…  #CAGiftShow

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