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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. ##



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

Denver: SIA Snow Show – Snow Sports Trade Show

The SIA Snow Show also goes by Snow Sports Trade Show.  SnowSports Industries America has been providing support, research data, marketing products, government affairs representation and participation programs for 60 years. New this year at the SIA Snow Show were seminars geared to sourcing, production and design.  Sourcing Snow (no, they weren’t talking about sourcing the white powdery stuff itself) welcomed over 50 key raw material leaders from all over the world, with their textile and sourcing services.  Trending colors, materials and innovation gather in one place to drive snow sports apparel and accessories. Production professionals met face to face with exhibitors to streamline the buying process during the Snow Show.  The show gathers all the key players in the snow sports category. The addition of a targeted supplier show makes it the largest and most concentrated trade event in the industry.  Okay, all together: “There’s no business… Like snow business…”   #SIA15demo

Las Vegas: SHOT SHOW

You say “Shot Show” and people imagine delegates drinking their way through a line of tequila slammers.  Actually no.  The Shooting, Hunting and Outdoor Trade Show ( THAT’s what SHOT Show stands for) was all about shootin’ huntin and fishin’ and related leisure activities.  This time the expo rang up its second highest attendance ever, we heard, giving the industry a very good indicator that a strong sales year lies ahead.  Long a bellwether for the industry’s prospects, the SHOT Show brought together buyers and sellers from the United States and more than 100 countries, with total attendance for 2015 just outside the bullseye level of 64,000.  The $8 billion industry has seen rapid growth in the last several years, powered by newcomers to the shooting sports. More than 20 percent of firearms owners are in this category, in that they have purchased their first firearm within the last five years.  Silencer Co. put on two seminars for retailers on how to educate customers about suppressors, apparently a fast growing sales area.  Easier to “suppress” those critters if they can’t hear you…

Salt Lake City: Outdoor Retailer Winter Market

The Outdoor Retailer Winter Market had them stamping the metaphorical snow off their boots, and lining up to meet leading winter sports equipment retailers, manufacturers and outdoor industry professionals. Delegates could discover new winter sports products, apparel and gear at the leading winter sports market business-to-business trade event, the OR Winter Market. This popular outdoor gear trade show featured the best of the winter sports market, geared so that leading outdoor industry manufacturers could introduce winter sports products — oh,  and summer outdoor products too, come to mention it. Attracting thousands of buyers, top winter and summer sports manufacturers and the newest innovative outdoor kit, this outdoor market was the place to be.  The show attracted thousands of buyers and senior level decision-makers looking for winter sports equipment, specific products, services, brands, fresh ideas, apparel launches, and outdoor innovation.  No snow job, this…!  #Orshow

Las Vegas: Sports Licensing & Tailgate Show

The Sports Licensing and Tailgate Show is, we heard, the premier event for brand owners, licensors, licensees and retailers interested in sports licensed products. Attendees got the chance to see more than 300 exhibiting companies, representing a broad range of leisure product categories. Big professional leagues and collegiate teams were represented. The show attracts buyers from all types of retailers: specialty shops, fan shops, department stores, sporting goods stores, online retailers, plus collectibles and gift stores. Retailers that attended included, Bed Bath & Beyond, Big 5 Sporting Goods, Burlington Coat Factory, Costco, Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, Decker Sports, Dunhams Sports, Fanatics, Fred Meyer, Game Day Sports Outlet, Gap Inc., Kohl’s, Legends Sports, Old Navy, Pro Image, Ross Stores, Sam’s Club, Sears, Skymall, Sport Chalet, The TJX Companies, Tween Brands, Justice/Brothers Stores and Zulily.  Whadd’ya mean, we missed one…?

Orlando: American Baseball Coaches Association – ABCA

ABCA is the American Baseball Coaches Association.  This, we heard, is the #1 amateur baseball coaches’ association in the World, founded in 1945. Over 6,000 coaches are members of the ABCA and more than 4,000 attend the annual ABCA Convention.  At the Trade Show over 325 companies were on hand to display state-of-the-art equipment and products, including coaching aids, wearing apparel, field equipment, pitching machines, and software. Many products were unveiled for the first time during the show. A couple of “had-to-be-there” events included the ABCA/Diamond Hall of Fame/Coach of the Year Banquet and the ABCA Honors Luncheon, two events during which the Association’s most prestigious coaching awards were presented.   There were  30 clinics on a variety of subjects over the course of the three days. Topics include pitching, hitting, fielding, strength & conditioning, team building and motivation. The convention also includes divisional meetings, committee meetings and other events.  Hey, coach, looks like most of the “pitching” was being done by those offering merchandise…  #ABCA2015