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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. ##

 

 

Trade Shows: Las Vegas – CTIA Super Mobility Expo

The CTIA Show went by “Super Mobility”, meaning that from apps to social media promotion, this here was the technology for folks on the move. CTIA Super Mobility 2015 claimed to be the largest and most influential forum in the Americas focused specifically on mobile innovation in all its disruptive glory. Powered by CTIA The Wireless Association, this springboard event brought together more than 35,000 professionals from all across the new mobile landscape to experience the leading edge (actually they said “bleeding-edge”, but hey…) technology that is driving and enabling the connected life. So, whether you were on the lookout for the products that consumers want right now, or the new technology for tomorrow’s big breakthrough, they wanted you to remember that “this was one place where being in over your head is a beautiful thing”. You said mobile? Okay, so MOVE it…. #SuperMobility

Las Vegas: NASCAR Sprint Car Series

NASCAR Sprint Car Series at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway Motorsports Complex, March 6-8, 2015. Thanks for the memories, #24 Jeff Gordon!

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

Atlantic City: The Pool & Spa Show

More than 400 exhibitors and over 11,000 attendees came together to splash about at the Pool & Spa Show (formerly The Atlantic City Pool & Spa Show).  Over a thousand booths filling over 100,000 sq. ft. of exhibit space provided attendees with access to the latest pool product and service innovations.  Enthusiasts would not have wanted to miss the Spa and Hot Tub Hands-on Simulator Training Session, providing the latest training in
spa and hot tub equipment maintenance.  Then there was the NSPF Certified Pool/Spa Operator course, the National Swimming Pool Foundation’s training vehicle for providing operators with the basic knowledge, techniques and skills of pool and spa operations. The certification program included training on pool and spa chemistry, testing, treatment, filtration, maintenance, automatic feeding equipment, and government requirements. Wait.  Could this maybe imply that one of the requirements of government types is for hands-on treatment at a spa….?

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